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The Weaker Sex (1948)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 October 1948 (UK)
Life on the home front during World War 2. Martha Dacre tries to keep her home running as normal, during the run up to the D Day landings. With several lodgers to contend with, and her son ... See full summary »


Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)


Esther McCracken (play), Esther McCracken (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Ursula Jeans ... Martha Dacre
Cecil Parker ... Geoffrey Radcliffe
Joan Hopkins Joan Hopkins ... Helen
Derek Bond ... Nigel
Lana Morris ... Lolly
John Stone John Stone ... Roddy
Digby Wolfe Digby Wolfe ... Benjie
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Gaye
Bill Owen ... Soldier
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ... Harriet Lessing
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Captain Dishart


Life on the home front during World War 2. Martha Dacre tries to keep her home running as normal, during the run up to the D Day landings. With several lodgers to contend with, and her son and daughter away serving in the Navy, she has chosen to stay as a housewife. When her son's ship is damaged during the landings, she begins to regret, not taking a war job. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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11 October 1948 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Martha Dacre quotes from "Life a duty" by Ellen Sturgis Hooper (February 17, 1812 - November 3, 1848): "I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty; / I woke, and found that life was Duty." See more »


[first lines]
Geoffrey Radcliffe: I'm so sorry - the bell doesn't work.
Mrs. Gaye: I'm from the domestic agency.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: A Naval Base somewhere in England in the Summer of 1944. See more »


Referenced in Good Neighbors: The Weaker Sex? (1975) See more »


These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
Written (1936) by Eric Maschwitz and Jack Strachey
Sung by Cecil Parker in opening scene
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Of historical interest only.
11 April 2001 | by Adira-2See all my reviews

"The Weaker Sex" is two things. Firstly it is a tribute to the British housewife ("To those who also served, though they were too busy to stand and wait"). Secondly it is a look at contemporary (1948) history through the eyes of a middle-aged housewife.

Though both these goals are admirable, the way they were carried out made a lopsided and rambling film. The first half of the picture, which takes place from D-Day to VE Night, shows a family under the stress of war. The incidents which fill this part of "The Weaker Sex" - air raids, lost and wounded brothers and sons, D-Day landings - are exciting enough to mask the fact that there isn't really any overarching plot, and the characters are going nowhere.

However the second half of the movie, which takes place in the postwar "Age of Austerity" doesn't have this built-in excitement factor. While watching a family coping with peace and the aftermath of war should have been interesting, if only for the novelty value, this half of the picture felt like an epilogue to the real movie. It is possible, even probable, that real life felt like this after the war, but sometimes reality doesn't

Perhaps there was a third purpose behind this movie. On the whole all the characters in "The Weaker Sex" are nice people: decent, doing their duty, law abiding, and not inclined to grumble. Given the era it was made in, it was perhaps intended to boost morale by reminding people how lucky they really were - that though times were hard they had peace, freedom and hope for the future.

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