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The Next of Kin

Fascinating propaganda film put together by the British Government with U.S. produced prologue and epilogue. "This is how YOU unwittingly help the Nazis." Very well-made and superbly acted.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 16 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1942
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

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During the dark days of World War II, a British traitor secretly gathers information for his Nazi overlords. Gleaning bits of news about military operations from careless, loose-lipped Englishmen, Davis relays them to his chief, who operates a London bookstore. When a Dutch refugee working at the shop, learns of their elaborate espionage activities, she is forced to cooperate or see her loved ones liquidated.

Originally planned as a simple propaganda piece of the "loose lips sink ships" variety, Next of Kin became an all-star vehicle that elicited good reviews from British critics despite its modest production values. Much of the film's dramatic weight rests on the slender shoulders of former child star Nova Pilbeam, who had a key role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and shot to stardom as the leading lady in his 1937 thriller Young and Innocent. Newsreel footage from the front is adroitly blended with newly shot material, and in keeping with the national willingness to participate in the war effort, many prominent actors -- among them Jack Hawkins, Torin Thatcher, Basil Sydney, Phyllis Stanley, Basil Radford, and Naunton Wayne -- take bit parts. When released in the United States additional footage was shot as a prologue and epilogue, in which a General admonishes audiences to be tight-lipped.

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The phrase "Loose Lips Sink Ships" takes on a new and special meaning in the cautionary British war drama NEXT OF KIN. In grade-school-primer fashion, the film shows how careless talk can have a devastating and tragic effect in times of war, sometimes boomeranging on the "talker" in the form of lost loved ones. Extra attention is paid the gossipy "Ma" Webster (Mary Clare), whose casual revelation of troop movements, culled from a recent visit by her son, has long-ranging, fatal consequences. American critics, unmoved by the melodramatic breast-beating of NEXT OF KIN, suggested that the film might cause viewers to swear off moviemaking rather than talking.

Plot Keywords:

Espionage | Germany | Great Britain | Spies | Spy | War
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  • Sales Rank: 3,024
  • UPC: 089218683991
  • Shipping Weight: 0.22/lbs (approx)
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