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Emlyn Williams ...
John Clements ...
John Rookeby
Constance Cummings ...
Ann
Frank Pettingell ...
Gage
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Vicar's Son
Roland Culver ...
Steward
Morland Graham ...
Doctor
Leslie French ...
Johnny
Martin Walker ...
Seigneur
Ronald Ward ...
Lord Clavely
James Harcourt
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Vicar
Dennis Wyndham ...
Martin
Charles Victor
Amy Veness ...
Jenny
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This British- National-Anglo American production reinforces the theme that whoever assails the land of Britain only succeeds in uniting and cementing the landowner, the peasantry and the working classes of the land. Using the threat of invasion (by the Nazis)this four-episode film covers (as best as it can in 8000 feet of celluloid) the Norman invasion; the Spanish armada; the Napoleonic Era; and the twentieth century. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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21 July 1941 (UK)  »

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Shadows on Beacon Hill  »

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This film received its initial television broadcasts in the USA on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1) Sunday 11 January 1942, and again on Saturday 28 February 1942, just before commercial television broadcasting was more or less shut down due to the advent of World War II. See more »

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Hello! Hello! Who's Your Lady Friend?
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Written by Worton David and Bert Lee
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Well meaning Bore
6 June 2009 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This is the type of film that was very popular in the 40s and especially the war years.A portmanteau story featuring a house or an area over generations with a recurring often patriotic theme.A Hollywood example of this type of film is "Forever and A Day".Essentially this film features the same village at 5 separate times in history dating back to 1086 and ending in the Second World War.Basically showing how the villagers won their way through various problems with which contemporary audiences were familiar.Obviously showing that as they succeeded in winning through so must the audience that is viewing it.The problem is that since it uses the same actors in each episode and the themes are familiar it becomes repetitiously and boring.Unfortunately it is just showing its age and alas is now hard going to watch.


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