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The Foreman Went to France (1942)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, War | 22 June 1942 (UK)
Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns, an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment.

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Tommy Hoskins, 19th Fusillers
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Anne Stafford, the American girl
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Fred Carrick, the foreman
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Mayor Coutare of Bivary
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Alastair 'Jock' MacFarlan, 19th Fusillers
Ernest Milton ...
Stationmaster in La Tour
Charles Victor ...
Aircraft Spotter on Works Roof
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'English' Army Captain
Paul Bonifas ...
Prefect of Rouville
Anita Palacine ...
La Tour Barmaid
Francis L. Sullivan ...
French Skipper (as François Sully)
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Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns, an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Somewhere in France  »

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The feature debut of Gordon Jackson. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: This picture is dedicated to Melbourne Johns. He is the foreman who went to France, and our story is based on his adventures. See more »

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A useful reminder of "Operation Ariel"
25 August 2012 | by (London UK) – See all my reviews

It has been a decade or more since I last saw this film. In 1942 it must have been very close to British audience. Nowadays most people still are aware of the evacuation from Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) but the evacuation from Normandy and other points along the coast (Operation Ariel) is far less well known even although nearly as many British troops were brought home by Ariel as by Dynamo. The film did not dwell too much on the grim conditions (the audience wanted a bit of escapism after all) but conveyed the notion that no-one knows when they will be called on to "do their bit" for victory and hopefully rise to the occasion.

By the time of the release of the film the Battle of Midway had been won, the Germans had 57 tanks in North Africa and Generals January and February had taken their toll of the Germans in the Eastern Front. Although the Battle of the Atlantic had yet to be won the audience had grounds for optimism. The film had to have been made before it was clear that the tide had turned so it was quite remarkable that it should have hit just the right note.


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