The Volunteer (1944) is a short black-and-white British film by the filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger for the UK Ministry of Information.
Made during World War II as recruitment propaganda for the Fleet Air Arm, volunteer numbers rose after its release.
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.
Production & Filming Details
- Directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
- Producers: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
- Writers: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
- Music: Allan Gray.
- Cinematography: Frederick Ford.
- Editors: John Seabourne and Michael C. Chorlton.
- Release Date: 10 January 1944.
- Running Time: 24 minutes.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.