The Next of Kin

Film, Thrillers

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.

By: TM


Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

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