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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 ...
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
Scots Corporal
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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Release Date:

23 May 1943 (UK)  »

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7 flickor  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The title sequence begins with a self-mocking message in the style of a needlework sampler: 1838 THE GENTLE SEX In whatever station in life a woman is placed, a spirit of modesty, humility, obedience & submission will always be required of her...

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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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My brief review of the film
8 October 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Thinly disguised World War II propaganda, it nevertheless effectively gets it message across, however as a film for satisfying viewing, it does not quite work. The main problem is that there is too little drama driving the film, however the characters are also not developed very well as individuals, which makes it hard to keep track of who is who, and it makes it hard to care for any of them. The philosophies the film brings up are rather wishy-washy, but not all is bad here. The material is edited all quite well together, and Leslie Howard, who is seen from behind in early shots, narrates the movie quite well: he has such an easy-to-listen-to voice. So, this is not quite terrible viewing, but neither it is a good film by any stretch.

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