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Confirm or Deny (1941)

Newsman Mitch and teletype operator Jennifer, whose job is to see he doesn't send inappropriate stuff out of the country, dodge bombs during the blitz of London while falling in love.

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Jeff, Blind Typist
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Mr. Hobbs, Regency Hotel
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Dorothy
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William (scenes deleted)
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Ministry of Information Girl
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Johnny Dunne, Consolidated Press Operations Manager
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Daisy, Consolidated Press Switchboard Operator
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Elizabeth Harding
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Mr. Bindle
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Sir Titus Scott, Penzance Chronicle
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Newsman Mitch and teletype operator Jennifer, whose job is to see he doesn't send inappropriate stuff out of the country, dodge bombs during the blitz of London while falling in love.

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Correspondente Especial  »

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1.37 : 1
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When this film appeared in American theaters on Dec 12, 1941, the "imminent" threat of Germany invading England had long passed. German aircraft losses were staggering during the Blitz of England, which ended in May 1941. The next month Germany invaded Russia. It now had two fronts which the Luftwaffe had difficulty supporting. With the U.S. entry into the war, the imminent invasion of England by Germany had turned to an expected invasion of Europe by the Allies. One can see why this film wasn't released in the U.K. See more »

Quotes

'Mitch' Mitchell: Oh, you got me wrong, Red. I'm strictly a one-woman man.
Jennifer Carson: One at a time, you mean.
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Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
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Written by Stephen Foster
Hummed by Mitch when leaving the Colonial Club
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Wartime comedy-drama
13 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Don Ameche is an American newspaperman waiting for the Germans to invade London in "Confirm or Deny," a 1941 film also starring Joan Bennett, Roddy McDowall, and Eric Blore. Ameche plays the conniving, fast-talking Mitch, who meets Jennifer (Bennett) during an air raid and falls for her. When his office building is bombed, he moves the staff into the basement of a hotel and persuades someone to let him use a teletype machine to give him a 40-minute lead on the other papers when the invasion happens. He arranges for Jennifer to be loaned out as a teletypist. Meanwhile, Mitch becomes angry that the censor (John Loder) isn't letting him report on some of the news.

This is a small movie from 20th Century Fox, but it really conveys the atmosphere, tension, and tragedy of wartime and has interesting and likable characters. Ameche does his usual terrific job, Bennett is lovely, and Roddy McDowall is adorable as a little volunteer watching out for homing pigeons with coded messages.

Recommended.


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