The Golden Age of British Cinema
By Richard Williams. Updated: 30th August, 2015.
British cinema during the 1940s enjoyed a golden age as wartime film-makers found a new freedom to reflect the national mood, producing works of unparalleled ambition and boldness.
Audiences turned to Ealing comedy films, escapist melodrama - often from Gainsborough Pictures - and World War II propaganda.
Kathleen Harrison listens to Stanley Holloway in The Happy Family
Sally Gray and Paul Lukas embrace in A Window in London (1940)
An army truck stops in front of Big Ben in Seven Days to Noon
Jack and Claude Hulbert search an Underground station in Bulldog Jack
This Happy Breed colour photo of a crowd waving Union Jacks
Dangerous Moonlight (1941) opening credits
Alastair Sim and George Cole in Blue Murder at St. Trinian's
The Weak and the Wicked Lobby Card - Glynis Johns
The 39 Steps opening credits (1959)
Shirley (Murray) and Arthur (Holloway) in Passport to Pimlico
Jim (John Mills) punches Ted (Stewart Granger) in Waterloo Road
Pearl Bolton (Kay Hammond) eats an apple as she sits on her bed
Joe (Jonathan Ashmore) holds his pet goat in A Kid for Two Farthings
Cage of Gold (1950) opening credits
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