My second female ensemble film of the day is a British wartime propaganda movie about seven Auxiliary Territorial Service volunteers, basically to show the home forces and those abroad that it is worthwhile, and even fun to volunteer. The characters a broad types, and a lot of the messages aren't subtle, but there is some surprisingly good work done here when you dodge the patronising and hideous Leslie Howard voiceover. (Howard gets the directors credit too but Maurice Elvey had a big hand in it). So yes we get all the usual basic training comedy tropes, but we also get some moving moments around the meaning of the war, loss and a particularly stirring refugee speech delivered by Lilli Palmer. In the end the film delivers (outside of Howard's voice-over) both the wartime propaganda it was designed for, but also some peacetime proto-feminist work too.