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Bombsight Stolen (1941)

Cottage to Let (original title)
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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Jeanne De Casalis ...
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A wartime cottage on a Scottish estate becomes a focus of attention when not only the new tenant but a London evacuee and a downed fighter pilot all move in. The interest may not be unconnected with the fact that the landowner is also a key British military inventor. For a start, the butler is obviously a Scotland Yard flatfoot. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The name and address of the agents, McPhail & McPhail, 24 Angus Street, is an in-joke, referring to the screenwriter Angus MacPhail, but rather than leave them out altogether, the phone number and town have been blacked out. See more »

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Despite being apparently unconscious, the downed parachutist can be seen helping the two boatmen pull him into the rowing boat at the start of the film. See more »

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Mrs. Barrington: And we are proud to have as our auctioneer today a real, live spitwire - fire - pilot, Wing Lieutenant Perry, CFD.
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Shows its theatre origins, but quaintly entertaining
17 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Cottage to Let" is a long way from being one of the better films about the Second World War made during it, but it does have a curiosity value.

It shows its origins as a stage-play, with the action concentrated on a house that curiously combines the roles of a private home, military hospital (staffed by its owner and daughter but apparently lacking trained nurses) and secret laboratory, and which also takes in an evacuee in the shape of George Cole. He does very well in his first film, but at 16 looks a bit too old and big (almost as tall as some of the adult men) in the part of someone I imagine was meant to be a bit younger.

Interestingly, one actor appears to play a character that contrasts with his usual roles, and another does.

The plot has several holes in it, of the type "how did so-and-so know that", and if I was that bothered or was bored I might run the recording through again to see it it makes a bit more sense. One puzzling scene early on involving a phone call does fall into place much later in the film.


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