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The Gentle Sex (1943)

This film tells the stories of seven 'gentle' British girls who decide to "do their bit" and help out during World War II.

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Gates ...
Gwen Hayden
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Dot Hopkins
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Betty Miller
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Maggie Fraser
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Barbara Waring ...
Joan Simpson
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Flying Officer David Sheridan
Elliott Mason ...
Mrs. Fraser (as Elliot Mason)
Tony Bazell ...
Ted (as Anthony Bazell)
Frederick Leister ...
Colonel Lawrence
Everley Gregg ...
Miss Simpson
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Scots Corporal
Mary Jerrold ...
Mrs. Sheridan
Meriel Forbes ...
Junior Commander Davis
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

23 May 1943 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

7 flickor  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title sequence begins with a self-mocking message in the style of a needlework sampler: 1838 THE GENTLE SEX In whatever station in life a woman is placed, a spirit of modesty, humility, obedience & submission will always be required of her...

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Goofs

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

[last lines]
Narrator: Let's give in at last and admit that we're really proud of you, you strange, wonderful, incalculable creatures. The world you're helping to shape is going to be a better world because you're helping to shape it. Pray silence gentlemen. I give you a toast - the gentle sex.
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Crazy Credits

The opening titles and closing credits are in the style of a cross-stitch embroidery sampler. Embroidery is stereotypically a female hobby. See more »

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Nellie Dean
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Armstrong
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Ladies First
29 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Seven attractive women join the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) in Great Britain during World War II. This was a volunteer branch of the British Army, for female participants, like the United States Women's Army Corps (WACs). The "lead" is (arguably) platinum blonde Joyce Howard (as Anne Lawrence), but they are all essentially supporting roles. The women come from different locations and classes. They get to know each other during training (better than we get to know them). All have moments and/or potential, but it's all for naught...

You're likely to recognize the director in the opening sequence is actor Leslie Howard. He keeps his back to the camera while narrating, but still shows a bit of cheek. Later on, Howard's back for another cameo. Presumably "omniscient", Mr. Howard doesn't add much to the story, though his presence helps make the film seem more cohesive. In reality, "The Gentle Sex" is weak on storytelling and character development. Rumored to have been doing more work for the Allies than making movies, Howard died when his plane was shot down by Nazis in June 1943. A tragic loss.

***** The Gentle Sex (4/15/43) Leslie Howard ~ Joyce Howard, Lilli Palmer, Rosamund John, Joan Greenwood


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