The Next Of Kin

  • 1942
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

Originally made by the British army to warn troops about the dangers of loose talk in wartime, a prolog and epilog delivered by US FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover were added to increase the impact of the film. Propaganda aside, the movie is a fairly decent war story. Johns plays a German who is sent to England during WW II and picks up vital bits of information...read more

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Originally made by the British army to warn troops about the dangers of loose talk in wartime, a prolog and epilog delivered by US FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover were added to increase the impact of the film. Propaganda aside, the movie is a fairly decent war story. Johns plays a German who

is sent to England during WW II and picks up vital bits of information from talkative servicemen. Johns's data provide the Germans with the ability to plan for an attack by the British, and, though the British win the battle, casualties are heavy because of the forewarning the Germans had. At the

film's end, Johns is seen still busily gathering information in England. Many of the players in the film were in the service at the time it was made including Johns, Hawkins, Norris, Thatcher, Tate, and Hutcheson. The title is taken from the closing words of British war casualty announcements:

"the next of kin have been informed."

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