The Gentle Sex
The Gentle Sex is a 1943
1943 in film
The year 1943 in film involved some significant events.-Events:* January 3 - 1st missing persons telecast * February 20 - American film studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor films....

United Kingdom
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, black-and-white
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 romantic comedy-drama war film directed
Film director
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 and narrated by Leslie Howard
Leslie Howard (actor)
Leslie Howard was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer. Among his best-known roles was Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind and roles in Berkeley Square , Of Human Bondage , The Scarlet Pimpernel , The Petrified Forest , Pygmalion , Intermezzo , Pimpernel Smith...

. It was produced
Film producer
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 by Concanen Productions, Two Cities Films
Two Cities Films
Two Cities Films was a British film production company. Formed in 1937, it was originally envisaged as a production company operating in the two cities of London and Rome which gave the company its name....

 and Derrick de Marney
Derrick De Marney
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It follows seven women from different backgrounds who meet at an Auxiliary Territorial Service
Auxiliary Territorial Service
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 training camp. Leslie Howard
Leslie Howard
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 provides narration through the course of the film. The Gentle Sex was Howard's last film before his death.


  • Joan Gates as Gwen Hayden
  • Jean Gillie
    Jean Gillie
    Jean Gillie was an English film actress of the 1930s and 1940s. Gillie appeared in 20 British and two American films before her career was cut short by her early death.-Career:...

     as Dot Hopkins
  • Joan Greenwood
    Joan Greenwood
    Joan Greenwood was an English actress. Born in Chelsea, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her husky voice, coupled with her slow, precise elocution, was her trademark...

     as Betty Miller
  • Joyce Howard
    Joyce Howard
    Joyce Howard was a British film actress.-Filmography:* Freedom Radio * Love on the Dole * The Common Touch * Back-Room Boy * The Night Has Eyes...

     as Anne Lawrence
  • Rosamund John
    Rosamund John
    Rosamund John , born Nora Rosamund Jones, was an English film and stage actress.She was brought up in Tottenham and became a popular film and stage actress who was known for playing gentle mannered women. John was twice married, first to film editor Russell Lloyd, from 1943–1949, and then to the...

     as Maggie Fraser
  • Lilli Palmer
    Lilli Palmer
    Lilli Palmer , born Lilli Marie Peiser, was a German actress. She won the Volpi Cup, the Deutscher Filmpreis three times, and was nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award.-Life and career:...

     as Erna Debruski
  • Barbara Waring as Joan Simpson
  • John Justin
    John Justin
    John Justin was a British stage and film actor.John Justinian de Ledesma was born in London, England, the son of a well-off Argentine rancher. Though he grew up on his father's ranch, he was educated at Bryanston School, Dorset...

     as Flying Officer David Sheridan
  • Mary Jerrold
    Mary Jerrold
    Mary Jerrold was a British actress. She was married to actor Hubert Harben and mother of celebrity chef Philip Harben.-Selected filmography:* The Great Defender * Jack of All Trades * Return to Yesterday...

     as Mrs. Sheridan
  • John Laurie
    John Laurie
    John Paton Laurie was a British actor born in Dumfries, Scotland. Although he is now probably most recognised for his role as Private James Frazer in the sitcom Dad's Army , he appeared in hundreds of feature films, including films by Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Powell and Laurence Olivier...

     as Scots Corporal
  • Elliott Mason as Mrs. Fraser
  • Harry Welchman
    Harry Welchman
    -Selected filmography:* The Maid of the Mountains * The Last Waltz * The Gentle Sex * Lisbon Story * Mad About Men...

     as Captain Ferrier
  • Miles Malleson
    Miles Malleson
    William Miles Malleson was an English actor and dramatist, particularly known for his appearances in British comedy films of the 1930s to 1960s. Towards the end of his career he also appeared in cameo roles in several Hammer horror films, with a fairly large role in The Brides of Dracula as the...

     as Train Guard
  • Jimmy Hanley
    Jimmy Hanley
    Jimmy Hanley was a British actor.Born in Norwich, Norfolk, Hanley began his career as a child actor before becoming popular in juvenile roles...

     as 1st Soldier
  • Meriel Forbes
    Meriel Forbes
    Meriel Forbes was a British actress. She was married to the actor Ralph Richardson.-Selected filmography:* Girls Please! * The Belles of St. Clements * The Day Will Dawn * The Gentle Sex...

     as Junior Commander Davis
  • Rosalyn Boulter
    Rosalyn Boulter
    -Selected filmography:* Return of a Stranger * Holiday's End * A Royal Divorce * The First of the Few * The Gentle Sex * George in Civvy Street * This Man Is Mine...

     as Telephonist
  • Tony Bazell as Ted
  • Noreen Craven as Convoy Sergeant
  • Frederick Peisley as 2nd Soldier
  • Ronald Shiner
    Ronald Shiner
    Ronald Alfred Shiner was a British stand-up comedian and comedic actor whose career encompassed film, West End theatre and music hall.-Career:...

    (as Ronnie Shiner) as the Racing Punter in the Pub

Further reading

  • Lejeune, C. A. (1947) Chestnuts in her Lap. London: "Mädchen in Uniform: The Gentle Sex", p. 95-96

External links

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