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Salute John Citizen (August 14, 1942)

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Salute John Citizen
 

Released on August 14, 1942: The life and times of the Bunting family in London during the World War II Blitz of London.

Produced by Wallace Orton

Directed by Maurice Elvey

The Actors: Edward Rigby (Mr. George Bunting), Mabel Constanduros (Mrs. Mary Bunting), Jimmy Hanley (Ernest Bunting), Eric Micklewood (Chris Bunting), Peggy Cummins (Julie Bunting), Dinah Sheridan (Evie), Charles Deane (Bert Rollo), Stanley Holloway (neighbor Oskey), George Robey (Joe Corder), David Keir (Turner), Henry Hallett (Mr. Bickerton), Christine Silver (Mrs. Bickerton), Jonathan Field (Young Brockley), Stewart Rome (Colonel Saunders), H. Victor Weske (man on train), Gordon Begg (Mr. Eagle), Valentine Dunn (nurse), Ian Fleming (Vicar), Harry Fowler (office boy), Wally Patch (unknown), Charles Paton (train passenger), Harry Terry (man with puppy), Jack Vyvian (Air Raid Precautions Warden), June Willock (Monica Rollo), Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister, news footage), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (U.S. President, news footage)

 
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Sticking it Out . . .

In 1939 Hitler takes over Czechoslovakia and his plans for war with Europe become real. On September 3, 1939 Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany. On September 7, 1939 around tea time Hitler began bombing the city of London, and among the bombs that destroyed buildings they dropped incendiary bombs - fire bombs if you will . . . Blazing balls of fire that would set buildings afire and light the night to provide fiery targets for night bombing of London. This bombardment continued without pause until May of the next year. World War II raged on until 1945, and this movie was produced in 1942, during the toughest fighting of the war when victory was very uncertain. This movie is not a look back on history with some softening or changing of the facts on the ground, this story is filmed and shown to the British people while they were still in the thick of it. Our story opens with Stanley Holloway as Bunting's neighbor Oskey addressing the audience and promising to tell the tale of George Bunting and his family. It is the summer before that awful September and George has lost his job at the London Department store where he has worked for over 40 years. His home is nevertheless a happy place, with daughter Julie, played by Peggy Cummins, and two sons, Chris and Ernest. We soon know the Bunting's as if we had lived next to them for years . . . and then the Blitz begins . . . We watch as the Bunting family copes with war that visits every day. It is a fascinating history of everyday life of anonymous London citizens during the most tumultuous times that London has ever seen in its storied existence. Life goes on in London . . . Bunting's son marries his sweetheart in a bombed out church, babies are born, sons go off to fight and daughters go off to work that supports the war effort. Amidst the toughest days that London has ever seen we watch the Buntings . . . average anonymous British citizens as they continue their lives . . . And the story is by no means a tale of suffering and sorrow as much as it is a story of enduring suffering and sorrow with a smile and a tough determination to keep on keeping on with life as normal as can be during the dark days of war. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Edward Rigby and Peggy Cummins try to put out a blazing fire bomb
Edward Rigby and Peggy Cummins try to put out a blazing fire bomb
Charles Deane and Eric Micklewood
Charles Deane and Eric Micklewood
Charles Deane
Charles Deane
David Keir
David Keir
Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley
Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley
Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley
Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley
Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley in their bomb shelter
Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley in their bomb shelter
Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley
Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley
Dinah SHeridan and Stanley Holloway
Dinah SHeridan and Stanley Holloway
Dinah Sheridan
Dinah Sheridan
Edward Rigby and David Keir
Edward Rigby and David Keir
Edward Rigby and Dinah Sheridan
Edward Rigby and Dinah Sheridan
Edward Rigby and Mabel Constanduros
Edward Rigby and Mabel Constanduros
Edward Rigby
Edward Rigby
Eric Mickleford and Edward Rigby
Eric Mickleford and Edward Rigby
Eric Micklewood and Charles Deane and June Willock
Eric Micklewood and Charles Deane and June Willock
Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill
Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill
George Robey and Edward Rigby
George Robey and Edward Rigby
Gordon Begg
Gordon Begg
Henry Hallett and Edward Rigby
Henry Hallett and Edward Rigby
Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming
Jimmy Hanley and Dinah Sheridan
Jimmy Hanley and Dinah Sheridan
Jonathan Field and Edward Rigby
Jonathan Field and Edward Rigby
June Willock
June Willock
Mabel Constanduros and Edward Rigby
Mabel Constanduros and Edward Rigby
Peggy Cummins and Charles Deane
Peggy Cummins and Charles Deane
Peggy Cummins and Edward Rigby
Peggy Cummins and Edward Rigby
Peggy Cummins hides a bottle of Gin from Edward Rigby and Charles Deane
Peggy Cummins hides a bottle of Gin from Edward Rigby and Charles Deane
Peggy Cummins
Peggy Cummins
Stanley Holloway
Stanley Holloway
Velentine Dunn and Jimmy Hanley
Velentine Dunn and Jimmy Hanley