Somewhere on Leave

Somewhere on Leave is a 1943 British comedy film directed by John E. Blakeley and starring Frank Randle, Harry Korris and Dan Young.[1] It was the third in the series of Somewhere films following Private Randle and his comrades.[2] It was followed by Somewhere in Civvies.

Somewhere on Leave
Directed byJohn E. Blakeley
Produced byJohn E. Blakeley
Written byStory And Scenario:
Roney Parsons
Anthony Toner
StarringFrank Randle
Music byPercival Mackey
CinematographyGeoffrey Faithfull
Edited byE.R. Richards
Distributed byButcher's Film Service (U.K.)
Release date
February 1943 (U.K.)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Private Randle (Frank Randle) and army pals, Privates Young (Dan Young) and Enoch (Robbie Vincent) are invited by Private Desmond (Pat McGrath) to spend some off-duty time at his stately home. Private Desmond is too busy courting an ATS girl (Antoinette Lupino) to notice the squaddies are running riot in his house.


  • Frank Randle - Pte. Randle
  • Harry Korris - Sgt. Korris
  • Dan Young - Pte. Young
  • Robbie Vincent - Pte. Enoch
  • Antoinette Lupino - Toni Beaumont
  • Pat McGrath - Pte. Roy Desmond
  • Toni Edgar-Bruce - Mrs. Delvaine
  • Edna Wood - Land Girl
  • Vincent Holman - Butler
  • Percival Mackey Orchestra - Themselves
  • Noel Dainton - Capt. Delvaine
  • Sidney Monckton - Captain Adams
  • John Varley - Lieut. Bassett
  • Clifford Cobb - Commando Sgt.
  • Elizabeth Wilson - A.T.S. Girl
  • Esme Lewis - Mrs Gerrard
  • Nan Hopkins - A.T.S. Girl
  • Hilda Jones - Land Girl
  • Ernie Dillon - Trampoline Artist

Critical reception

The Radio Times gave the film two out of five stars, and wrote, "Of the music-hall turns who made films, Lancashire comedian Frank Randle was among the most successful. But his appeal inevitably exemplifies the North-South divide and his success - including that of his five Somewhere films - was largely confined to home ground...It may be unsophisticated, and more a series of incidents than a cohesive narrative, but it's still fun."[3]



  • Rattigan, Neil. This is England: British film and the People's War, 1939-1945. Associated University Presses, 2001.

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