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Basil Radford

  • Jun 25, 1897 - Oct 20, 1952 (age 55)
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1952
Basil Radford
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Basil Radford

Basil Radford passed away.
1951
White Corridors
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MovieJun 12, 1951

White Corridors

The scene is Yeoman's Hospital, set in the English Midlands, …
The scene is Yeoman's Hospital, set in the English Midlands, soon after the NHS was founded. Sophie Dean, a young and gifted surgeon, is torn between her love for pathologist Dr Neil Mariner, and a prestigous post in London. Mariner's research is on penicillin-resistant infection, and whilst drawing blood from a young boy with septicaemia, he inadvertently infects himself. The boy dies, and Neil becomes seriously ill - his experimental serum might save him, and he asks Sophie to give him the serum if there is no other hope - but if she does,she could be charged with manslaughter if Neil dies. Fortunately he is saved, and Sophie decides her future is with Neil. The film is by turns humorous, moving and dramatic with superb attention to detail. It is the archetype of medical dramas right up to the present day.
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The Galloping Major
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MovieMay 8, 1951

The Galloping Major

A syndicate is set up by a horse lover to buy a particular …
A syndicate is set up by a horse lover to buy a particular racehorse, but they accidentally buy the wrong horse. The horse is useless on the flat, so they decide to enter him as a jumper.
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1950
Chance of a Lifetime
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MovieApr 24, 1950

Chance of a Lifetime

Chance of a Lifetime is a 1950 British film starring, …
Chance of a Lifetime is a 1950 British film starring, produced, co-written and directed by Bernard Miles. The Rank and Associated British cinemas refused to show the film, claiming it was too political and “would annoy employers”. The Ministry of Labour and the British Employers Confederation argued that the film would damage management-employee relations, particularly in the light of renewed industrial unrest in early 1950. The chairman of the Board of Trade, Harold Wilson, argued in cabinet that this was overreaction and the cabinet approved the film’s release, using the 1948 Film Act to ensure the film was shown on the major cinema circuit. It was nominated for the 1951 BAFTA for Best British Film, which was awarded to The Blue Lamp.
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1949
Whisky Galore!
MovieJun 16, 1949

Whisky Galore!

When 50,000 cases of whisky are stranded on a ship which …
When 50,000 cases of whisky are stranded on a ship which runs aground, the inhabitants of a Scottish island cannot resist the temptation. Unfortunately, a Home Guard captain (an Englishman) stands in their way.
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Stop Press Girl
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MovieJun 1, 1949

Stop Press Girl

Stop Press Girl is a 1949 British fantasy comedy film directed …
Stop Press Girl is a 1949 British fantasy comedy film directed by Michael Barry and starring Sally Ann Howes, Gordon Jackson, Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne; the latter two appearing in several different roles in the film.
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Passport to Pimlico
MovieApr 26, 1949

Passport to Pimlico

Passport to Pimlico is a 1949 British comedy film made by …
Passport to Pimlico is a 1949 British comedy film made by Ealing Studios and starring Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford and Hermione Baddeley. It was directed by Henry Cornelius and written by T. E. B. Clarke. The story concerns the unearthing of treasure and documents that lead to a small part of Pimlico to be declared a legal part of the House of Burgundy, and therefore exempt from the post-war rationing or other bureaucratic restrictions active in Britain at the time.
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It's Not Cricket
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MovieApr 1, 1949

It's Not Cricket

It's Not Cricket is a 1949 British comedy film directed by …
It's Not Cricket is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Alfred Roome and starring Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Susan Shaw and Maurice Denham. It is the second (after 1941's Crook's Tour) of two starring films for Radford and Wayne who appeared as supporting players in ten other films. It was also one of the final films made by Gainsborough Pictures before the studio was merged into the Rank Organisation.
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1948
Quartet
MovieOct 26, 1948

Quartet

Four of W. Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to …
Four of W. Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author. In the first story, "The Facts of Life", a young man with great potential on the tennis courts goes to Monte Carlo and soon finds himself doing the exact opposite of what his father recommended. In "The Alien Corn", an aspiring pianist devotes himself to perfecting his artistic skills, but finds he likely hasn't the talents to reach the heights he so desperately craves. In "The Kite", a young man, who lives at home and loves kite flying, goes against his overbearing mother's wishes and marries the girl he's been dating. He's soon back home, much to his mother's delight, but re-considers when his wife takes up a new hobby. In the final chapter "The Colonel's Lady", a middle-aged man is shocked to learn that his somewhat dowdy wife has written a collection of racy poems and is now a best-selling author.
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The Winslow Boy
MovieSep 24, 1948

