Original film poster
|Directed by||Gilbert Gunn|
|Produced by||Frank Godwin|
|Written by||Anne Burbnaby
|Music by||Laurie Johnson|
|Distributed by||Associated British Picture Corporation|
|Release dates||30 June 1959|
|Running time||84 mins.|
Operation Bullshine is a 1959 British colour comedy film directed by Gilbert Gunn and starring Donald Sinden, Barbara Murray and Carole Lesley. The working title of the film was Girls in Arms that features in the film as a marching song. Gunn had filmed Girls at Sea the previous year. The new title comes from the frenzied activity preparing for their brigadier's surprise inspection. The film features 1956 Olympic swimmer Judy Grinham as a physical training instructor. The film was released in the USA in 1963 by Seven Arts Productions.
During World War II, a Royal Artillery officer is assigned to an anti-aircraft battery that is filled with female soldiers of the Auxiliary Territorial Service. His wife who has enlisted is mistakenly posted to the battery in violation of regulations of husbands and wives serving together in the same formation. She becomes jealous of what she perceives as him paying too much attention to the other Auxiliary Territorial Service women.
- Donald Sinden - Lieutenant Gordon Brown
- Barbara Murray - Private Betty Brown
- Carole Lesley - Private Marge White
- Ronald Shiner - Gunner Slocum
- Naunton Wayne - Major Pym
- Dora Bryan - Private Cox
- John Cairney - Gunner Willie Ross
- Fabia Drake - Junior Commander Maddox A.T.S.
- Joan Rice - Private Finch
- Daniel Massey - Bombardier Peter Palmer
- Peter Jones - Gunner Perkins
- Barbara Hicks - Sergeant Merrifield
- John Welsh - Brigadier
- Judy Grinham - P.T. Instructress
- Cyril Chamberlain - Orderly Sergeant
- Ambrosine Phillpotts - Reporter
- Naomi Chance as Subaltern Godfrey A.T.S.
- Marianne Stone as Sergeant Cook
- Julie Alexander as A.T.S. Girl
The film was the tenth most popular movie at the British box office in 1959.
- "Year Of Profitable British Films." Times [London, England] 1 Jan. 1960: 13. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.
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