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The Gentle Sex (1943)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 May 1943 (UK)
This film tells the stories of seven 'gentle' British girls who decide to "do their bit" and help out during World War II.

Directors:

Leslie Howard, Maurice Elvey (uncredited)

Writers:

Moie Charles (original story and screenplay), Aimée Stuart (additional dialogue) (as Aimee Stuart) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Gates Joan Gates ... Gwen Hayden
Jean Gillie ... Dot Hopkins
Joan Greenwood ... Betty Miller
Joyce Howard ... Anne Lawrence
Rosamund John ... Maggie Fraser
Lilli Palmer ... Erna Debruski
Barbara Waring Barbara Waring ... Joan Simpson
John Justin ... Flying Officer David Sheridan
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Mrs. Fraser (as Elliot Mason)
Tony Bazell Tony Bazell ... Ted (as Anthony Bazell)
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Colonel Lawrence
Everley Gregg Everley Gregg ... Miss Simpson
John Laurie ... Scots Corporal
Mary Jerrold Mary Jerrold ... Mrs. Sheridan
Meriel Forbes Meriel Forbes ... Junior Commander Davis
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Storyline

During the War seven women from very different backgrounds find themselves together in the Auxiliary Territorial Services. They are soon drilling, driving lorries, and manning ack-ack batteries. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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propaganda | world war two | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

7 flickor See more »

Filming Locations:

Carlisle, Cumbria, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Leslie Howard's last role. See more »

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The locomotive pulling the carriages from the Southern Railway London terminus where the women board, is a different class locomotive seen later in the film prior to their arrival at the Army base. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: That dispatch rider... I keep forgetting it's a girl.
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Prologue following opening credits: "Woman, when I behold thee, flippant, vain, inconstant, childish, proud and full of fancies" (spoken by Leslie Howard) See more »

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Don't Dilly Dally
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Written by Charles Collins and Fred W. Leigh
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Wartime Story of women in the ATS
18 November 2007 | by rtaggart-1See all my reviews

I am a great aficionado of 1940s -50s black and white movies, but I am afraid this one seemed like a lead balloon. The premise was interesting - Leslie Howard as an almost God - like figure looking down on the milling crowd and selecting his characters -and I settled back for an interesting story to unfold. I waited in vain. Not only did very little happen (which can still mean an excellent movie)but there was very little character development. I ended up with the feeling that women were basically rather boring, spineless creatures, which is surely the antithesis of what the film was trying to achieve? I've seen so many films from this era and later where we see women as they really are, innovative, brave,tender, funny,witty. It's the first time I've seen Lilli Palmer as a quiet colourless creature. There were endless opportunities for fun/tragedy/drama,etc, which just didn't materialise. Even the music hall song was flat and stale. Perhaps in its time it might have worked as a propaganda film purely to show that women can be successful in the army but apart from this I'm afraid it was a non -starter and I gave it the thumbs down.


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