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Summary: Post Second World War reconstruction of the work of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), F Section, in France featuring members of the French Resistance and SOE personnel. "This is a composite story of actual events. The players are members of the French Resistance and the organisation built up in Great Britain to assist resistance in all occupied countries. Their sabotage culminated on D-Day in insurrections by thousands of armed patriots which helped to paralyse the enemy's communications and hastened their defeat"
Description: Story covers training in the UK and operations in France with operatives "Felix" and "Cat". Includes shots at SOE's London Headquarters, UK training scenes, preparations for operations, air-drop from Halifax aircraft, "Cat" and "Felix" in France, "Cat" sending wireless messages, Gestapo attempts to locate the operatives, German wireless detection finder van, sabotage of railways, additional SOE operatives arriving by Lysander aircraft and operatives leaving France by Hudson aircraft.
Production Details: Central Office of Information (Production sponsor)
RAF Film Production Unit (Production company)
Baird, E (Production individual)
Greenwood, John Danforth Herman (Production individual)
Mathieson, Muir (Production individual)
London Symphony Orchestra (Production individual)
Baird, E (Production individual)
Woolaston, Jean (Production individual)
Pollard, William B (Production individual)
Carrick, Edward (Production individual)
Rée, Harry Alfred1914-10-151991-05-17 (Production cast)
Nearne, Jacqueline (Production cast)
Baird, E (Production cast)
Sherran, E (Production cast)
Reeve, Len (Production cast)
Turney-Smith, G (Production cast)
Woolaston, Jean (Production cast)
Turner, G A (Production cast)
Ibbott, H (Production cast)
Rousseau, M (Captain) (Production cast)
Webb, A (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 9
Footage: 8031 ft; Running time: 89 mins
Notes: Several shots in the opening training sequence have been identifed as been filmed in Arisaig, Scotland. Filming took place in and around Traigh House, Arisaig House and along the old A830 road that ran from Fort William to Mallaig. This road has since been modernised, destroying most of the original. This is information was kindly provided by Dr Henrik Chart (August 2015)
Captain Harry Ree DSO, OBE, Croix de Guerre and Medaille de Resistance ("Felix") SOE F Section agent - operated in eastern France; Jacqueline Nearne MBE ("Cat") SOE F Section courier.
Identity cards for Harry Ree and Jacqueline Nearne, produced for the film, now held in the Dept of Documents - donated by major Arthur Morris Webb (SOE HQ London and Cairo).
Programme for world premiere at London Pavilion held in Film Archive Original Posters and Programmes, now stored with other IWM Film poster and programmes in All Saints B3 (Filing cabinet LF92379)
17 production stills and 7 glass negatives passed to Photo Archive (29/4/2002).
History by film critic Cy Young of production and release of SCHOOL FOR DANGER (commercial release title)/NOW IT CAN BE TOLD (original working title used for non-theatrical longer version of 89 mins)