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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)

User Reviews:
A pleasant and unassuming 'slice of life' drama 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 ... 'Observations of a Mere Man' spoken by / 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 (as A Leslie Howard Production)
 
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  (as 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 Sound System)
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:
Nellie DeanSee more »

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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A pleasant and unassuming 'slice of life' drama, 19 July 2002
Author: RitaRisque from Australia

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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