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The Next of Kin (1942)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  15 June 1942 (UK)
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Wartime propaganda piece giving the warning "Be like Dad, Keep Mum". A gossipy housewife is overheard talking about what her son is doing by a Nazi spy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ...
No 23: Mr Davis (as Flight Lieut. Mervyn Johns)
John Chandos ...
No 16: his contact
Nova Pilbeam ...
Beppie Leemans
Reginald Tate ...
Maj. Richards (as Squadron Leader Reginald Tate)
Stephen Murray ...
Mr. Barratt (as L/C Stephen Murray)
Geoffrey Hibbert ...
Pvt. John (as Flight Lieut. Geoffrey Hibbert)
Philip Friend ...
Lt. Cummins
Phyllis Stanley ...
Miss Clare, dancer
Mary Clare ...
Mrs. 'Ma' Webster
Basil Sydney ...
Naval captain
Joss Ambler ...
Mr Vemon
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Brigadier Blunt
Alexander Field ...
Pvt. Durnford
David Hutcheson ...
Intelligence officer
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Brigade Major Harcourt (as 2nd Lieut Jack Hawkins)
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Wartime propaganda piece giving the warning "Be like Dad, Keep Mum". A gossipy housewife is overheard talking about what her son is doing by a Nazi spy.

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The title is taken from the British war casualty announcements "...the next of kin have been informed". See more »

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Narrator: [Spoken as camera pans across dead soldiers after the battle sequence] The object of the raid has been achieved. Locked gates, oil storage tanks, harbour equipment were destroyed. One enemy submarine was put out of action, our own losses, both in men and craft were very heavy. The enemy had been warned. He was waiting for us. And although our troops fought throughout with great skill and gallantry, they were not able to effect the surprise that had been hoped for. They paid the price for bad ...
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[pre-title announcement] "This is the story of how YOU unwittingly worked for the enemy", See more »

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Referenced in Dad's Army: The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage (1969) See more »

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Music by Ernest Irving
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A unique look at the British propaganda film during WWII.
26 March 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a British army unit is given the task, to attack a vital German U boat base, they know that security has to be 100 per cent. In this semi documentary look at the operation, it is shown how even the smallest remark about the raid , when overheard by German agents, and put together with other clues, will result the raid being a total failure. From one of the officers telling his girlfriend, that his unit is moving to a special training area, to the bookseller blackmailing his assistant into obtaining information from her soldier boyfriend, to the RAF officer, who leaves his briefcase, where a German agent can steal, and copy his photographs, the film then shows in graphic detail, what could happen, when the troops land. and the enemy are waiting. This story shows to war weary audience, how easy it is to talk out of turn, and put allied soldiers lives at risk.




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