Freedom Radio

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Freedom Radio
"Freedom Radio" (1941).jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Anthony Asquith
Produced by Theo Lageard
Mario Zampi
Written by Anatole de Grunwald
Jeffrey Dell
Basil Woon
Story by Roland Pertwee
Bridget Boland
Based on story by Louis Golding
Gordon Wellesley
Starring Clive Brook
Diana Wynyard
Raymond Huntley
Derek Farr
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Cinematography Bernard Knowles
Edited by Reginald Beck
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
1 February 1941 (UK)
4 February 1941 (USA)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Freedom Radio (a.k.a. A Voice in the Night[1]) is a 1941 British propaganda film directed by Anthony Asquith and starring Clive Brook, Diana Wynyard, Raymond Huntley and Derek Farr. It is set in Nazi Germany during the Second World War and concerns an underground German resistance group who run a radio station broadcasting against the totalitarian Third Reich.

It was shot at Shepperton Studios. The film's sets were designed by the art director Paul Sheriff.


An eminent Viennese doctor in Germany becomes increasingly disillusioned with the oppressive brutality of the Nazis. His wife, however, is flattered by the attentions of the Führer, and accepts a political post in Berlin. At first the doctor does nothing as his friends "disappear", but eventually, with the aid of an engineer, he creates a secret radio station from which he broadcasts condemnations of Hitler and prays for a "better" Germany to arise from the ashes of his ruined country. The birth of "Freedom Radio" sees the creation of an underground group of anti-Nazis who regard Karl as their leader.[2][3]


Critical reception[edit]

  • The New York Times wrote "this is a frankly propagandistic drama...The admirable emotional restraint which went into the making of several of the better British war films seen here in the past year is sadly lacking"[1]
  • Sky Movies called the film, "gripping, strongly cast and more subtle than most propaganda thrillers of its time...And film buffs may spot Katie Johnson, later to win fame in The Ladykillers but here, 13 years earlier, already in granny roles!"[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b T.M.P. (1941-05-23). "Movie Review - A Voice in the Night - At the Globe". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Freedom Radio | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  3. ^ "A Voice in the Night (1941) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Freedom Radio - Sky Movies HD". 2006-09-22. Retrieved 2014-03-12.