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The Big Blockade (1942)

Approved | | Drama, War | 19 January 1942 (UK)
Wartime propaganda piece reporting on the success of the economic blockade of Germany in the early years of the war.

Director:

Charles Frend

Writers:

Angus MacPhail (screen play) (as Angus Macphail), Frank Owen (commentary)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Hay ... Royal Navy: Skipper
Bernard Miles ... Royal Navy: Mate
John Stuart ... Royal Navy: Naval Officer
David Evans David Evans ... Royal Air Force: David, an RAF Officer
Peter De Greef Peter De Greef ... Royal Air Force: R.A.F. Member (as Peter de Greeff)
John Mills ... Royal Air Force: Tom
Michael Rennie ... Royal Air Force: George
Leslie Banks ... Civil Service: Taylor
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Civil Service
John Boxer John Boxer ... Press
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Press
Owen Reynolds Owen Reynolds ... Press
Quentin Reynolds Quentin Reynolds ... Press: American Journalist
Michael Redgrave ... Russian
Leif Konow Leif Konow ... Dane
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Wartime propaganda piece reporting on the success of the economic blockade of Germany in the early years of the war.

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Drama | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Blockade See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Initially intended as a wartime Ministry of Information two-reeler about economic warfare. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: The producers gratefully acknowledge the services rendered by the artistes appearing in this film... and by the following members of His Majesty's Government See more »

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Featured in Forever Ealing (2002) See more »

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Tales from the Vienna Woods
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Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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Wizard Prang
13 April 2008 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

All media propaganda appears shallow in hindsight, and more especially to todays enlightened cynical generations. Todays propaganda usually has to be far more subtle and careful than that of WW2 to get the government line out, but ultimately it's the same: America good, China bad etc. My line is: every country good, every country bad.

This episodic film starts with T for Tommy (keen as mustard Michael Rennie and nonchalant John Mills) flying out to night bomb Hanover, later doing it and returning. In between there's lots of various naval action and detailed earnest explanation of the how and why of the British economic blockade of Nazi Germany. We're repeatedly shown how useless and demoralised the Germans were getting under War conditions, when the Blockade was taking effect and even their ersatz products were failing them. Sadly though Hitler hung on for another savage 5 years. Lots of big and little British stars have bit parts here: Leslie Banks as a super organiser at the Minstry of Economic Warfare, Michael Redgrave as a humorous Russian in Germany, Will Hay and Bernard Miles have an intense 3 minutes fighting off the Luftwaffe from on board ship, Robert Morley as a frothing Nazi officer, Ronald Shiner has 2 seconds as a shipping clerk in a phone box, George Woodbridge as half the man he later became. And many others. Was that a woman's voice dubbed onto the man at the Bunawerke production meeting, and if so why?!

The "vicious intrigues of the Capitalist-British-Jewish Empire" are still a major concern to a lot of people today – mainly British passport holders though! This was a film made solely for 1940, and is a great window on the thought-processes of the time, if not the truth. Also it's useful to bear in mind that if the War they were all supporting in here had been lost I wouldn't be here writing this nor you reading it.


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