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Volunteer, The

Synopsis
Propaganda short feature film. Fred is an inept but willing dresser to a famous actor (Richardson), who makes himself up to play Othello. The news of the invasion of Poland comes in, and (in Othello costume) Richardson talks to Fred who is trying to decide which service to volunteer for; they both join the Fleet Air Arm, Fred as an engineer while Richardson becomes a pilot. Fred is wounded in action and awarded the DSM. The Othello scenes are incidental.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1943
Duration
44 mins; 3,964 feet

Credits

Director
Emeric Pressburger; Michael Powell
Producer
Emeric Pressburger; Michael Powell
Cinematographer
Fred Ford
Writer
Emeric Pressburger; Michael Powell
Music
Allan Gray
Art Direction
Alfred Junge
Contributor
Anna Neagle; Laurence Olivier
Cast
Ralph RichardsonHimself (Othello)
Pat McGrathFred

Additional Details

Production type
Other
Plays
Othello
Keywords
propaganda; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
In the film Fred visits Denham Studios and among the people he meets are Laurence Olivier and Anna Neagle.

Production Company

Name

Archers, The

Sponsor

Name

Ministry of Information

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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