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Basil Dearden

Director, Actor

Goose Steps Out, TheGoose Steps Out, The (1942)
Dir. Basil Dearden, Will Hay
Feat. Will Hay, Frank Pettingell, Charles Hawtrey
British war comedy with Hay as a bumbling teacher conveniently turns out to be the double of a German general. In the true spirit of wartime…
Dead of NightDead of Night (1945) Aro Favourite
Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti, Robert Hamer, Basil Dearden
This model of the horror portmanteau film remains unsurpassed by modern all–comers, with five strong, scary short stories that converge quite…
Captive HeartCaptive Heart (1946)
Dir. Basil Dearden
Feat. Michael Redgrave, Rachel Kempson, Frederick Leister
An exciting story of POWs in WWII Germany. Michael Redgrave gives an acclaimed performance as a Czech prisoner masquerading as a British officer.
Blue Lamp, TheBlue Lamp, The (1950)
Dir. Basil Dearden
Feat. Dirk Bogarde, Patrick Doonan, Jack Warner
A confident, precisely–judged thriller set in post–war London, with feral petty–crooks Dirk Bogarde and Patrick Doonan being hunted…
Gentle Gunman, The (1952)
Dir. Basil Dearden
Feat. Dirk Bogarde, John Mills
Dirk Bogarde and John Mills are Irish brothers sent to London by the IRA during the Blitz, but one succumbs to pacifism.
Who Done It?Who Done It? (1954)
Dir. Basil Dearden
Feat. Benny Hill
A young Benny Hill nudges and winks his way through his only feature film, as a novice private eye who gets involved with foreign spies.
Smallest Show on Earth, TheSmallest Show on Earth, The (1957)
Dir. Basil Dearden
Feat. Peter Sellers, Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers
A small gem of British comedy, concerning a young couple who inherit a movie–house from a long lost uncle. Along with the semi–decrepit…
Green Man, The / School for ScoundrelsGreen Man, The / School for Scoundrels (1957-1960)
Dir. Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer
Feat. Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas
A double feature of comedies starring Alastair Sim. The Green Man (1957) Dir. Basil Dearden – One of Sim's best films, playing an apparently…
SapphireSapphire (1959)
Dir. Basil Dearden
Feat. Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig
Scandalous subject–wise for post–war Britain, where a murdered black woman is discovered to have been posing as white. Obviously dated…
Man in the MoonMan in the Moon (1960)
Dir. Basil Dearden
Feat. Kenneth More, Shirley Anne Field
Loony space–race satire sees Kenneth More as an arrogant bachelor whose ability to withstand anything marks him out as the first astronaut.

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