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The Foreman Went to France (1942)

Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns, an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment.

Director:

Charles Frend

Writers:

J.B. Priestley (original narrative), Angus MacPhail (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tommy Trinder ... Tommy Hoskins, 19th Fusillers
Constance Cummings ... Anne Stafford, the American girl
Clifford Evans ... Fred Carrick, the foreman
Robert Morley ... Mayor Coutare of Bivary
Gordon Jackson ... Alastair 'Jock' MacFarlan, 19th Fusillers
Ernest Milton Ernest Milton ... Stationmaster in La Tour
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Aircraft Spotter on Works Roof
John Williams ... 'English' Army Captain
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... Prefect of Rouville
Anita Palacine Anita Palacine ... La Tour Barmaid
Francis L. Sullivan ... French Skipper (as François Sully)
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Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns, an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 June 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Somewhere in France See more »

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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Blewitt and Gordon Jackson also appeared in 'Nine Men' together, released a year later. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: This picture is dedicated to Melbourne Johns. He is the foreman who went to France, and our story is based on his adventures. See more »

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Featured in Close to the Enemy: Episode #1.3 (2016) See more »

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A useful reminder of "Operation Ariel"
25 August 2012 | by wrs10See all my reviews

It has been a decade or more since I last saw this film. In 1942 it must have been very close to British audience. Nowadays most people still are aware of the evacuation from Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) but the evacuation from Normandy and other points along the coast (Operation Ariel) is far less well known even although nearly as many British troops were brought home by Ariel as by Dynamo. The film did not dwell too much on the grim conditions (the audience wanted a bit of escapism after all) but conveyed the notion that no-one knows when they will be called on to "do their bit" for victory and hopefully rise to the occasion.

By the time of the release of the film the Battle of Midway had been won, the Germans had 57 tanks in North Africa and Generals January and February had taken their toll of the Germans in the Eastern Front. Although the Battle of the Atlantic had yet to be won the audience had grounds for optimism. The film had to have been made before it was clear that the tide had turned so it was quite remarkable that it should have hit just the right note.


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