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Old Bill and Son (1941)

WWI veteran Bill is inspired to re-enlist in 1939, and ends up serving with his son.

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WWI veteran Bill is inspired to re-enlist in 1939, and ends up serving with his son.

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Alf: 'Ow d'you reckon we're going to come orff in this war Bill?
Old Bill: Same as usual. Come out on top in the end o' course.
Bert: In the end? What's the matter with at the beginning?
Old Bill: Where's your history, fathead? We never had a first class war what we didn't nearly lose to start with.
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The Smile I Left Behind Me
Written by Vivian Ellis
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Noticed a lot of old familiar faces now I am 70 years of age
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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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