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Unpublished Story (1942)

 -  Drama | War  -  10 August 1942 (UK)
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Journalists investigate German fifth columnists as London burns in the blitz.

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Greene ...
Bob Randall
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Carol Bennett
Basil Radford ...
Lamb
Roland Culver ...
Stannard
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Denton
Miles Malleson ...
Farmfield
George Carney ...
Landlord
Muriel George ...
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Marchand
Frederick Cooper ...
Trapes
George Thorpe ...
Major Edwards
Renee Gadd ...
Miss Hartley
Claude Bailey ...
George Roddington
Ronald Shiner ...
Agitator
Wally Patch ...
Taxi driver at Victoria Station
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Journalists investigate German fifth columnists as London burns in the blitz.

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A superior wartime drama--without lots of hysterics and full of realism.
29 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Unpublished Story" is a very unique look into Britain during the war years. In many ways, it comes off a bit like a documentary--with events unfolding shortly after they happened for real. However, it is a drama--one based, in part, on real events and real Nazi-backed movements within Allied nations.

The film begins with a reporter, Bob Randall (Richard Greene) straggling in from the Dunkirk boat lift. He's dead tired but anxious to report what he saw--in particular, fifth columnists (i.e., Nazi agents posing as regular French citizens) who helped the Germans to topple France. However, to his surprise, he finds that folks in Britain STILL don't want to come to terms with this--and so-called 'peace' or 'appeasement' groups within the UK STILL are pushing for a peaceful settlement to the Nazis--even though the war was raging. But Bob is relentless and with the help of a new lady reporter (Valerie Hobson), they doggedly follow these groups and dig deeper. Not surprisingly, they find very bad people behind all of this.

This is a very fascinating view of the war--through the eyes of the Brits and discussing a lot of things you rarely see through normal documentary films--the fear, the Home Guard, hysteria and the Blitz. To help matters, the acting is amazingly good--very realistic and subdued. It also helped that the film avoided many of the clichés and overly jingoistic material that sometimes filled Hollywood's wartime dramas. My only real complaint, and it's a tiny one, is the lousy use of rear projection in the scene outside St. Paul's during the Blitz.


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