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Two Thousand Women
Directed by Frank Launder
Produced by Edward Black
Starring Phyllis Calvert
Flora Robson
Patricia Roc
Music by Hans May
Distributed by Gainsborough Studios
Release date(s) United Kingdom November 6, 1944
United States October 1951
Running time UK: 97 min.
US: 81 min.
Country  United Kingdom
Language English

Two Thousand Women is a 1944 British comedy-drama war film about a camp of interned British women in Occupied France. Three RAF aircrewmen whose bomber had been shot down enter the camp and are hidden by the women from the Germans. It was released in the USA in 1951 in a severely cut-down version under the title of House of 1,000 Women.

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Plot

An English nun (Patricia Roc) is arrested by the French as a Fifth Columnist during the 1940 Battle of France. The French do not believe her and sentence her to be executed. She manages to escape but is then discovered by the Germans who place her with a group of English women interned in a grand hotel.

The English women are a cross section of society including Freda a journalist (Phyllis Calvert), Bridie, a stripper (Jean Kent), Muriel (Flora Robson) and her female companion Miss Meredity (Muriel Aked), and Mrs Burtwal (Thora Hird).

During an air raid one of the RAF bombers is shot down with two RAF and one RCAF (Robert Arden) aircrewmen escaping the Germans by entering the hotel. The women hide the airmen but realise that one of the women in the hotel is a Nazi sympathiser. The various women come together to devise a plan for the men to escape.

Production

Frank Launder stated later that he "should have treated the subject more seriously...that it would have been a bigger film if I concentrated less on the comedy and more on the drama".[1]

American release

Perhaps due to the success of Three Came Home, the film was released in the USA in 1951 in a severely cut-down version under the title of House of 1,000 Women. The American version of the film available on DVD ignores Patricia Roc's adventures as well as several subplots[2] and starts the film with the transport to the internment hotel.

References

  1. ^ p.72 Babington, Bruce Launder and Gilliat 2002 Manchester University Press
  2. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=MWjB-nn7GLIC&pg=PA9&dq=%22two+thousand+women%22+launder

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