Next of Kin

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The phrase "Loose Lips Sink Ships" takes on a new and special meaning in the cautionary British war drama Next of Kin. In grade-school-primer fashion, the film shows how careless talk can have a devastating and tragic effect in times of war, sometimes boomeranging on the "talker" in the form of lost loved ones. Extra attention is paid the gossipy "Ma" Webster (Mary Clare), whose casual revelation of troop movements, culled from a recent visit by her son, has long-ranging, fatal consequences. American critics, unmoved by the melodramatic breast-beating of Next of Kin, suggested that the film might cause viewers to swear off moviemaking rather than talking.


Nova Pilbeam
as Beppie Leemans
Basil Sydney
as Naval Captain
Phyllis Stanley
as Miss Clare
Mervyn Johns
as Mr. Davis No. 23
John Chandos
as Contact No. 16
Reginald Tate
as Maj. Richards
Stephen Murray
as Mr. Barrett
Philip Friend
as Lt. Cummins
Mary Clare
as Ma Webster
Joss Ambler
as Mr. Vernon
Brefni O'Rourke
as Brigadier
Alexander Field
as Pvt. Durnford
David Hutcheson
as Intelligence Officer
Torin Thatcher
as German General
Richard Norris
as Pvt. Jimmy
Guy Mas
as Frenchman
Thora Hird
as ATS Girl
Basil Radford
as Careless Talker
Naunton Wayne
as Careless Talker
J. Edgar Hoover
as Narrator in Prolog & Epilog
Johnnie Schofield
as Lance Corporal
Frank Allenby
as Wing Cmdr. Keaton
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