On paper Millions Like Us and its origins sound dry. Not so, since there is an understated warmheartedness which makes it one of the most honest, articulate and entertaining films of the 1940s. The idea from the Ministry of Information was for a propaganda documentary.

Writers and co-directors Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat responded with a screenplay about what happens to an ordinary family in wartime and a vivid portrait of women conscripted into factories. Their populist realism, enlivened by a great British cast, made it a huge success, and the tenderness of the central romance and the politics bubbling in 1943 retain a fascination a short lifetime later.

Patricia Roc as Celia Crowson
Gordon Jackson as Fred Blake
Anne Crawford as Jennifer Knowles
Moore Marriott as Jim Crowson
Basil Radford as Charters
Megs Jenkins as Gwen Price
Eric Portman as Charlie Forbes
Joy Shelton as Phyllis Crowson
Naunton Wayne as Caldicott
Terry Randall as Annie
Amy Veness as Mrs. Blythe

Camera Jack E. Cox
Writing Sidney Gilliat
Directing Sidney Gilliat
Writing Frank Launder
Directing Frank Launder
Production Edward Black
Editing R. E. Dearing
Production Maurice Ostrer
Art John Bryan
Camera Roy Fogwell

GB / Gainsborough Pictures / 103 minutes / Released 1943-06-01