16 user 3 critic

The Next of Kin (1942)

Wartime propaganda piece giving the warning "Be like Dad, Keep Mum". A gossipy housewife is overheard talking about what her son is doing by a Nazi spy.


Thorold Dickinson


Thorold Dickinson (original screen play), Basil Bartlett (original screen play) | 2 more credits »
1 win. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ... No. 23 (Mr. Davis) (as Ft. Lt. Mervyn Johns RAF.VR.)
John Chandos John Chandos ... No. 16
Nova Pilbeam ... Beppie Leemans
Reginald Tate ... Maj. Richards (as Sqn-Ldr. Reginald Tate RAF.VR.)
Stephen Murray ... Mr. Barratt (as L/C Stephen Murray RASC)
Geoffrey Hibbert Geoffrey Hibbert ... Pte. John
Philip Friend ... Lieut. Cummings
Phyllis Stanley ... Miss Clare, the dancer
Mary Clare ... Mrs. 'Ma' Webster
Basil Sydney ... Naval Captain
Joss Ambler ... Mr. Vemon
Brefni O'Rorke ... The Brigadier Blunt
Alexander Field Alexander Field ... Pte. Durnford
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Intelligence Officer (as Ft-Lt. David Hutcheson RAF.VR.)
Jack Hawkins ... Brigade Major Harcourt (as 2nd. Lt. Jack Hawkins RWF)


A woman's idle remark about her son has devastating consequences when she is overheard by a nazi spy. Thorold Dickinson's eerily credible account of Fifth Column activity started life as a propaganda short, only to be expanded (at the MOI's behest) into a feature on the dangers of careless talk.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Gorgeous LIPS...A LOVER'S TRYST THAT SENT 1,000 MEN TO THEIR DOOM! STARTLING! (Print Ad-Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 13 July 1943)


Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


When Mervyn Johns is waiting in the bookshop he stands by a photograph of a nude in the magazine L'Art Catalan. The girl in the picture is hardly Catalan, and it is surprising the censor passed it. Also when the stripper comes down the stairs during the performance, she passes a large silhouette of a nude. The censor was clearly asleep. See more »


When Beppie meets her soldier boyfriend near his north of England training ground, he is standing by a Western National bus stop. Western National only operated in the South West of England, not the North. See more »


Joe - Irish seaman: The holy mother herself would be needin' a tin hat on a night like this.
See more »

Crazy Credits

SECURITY This is the story of how YOU - unwittingly worked for the Enemy, YOU - without knowing gave him the facts, YOU in all innocence helped to write those tragic words - 'THE NEXT OF KIN' See more »


Referenced in Enigma (2001) See more »


Harlem Blues
Music by W.C. Handy
See more »

User Reviews

See the film Winston Churchill wanted to ban...
24 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

According to IMDB, Winston Churchill wanted to have this film banned. After seeing it, I can understand...though I am glad the movie was shown to British audiences during the war. This is because it's a different sort of war film...one without the usual cliches and with a much higher degree of realism. So realistic in part of the story that the British get their butts kicked by the Germans and a few of the Brits in the story don't act so intelligently or honorably.

The theme in the movie is essentially for military folks to keep their mouths shut and their wits about them, as Nazi agents might be about their country in order to report all that they see to their bosses back in Germany. Again and again through the course of the picture, you see some Brits working hard to stop the German spy apparatus but far more who unwittingly help the enemy through their own stupidity.

I really appreciated how the film passed on an essential message without making the Nazis like the usual snarling villains in war films. I also appreciate how intelligent the script is. In fact, the only things I didn't love about the film was some of its use of stock footage near the end....which is a real shame since they did a great job of creating realistic looking battle scenes. Well worth seeing.

By the way, you can sure tell this was NOT made in Hollywood, as you get a brief glimpse of boobs as well as having a curse word. This is not to say British films of the era had an anything goes style...British censorship was very strong...just not regarding a curse word or showing a book with a bare chested lady on the cover.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

15 May 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Next of Kin See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed