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Alastair Sim

  • Oct 09, 1900 - Aug 19, 1976 (age 75)
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1976
Rogue Male
MovieSep 22, 1976

Rogue Male

Early in 1939 Sir Robert Hunter (Peter O'Toole) takes aim at …
Early in 1939 Sir Robert Hunter (Peter O'Toole) takes aim at Adolf Hitler (Michael Sheard) with a high powered rifle, but the shot misses its mark. Captured and tortured by the Gestapo and ...
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Alastair Sim
PersonalAugust 1976

Alastair Sim

Alastair Sim passed away.
The Littlest Horse Thieves
MovieMay 26, 1976

The Littlest Horse Thieves

When the owner of a …
When the owner of a Yorkshire coal-mine decides to mechanize to increase profits, the mine's pit ponies are scheduled to be destroyed. So, three children plan to steal them to keep them ...
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1975
Royal Flash
MovieAug 1, 1975

Royal Flash

Captain Harry Flashman of the British Army is a cad, a …
Captain Harry Flashman of the British Army is a cad, a coward, and a lecher who always seems to come off inadvertently heroic. While romancing renowned courtesan Lola Montes, Harry is recruited against his will by Otto von Bismarck to substitute for a look-a-like Prussian Prince ostensibly in order to help Bismarck enlarge his hold over German duchies. But Bismarck has something more sinister in mind for Harry and the Prince.
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The Prodigal Daughter
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MovieJan 5, 1975

The Prodigal Daughter

Three priests share a …
Three priests share a rectory. Father Perfect, the senior priest, (Alistair Sim) is a benevolent leader, if slightly wistful for the good old days before parishioners became more judgmental...
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1972
The Ruling Class
MovieMay 10, 1972

The Ruling Class

A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his …
A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.
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1971
A Christmas Carol
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MovieDec 21, 1971

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is Richard Williams's animated …
A Christmas Carol is Richard Williams's animated adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novella. The film was broadcast on U.S. television by ABC on December 21, 1971, and released theatrically soon after. In 1972, it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
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1960
The Millionairess
MovieOct 18, 1960

The Millionairess

When her father dies, Epifania Parerga, an Italian in …
When her father dies, Epifania Parerga, an Italian in London, becomes the world's richest woman. She feels incomplete without a husband and falls in love with a humble, Indian physician, Ahmed el Kabir, much loved by his indigent English patients. He eschews physical pleasure, so he rejects her overtures, which include sexual flirtation, offers of wealth, an opportunity to run a state-of-the-art clinic, and then her simple and direct declaration of love. They agree to a contest: she'll try the test of love his mother taught him (to live for 90 days with only 500 rupees), and she asks him to try her father's test: to turn £500 into £15,000 within 3 months. She's game; will he even try?
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School for Scoundrels
MovieMar 24, 1960

School for Scoundrels

Based on the Stephen Potter …
Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college run by "Professor" Potter and discovers the secrets of success. But has he the courage to put all his lessons into effect?
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1959
Left Right and Centre
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MovieJun 23, 1959

Left Right and Centre

At the Earndale by-election …
At the Earndale by-election natural history expert and TV personality Bob Wilcot for the Conservatives finds himself up against Billingsgate girl Stella Stoker for the socialists. Amateur politician against committed activist. But could it become boy-who-fancies-girl against girl-who-fancies-boy? The party agents are soon colluding against such a disaster.
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1958
The Doctor's Dilemma
MovieDec 17, 1958

The Doctor's Dilemma

Mrs. Dubedat (Leslie Caron) loves and idolizes her artist …
Mrs. Dubedat (Leslie Caron) loves and idolizes her artist husband, Louis (Sir Dirk Bogarde), but he is dying of tuberculosis. She goes to Dr. Blenkinsop (Michael Gwynn) and convinces him to...
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1957
Blue Murder at St Trinian's
MovieDec 1, 1957

Blue Murder at St Trinian's

To further the aims of the St …
To further the aims of the St Trinian's Marriage Bureau run by Flash Harry, the school contrives to win a competition with a European "Goodwill" trip as prize, to the horror of the Ministry of Education. Joe Mangan, father of a sixth former and hiding out at the school after a Hatton Garden diamond robbery, is persuaded to travel with the girls as their new headmistress, leaving the real one trussed up in the belfry. At least her arrival had allowed the remains of the Army unit sent in to keep order to evacuate.
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1956
The Green Man
MovieSep 18, 1956

The Green Man

Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin …
Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England just after the war is a different matter. His apparently easy target, a pompous government minister, is ...
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The Anatomist
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MovieFeb 6, 1956

The Anatomist

A doctor employs two men to dig up graves in order for him to …
A doctor employs two men to dig up graves in order for him to have bodies on which to perform experiments, but the men begin to get their own ideas of where to get bodies.
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1955
Geordie
MovieSep 1, 1955

Geordie

Concerned about his small stature, a young Scottish boy applies …
Concerned about his small stature, a young Scottish boy applies for a mail-order body building course, successfully gaining both height and strength. At the age of 21, he displays a talent for hammer-throwing, and is selected to represent Britain in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.
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Escapade
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MovieAug 4, 1955

Escapade

This movie concerns a pacifist husband who is so involved …
This movie concerns a pacifist husband who is so involved in his "causes" he totally neglects his wife and two sons. The wife, ready to leave her husband, finds the schoolmaster knocking on...
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1954
The Belles of St. Trinian's
MovieSep 28, 1954

The Belles of St. Trinian's

Those wonderful hellcats …
Those wonderful hellcats created by cartoonist Ronald Searle appear on film at last. The school is bankrupt (as usual) but an Arab sheik sends Princess Fatima, his daughter, with 100 pounds pocket money to that prestigious finishing School for Young Ladies. The same sheik has a racehorse, Arab Boy, at a local stables to run at the nearby Gold Cup. The Princess has a secret mission as informant to her father, because horse betting, and crime associated with it, are rampant. Soon, everyone is trying to either back the horse, nobble it or rescue the poor horse. These famous schoolgirls battle against the headmistress Millicent, Clarence Fitton, her bookie brother (played by the same actor as Millicent...), the local Barchester police, and the Ministry of Education's inspector - after two other school inspectors disappeared without trace. Mainly, schoolgirls battle all authority figures, and still have time to fight each other.
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An Inspector Calls
MovieMar 11, 1954

An Inspector Calls

Set in 1912, an upper crust English family's dinner is interrupted …
Set in 1912, an upper crust English family's dinner is interrupted when a police inspector brings news of a girl known to everyone present having died in suspicious circumstances. It seems each member of the family could have had a hand in her death. But who is the mysterious Inspector and what can he want of them? This was originally a West End play.
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1953
Innocents in Paris
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MovieJul 22, 1953

Innocents in Paris

A selection of passengers catch the plane from London for an …
A selection of passengers catch the plane from London for an early 1950's weekend in Paris. The Scotsman in his kilt, the elderly lady painter, the international negotiator, and the pretty young girl all find the city welcomes them and changes their lives in some way.
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Best British Actor
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Nomination1953

Best British Actor

Nominated for "Folly to Be Wise".
BAFTA Award
1952
Folly to Be Wise
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MovieDec 4, 1952

Folly to Be Wise

A newly-arrived army padre is put in charge of camp …
A newly-arrived army padre is put in charge of camp entertainment and has the idea of putting on a Brains Trust with local notables. Unfortunately for him, it emerges from a question on the rights and wrongs of marriage that there is more going on between three of the panellists than he wants to know about - though the audience obviously thinks differently.
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1951
A Christmas Carol
MovieOct 31, 1951

A Christmas Carol

Scrooge is a 1951 British fantasy drama film and an adaptation …
Scrooge is a 1951 British fantasy drama film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843). It stars Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, and was produced and directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, with a screenplay by Noel Langley. It was released as A Christmas Carol in the United States.
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Laughter in Paradise
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MovieJun 1, 1951

Laughter in Paradise

Famed practical joker Henry Russell leaves 50,000 …
Famed practical joker Henry Russell leaves 50,000 pounds to each of his four surviving relatives. But his will has one last joke - they each have to undertake a task completely out of character within a month. As each sets out on their objective they find that quite apart from the promised riches, they are unexpectedly getting a lot out of the challenge. All except caddish Simon Russell, that is.
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1950
The Happiest Days of Your Life
MovieMar 8, 1950

The Happiest Days of Your Life

Nutbourne College, an old …
Nutbourne College, an old established, all-boys, boarding school is told that another school is to be billeted with due to wartime restrictions. The shock is that it's an all-girls school that has been sent. The two head teachers are soon battling for the upper hand with each other and the Ministry. But a crisis (or two) forces them to work together.
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Stage Fright
MovieFeb 23, 1950

Stage Fright

Jonathan Cooper is wanted by the police who suspect him of …
Jonathan Cooper is wanted by the police who suspect him of killing his lover's husband. His besotted friend Eve Gill offers to hide him and Jonathan explains to her that his real lover, actress Charlotte Inwood is the real murderer. Eve decides to investigate for herself, but when she meets the detective in charge of the case, she truly falls in love.
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1948
London Belongs to Me
MovieAug 12, 1948

London Belongs to Me

Percy Boon lives with his mother in a shared rented house with …
Percy Boon lives with his mother in a shared rented house with an assortment of characters in central London. Although well intentioned, Percy becomes mixed up with gangsters and a murder. ...
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1947
Captain Boycott
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MovieAug 26, 1947

Captain Boycott

Fact-based historical drama about the Irish farmer rebellion …
Fact-based historical drama about the Irish farmer rebellion against the landed and privileged class. In 1880, prominent Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell, President of the Irish Land League which represented tenants' rights, held a public speech against the landlords. In his fiery speech, Parnell urged shunning the landlords rather than killing them. One of the worst landlords, Captain Charles Boycott, lived in County Mayo and charged extortionate rents from his tenants and sharecroppers. In case of late payment, Captain Boycott forcibly evicted his tenants using the constabulary force or the army. Farmer Hugh Davin advocated the use of force rather than the passive resistance advocated by Irish politician Parnell. However, Parnell pertinently commented that use of force against the landlords will invite reprisals from the part of the army and the police. In the end, the farmers and those already evicted from their homes decide to give Parnell's idea a try. As part of their shunning against Captain Boycott, it is agreed that no-one should talk to the landlord, no-one should work for him, no one should harvest his crops, sell him goods or provide any kind of service to him. Even Father McKeogh, the village priest, supports the idea of a peaceful protest against the landlord. A desperate Boycott hires out-of-county farmer to pick his crops and requests army protection for himself and his laborers. He also alerts The Times to his plight and the publication immediately coins the word 'boycott' that same year.
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Hue and Cry
MovieFeb 23, 1947

Hue and Cry

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands …
A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing comedies.
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1946
Green for Danger
MovieDec 7, 1946

Green for Danger

When not dealing with casualties from V1 raids on London, …
When not dealing with casualties from V1 raids on London, operating theatre staff at Heron's Park Hospital spend their time handling their jealousies, rivalries, and unrequited loves. When a nurse on the team announces publicly that a recent death in theatre was murder, she too soon meets a grisly fate. Enter unorthodox Inspector Cockrill from Scotland Yard to try to unravel the bitter cross-currents that lead to the crimes.
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1945
Waterloo Road
MovieFeb 5, 1945

Waterloo Road

During World War II, an Army Private hears rumors that his …
During World War II, an Army Private hears rumors that his wife in London is becoming sweet on a smooth operator who has avoided being called up. The serviceman takes leave without permission to get to his house near Waterloo station to find out what's going on.
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1942
Let the People Sing
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MovieAug 10, 1942

Let the People Sing

A Czech political exile and a washed-up music hall …
A Czech political exile and a washed-up music hall comedian form an unlikely partnership to try and save a town's concert hall from the planners, businessmen, and bureaucrats.
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1941
Cottage to Let
MovieAug 10, 1941

Cottage to Let

Allied spies and Nazi Agents insinuate themselves at a …
Allied spies and Nazi Agents insinuate themselves at a Scottish cottage (converted to a wartime hospital) with interests on an inventor's nearly perfected bomb sight.
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Inspector Hornleigh Goes To It
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MovieMay 5, 1941

Inspector Hornleigh Goes To It

The plot pits Hornleigh and …
The plot pits Hornleigh and Bingham against a clever gang of Nazi espionage agents. Most of the action takes place aboard a speeding train, with our heroes never quite certain who can be ...
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1939
Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday
MovieOct 4, 1939

Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday

It comes as no surprise when …
It comes as no surprise when Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant, Sergeant Bingham, go to enjoy the winds and rains on their annual seaside vacation, when they run into a "busman's holiday." One of their fellow boarders at Balmoral Guest House, Captain Fraser of the Royal Navy, goes out one dismal night, with his pet terrier, and is found crushed and burned to death, in his wrecked roadster at the foot of a cliff. Hornleigh and Bingham, residing at Brighthaven incognito and the last people to see Fraser,are taken into custody by the local police. It was impossible to identify the charred body and the dog is missing. Hornleigh, suspecting murder, identifies himself and goes to work on the case. Hornleigh proves that the crash was neither suicide nor accident, and that the body is not Fraser, despite an identifying tattoo on the back of the hand.
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This Man in Paris
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MovieJul 1, 1939

This Man in Paris

A British reporter and his wife, on vacation in Paris, run into a …
A British reporter and his wife, on vacation in Paris, run into a gang of counterfeiters.
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Inspector Hornleigh
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MovieMar 7, 1939

Inspector Hornleigh

When a landlady finds one of her tenants murdered, Inspector …
When a landlady finds one of her tenants murdered, Inspector Hornleigh is sent to investigate. Hornleigh's assistant, Sergeant Bingham, soon finds an attaché case that had been stolen from the murdered man. When Hornleigh examines the case, inside it he finds a bag that was used to carry important government documents. The documents have been taken, and to make things even more confusing, a duplicate of the stolen bag soon turns up.
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1938
Climbing High
MovieNov 1, 1938

Climbing High

Climbing High is a 1938 British comedy film directed by …
Climbing High is a 1938 British comedy film directed by Carol Reed and produced by Michael Balcon with a screenplay by Sonnie Hale, Marion Dix and Lesser Samuels. It stars Jessie Matthews, Michael Redgrave, Noel Madison, Margaret Vyner and Alistair Sim, and was first released in the U.K. in November 1938.
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This Man Is News
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MovieSep 1, 1938

This Man Is News

David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery …
David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery and subsequent trial, is set free when the turns King's Evidence on the other members. Kier refuses to give reporter Simon ...
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Alf's Button Afloat
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MovieJul 1, 1938

Alf's Button Afloat

Alf's Button Afloat is a 1938 British comedy film directed by …
Alf's Button Afloat is a 1938 British comedy film directed by Marcel Varnel and starring Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Jimmy Nervo, Alastair Sim and Peter Gawthorne. In the film, the Crazy Gang go to sea, where one of them discovers a button on his uniform is made from the metal of Aladdin's lamp. The film parodies the 1920 novel Alf's Button by W.A. Darlington and its subsequent film adaptations.
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The Terror
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MovieMay 1, 1938

The Terror

A mysterious criminal mastermind plots a spectacular gold …
A mysterious criminal mastermind plots a spectacular gold robbery, then after the robbery is completed he makes sure his gang is caught by the police, keeps the gold and disappears. After his former accomplices are released from prison, they go searching for their former boss to take their revenge and get their share of the loot.
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Sailing Along
MovieJan 25, 1938

