Thumbs Up (film)

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Thumbs Up
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Directed by Joseph Santley
Produced by Albert J. Cohen
Written by Frank Gill Jr.
Ray Golden
Henry K. Moritz
Paul Gerard Smith
Starring Brenda Joyce
Richard Fraser
Elsa Lanchester
Arthur Margetson
Music by Walter Scharf
Marlin Skiles
Cinematography Ernest Miller
Edited by Thomas Richards
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
July 5, 1943
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States

Thumbs Up is a 1943 American musical drama film directed by Joseph Santley and starring Brenda Joyce, Richard Fraser and Elsa Lanchester.

Musical film film genre

Musical film is a film genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Joseph Santley actor, film director

Joseph Mansfield Santley was an American actor, singer, dancer, writer, director, and producer of musical theatrical plays motion pictures and television shows. He adopted the stage name of his stepfather, actor Eugene Santley.

Brenda Joyce (actress) American film actress

Brenda Joyce was an American film actress.



For a publicity stunt to boost her career, an American nightclub singer volunteers for a stint in a British munitions factory. She is so impressed by the spirit of her fellow workers that she decides to stay on. [1]

Publicity stunt planned event

A publicity stunt is a planned event designed to attract the public's attention to the event's organizers or their cause. Publicity stunts can be professionally organized, or set up by amateurs. Such events are frequently utilized by advertisers, and by celebrities who notably include athletes and politicians.

Main cast

Richard Fraser (actor) British actor

Richard Fraser was a Scottish film, television, and stage actor. He is perhaps best known for his role in the 1945 film The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Elsa Lanchester English-born American actress

Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was an English actress with a long career in theatre, film and television.

Arthur Margetson British actor

Arthur Margetson was a British stage and film actor.


The United States Office of War Information strongly approved of the film which they felt showed a more realistic, democratic version of modern Britain than most other Hollywood films of the period. [2]

United States Office of War Information United States government agency created during World War II

The United States Office of War Information (OWI) was a United States government agency created during World War II. OWI operated from June 1942 until September 1945. Through radio broadcasts, newspapers, posters, photographs, films and other forms of media, the OWI was the connection between the battlefront and civilian communities. The office also established several overseas branches, which launched a large-scale information and propaganda campaign abroad.

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