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The Next of Kin (1942)

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 overview, first billed only:
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No 23: Mr Davis (as Flight Lieut. Mervyn Johns)
John Chandos ...
No 16: his contact
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Reginald Tate ...
Maj. Richards (as Squadron Leader Reginald Tate)
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Mr. Barratt (as L/C Stephen Murray)
Geoffrey Hibbert ...
Pvt. John (as Flight Lieut. Geoffrey Hibbert)
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Lt. Cummins
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Miss Clare, dancer
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Mrs. 'Ma' Webster
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Naval captain
Joss Ambler ...
Mr Vemon
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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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Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War

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15 June 1942 (UK)  »

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First film of Victor Beaumont. See more »

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Maj. Richards: Always thought if I wanted a nice cushy job I'd come to England as a German spy!
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SECURITY This is the story of how YOU - unwittingly worked for the Enemy, YOU - without knowing gave him the facts, YOU in all innocence helped to write those tragic words - 'THE NEXT OF KIN' See more »

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Referenced in Enigma (2001) See more »

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Doushka (Waltz)
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Music by Ernest Irving
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Thank God our secret of D-Day was intact
21 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

I awarded this film 7/10 as it was well produced with the help of the armed services and although actors played the principal parts it was entirely credible.It showed that despite being a propaganda film, the Germans were very efficient and capable in gathering war time data from the British using artifice, threats, intelligence and perverted bravery. There was of course plenty of posters reminding citizens and the armed forces the danger of a casual word about what one was doing, going, and releasing other information liable to be of use to the enemy.Mervyn Johns is cast again as the 5th columnist spy like he played in "Counterblast" and appears in the end scene with Charters & Caldicot that well known acting duo.Jack Hawkins makes an early appearance wearing a moustache using his unique pre-cancerous voice.Nova Pilbeam plays a Dutch émigré whose parents are held in "protective custody" by the Gestapo in Holland who is forced to provide intelligence of troop movements to her book seller German employer.

If it had not been on YouTube.com I would never have seen this excellent film as it never appears on UK television despite the existence of various heritage channels.In fact "London Live" for example keeps repeating Ealing films they have already transmitted when there are plenty of other vintage films like the present one they could show for us vintage film aficionados.


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