Salute John Citizen

Last updated

Salute John Citizen
"Salute John Citizen" (1942).jpeg
Directed by Maurice Elvey
Written byElizabeth Baron (scenario)
Clemence Dane (uncredited)
Robert Greenwood (dialogue)
Based onthe novels Mr. Bunting and Mr. Bunting at War by Robert Greenwood [1]
Produced byWallace Orton
Starring Edward Rigby
Stanley Holloway
George Robey
Mabel Constanduros
Jimmy Hanley
Cinematography James Wilson
Edited by Jack Harris
Music by Kennedy Russell
Distributed byAnglo-American Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
14 August 1942 (London) (UK)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Salute John Citizen is a 1942 black and white British drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Edward Rigby, Mabel Constanduros and Jimmy Hanley. [2] The Bunting family face up to the fortunes of war during the Second World War. [3]



The life of an ordinary family during the London Blitz. In the summer before that explosive September, elderly clerk Mr. Bunting (Edward Rigby) loses his job at the Department store where he's worked for over 40 years. George Bunting is the head of a happy home, with wife Mary (Mabel Constanduros), daughter Julie (Peggy Cummins), and two sons, Chris (Eric Micklewood) and Ernest (Jimmy Hanley). When the Blitz hits London, we observe its effect on the family, and how they cope with the crisis. Mr. Bunting is rehired in his former job due to the shortage of manpower, though little else in his life is positive. Daughter Julie goes to work in a factory. The London blitz destroys everything in sight, and one of his sons, Chris, is killed. In the wake of this destruction, his other son, Ernest is converted from pacifism to the war effort.



Allmovie described the film as " a simple, low-pressure study of the wartime "home front." its own quiet, unassuming war, Salute John Citizen paints a truer portrait of a proud populace besieged by war than the more celebrated Mrs. Miniver "; [4] and TV Guide noted "a nice little film--a simple telling of a modest family's attempts to cope with ongoing conflict" [5] while in his book Typical Men: The Representation of Masculinity in Popular British Cinema, Andrew Spicer concluded that the films "popularity was limited by its obviously frugal budget, and uncharismatic central star." [6]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Peggy Cummins</span> British actress (1925–2017)

Peggy Cummins was an Irish actress, born in Wales, who is best known for her performance in Joseph H. Lewis's Gun Crazy (1950), playing a trigger-happyfemme fatale, who robs banks with her lover. In 2020, she was listed at number 16 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jimmy Hanley</span> English actor (1918–1970)

Jimmy Hanley was an English actor who appeared in the popular Huggetts film series, and in ITV's most popular advertising magazine programme, Jim's Inn, from 1957 to 1963.

<i>Easy Money</i> (1948 film) 1948 British film

Easy Money is a 1948 British satirical film about a modern British tradition, the football pools. It is composed of four tales about the effect a major win has in four different situations in the post-war period. Written by Muriel and Sydney Box, based on the play "Easy Money" written by Arnold Ridley, and directed by Bernard Knowles, it was released by Gainsborough Pictures.

<i>Dont Ever Leave Me</i> 1949 film

Don't Ever Leave Me is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Arthur Crabtree and starring Petula Clark, Jimmy Hanley, Hugh Sinclair, Edward Rigby, and Anthony Newley. Produced by Betty Box during her stint at Gainsborough Pictures, it was written by Robert Westerby.

<i>Medal for the General</i> 1944 British film

Medal for the General is a 1944 British comedy film directed by Maurice Elvey. The screenplay by Elizabeth Baron is based on the novel of the same title by James Ronald.

Maurice Elvey was one of the most prolific film directors in British history. He directed nearly 200 films between 1913 and 1957. During the silent film era he directed as many as twenty films per year. He also produced more than fifty films - his own as well as films directed by others.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Edward Rigby</span> British actor (1879–1951)

Edward Coke MC, known professionally as Edward Rigby, was a British character actor.

<i>29 Acacia Avenue</i> Play and 1945 film directed by Henry Cass

29 Acacia Avenue is a play by Denis and Mabel Constanduros. Its 1945 British comedy-drama film adaptation, directed by Henry Cass, was released in the U.S. as The Facts of Love.