The Winslow Boy

In Edwardian England, a thirteen year-old cadet, Ronnie …
In Edwardian England, a thirteen year-old cadet, Ronnie Winslow, is expelled from the naval academy at Osborne for stealing a seven shilling postal order. His father and sister become obsessed with proving his innocence at any cost to themselves, and turn the case into a national cause celebre.
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1946
A Girl in a Million
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MovieOct 28, 1946

A Girl in a Million

A young scientist freed by divorce from a nagging wife, isolates …
A young scientist freed by divorce from a nagging wife, isolates himself from women. His peace is broken by a lovely young girl to whom he is forced to give shelter. He marries her and finds that his dumb wife is not so dumb.
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The Captive Heart
MovieApr 2, 1946

The Captive Heart

After the evacuation at Dunkirk, June 1940, some thousands …
After the evacuation at Dunkirk, June 1940, some thousands of British prisoners are sent to German P.O.W. camps. One such group includes "Capt. Geoffrey Mitchell," a concentration-camp escapee who assumed the identity of a dead British officer. To avoid exposure, "Mitchell" must correspond with the dead man's estranged wife Celia. But eventual exposure seems certain, and the men must find a way to get him out. If he reaches England, though, what will his reception be?
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1945
Dead of Night
MovieSep 9, 1945

Dead of Night

An architect senses impending doom as his half …
An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.
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The Way to the Stars
MovieJun 8, 1945

The Way to the Stars

The wartime daily routine on a British bomber base in …
The wartime daily routine on a British bomber base in southeastern England is revealed through the eyes of newly arrived Flying Officer Peter Penrose.
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Twilight Hour
MovieFeb 12, 1945

Twilight Hour

John Smith, Lord Chetwood's head gardener, is an enigma. He …
John Smith, Lord Chetwood's head gardener, is an enigma. He is an artist and a philosopher. Lord Chetwood treats him as a friend and Michael Chetwood confides in him. One day a diamond brooch is stolen and John Smith finds himself in the dock, accused of theft.
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1943
Millions Like Us
MovieSep 22, 1943

Millions Like Us

Categorised as a British World War II propaganda film this less …
Categorised as a British World War II propaganda film this less known example is a superb work of morale-boosting films from mid World War 2. Well written and directed the film has a simple...
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Dear Octopus
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MovieSep 20, 1943

Dear Octopus

Dear Octopus is a 1943 British comedy film directed by …
Dear Octopus is a 1943 British comedy film directed by Harold French and starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Wilding and Celia Johnson. It is based on a 1938 play Dear Octopus written by Dodie Smith. It was also released as The Randolph Family.
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1942
Unpublished Story
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MovieAug 10, 1942

Unpublished Story

A journalist investigates a network of German fifth columnists …
A journalist investigates a network of German fifth columnists operating in the midst of the Blitz.
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Flying Fortress
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MovieJun 13, 1942

Flying Fortress

Flying Fortress is a 1942 British black-and-white war film …
Flying Fortress is a 1942 British black-and-white war film drama from Warner Bros. Pictures, produced by A. H. Soloman, directed by Walter Forde, that stars Richard Greene and co-stars Carla Lehmann, Betty Stockfeld, and Donald Stewart.
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The Next of Kin
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MovieMay 15, 1942

The Next of Kin

Wartime propaganda piece giving the warning "Be like Dad, …
Wartime propaganda piece giving the warning "Be like Dad, Keep Mum". A gossipy housewife is overheard talking about what her son is doing by a Nazi spy.
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1940
Room for Two
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MovieOct 19, 1940

Room for Two

The story takes place in Venice, where a womanising …
The story takes place in Venice, where a womanising Englishman Vic Oliver takes a strong interest in a married tourist who is played by Frances Day. Oliver disguises himself in drag and gets himself hired as the Days' maid. When Day's philandering husband, played by Basil Radford, shows up, the fun starts.
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The Flying Squad
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MovieOct 12, 1940

The Flying Squad

Dedicated young Inspector Bradley of Scotland Yard is on the …
Dedicated young Inspector Bradley of Scotland Yard is on the trail of Mark McGill, murderous ringleader of a smuggling organization in London. Hindering his investigation is pretty Ann Perryman who has been convinced by McGill that Bradley is responsible for her brother's death. In reality McGill has murdered her brother, which Bradley is trying to prove.
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Crook's Tour
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MovieSep 3, 1940

Crook's Tour

Charters and Caldicott, touring in the Near East, are mistaken …
Charters and Caldicott, touring in the Near East, are mistaken for German agents and handed in error a gramophone record which contains vital information for Britain's enemies.
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Night Train to Munich
MovieAug 31, 1940

Night Train to Munich

When the Nazis invade …
When the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia the developer of a new form of armor plating that may be key to the war effort, Axel Bomasch, manages to escape to England. Unfortunately his daughter Anna is stopped by the Nazis and put into a concentration camp. She manages to escape with a fellow prisoner, Karl Marsen, but it's all a ruse meant to lead them to her father. After Anna and her father are kidnapped and taken back to Germany, British agent Gus Bennett goes there impersonating a German officer with the aim of escorting them safely to neutral Switzerland.
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Girl in the News
MovieAug 28, 1940

Girl in the News

Nurse Anne Graham is controversially - but rightly - …
Nurse Anne Graham is controversially - but rightly - acquitted of murder after her elderly patient dies in suspicious circumstances. Changing her name she gets a position nursing ...
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Just William
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MovieJul 20, 1940

Just William

Just William is a 1940 British comedy film directed by …
Just William is a 1940 British comedy film directed by Graham Cutts and starring Richard Lupino, Fred Emney and Basil Radford. It is based on the Just William series of books by Richmal Crompton.
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The Girl Who Forgot
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MovieFeb 24, 1940

The Girl Who Forgot

A young college student under a lot of pressure in her life …
A young college student under a lot of pressure in her life decides to take a train trip to mellow out, but suddenly is stricken with a case of amnesia. A con artist, seeing her condition, poses as her mother when she finds out that the young girl has a trust fund, intending to swindle her out of her money.
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1939
Secret Journey
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MovieMay 17, 1939

Secret Journey

Secret Journey is a 1939 British thriller film directed by John …
Secret Journey is a 1939 British thriller film directed by John Baxter and starring Basil Radford, Silvia St. Claire and Thorley Walters. The screenplay concerns a British agent who travels to Berlin to recover a top-secret invention that has been stolen by German intelligence.
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Jamaica Inn
MovieMay 12, 1939

Jamaica Inn

In early 19th century Cornwall, a young orphan, Mary, is sent …
In early 19th century Cornwall, a young orphan, Mary, is sent to live with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss who are landlords of the Jamaica Inn. Mary soon realises her uncle's inn serves as the base for a gang of ship wreckers - who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast, and Mary begins to fear for her life.
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Shall We Join the Ladies?
MovieApr 21, 1939

Shall We Join the Ladies?

Shall We Join the Ladies? released.
She Couldn't Say No
MovieApr 20, 1939

She Couldn't Say No

She Couldn't Say No is a 1939 British comedy film directed …
She Couldn't Say No is a 1939 British comedy film directed by Graham Cutts and starring Tommy Trinder, Fred Emney and Googie Withers. It was based on a play Funny Face by Paul Girard Smith and Fred Thompson. A woman arranges a burglary to try to recover a stolen diary with compromising details written in it.
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Spies of the Air
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MovieMar 1, 1939

Spies of the Air

Set just before the outbreak of WWII, this is the story of a …
Set just before the outbreak of WWII, this is the story of a test pilot who works for the (unnamed) enemy. Made in 1939, by the time it was released in 1940, war had been declared.
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Let's Be Famous
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MovieFeb 22, 1939

Let's Be Famous

An Irishman sets out to become famous as a singer on the …
An Irishman sets out to become famous as a singer on the radio. Due to a mix up he is instead entered as a contestant on a quiz show. He causes mayhem in the studio and the publicity attracts the attention of an agent who thinks he can help.
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The Royal Family of Broadway
MovieFeb 13, 1939

The Royal Family of Broadway

The Royal Family of Broadway released.
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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The Lady Vanishes
MovieOct 7, 1938

The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British mystery thriller film …
The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. Written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder based on the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White, the film is about a beautiful English tourist travelling by train in continental Europe who discovers that her elderly travelling companion seems to have disappeared from the train. After her fellow passengers deny ever having seen the elderly lady, the young woman is helped by a young musicologist, the two proceeding to search the train for clues to the old lady's disappearance.
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Convict 99
MovieJun 1, 1938

Convict 99

A disgraced school master, Benjamin Twist, is mistaken …
A disgraced school master, Benjamin Twist, is mistaken for a tough prison governor and assigned the charge of a prison for particularly hardened criminals. Believing he is being sent to a ...
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1937
Captain's Orders
MovieNov 23, 1937

Captain's Orders

Captain's Orders is a 1937 British drama film directed by Ivar …
Captain's Orders is a 1937 British drama film directed by Ivar Campbell and starring Henry Edwards, Jane Carr, Marie La Varre, Wally Patch and Basil Radford. The film's sets were designed by Clifford Pember, in his final production.
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Young and Innocent
MovieNov 1, 1937

Young and Innocent

An actress is murdered by her estranged husband, who is …
An actress is murdered by her estranged husband, who is jealous of all of her young boyfriends. The next day, writer Robert Tisdall (who happens to be one such boyfriend) discovers her body on the beach. He runs to call the police, however, two witnesses think that he is the escaping murderer. Robert is arrested, but owing to a mix-up at the courthouse, he escapes and goes on the run with a Police Constable's daughter Erica, determined to prove his innocence.
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When Thief Meets Thief
MovieMar 5, 1937

When Thief Meets Thief

A London cat burglar …
A London cat burglar (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) falls for the girlfriend (Valerie Hobson) of a stockbroker (Alan Hale) who used to be his partner.
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1936
Dishonour Bright
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MovieSep 22, 1936

Dishonour Bright

Stephen Champion is a correspondent in the case of …
Stephen Champion is a correspondent in the case of Lamb v Lamb. Prosecuting council reviles him in the witness box as a Don Juan but Stephen cheerfully maintains that he is human and honest.
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Broken Blossoms
MovieMay 20, 1936

Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms is a 1936 British drama film directed by John …
Broken Blossoms is a 1936 British drama film directed by John Brahm and starring Emlyn Williams, Arthur Margetson, Basil Radford and Edith Sharpe. Director Bernard Vorhaus was technical supervisor. The film is based on the short story "The Chink and the Child" by Thomas Burke from his collection Limehouse Nights (1916), and was produced at Twickenham Studios in London. The story had previously been adapted by D. W. Griffith for his film Broken Blossoms (1919) starring Lillian Gish.
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1935
Foreign Affaires
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MovieNov 21, 1935

Foreign Affaires

Foreign Affaires is a 1935 British comedy film directed by and …
Foreign Affaires is a 1935 British comedy film directed by and starring Tom Walls. It also features Ralph Lynn, Robertson Hare, Norma Varden and Cecil Parker. The screenplay is by Ben Travers, and the cast included cast members from the Walls and Travers Aldwych Farces. The film is set on the French Riviera where two hard-living British spongers become mixed up in illegal gambling.
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1934
A Southern Maid
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MovieMar 1, 1934

A Southern Maid

A Southern Maid is a 1933 British musical film directed by …
A Southern Maid is a 1933 British musical film directed by Harry Hughes and starring Bebe Daniels, Clifford Mollison and Hal Gordon. It is based on the operetta A Southern Maid by Harold Fraser-Simson. A young Spanish woman marries a lowly Englishman, rather than the aristocrat her father had intended, much to his displeasure. It was part of the cycle of operetta films popular in Britain in the mid-1930s.
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1933
Leave It to Smith
MovieSep 13, 1933

Leave It to Smith

A pair of con men in Monte Carlo attach themselves to a …
A pair of con men in Monte Carlo attach themselves to a nouveau rich American snob with a weakness for titles, with an eye toward marrying off her daughter. The pair are invited to stay at ...
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1930
Seven Days Leave
MovieJan 25, 1930

Seven Days Leave

Based on the play The Old Lady Shows Her Medals by J.M. …
Based on the play The Old Lady Shows Her Medals by J.M. Barrie, the film is about a young Canadian soldier (Gary Cooper) wounded while fighting in World War I. While recovering from his wounds in London, a YMCA worker tells him that a Scottish widow (Beryl Mercer) without a son believes that he is in fact her son. To comfort the widow, the soldier agrees to pretend to be her Scottish son. After fighting with British sailors who make fun of his kilts, he wants to desert, but moved by his mother's patriotism he returns to the war front and is killed in battle. Later the proud Scottish widow receives the medals that her "son" was awarded for bravery. Produced by Louis D. Lighton and Richard Wallace for Paramount Pictures, the film was released on January 25, 1930 in the United States(Wikipedia)
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1929
Barnum Was Right
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MovieSep 22, 1929

Barnum Was Right

Barnum Was Right is a 1929 American comedy film …
Barnum Was Right is a 1929 American comedy film directed by Del Lord and starring Glenn Tryon, Merna Kennedy and Basil Radford. Along with the sound version, the film was also released in a silent version for theatres not wired for sound. At present only the silent version exists, whilst the sound version is presumed lost.
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1926
Shirly Deuchars
Marriage1926

Shirly Deuchars

Married Shirly Deuchars.
1897
Basil Radford
BirthJune 1897

Basil Radford

Basil Radford was born.
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