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The Volunteer
The Volunteer

The Volunteer 1943


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The Volunteer 1943

46 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

Intelligent, well-made WWII propaganda. Clumsy Fred Davey isn’t much of a theatrical dresser, as his thespian boss, played by Ralph Richardson, discovers. But he finds his true vocation in the forces. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made this stirring mini-feature, which follows a young volunteer's progress from enlistment in the Navy's Fleet Air Arm to his subsequent decoration for valour.

This fascinating film also features behind-the-scenes footage shot at Denham Studios. Among the celebrities glimpsed are actress Anna Neagle – seen leaving the studio canteen - and the great Laurence Olivier - caught pulling funny faces through a window. Director Powell appears briefly too, playing a photographer.

Directed by

Emeric Pressburger

Michael Powell


Michael Powell

Laurence Olivier

Herbert Wilcox

Anna Neagle

Anthony Asquith

Pat Mcgrath

Ralph Richardson


Government sponsored film War


Propaganda Kingfishers World War II Film studios Alexandria Algiers Agadir Dressers Theatre Seaplanes


Free Archive Features Shakespeare on Film WWII at the Pictures




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