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Millions Like Us (1943)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 15 November 1943 (UK)
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 »

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Frank Launder (an original screenplay written by), Sidney Gilliat (an original screenplay written by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Roc ... Celia Crowson
Gordon Jackson ... Fred Blake
Anne Crawford ... Jennifer Knowles
Moore Marriott ... Jim Crowson
Basil Radford ... Charters
Naunton Wayne ... Caldicott
Joy Shelton ... Phyllis Crowson
John Boxer John Boxer ... Tom
Valentine Dunn Valentine Dunn ... Elsie
Megs Jenkins ... Gwen Price
Terry Randall Terry Randall ... Annie
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Mrs. Blythe
John Salew John Salew ... The Doctor
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Miss Wells
Bertha Willmott Bertha Willmott ... The Singer
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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 story line based around the many women conscripted into industrial factory work in support of the home front war effort. It has a cast of many great actresses and actors recognisable to fans of films from this era. With much of the film appearing to be digitally restored this process adds an amazing timeless quality to the faces, fashion, modest hair and make-up styling, which is delightful in itself making the characters appear almost contemporary. Written by Ron Howe

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ceux de chez nous See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage in opening scenes)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Grandpa Jim comments that his daughter Phyllis has progressed from dating "local lads" to "the United Nations". Interestingly, although the international organization with that name did not exist until two years after the film's release, the term "United Nations' was used to describe the allied forces arrayed against the Axis Powers. FDR used the term frequently. See more »

Goofs

Although Fred Blake (Gordon Jackson) is flight crew on a Short Stirling (the type of aircraft Celia makes parts for and which is seen being towed out of the factory), there are at least two shots of Fred's aircraft taking off/climbing which are actually an Avro Lancaster. See more »

Quotes

Miss Wells: [having turned Celia down for the WAAFs, Wrens and ATS] You haven't thought of industry I suppose?
Celia: I don't want to go in a factory if that's what you mean.
Miss Wells: There's nothing to be afraid of in a factory. Mr Bevin
[Ernest Bevin, Minister of Labour]
Miss Wells: needs another million woman you know. And I don't think we should disappoint him at a time like this.
Celia: But I...
Miss Wells: The men at the front need tanks, guns and planes. You can help your country just as much in an overall as you can in a uniform these days.
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Crazy Credits

[Credits for leading actors] -and millions like you- See more »

Connections

References The Young Mr. Pitt (1942) See more »

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Power House
(uncredited)
Music by Raymond Scott
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19 November 1998 | by Gazza-3See all my reviews

Millions Like Us is one of the few films made during the 2nd World War which deals with women factory workers. When Celia gets her call-up papers she wants to do something glamorous like joining the ATS. Instead she is sent to a munitions factory.

This movie is part love story and part propaganda-flic. The propaganda elements are more subtle than in many 40s films eg 'The Next of Kin'. However the life of the factory girl is glamourized. This is Celia's escape from the domestic drudgery of caring for her elderly father and allows her to find true love. Also the togetherness of the factory girls is emphasised throughout the film. The contrast between shots of Celia demure and alone that we see at the start of the film and the final scene of her as an integral part of the group is marked. Not only is munitions work vital to the war effort, we are being told, but it also provides companionship, an outlet and fulfillment for women.

A film about and for women in the workplace may sound like a step forward from the usual patriarchal portrayal of the female sex. Yet, at its heart this is a deeply conservative film. Ultimately Celia finds fulfillment with and through a man and whilst the companionship of women is important, all the female characters are searching for a husband.

However, the Directors should be applauded for having done a good job in making an enjoyable, informative propaganda film.

By the way, look out for the shots of Patricia Roc's feet when she is talking to her husband. Is this an erotic charge or fear of chilblains? Watch the movie and let us know what you think.


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