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Millions Like Us (1943)

Categorised as a British World War II propaganda film this less known example is a superb work of morale-boosting films from mid World War 2. Well written and directed the film has a simple... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Crawford ...
Moore Marriott ...
Basil Radford ...
Naunton Wayne ...
Joy Shelton ...
John Boxer ...
Valentine Dunn ...
Megs Jenkins ...
Terry Randall ...
Amy Veness ...
Mrs. Blythe
John Salew ...
The Doctor
Beatrice Varley ...
Miss Wells
Bertha Willmott ...
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Categorised as a British World War II propaganda film this less known example is a superb work of morale-boosting films from mid World War 2. Well written and directed the film has a simple story line based around the many women conscripted into industrial factory work in support of the home front war effort. It has a cast of many great actresses and actors recognisable to fans of films from this era. With much of the film appearing to be digitally restored this process adds an amazing timeless quality to the faces, fashion, modest hair and make-up styling, which is delightful in itself making the characters appear almost contemporary. Written by Ron Howe

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Release Date:

15 November 1943 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ceux de chez nous  »

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(BAF Sound System)


(archive footage in opening scenes)|

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1.37 : 1
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Grandpa Jim comments that his daughter Phyllis has progressed from dating "local lads" to "the United Nations". Interestingly, although the international organization with that name did not exist until two years after the film's release, the term "United Nations' was used to describe the allied forces arrayed against the Axis Powers. FDR used the term frequently. See more »


Although Fred Blake (Gordon Jackson) is flight crew on a Short Stirling (the type of aircraft Celia makes parts for and which is seen being towed out of the factory), there are at least two shots of Fred's aircraft taking off/climbing which are actually an Avro Lancaster. See more »


Caldicott: You seem to be taking a deuce of a lot of stuff with you old man. How long do you think this war's going to last?
Charters: Nothing like being on the safe side Caldicott.
Caldicott: Personally I think it will be over by Christmas.
Charters: Ha ha - that's what they said in the last war.
Caldicott: Well, last time they said it would be over by Christmas and it wasn't. This time it might be.
Charters: I doubt whether that's very sound logic old man.
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The Women Behind The Men Who Kept Us All Free
1 September 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Millions Like Us is a tribute film to the women of the United Kingdom who were the Rosie the Riveteers of the Blessed Isle. With a much less population base to draw from, Great Britain relied far more than the United States to keep the war production running so the men could do the fighting. And being under aerial attack by the Nazis, they endured a lot more than American factory workers of any sex did.

On the American home-front, my mother freshly graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in Rochester, worked in the Bausch&Lomb factory, making all kinds of optical lenses for war production as that was all Bausch&Lomb was doing in 1943 when this film was made. Before that she worked after school there part time. Still it was a voluntary thing because she had a brother in the service. It was hardly the regimented lives you see these women leading, moved to far away location with new factories springing up in the country to avoid bombing. There's a reference in the film to Mr. Bevin's manpower needs filled by women and they are referring to Ernest Bevin, trade union leader, Labor MP, and in charge in the wartime Coalition Cabinet of such mobilization.

The film centers primarily around two women, Patricia Roc and Anne Crawford, two of the loveliest beauties ever to grace the screen for the UK. Both are transplanted from the city, Roc is one of three sisters living with their widowed father Moore Marriott who's a member of the Home Guard. She has a bittersweet romance with RAF sergeant young Gordon Jackson in his first role of notice.

Anne Crawford's a sexy thing used who's been around. She's not taking to factory work at all, but in spite of herself and in spite of himself, she's taking nicely to factory foreman Eric Portman and he, her.

Roc is best remembered by Americans in her one and only Hollywood film, the western Canyon Passage. And Crawford before she died tragically at the age of 36 made her mark across the pond as Morgan LeFay in Knights of the Round Table with Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner. Anne didn't yield an inch to Ava in the beauty department.

Today's audience will have it driven home just how much danger of invasion the United Kingdom was in when they see the direction signs on roads cut down and painted over. The better for the enemy not to be helped should he land.

This film is a historic classic, a must for today's audience to learn what and how much a free people might endure to stay free. Women like Roc and Crawford and the Millions Like {Us} them kept the men in the fight, kept Great Britain free and ultimately kept us all free.

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