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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Gates ...
Gwen Hayden
Jean Gillie ...
Dot Hopkins
...
Betty Miller
Joyce Howard ...
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
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Scots Corporal
Mary Jerrold ...
Mrs. Sheridan
Meriel Forbes ...
Junior Commander Davis
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Storyline

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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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propaganda | world war two

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

23 May 1943 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

7 flickor  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Leslie Howard's last role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Narrator: That dispatch rider... I keep forgetting it's a girl.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "Woman, when I behold thee, flippant, vain, inconstant, childish, proud and full of fancies" (spoken by Leslie Howard) See more »

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Nellie Dean
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Armstrong
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A propaganda film paying tribute to the women of the ATS
24 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film should be watched with an understanding of its intentions, which was to bolster morale and pay tribute to the ordinary British women serving in the ATS, as well as encourage recruitment. There were many propaganda films made around this time, some better than others, but they all had a huge impact on helping the war effort. These were not career soldiers, remember. They'd been called up from offices, shops and factories from all over Britain and did a fantastic job. Practically every British family had at least one female member serving in the ATS during the second world war. We're reminded over and over again, that these women were doing the kind of work normally reserved for men and more important were valued for it! Every so often, a bystander will remark on how hard they work. The film lost no opportunity to remind a tired and increasingly demoralised British public what the war was about and why it was important not to give in.


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