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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:
Not what you expect. See more (77 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roger Livesey ... Clive Candy

Deborah Kerr ... Edith Hunter / Barbara Wynne / Johnny Cannon
Anton Walbrook ... Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
Roland Culver ... Col. Betteridge
James McKechnie ... Spud Wilson
Albert Lieven ... von Ritter
Arthur Wontner ... Embassy Counsellor
David Hutcheson ... Hoppy

Ursula Jeans ... Frau von Kalteneck

John Laurie ... Murdoch
Harry Welchman ... Major Davies
Reginald Tate ... van Zijl
A.E. Matthews ... President of Tribunal
Carl Jaffe ... von Reumann (as Carl Jaffé)
Valentine Dyall ... von Schönborn
Muriel Aked ... Aunt Margaret
Felix Aylmer ... The Bishop
Frith Banbury ... Baby-Face Fitzroy
Neville Mapp ... Stuffy Graves
Vincent Holman ... Club Porter (1942)
Spencer Trevor ... Period Blimp
James Knight ... Club Porter (1902)
Dennis Arundell ... Café Orchestra Leader
David Ward ... Kaunitz
Jan Van Loewen ... Indignant Citizen
Eric Maturin ... Col. Goodhead
Robert Harris ... Embassy Secretary
Theodore Zichy ... Col. Borg (as Count Zichy)
Jane Millican ... Nurse Erna
Phyllis Morris ... Pebble
Diana Marshall ... Sybil Hopwell
W.H. Barrett ... The Texan (as Capt. W.H. Barrett U.S. Army)
Thomas Palmer ... The Sergeant (as Corp. Thomas Palmer U.S. Army)
Yvonne Andre ... The Nun (as Yvonne Andrée)
Marjorie Gresley ... The Matron
Helen Debroy ... Mrs.Wynne
Norman Pierce ... Mr. Wynne
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)
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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Language:
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:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #03762) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Winston Churchill hated the film and wanted it banned.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Candy's scar is clearly visible on his upper lip when he is in his room at the convalescent hospital, but is obscured by his newly grown mustache moments later when he goes to congratulate Kretschmar-Schuldorff.See more »
Quotes:
Barbara Wynne:We must go, darling, we have the Bishop for lunch.
Clive Candy:I hope he's tender.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mine Own Executioner (1947)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony #8 in B Minor (Unfinished)See more »

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34 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Not what you expect., 9 December 1999
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

I'm not sure what you expect; but I'm pretty sure it isn't this.

We open in the early days of World War II with some motorcyclists speeding through the English countryside to some jaunty music. (The score, by the way, is a fine one - by Allan Gray, a composer I don't think I've heard of in any other context.) Very little is explained about the motorcyclists' quest and we don't get the full significance of the opening events until the the film's conclusion, after we've gone back to the end of the Boer War and seen events narrated from there. There's no sudden revelation at the end: it just slowly dawns on us why the motorcycle chase was so very important. I found, also, that the title preyed on my mind through most of the film's running time. It's `The Life AND DEATH of Colonel Blimp'. Why `death'?

It's a lovely, sad story with a pronounced moral, even though it isn't at all clear, even on reflection, what the moral is. Does Clive Candy really become out of date and out of touch? If so, when? There doesn't seem to be any particular moment; or rather, there are many moments - he's a character who always gives the impression of having only just ossified.

There's a lot of humour beneath the sadness - I'm particularly fond of the Battle of the Orchestra, which takes place late last century, where Candy keeps bribing the musicians to play a piece by Johann Strauss, while a German officer, who loathes the piece, offers fresh bribes to get them to stop. The German officer is, of course, an omen. Strauss is much too merry for the Germany that's to come.

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