• Film

The Next of Kin


Time Out says

Originally intended as an army training film advising that 'Careless Talk Costs Lives', this was expanded by Ealing into a feature thriller. The switch shows in the didactic pacing, especially at the beginning, but like Cavalcanti's Went The Day Well? (though not as good), the film has a chillingly casual authenticity as it noses into seedy byways to uncover the chain of fifth columnists that includes an antiquarian bookseller (Murray), a stripper (Stanley) and an Irish sailor (Victor). Although the ending was softened when Churchill wanted to have the film banned as a threat to morale (the 'betrayed' commando raid succeeds, though only at the cost of heavy casualties), it still stands up pretty well.

Release Details

  • Duration:102 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Thorold Dickinson
  • Screenwriter:Thorold Dickinson, John Dighton, Angus Macphail, Basil Bartlett
  • Cast:
    • Mervyn Johns
    • John Chandos
    • Nova Pilbeam
    • David Hutcheson
    • Stephen Murray
    • Phyllis Stanley
    • Charles Victor
    • Basil Radford
    • Naunton Wayne
    • Jack Hawkins
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