The fun starts when a group of A.T.S. girls are posted to a light ack-ack command post on a remote part of the English coast.

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Lt. Gordon Brown
Barbara Murray ...
Pvt. Betty Brown
Carole Lesley ...
Pvt. Marge White
Ronald Shiner ...
Gunner Slocum
Naunton Wayne ...
Major Pym
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John Cairney ...
Gunner Willie Ross
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Joan Rice ...
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Bombardier Peter Palmer
Peter Jones ...
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Barbara Hicks ...
Sgt. Merrifield
John Welsh ...
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Judy Grinham ...
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The fun starts when a group of A.T.S. girls are posted to a light ack-ack command post on a remote part of the English coast.

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1 April 1960 (Finland)  »

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The outside of the carriages suggests that they belong to the LNER (London & North Eastern Railway); the interiors have LMS (London, Midland & Scottish) antimacassars (head rest covers). See more »

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Light Cavalry Overture
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Music by Franz von Suppé
Arranged by Laurie Johnson
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Aimiable Army Comedy
17 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The soundtrack blares out 'Girls in Arms' and you suspect this was the original title of the film, from the same people who'd made the nautical farce GIRLS AT SEA shortly before. Certainly 'Operation Bull' is only an incident toward the end of the picture.

Naunton Wayne is the exasperated Major Pym, in charge of a World War Two anti-aircraft unit with women in the majority. They can get little right, with some competing for the affections of ladies' man Lieutenant Brown - Donald Sinden in the days before he acquired that extraordinary accent. When his wife Betty - the adorable Barbara Murray - is somehow posted to the unit, mistaken identities, misunderstandings and compromising situations are the inevitable result.

This is a likable mixture of farce and time-honoured comical army routines. Dora Bryan loses her skirt on parade, while Peter Jones is a weapons enthusiast with an unintelligible Stanley Unwin-type patter. Some years later, Jones also featured in the crude and mirthless CARRY ON ENGLAND, which had a similar theme and identical ending. Best moments though are the scenes between Brown and Betty, their relationship complicated by man-hungry Carole Lesley.


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