The Next of Kin


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| Film | B&W | Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War | 1h 42min |
| Stars: Mervyn Johns, John Chandos, Nova Pilbeam | Director: Thorold Dickinson

Careless talk causes loss of life in a commando raid

Cast (26)

Grimshaw (Mervyn Johns) wears a hat and bow tie in My Learned Friend (1943)
No 23
John Chandos
No 16
Nova Pilbeam
Beppie Leemans
Reginald Tate
Maj Richards
Stephen Murray
Mr Barratt
Geoffrey Hibbert
Pte John
Philip Friend
Lt Cummings
Phyllis Stanley
Miss Clare, the dancer
Mary Clare
Mrs ‘Ma’ Webster
Basil Sydney
Naval Capt
Joss Ambler
Mr Vemon
Brefni O’Rorke
The Brigadier Blunt
Alexander Field
Pte Durnford
David Hutcheson
Intelligence Officer
British actor Jack Hawkins wears a jacket and tie
Brigade Major Harcourt
Frederick Leister
Torin Thatcher
German General
Charles Victor
Neutral Seaman – Irish Joe
Richard Norris
Pte Jimmy
Guy Maas
The Frenchman – Capt Mercier
Thora Hird
The ATS girl
British actor, Basil Radford, as Captain Paul Waggett in Whisky Galore! (1949)
Careless talker on train
Naunton Wayne, well-known British actor who plays the role of Leslie, one of the club friends of of Henry Garnet (Basil Radford) in ‘The Facts of Life’, one of the four Somerset Maugham stories comprising ‘Quartet’, Sydney Box’s new production for Gainsborough Pictures
Careless talker on train
J Edgar Hoover
Johnnie Schofield
Frank Allenby
Wing-Comdr Kenton
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A propaganda instructional film that was made so entertainingly that it achieved commercial success and remains an excellent example of how to make a bitter pill palatable. (Halliwell’s)


Thorold Dickinson
Director / Writer (original screen play)
Michael Balcon
Basil Bartlett
Writer (original screen play)


Army Kinematograph Service
Production company
Ealing Studios
Production company
The War Office
Production company
United Artists
Distribution company