The Foreman Went to France

The Foreman Went to France

Charles Frend (1941)

PG Certificate
Monday 9:15am - 11am Talking Pictures TV


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Having learned his craft under Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Frend edited some of the most impressive British pictures of the 1930s, including Goodbye, Mr Chips. He later graduated to direction during the Second World War and shot three of the most interesting docudramas of the conflict. Made between The Big Blockade and San Demetrio, London, this engaging flag-waver was based on the true-life exploits of Melbourne Johns, who crossed the Channel to smuggle vital machine tools back to Blighty. Clifford Evans and Constance Cummings tackle the mission with suitable gravitas, while troopers Gordon Jackson and Tommy Trinder provide some welcome light relief.


A factory foreman sent into occupied territory to recover vital machinery from under the Nazis' noses. Fact-based Second World War comedy drama, starring Tommy Trinder, Gordon Jackson, Robert Morley and Clifford Evans.

Cast & Crew

Tommy Tommy Trinder
Jock Gordon Jackson
French mayor Robert Morley
Fred Carrick Clifford Evans
Anne Constance Cummings
Stationmaster Ernest Milton
French skipper Francis L Sullivan
Collins Owen Reynolds
Director Charles Frend
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama