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 »
After WW2, former RAF airman Clem Morgan joins a gang of black-market smugglers-thieves but when a robbery goes wrong, Clem is caught , framed for a policeman's murder, and is sent to prison where he plots his escape and revenge.
Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie murders a journalist called Fred Hale whom he believes is responsible for... See full summary »
A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing ... See full summary »
Noël Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after World War I, the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is ... See full summary »
The residents of a British village during WWII welcome a platoon of soldiers who are to be billeted with them. The trusting residents then discover that the soldiers are Germans who proceed to hold the village captive.Written by
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Debuted in the UK December 7, 1942, exactly one year following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. See more »
The telegram is addressed to Mrs Frazer - with a Z, but the character is listed as Fraser - with an S. Also in the churchyard after Major Hammond shoots the vicar, a memorial plaque for the fallen in the 1914-18 war lists Maj I G K Fraser also with an S, presumably a relative. In a small village like Bramley End the village shopkeeper, Mrs Collins, would have known the correct spelling. See more »
[the Land Army girls are defending the Manor House]
[Peggy shoots a German]
I shot one
Good girl. You know, we ought to keep score. That's one to you. Half a minute now, I'll have a go.
[Ivy shoots at a German, but misses]
Missed him. Can't even hit a sitting Jerry.
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(after credits) ... and men of The Gloucestershire Regiment By kind permission of The War Office See more »
Alberto Cavalcanti's outstanding piece of wartime propaganda is worthy of Hitchcock at his best. It's a surprisingly bleak and sometimes vicious study of British resilience, light years away from the dull Hollywood sentimentality of "Mrs Miniver". It's about a group of Fifth Columnists who take over a small British village in 1942 in preparation for the German invasion and of how the villagers fight back.
It has all the usual stereotypical villagers, (the post-mistress, the squire etc), but these clichéd parts are turned on their heads with surprisingly suspenseful results. Good performances, too, from everybody in a film that is largely undervalued, certainly in this country where we are inclined to acknowledge our 'heroism' but draw the line at going beyond that, as this film does, somewhat uncomfortably.
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