Next of Kin

Next of Kin


Thorold Dickinson's eerily credible account of Fifth Column activity started life as a propaganda short, only to be expanded (at the MOI's behest) into a feature on the dangers of careless talk. Mervyn Johns gives a chillingly unassuming performance as the Nazi agent whose dual ability to invite confidences and blend into the background enables him to learn key secrets about an impending commando raid on a continental stronghold. Dickinson planned to use the failure of the attack to ram home his message. But Churchill intervened, fearing the film's effect on morale, and insisted the assault should succeed, but with heavy casualties.


Second World War propaganda film on the dangers of careless talk.