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Release Date:
10 August 1942 (UK) See more »
Journalists investigate German fifth columnists as London burns in the blitz. | Add synopsis »
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A superior wartime drama--without lots of hysterics and full of realism. See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Richard Greene ... Bob Randall

Valerie Hobson ... Carol Bennett
Basil Radford ... Lamb
Roland Culver ... Stannard
Brefni O'Rorke ... Denton
Miles Malleson ... Farmfield
George Carney ... Landlord

Muriel George ... Landlady

André Morell ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Cozens ... (uncredited)

John Longden ... Metcalf (uncredited)
Aubrey Mallalieu ... Warden (uncredited)
Edie Martin ... Mrs. Duncan (uncredited)
Henry Morrell ... Wigmore (uncredited)
John Ojerholm ... American newspaper man (uncredited)
Tony Quinn ... Lance Corporal (uncredited)
Anthony Shaw ... Mr. Hayter (uncredited)
John Slater ... Code soldier (uncredited)
Townsend Whitling ... (uncredited)
D.J. Williams ... Mr. Robinson (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold French 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anatole de Grunwald 
Sidney Gilliat  uncredited
Anthony Havelock-Allan  story
Patrick Kirwan 
Allan MacKinnon  story
Lesley Storm 

Produced by
Anthony Havelock-Allan .... producer
Theo Lageard .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nicholas Brodszky 
Marr Mackie (uncredited)
Clifton Parker (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Bernard Knowles 
Film Editing by
Vera Campbell 
Art Direction by
Carmen Dillon 
Production Management
Herbert Smith .... executive in charge of production
Theo Lageard .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Anderson .... assistant director
Sound Department
John Cook .... sound
A.W. Watkins .... recording director
Camera and Electrical Department
Cyril J. Knowles .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Reginald Beck .... editorial supervisor

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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005)


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A superior wartime drama--without lots of hysterics and full of realism., 29 June 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"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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