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Two Thousand Women (1944)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, War | October 1951 (USA)
Women in a French Internment camp conceal downed British airmen from Nazi soldiers, and try to help them escape. Produced by Edward Black. Written and directed by Frank Launder.

Director:

Frank Launder

Writers:

Michael Pertwee (additional dialogue), Frank Launder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Calvert ... Freda Thompson
Flora Robson ... Miss Muriel Manningford
Patricia Roc ... Rosemary Brown
Renee Houston ... Maud Wright
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Alec Harvey
Anne Crawford ... Margaret Long
Jean Kent ... Bridie Johnson
James McKechnie James McKechnie ... Jimmy Moore
Robert Arden ... Dave Kennedy (as Rob Arden)
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... Sergt. Hentzner
Muriel Aked Muriel Aked ... Miss Claire Meredith
Kathleen Boutall Kathleen Boutall ... Mrs. Hadfield
Hilda Campbell-Russell Hilda Campbell-Russell ... Mrs. Hope Latimer
Christiana Forbes Christiana Forbes ... Frau Holweg
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Burtshaw
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Storyline

In the darkest hours of World War II, France falls to the Germans and all English women in the country are rounded-up and forced into internment camps. Fearful of being deported to the Gestapo's brothels, over 2,000 English women bide their time in an aging chateau which serves as their prison. Females of all walks of life and classes are thrown together and forced to live a humiliating existence where they must beg for even the most basic privileges. Freda, who hides a treacherous secret, is an journalist who had lived a posh existence writing human interest stories for the dailies. She spars with sultry and free-loving Bridie, who is willing to trade her affections for black market goods. New prisoner Rose finds herself leading the underground when two RAF pilots crash behind enemy lines and seek aid in getting back to England. Written by rf_in_va

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You'll be amazed at the "Goings on" when Four R-A-F AIRMEN "drop in" on a camp of men hungry Women!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of 1,000 Women See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First film of Robert Arden. See more »

Quotes

Freda Thompson: What's bothering you? Never undressed in front of others before?
Rosemary Brown: No, it's - it's just that I'd rather bath on my own.
Freda Thompson: Wouldn't we all. You know, you'll offend them if you'll back out now, with all the trouble they've taken. Snap out of it kid. Strip and become a popular figure!
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Alternate Versions

Also known as "One Thousand Women" in a shorter version of the same film which omits the Patricia Roc character story-line. See more »

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Featured in A Bit of Scarlet (1997) See more »

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Crown of Joy
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Music by Sando Dicker
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Annoying women
23 March 2010 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

The setting is a women's internment camp which resembles a very large, posh country house with several halls, plenty of space and some luxury rooms. Three RAF pilots find their way into the camp and the women must hide them before these 3 heroic chaps can make their escape. Will things work out as planned....?

There are definitely not 2,000 women in this place. There are, however, a group of irritating women who deserve to be incarcerated. Phyllis Calvert as "Freda" speaks in a ghastly posh accent for the whole film and is quite annoying. Jean Kent as "Bridie" is the funniest to watch while Renee Houston as "Maude" is far better as a cabaret singer/performer than as a wise-cracking street-girl. Betty Jardine does well as section supervisor "Teresa" but there are no great performances in this story. Patricia Roc as "Rosemary" comes off as the best character but she shouldn't be in the film in the first place. She is caught by the French signalling to German airplanes to blow up an ammunition hold. She's in the wrong goddam prison!

An attempt is made at sentimentalism by having somebody sing "There's no place like home" whilst we pan across several of the women's faces. It's rubbish. Another moment that doesn't work happens when Muriel (Flora Robson) and Clairen (Muriel Aked) are taken away to a German prison camp. I'm afraid that we just don't care! There is no drama. The men have absolutely no presence and come across as slightly wimpish.

The ending is laughably bad. I'm not referring to the plot but to the rendition of "There'll always be an England". However, the film is lightweight fluff that passes the time and it's OK as that.


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