Sailing Along

Kay, who works on a Thames River barge, and Steve are …
Kay, who works on a Thames River barge, and Steve are secretly in love with each other but do their best to hide it. Kay wants desperately to be a music-hall star and Steve wants to be a player in the world of high finance. An eccentric millionaire decides to do what he can to see that they achieve their dreams.
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1937
The Squeaker
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MovieAug 26, 1937

The Squeaker

London's jewel thieves are under the thumb of a mysterious …
London's jewel thieves are under the thumb of a mysterious fence, who ruthlessly exposes any thief who crosses him. Desperate, Scotland Yard re-hires ex-Inspector Barrabal who, as a known drunkard, is ideally suited to go undercover with a faked criminal record (which may spoil his chances with lovely Carol Stedman). Interested parties: Larry Graeme, cat burglar; his girl, sexy dancer Tamara; Collie, sardonic reporter. Then murder makes apprehension of the Squeaker urgent.
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Gangway
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MovieAug 20, 1937

Gangway

Newspaper reporter becomes involved with gang of crooks …
Newspaper reporter becomes involved with gang of crooks who take her for a tough American gangster.
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Clothes and the Woman
MovieJul 2, 1937

Clothes and the Woman

Clothes and the Woman is a …
Clothes and the Woman is a 1937 British romance film directed by Albert de Courville and starring Rod La Rocque, Tucker McGuire and Constance Collier. It was made at Elstree Studios. While enjoying a holiday in the resort of Cannes, a young woman meets and falls in love with a man. However, worried that she is too plain she decides to dress more fashionably.
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Strange Experiment
MovieJan 19, 1937

Strange Experiment

Strange Experiment is a 1937 British drama film directed by …
Strange Experiment is a 1937 British drama film directed by Albert Parker and starring Donald Gray, Ann Wemyss and Mary Newcomb. It was an adaptation of the play Two Worlds by John Golden and Hubert Osborne.
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1936
The Man in the Mirror
MovieOct 15, 1936

The Man in the Mirror

A mild-mannered, somewhat …
A mild-mannered, somewhat mousy man is astounded when his reflection in a mirror comes to life and begins to do all the wild and crazy things that he always wanted to but never could.
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Keep Your Seats, Please
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MovieAug 1, 1936

Keep Your Seats, Please

A fortune in gems is hidden …
A fortune in gems is hidden in one of six chairs, and it's up to the prospective heir to find it.
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1935
Late Extra
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MovieNov 19, 1935

Late Extra

Jim Martin, a reporter for the London Gazette, investigates …
Jim Martin, a reporter for the London Gazette, investigates what at first appears to be a simple stolen car case, but turns out to be complicated by bank robbery and the murder of a policeman by a man named Rudolf Weinhart. Jim's girlfriend Janet Graham, also a reporter but one restricted to trivial items for children and housewives, wants to be included in the investigation. In the meantime, another reporter, Ronnie Carson, sabotages the investigation because he is in financial straits with the people Weinhart is working with. Working on the same case but often at cross purposes, Jim and Janet pursue evidence of the whereabouts of the fugitive Weinhart and a resolution of the case.
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A Fire Has Been Arranged
MovieOct 14, 1935

A Fire Has Been Arranged

A pair of friends robs from a …
A pair of friends robs from a jewelry shop, and buries their loot in a field out in the country before they get caught. They spend ten years in prison, and when they're let out they go back...
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The Riverside Murder
MovieMar 5, 1935

The Riverside Murder

A gentleman is shot dead in his study. The police come in to …
A gentleman is shot dead in his study. The police come in to solve the crime. A young detective weaves his way through danger and an intricate set of clues to catch the killer. Watch for ...
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1932
Naomi Plaskitt
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Naomi Plaskitt

Naomi Plaskitt was born on November 30, 1913 in …
Naomi Plaskitt was born on November 30, 1913 in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England as Naomi Merlith Plaskitt. She was an actress, known for Wrath of Jealousy (1936), Highland Fling (1936) and Best of British (1998). She was married to Alastair Sim. She died on August 3, 1999 in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England.
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1900
Alastair Sim
BirthOctober 1900

Alastair Sim

Alastair Sim was born.
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