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Unpublished Story

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Unpublished Story
Directed byHarold French
Written byAnatole de Grunwald
Anthony Havelock-Allan
Patrick Kirwan
Allan MacKinnon
Produced byAnthony Havelock-Allan
StarringRichard Greene
Valerie Hobson
CinematographyBernard Knowles
Edited byVera Campbell
Music byNicholas Brodszky
Production
company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 10 August 1942 (1942-08-10) (UK)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Unpublished Story is a 1942 British black-and-white war film directed by Harold French and starring Richard Greene and Valerie Hobson.[1][2] It was produced and co-written by Anthony Havelock-Allan.[3]

The film served as a propaganda film during World War II. The film has two main plots. The first one involves a journalist whose stories are repeatedly censored by the Ministry of Information. The second one involves a pacifist organisation, whose members are actually agents of Nazi Germany.

Plot

In May 1940 Bob Randall (Greene), a war correspondent with a (fictional) London newspaper, the Gazette, is evacuated with British troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. He writes a hard-hitting story about his experiences, but it is censored by the Ministry of Information. Randall goes to see Lamb (Radford), the official responsible, but Lamb will not change his decision.

As London burns in the Blitz and the newspaper struggles to stay in business, Randall writes several more eyewitness articles, and then learns of People For Peace, a pacifist organisation. He suspects that its members are tools of the Nazis and investigates the group. He finds the Gazette's fashion journalist, Carole Bennett (Hobson), at the group's meeting, also there after a story. Later, following up the story at the group's offices, Randall is surprised to see Lamb there and obviously familiar with the leading members. Afterwards Lamb tells him that he is with British counter-intelligence and that Randall's suspicions are correct, but with the group under official investigation he must drop his coverage of the story.

Trapes, one of the group's members, changes his views after his own home is bombed and sends Bennett a statement denouncing the organisation, but, still suffering from shock, he naively informs his fellow "pacifists". Revealing themselves to be Nazi agents, they force him to contact Bennett in an attempt to retrieve the letter. However, at the rendezvous they are captured after a shoot-out with the authorities. The two reporters think they have a great story, but Lamb makes it clear that the incident must remain unpublished. The closing scene shows Randall and Bennett, now lovers, kissing and posed against the backdrop of war-damaged London.

Cast

Director Harold French gives final instructions to the actors, including Greene and Hobson, on the set at Denham Film Studios.
Director Harold French gives final instructions to the actors, including Greene and Hobson, on the set at Denham Film Studios.

Critical reception

The Radio Times noted, "Richard Greene was seconded from the Army to star in this flag-waver, which bears a passing resemblance to Foreign Correspondent," and concluded that the film was "Diverting rather than involving, this is of primary interest nowadays for its splendid supporting cast."[4]

References

  1. ^ "Unpublished Story (1942) - Harold French - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  2. ^ "Unpublished Story (1942) - Original Print Info - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.
  3. ^ "Unpublished Story".
  4. ^ "Unpublished Story – review - cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.
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