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For Freedom (1940)

| Drama, War | 4 May 1940 (UK)
A semi-dramatized compilation showing major political and cultural events of the twentieth century leading to the outbreak of World War II.


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Credited cast:
Will Fyffe ... Chief
Anthony Hulme Anthony Hulme ... Steve
E.V.H. Emmett E.V.H. Emmett ... Ted / Commentator
Guy Middleton ... Pierre
Albert Lieven ... Fritz
Hugh McDermott ... Sam
Arthur Goullet Arthur Goullet ... Ivan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Engineer Angel Engineer Angel ... Himself - Engineer Angel, S.S. Tairoa
Arthur Denton Arthur Denton
Patrick Dove Patrick Dove ... Himself - Captain Patrick G.G. Dove, S.S. Africa Shell (as Captain Patrick Dove)
Anthony Eden ... Himself (archive footage)
J.E.T. Harper J.E.T. Harper ... Narrator (as Vice Admiral J.E.T. Harper)
Aubrey Jenkins Aubrey Jenkins ... Himself - Enginer-Officer Aubrey Jenkins, S.S. Doric Star
David Lloyd George David Lloyd George ... Himself (archive footage)
Miles Malleson ... Minor Role


A semi-dramatized compilation showing major political and cultural events of the twentieth century leading to the outbreak of World War II.

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


Drama | War







Release Date:

4 May 1940 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steve: War hasn't broken out yet.
Chief: No, but right now peace is running a temperature of a hundred and five with double pneumonia and pleurisy thrown in.
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South of the Border
Written (1939) by Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr
Performed by British prisoners in the Graf Spee
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Not your typical propaganda film
25 June 2000 | by jbone-4See all my reviews

The state run TV station (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)seems to program a lot of unusual British films from the 30's to the 50's and this one is no exception. Being made in 1940 and concerning the sinking of the German pocket battleship Graf Spee, one could come to the conclusion that it would be a typical heavy propaganda film but in fact I found it quite light almost like the Ealing comedies films.

The setting is in a newsreel production company and shows events leading up to the war, Chamberlains visit to Germany, etc. Even the events leading up to the sinking of the Graf Spee is dramatised such as the capturing and sinking of British liners.

Only in the final few minutes does a real military figure come on and start laying down a few heavy facts.

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