Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama
Just after World War I, the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. They lead an ordinary life throughout the years, but everything changes when World War II breaks out.
Billy (Sir John Mills) works his way up in the Navy through the movie. When he is first seen, he is a Leading Seaman/Rate having a 3rd Class Quarters Rating in Gunnery. At Reg's (John Blythe's) wedding, he is now a Petty Officer, with two stripes (chevrons) indicating 10 Years Good Conduct, and is still working in Gunnery. Finally, when he comes to tell the Gibbons (Robert Newton and Celia Johnson) he has found Queenie (Kay Walsh), he wears the thin ring which, in 1939 and until 1956, indicated the rank of Warrant Officer rather than a commissioned Sub-Lt, who would wear a thicker gold ring.
Ernie must be getting quite a big boy now.
Edie: 'E's turned 16. But you'd never think it. 'E's short, like Dad, you know.
Frank Gibbons: Oh. I see.
Edie: 'E's started tryin' to shave hisself with Dad's razor. You'd 'ave died 'o laughin' if you'd've seen 'im!
Frank Gibbons: Did he cut himself?
When Queenie rides with Billy in the giant teacup at the Wembley Exhibition of 1924 her voice has been clearly been dubbed in a recording studio.
Opening credits prologue: This is the story of a London family from 1919 to 1939.