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Director:
Writers:
Moie Charles (original story and screenplay)
Aimée Stuart (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
23 May 1943 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
This film tells the stories of seven 'gentle' British girls who decide to "do their bit" and help out during World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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NewsDesk:
Joyce Howard obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 29 December 2010, 4:00 PM, PST)

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Boring wartime propaganda without any particular pace or verve See more (14 total) »

Cast

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Joan Gates ... Gwen Hayden
Jean Gillie ... Dot Hopkins

Joan Greenwood ... Betty Miller
Joyce Howard ... Anne Lawrence
Rosamund John ... Maggie Fraser

Lilli Palmer ... 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

John Laurie ... Scots Corporal
Mary Jerrold ... Mrs. Sheridan
Meriel Forbes ... Junior Commander Davis
Noreen Craven ... Convoy Sergeant
Miles Malleson ... Guard
Jimmy Hanley ... 1st Soldier
Frederick Peisley ... 2nd Soldier (as Frederich Peisley)
Ronald Shiner ... Racegoer (as Ronnie Shiner)
Harry Welchman ... Captain Ferrier
Rosalyn Boulter ... Telephonist

Leslie Howard ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Arnold ... (uncredited)
Frank Atkinson ... Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Claude Bailey ... Staff Officer (uncredited)
Clifford Buckton ... (uncredited)
Peter Cotes ... Taffy (uncredited)
Amy Dalby ... Lady Behind the Bar at the Dance (uncredited)
Richard George ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
Roland Pertwee ... Captain (uncredited)
Johnnie Schofield ... Sgt in Dance Cafe (uncredited)
Nicholas Stuart ... British Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Leslie Howard 
Maurice Elvey (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Moie Charles (original story and screenplay)

Aimée Stuart (additional dialogue) (as Aimee Stuart)

Doris Langley Moore ("Observations of a Mere Man" written by)

Elizabeth Baron  uncredited
Roland Pertwee  uncredited

Produced by
Derrick De Marney .... producer (as Derrick de Marney)
Leslie Howard .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Greenwood 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Krasker (lighting cameraman)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Saunders 
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Carmen Dillon 
C.P. Norman 
Paul Sheriff (supervising art director)
 
Makeup Department
Marjorie Whittle .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Vincent Permane .... production manager (as Vincent Permaine)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cecil Gurney .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Charles Tasto .... sound mixer
A.W. Watkins .... recording director (as A.W Watkins)
 
Visual Effects by
Derick Williams .... special effects cameraman (as Derek Williams)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cyril J. Knowles .... camera operator (as Cyril Knowles)
Ray Sturgess .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
 
Other crew
Geoffrey Boothby .... associate director
Adrian Brunel .... production consultant
Senior Commander Pratt .... military advisor
Renée Glynne .... assistant production secretary (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1997)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Leslie Howard's last role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in War Stories (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't Dilly DallySee more »

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3 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Boring wartime propaganda without any particular pace or verve, 13 June 2005
Author: csrothwec from Yorkshire, England

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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