April 18, 2014

Films

2,000 Women – 1944 | 97 mins | Drama, War | B&W

Plot Synopsis

2,000 Women

Gender twist of the familiar PoW formula surrounding the adventures of female inmates at a WW II German internment camp in France. Black gallows humour abounds in this effective piece of propaganda with a heartening plot from writers Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder. Fortunately, among the two thousand women of the title are some of the finest British character actresses of the period.

In France, a lorry load of female prisoners arrives at a German internment camp set up a former spa hotel. Among them is strong-minded journalist Freda (Phyllis Calvert) and Rosemary (Patricia Roc). One night during an air raid, a British bomber is hit flying over the camp and three of the RAF airmen bale out into the hotel grounds. Freda and one of her comrades find them and decide to hide them in the attic until an escape can be arranged. The situation becomes more complicated when it is discovered that one of the women in the camp, Teresa, is a German spy. They must keep the operation secret, but as tensions mount between the women, their plans become more urgent.

Production Team

Frank Launder: Director
John Bryan: Art Direction
Jack Cox: Cinematography
Elizabeth Haffenden: Costume Design
RE Dearing: Film Editing
WT Partleton: Makeup Department
Hans May: Original Music
Edward Black: Producer
Frank Launder: Script
Sidney Gilliat: Script
BC Sewell: Sound Department

Cast

Phyllis Calvert: Freda Thompson
Flora Robson: Miss Manningford
Patricia Roc: Rosemary Brown
Renee Houston: Maud Wright
Reginald Purdell: Alec Harvey
Anne Crawford: Margaret Long
Jean Kent: Bridie Johnson
James McKechnie: Jimmy Moore
Robert Arden: Dave Kennedy
Carl Jaffe: Sergeant Hentzner
Muriel Aked: Miss Meredith
Kathleen Boutall: Mrs Hadfield
Hilda Campbell-Russell: Mrs Hope Latimer
Christiana Forbes: Frau Holweg
Thora Hird: Mrs Burtshaw
Dulcie Gray: Nellie Skinner



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