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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ... No 23: Mr Davis (as Flight Lieut. Mervyn Johns)
John Chandos John Chandos ... No 16: his contact
Nova Pilbeam ... Beppie Leemans
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ... Maj. Richards (as Squadron Leader Reginald Tate)
Stephen Murray ... Mr. Barratt (as L/C Stephen Murray)
Geoffrey Hibbert Geoffrey Hibbert ... Pvt. John (as Flight Lieut. Geoffrey Hibbert)
Philip Friend ... Lt. Cummins
Phyllis Stanley ... Miss Clare, dancer
Mary Clare ... Mrs. 'Ma' Webster
Basil Sydney ... Naval captain
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Mr Vemon
Brefni O'Rorke ... Brigadier Blunt
Alexander Field Alexander Field ... Pvt. Durnford
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Intelligence officer
Jack Hawkins ... Brigade Major Harcourt (as 2nd Lieut Jack Hawkins)


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.

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Release Date:

15 June 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alguien habló See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The War Office asked Ealing to make a feature length training film for them on the subject of security, but provided minimal funds. Ealing more than doubled the budget from their own resources, to produce a film whose appeal transcended its military function. The very large profits from commercial distribution went first to repay this outlay, then to the War Office rather than Ealing. See more »


Brigadier Blunt: You all know what a traitor is. A traitor's a man who deliberately gives away his side to the Enemy. but a patriot can easily do as much harm as a traitor. He can do it by letting slip some unimportant tuppeny-ha'penny detail that may have no value in itself whatever...
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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 »


Doushka (Waltz)
Music by Ernest Irving
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How easy it is to unintentionally betray one's own country
22 August 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

I loved this film. It is so genuine, all the persons playing part in it are so very much alive and convincing, that you get under the skin of them all, whether they end up badly or not, even the spies and the crooks. This is not the only war film Winston Churchill wanted to ban, there were a number and several of the best, and this is one of them. Fortunately he didn't succeed in banning any of them.

Especially so long afterwards, 76 years later to be exact, it's immensely rewarding to see such an example of supreme realism all the way, of ordinary people, officers and soldiers, spies and victims, in their very various precarious situations, all under severe pressure, some under threats of death or worse, but all keeping on working and straining themselves for what everyone of them believes is for the best of all. The Germans are not depicted as crooks and villains, they are rather very well objectively filmed, like also the Britishers. They are all doing an extremely difficult job under extreme strain, and this was during the year when the war reached its deepest crisis. It is almost perfectly documentary in character all the way.

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