The Lost People

The Lost People is a 1949 British drama film directed by Muriel Box and Bernard Knowles and starring Dennis Price, Mai Zetterling and Richard Attenborough.[2] It is based on a play by Bridget Boland.[3]

The Lost People
British quad poster
Directed byMuriel Box
Bernard Knowles
Produced byGordon Wellesley
Written byBridget Boland
Based onCockpit a play by Bridget Boland
StarringDennis Price
Mai Zetterling
Richard Attenborough
Music byJohn Greenwood
CinematographyJack Asher
Edited byGordon Hales
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
22 August 1949 (UK)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£80,000 (by 1953)[1]


After the Second World War, some British soldiers are guarding a theatre in Germany containing various refugees and prisoners trying to work out what to do with them. However, the displaced people, after uniting against fascism for five years, begin to disintegrate into their own ancient feuds: Serb against Croat, Pole against Russian, resistance fighter against collaborator and everyone against the Jews. Two people, Jan and Lily, begin a romance and decide to wed. However, one of the refugees is diagnosed with bubonic plague.[2]



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