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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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Joyce Howard obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 29 December 2010, 4:00 PM, PST)

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An unusual British wartime film 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:
Don't Dilly DallySee more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
An unusual British wartime film, 23 November 2003
Author: (jcurrie58@hotmail.com) from Orpington, England

I saw this film recently on TV, and although social attitudes have changed drastically and is a tad patronising, it's still a worthy entry in the "soldiers going through training" film. What is unusual about it is that it concentrates on women rather than men. British films at the time (and for quite a few years afterwards) were male dominated. The recruits are a mixed bunch: Betty Miller (Joan Greenwood), the youngest, has never been away from home before or done anything for herself and is desperately homesick; Dot Hopkins (Jean Gillie)who wants to do something different; Erna the refugee (Lilly Palmer); Maggie Fraser (Rosamond John) the friendly Scottish girl, who never stops eating; Anne Lawrence (Joyce Howard) who is from a service family who knows what she has to do and is the beauty of the group. Joan Simpson (Barbara Waring), who is sharp tongued and stand-offish but who turns out to be as lonely as the rest of them and Gwen Haydon(Joan Gates) the cheery Cockney girl. Although I found the film enjoyable, I would like to have known more about the background of the recruits. Rosamond John's Scottish accent was unconvincing, though her performance was fine. And was Joan Simpson meant to be a lesbian? She showed her disdain for men throughout and the lady who saw her off at the railway station was very affectionate towards her, though she is listed in the credits as "Miss Simpson", although no reference to their being related was never made clear. Joyce Howard is lovely with a warm, friendly personality. I had never heard of her before and wondered if she was a relation to Leslie Howard, the director? And how any stretch of the imagination could John Laurie (the soldier who dances with Maggie) be referred to as "young", as Leslie Howard did in the final narration? He must have be 45 if he was a day. However, it was nice to see him with a smile on his face for a change. All in all, a good entry in the British wartime film genre.

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