Next of Kin

Next of Kin

Director: Thorold Dickinson Cast: Basil Sydney, Frederick Leister, Reginald Tate



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2012
UPC: 0089218683991
Original Release: 1942
Source: Alpha Video
Presentation: [B&W]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Basil Sydney Naval Captain
Frederick Leister Colonel
Reginald Tate Maj. Richards
Jack Hawkins Brigade Major
David Hutcheson Intelligence Officer
Phyllis Stanley Miss Clare
Mary Clare Ma Webster
Torin Thatcher German General
Nova Pilbeam Beppie Leemans
Mervyn Johns Mr. Davis, No. 23
John Chandos No. 16, His Contact
Frank Allenby Actor
Joss Ambler Mr. Vernon
Alexander Field Pvt. Durnford
Philip Friend Lt. Cummins
Geoffrey Hibbert Pvt. John
Thora Hird ATS Girl
J. Edgar Hoover Narrator in Prolog & Epilog
Stephen Murray Mr. Barrett
Richard Norris Pvt. Jimmy
Brefni O'Rorke Brigadier
Basil Radford Actor
Johnnie Schofield Actor
Charles Victor Seaman
Naunton Wayne Careless Talker
Victor Weske Actor

Technical Credits
Thorold Dickinson Director,Screenwriter
Michael Balcon Producer
Basil Bartlett Screenwriter
John Dighton Screenwriter
Ernest Irving Musical Direction/Supervision
Angus MacPhail Screenwriter
Tom Morahan Art Director
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
Ray Pitt Editor
William Walton Score Composer

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