The Huggetts are a fictional family who appear in a series of British films which were released in the late 1940s by Gainsborough Pictures. The films centre on the character of Joe Huggett, played by Jack Warner, the head of a working class London family. Along with the Gainsborough melodramas, the Huggett films proved popular and lucrative for the studio. All three films were directed by Ken Annakin and produced by Betty E. Box.

<i>Boys in Brown</i> 1949 British film

Boys in Brown is a 1949 black and white British drama film directed by Montgomery Tully, which depicts life in a borstal for young offenders. It stars Jack Warner, Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogarde and Jimmy Hanley. It is based on a 1940 play by the actor Reginald Beckwith.

<i>Holiday Camp</i> (film) 1947 British film

Holiday Camp is a 1947 British comedy drama film directed by Ken Annakin, starring Flora Robson, Jack Warner, Dennis Price, and Hazel Court, and also features Kathleen Harrison and Jimmy Hanley. It is set at one of the then-popular holiday camps. It resonated with post-war audiences and was very successful. It was the first film to feature the Huggett family, who went on to star in "The Huggetts" film series.

<i>The Crowded Day</i> 1954 British film

The Crowded Day is a 1954 British comedy drama film directed by John Guillermin and starring John Gregson, Joan Rice, Cyril Raymond and Josephine Griffin. The film follows a group of shopgirls working in Bunting and Hobbs, a London department store, during the Christmas shopping season. It was an attempt by Adelphi Films to move into bigger budgeted films. It was the last movie Guillermin directed for the company. It was released in the United States under the title Shop Spoiled.

<i>The Captains Table</i> 1959 film

The Captain's Table is a 1959 British comedy film directed by Jack Lee based upon a novel by Richard Gordon. It stars John Gregson, Donald Sinden, Peggy Cummins and Nadia Gray, and featured Maurice Denham, Joan Sims, John Le Mesurier, Richard Wattis and Reginald Beckwith in leading supporting roles.

There Ain't No Justice is a 1939 British sports drama film directed by Pen Tennyson and starring Jimmy Hanley, Edward Chapman and Edward Rigby. The film is based on the 1937 novel of the same name by James Curtis.

<i>Hindle Wakes</i> (1927 film) 1927 film by Maurice Elvey

Hindle Wakes is a 1927 British silent film drama, directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Estelle Brody and John Stuart. The film is adapted from Stanley Houghton's 1912 stage play of the same name, and reunites Brody and Stuart following their hugely popular pairing in the previous year's Mademoiselle from Armentieres. The film was also released under the title Fanny Hawthorne.

Comradeship is a 1919 British silent film drama, directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Lily Elsie, Gerald Ames and Guy Newall. The film's action covers the entire span of World War I, from the months before the outbreak of hostilities to the declaration of peace.

<i>Its Hard to Be Good</i> 1948 British film

It's Hard to Be Good is a 1948 British comedy film directed by Jeffrey Dell and starring Jimmy Hanley, Anne Crawford and Raymond Huntley. In the film, an ex-army officer finds his altruistic attempts to improve the world are unsuccessful.

<i>Up in Mabels Room</i> (1944 film) 1944 film by Allan Dwan

Up in Mabel's Room is a 1944 American comedy film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Marjorie Reynolds, Dennis O'Keefe and Gail Patrick. It is based on the 1919 play by Wilson Collison and Otto A. Harbach. The film's composer, Edward Paul, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1945.

Elizabeth Baron was an Australian screenwriter who worked in the British film industry in the 1940s, collaborating with directors such as Maurice Elvey.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a British film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella, directed by Maurice Phillips and starring John Hannah. Set in Victorian England, it was filmed in 2002 and released in Britain in that year. As the result of its release in the US in 2003, that date is sometimes attached to it.


  1. Goble, Alan (8 September 2011). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. ISBN   9783110951943.
  2. "Salute John Citizen (1942)". BFI. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009.
  3. Rowan, Terry (2012). WOrld War II Goes to the Movies & Television Guide. ISBN   9781105586026.
  4. Hal Erickson. "Salute John Citizen (1942) - Maurice Elvey - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  5. "Salute John Citizen".
  6. Spicer, Andrew (25 July 2003). Typical Men. ISBN   9781860649318.