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Writers:
Michael Powell (written by) &
Emeric Pressburger (written by)
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Release Date:
4 May 1945 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Lusty Lifetime of Love and Adventure in Lavish Technicolor (US Lobby Card tag) See more »
Plot:
From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
pacy, breathless brilliance since unparalleled on the big screen See more (76 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
James McKechnie ... Spud Wilson
Neville Mapp ... Stuffy Graves
Vincent Holman ... Club Porter (1942)

Roger Livesey ... Clive Candy
David Hutcheson ... Hoppy
Spencer Trevor ... Period Blimp
Roland Culver ... Colonel Betteridge
James Knight ... Club Porter (1902)

Deborah Kerr ... Edith Hunter / Barbara Wynne / Johnny Cannon
Dennis Arundell ... Café Orchestra Leader
David Ward ... Kaunitz
Jan Van Loewen ... Indignant Citizen
Valentine Dyall ... von Schönborn
Carl Jaffe ... von Reumann (as Carl Jaffé)
Albert Lieven ... von Ritter
Eric Maturin ... Colonel Goodhead
Frith Banbury ... Baby-Face Fitzroy
Robert Harris ... Embassy Secretary
Arthur Wontner ... Embassy Counsellor
Theodore Zichy ... Colonel Borg (as Count Zichy)
Anton Walbrook ... Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
Jane Millican ... Nurse Erna

Ursula Jeans ... Frau von Kalteneck
Phyllis Morris ... Pebble
Muriel Aked ... Aunt Margaret

John Laurie ... Murdoch
Reginald Tate ... van Zijl
W.H. Barrett ... The Texan
Thomas Palmer ... The Sergeant
Yvonne Andre ... The Nun (as Yvonne Andrée)
Marjorie Gresley ... The Matron
Felix Aylmer ... The Bishop
Helen Debroy ... Mrs.Wynne
Norman Pierce ... Mr. Wynne
Harry Welchman ... Major Davies
A.E. Matthews ... President of Tribunal
Edward Cooper ... B.B.C. Official
Joan Swinstead ... Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Boxer ... Soldier (uncredited)
Erik ... Cocker Spaniel (1920) (uncredited)
Ian Fleming ... Maj. Plumley (1902) (uncredited)
Desmond Jeans ... Barman (uncredited)

Patrick Macnee ... Extra (uncredited)
Diana Marshall ... Sybil Hopwell (uncredited)
Ferdy Mayne ... Prussian Student (uncredited)
Pat McGrath ... Cpl. Tommy Tucker (uncredited)
Ronald Millar ... Sgt Hawkins (uncredited)

Charles Mortimer ... Dr. Crowler at Duel (uncredited)
Pete Murray ... Extra in Crowd at BBC Bunker (uncredited)
Peter Noble ... Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Wally Patch ... Sergeant Clearing Debris (uncredited)
Norris Smith ... Napoleon Armstrong (1918) (uncredited)
Spangle ... Cocker Spaniel (1920) (uncredited)
Waleen Tidy ... Edith's Sister (uncredited)
John Varley ... Soldier (uncredited)
George Woodbridge ... Man with Debris Clearing Unit (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Powell 
Emeric Pressburger 
 
Writing credits
Michael Powell (written by) &
Emeric Pressburger (written by)

Produced by
Michael Powell .... producer
Emeric Pressburger .... producer
Richard Vernon .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Allan Gray 
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal  (as Georges Perinal)
 
Film Editing by
John Seabourne Sr.  (as John Seabourne)
 
Production Design by
Alfred Junge 
 
Costume Design by
Joseph Bato 
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Dorrie Hamilton .... makeup artist
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Alec Saville .... production manager (uncredited)
Sydney Streeter .... production manager (uncredited)
Tom White .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Horne .... assistant director (as Ken Horne)
Tom Payne .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Manley .... art department (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Desmond Dew .... sound
C.C. Stevens .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... process shots
Jason Richardson .... restoration artist (restored version)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Cardiff .... camera operator: Technicolor
Harold Haysom .... camera operator: Technicolor
Geoffrey Unsworth .... camera operator: Technicolor
Bill Wall .... chief electrician
Jim Body .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Fred Daniels .... still photographer: portraits (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Matilda Etches .... costume executor
 
