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Confirm or Deny (1941)

 -  Drama | War  -  12 December 1941 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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'Mitch' Mitchell
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Jennifer Carson
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Albert Perkins
John Loder ...
Captain Lionel Channing
Raymond Walburn ...
H. Cyrus Stuyvesant
Arthur Shields ...
Jeff, Blind Typist
Eric Blore ...
Mr. Hobbs, Regency Hotel
Helene Reynolds ...
Dorothy
Claud Allister ...
William (scenes deleted)
Roseanne Murray ...
Ministry of Information Girl
Stuart Robertson ...
Johnny Dunne, Consolidated Press Operations Manager
Queenie Leonard ...
Daisy, Consolidated Press Switchboard Operator
Jean Prescott ...
Elizabeth Harding
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Mr. Bindle
Lumsden Hare ...
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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Archie Mayo replaced Fritz Lang after six days of production. See more »

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Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Bless 'em All
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Written by Fred Godfrey (1917)
Revised Lyrics by Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake (1940)
Sung by those in the tube station
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Wartime comedy-drama
13 December 2009 | by (United States) – 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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