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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 ...
Jean Gillie ...
Dot Hopkins
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Betty Miller
Joyce Howard ...
Anne Lawrence
Rosamund John ...
Maggie Fraser
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

23 May 1943 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

7 flickor  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

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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

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

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Don't Dilly Dally
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Boring wartime propaganda without any particular pace or verve
13 June 2005 | by (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

My view is that this film has nothing to compare it with wartime productions like "Millions like us", let alone the Powell and Pressburger masterpiece, "A Canterbury Tale". While the production and acting standards are quite good, the whole thing simply lacks pace and sufficient development of either plot or characters to keep the viewer's interest. Rather than attempting to follow the fortunes of seven new recruits to the women's forces in the second world war, (and then dissipating the time covered by the film trying to keep up with all of them), Howard would have done better to focus, (as in the two afore-mentioned films), on a small number of characters and investigate the way in which the relationships between them develop and intensify and, in THESE ways, allow the message of "why we are fighting" to come through much more clearly than in the stiff upper lip, (except, of course, for Lilli Palmer playing "the excitable foreigner"!), rendering of patriotic platitudes which the film produces. A disappointment and, in my view, now mainly of interest only for what it conveys of "established" views of women's war time endeavours in 1943 rather than as visual entertainment which, while being revelatory of its own period, ALSO far transcends this and provides entertainment and reflection of a much deeper nature as well. Right, let's roll "A Canterbury Tale" again and see how it SHOULD have been done!


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