The Gentle Sex

  • U
  • Leslie Howard, Maurice Elvey (1943)
  • UK
  • 88 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Viewed today, this drama seems unbearably patronising in its depiction of the contribution made to the war effort by seven socially diverse women who volunteer for service on the same day. But in its day, it served its purpose both as a morale booster and as a recruitment advertisement, thanks to some astute appeals to the patriotic spirit and some spunky acting. The top-notch cast includes Barbara Waring as a catty snob and Lilli Palmer as a timid German immigrant. Sadly, a week after the film was released, its co-director Leslie Howard was killed when his plane was shot down while he was on a secret mission to Portugal.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama following the exploits of a group of seven women from socially diverse backgrounds who join the Auxiliary Territorial Service on the same day.

Cast and crew

Cast

Gwen
Joan Gates
Good Time Dot
Jean Gillie
Betty
Joan Greenwood
Ann Lawrence
Joyce Howard
Maggie Fraser
Rosamund John
Erna
Lilli Palmer
Joan
Barbara Waring
David Sheridan
John Justin
Colonel Lawrence
Frederick Leister
Mrs Sheridan
Mary Jerrold
Mrs Simpson
Everley Gregg
Mrs Fraser
Elliot Mason
Corporal
John Laurie

Crew

Director
Leslie Howard
Director
Maurice Elvey

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
General Film Dist Ltd
Available on video
Certificate U
Categories
Drama

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