Somewhere in Civvies

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Somewhere in Civvies
"Somewhere in Civvies" (1943).jpg
Directed by Maclean Rogers
Produced by T.A. Welsh
Written byStory & Dialogue:
Con West
Gags:
Frank Randle
Starring Frank Randle
Music by Percival Mackey
Cinematography Geoffrey Faithfull
Edited by Flora Newton
Ted Richards
Production
company
Distributed byButcher's Film Service (U.K.)
Release date
15 November 1943 (U.K.)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Somewhere in Civvies is a 1943 British comedy film directed by Maclean Rogers and starring Frank Randle, George Doonan and Suzette Tarri. [1] Private Randle is discharged from the army and finds it difficult to adjust to civilian life. It was followed in 1949 by Somewhere in Politics . [2]

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Plot

Ex-army private Randle stands to receive a substantial inheritance from his uncle if he can prove he is of sound mind. However, his devious cousin tries to grab the money by having Randle committed to a psychiatric home.

Cast

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References

  1. "Somewhere in Civvies (1943)". BFI.
  2. "Somewhere in Politics (1949) - John E. Blakeley - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.

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