For Freedom (1940 film)

For Freedom is a 1940 British drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and Castleton Knight. It was made largely for propaganda purposes during the Second World War. It features Will Fyffe, Guy Middleton, and Terry-Thomas.[1][2] Through its blending of fiction and documentary it was similar to The Lion Has Wings produced by Alexander Korda's London Films.

For Freedom
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Directed byMaurice Elvey
Castleton Knight
Produced byEdward Black
Maurice Ostrer
Castleton Knight
Written byLeslie Arliss
Miles Malleson
StarringWill Fyffe
Anthony Hulme
Guy Middleton
Music byWalter Goehr
Louis Levy
CinematographyArthur Crabtree
Edited byR.E. Dearing
Alfred Roome
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
4 May 1940
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film portrays the early events of the war, particularly the Battle of the River Plate, from the point of view of a British newsreel production company.



  1. ^ BFI
  2. ^ "Movie Supplement The Navy is Here—and Invincible!". Sunday Times (Perth) (2214). Western Australia. 30 June 1940. p. 2 (Motion Pictures). Retrieved 26 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.


  • Chapman, James. The British at War: Cinema, State, and Propaganda, 1939-1945. I.B. Tauris Publishers, 1998.

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