Editorial Department
Thelma Connell .... assistant editor (as Thelma Myers)
Peter Seabourne .... assistant editor
Clive Donner .... trainee (uncredited)
Peter R. Hunt .... associate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Allan Gray .... music arranger
Charles Williams .... conductor
 
Other crew
Charles R. Beard .... period advisor (as Dr. C. Beard)
Douglas Brownrigg .... military advisor (as Lieut-General Sir Douglas Brownrigg K.C.B. D.S.O.)
Natalie Kalmus .... chief of color control department: Technicolor
Arthur Lawson .... floor manager
Joan Page .... secretary: Archers
Alec Saville .... management
E.F.E. Schoen .... period advisor
Sydney Streeter .... management (as Sydney S. Streeter)
Roger Cherrill .... production runner (uncredited)
Bill Paton .... assistant: Mr Powell (uncredited)
Maggie Unsworth .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David Low .... with acknowledgements to: creator of the immortal Colonel
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Colonel Blimp" - USA (cut version)
"The Adventures of Colonel Blimp" - USA (recut version)
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Runtime:
163 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Microphonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Ireland:G | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1947) | South Korea:12 (2003) | Spain:T | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #03762) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Winston Churchill hated the film and wanted it banned.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow on Clive's shoulder when he meets Theo at the Alien's Hearing.See more »
Quotes:
Clive Candy:I often thought, a fellow like me dies - special knowledge, all to waste. Well, am I dead? Does my knowledge count for nothing, eh? Experience? Skill? You tell me!
Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff:It is a different knowledge they need now, Clive. The enemy is different, so you have to be different, too.
Clive Candy:Are you mad? I know what war is!
Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff:I don't agree.
Clive Candy:You...!
Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff:I read your broadcast up to the point where you describe the collapse of France. You commented on Nazi methods--foul fighting, bombing refugees, machine-gunning hospitals, lifeboats, lightships, bailed-out pilots--by saying that you despised them, that you would be ashamed to fight on their side and that you would sooner accept defeat than victory if it could only be won by those methods.
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Soundtrack:
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84 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
pacy, breathless brilliance since unparalleled on the big screen, 7 July 2001
Author: nk chada (naresh1969@aol.com) from Belfast UK

Neither war films nor romances rate amongst my favourite film genres. Colonel Blimp is both of these and has to rate as my runaway favourite film. Made in 1943 by the irreplaceable icons of British film making Powell and Pressburger it displays a pacy breathless brilliance since unparalleled on the big screen.

The film follows the life and times of General Wynne-Candy from when he is an idealistic young officer returned on leave from the Boer War through to his retirement as an anachronistic and obdurate Major General.

The film is structured in three acts set in the aftermath of the Boer War, the first world war and the present (at the time of making the film) the height of the 2nd World War. But it is not just an examination of these conflicts. Its real power lies in Candy's pursuit of his ideal woman throughout each of these stages. All three women are played beautifully by Deborah Kerr who never surpassed the power of her performance in this film.

The other constant in the film is Anton Wallbrooks character of the sympathetic German with whom Candy builds a lifelong friendship and ultimately is probably Candy's only ever really satisfying relationship throughout his life.

For me the film operates on many complex levels. The romantic element is as affecting as anything you are likely to witness in the cinema. It achieves everything in the unrequited love department a la "the remains of the day" in a fraction of the time and as only part of the overall plot.

It deals with the moral complexities of war in a way that will have you debating the issues in your mind long after you have seen the film. This particular theme reaches its climax towards the end of the film when Candy is "retired" by the war ministry probably as a result of his outdated approach to strategy for the 2nd World War. Anton Wallbrook then delivers a setpiece speech which starkly outlines the evils of Nazism and the necessity to use any means to defeat it for the sake of freedom and humanity for coming generations.

Colonel Blimp with its pristine performances, absorbing plot, dazzling colour photography and economic flawless script easily gives Citizen Kane a good run for its money as the best film of all time.

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