1948 Certificate: u

Synopsis

Drama exploring everyday events in the lives of a middle-class English family during and after World War Two. Starring Ursula Jeans and Cecil Parker.

Director

  • Roy Baker

Cast

  • Joan Hopkins

  • Cecil Parker

  • Ursula Jeans

Review

Second feature film in the distinguished career of British director Roy (Ward) Baker, who scored best when, as here, he chronicled the lives of ordinary people living on the edges of themselves and their resourcefulness. His career really took off after serving a solid 13-year apprenticeship in the business, first with Gainsborough Films, then making wartime films for service personnel. This was a typical World War Two drama: not only is mum (Ursula Jeans) a housewife and canteen worker, but she also manages to fit in war work as a firewatcher! And she has two soldiers billeted in her cramped house alongside her two daughters (who serve in the Wrens). But the best reviews of the period were saved for Thora Hird as Mrs Gage, the 'daily' with a dry sense of humour. One of her co-stars is a young Bill Owen, now her regular co-star in The Last of the Summer Wine. Good, solid drama told convincingly - if a trifle over-sentimental today.