The Volunteer (1944 film)

The Volunteer (1944) is a short black-and-white British film by the filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger for the U.K. Ministry of Information. Made during World War II as recruitment propaganda for the Fleet Air Arm, volunteer numbers rose after its release.

The Volunteer
Trade advertisement
Directed byMichael Powell
Emeric Pressburger
Produced byMichael Powell
Emeric Pressburger
Written byMichael Powell
Emeric Pressburger
StarringRalph Richardson
Music byAllan Gray
CinematographyFrederick Ford
Edited byJohn Seabourne
Michael C. Chorlton
Release date
  • 10 January 1944 (1944-01-10)
Running time
24 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

The films features actor Ralph Richardson starring in a West End production of Othello. Pat McGrath plays his dresser, who joins the Fleet Air Arm and becomes a war hero as famous as Richardson himself. British film stars Anna Neagle and Laurence Olivier make cameo appearances, as does director Michael Powell and fellow British film director Anthony Asquith.

The film is available as a supplement to the Criterion DVD of 49th Parallel.


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