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Cast overview:
Morland Graham ...
Old Bill
Young Bill Busby
Mary Clare ...
Stella Malloy
René Ray ...
Sally (as Rene Ray)
Gus McNaughton ...
Ronald Shiner ...
Manning Whiley ...
Janine Darcey ...
Roland Culver ...
Donald Stuart ...
Nicholas Phipps ...
BBC Reporter
Allan Jeayes ...


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Release Date:

1 March 1941 (UK)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Young Bill Busby: Now you get this, Dad. If anyone's fat-headed enough to start a blinking, stupid war these days, he can count me out of it.
Old Bill: You wouldn't fight?
Young Bill Busby: Not me.
Old Bill: And you say that in front of her what lost her Dad in the last war.
Young Bill Busby: Look, I seen what happened to you, the last time; wasting the four best years of your life, sitting in the mud. And for what?
Old Bill: For a little place called England. Ever heard of it?
Young Bill Busby: Eh, Just about.
Old Bill: It's a place where you can do what you like; say what you like and live as you like....
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The French Song
Music by Richard Addinsell
Words by Stephen Haggard
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Noticed a lot of old familiar faces now I am 70 years of age
1 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Filmed during WW11 when Germany had the initiative and was invading Russia, a number of the actors (apart from John Mills) were familiar to me.There was Renee Houston a music hall artiste (Gloria in "A Girl Must Live 1939), Renee Ray ,"Miss Fulham" a bathing beauty queen who renounces her chance of competing in "Bank Holiday" (1938), Gus McNaughton a newspaper editor in "Storm in a teacup" (1937), Roland Culver a well known character actor in "The Moon's a Balloon" (1940)and many other titles and finally Ronald Shiner "Dry Rot" (1951).

We had to raise the nation's morale in 1941 (the year H.M.S.Hood was sunk by "Bismark" and this film (based on a WW1 cartoon)is where the entire family and friends of John Mills enter the army and most magically are all posted together to France.This was helpful for filming as it is mostly a studio bound production with little or no expensive location shots or big stars salaries to pay.Obviously a propaganda film produced to raise the nation's morale but it was mildly entertaining so I rated it 6/10.

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