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The Gentle Sex (1943)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  23 May 1943 (UK)
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This film tells the stories of seven 'gentle' British girls who decide to "do their bit" and help out during World War II.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Gates ...
Gwen Hayden
Jean Gillie ...
Dot Hopkins
Betty Miller
Anne Lawrence
Rosamund John ...
Maggie Fraser
Erna Debruski
Barbara Waring ...
Joan Simpson
John Justin ...
Flying Officer David Sheridan
Elliott Mason ...
Mrs. Fraser (as Elliot Mason)
Tony Bazell ...
Ted (as Anthony Bazell)
Frederick Leister ...
Colonel Lawrence
Everley Gregg ...
Miss Simpson
Scots Corporal at Dance
Mary Jerrold ...
Mrs. Sheridan
Meriel Forbes ...
Junior Commander Davis


During the War seven women from very different backgrounds find themselves together in the Auxiliary Territorial Services. They are soon drilling, driving lorries, and manning ack-ack batteries. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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Plot Keywords:

propaganda | world war two


Comedy | Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

23 May 1943 (UK)  »

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The Gentle Sex  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Leslie Howard's last role. See more »


The locomotive pulling the carriages from the Southern Railway London terminus where the women board, is a different class locomotive seen later in the film prior to their arrival at the Army base. See more »


Narrator: That dispatch rider... I keep forgetting it's a girl.
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Featured in War Stories (2006) See more »


Nellie Dean
Written by Harry Armstrong
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A pleasant and unassuming 'slice of life' drama
19 July 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The trick in this movie is keeping track of the seven girls - seven dual main characters. All are very different young ladies who, by chance, manage to travel in the same train compartment off to their base. What makes this extra fun is the commentary by Leslie Howard throughout - he spies on the bustling station and selects six candidates, so is it any coincidence that these six strangers end up together? (The seventh, Gwen, almost misses the train and is the last addition to the group)

The easiest four to keep track of are the lorry drivers. Beautiful blonde Anne who loses a loved one in the war, foreigner Erna who is desperate for revenge on the Nazis that destroyed her family, chirpy Scots lass Maggie, who always has a sweet and a smile, and no-nonsense Joan, who comes across as bossy and stand-offish, hiding the fact that she's just as shy and lonely as the rest.

Then we have the remaining three - good time girl Dot, Gwen who "won't be left behind any more" and the little half-pint, Miller, who "finally gets her gun". She's the baby of the group, and is the hardest to keep track of because she is practically Lilli Palmer's twin - it's only when they speak that one can tell the difference!

If you enjoyed films like "Millions Like Us" and "2000 Women" then you'll love this one. An easy 10/10!

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