Old British Comdies

by icaredor | created - 01 Jun 2013 | updated - 29 Aug 2015 | Public

Brit Coms from 1929-1969

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1. The Green Man (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

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 ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Day, Basil Dearden | Stars: Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas, Jill Adams

Votes: 1,171

2. Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy

When a millionaire practical joker dies, he divides his fortune among four heirs who must carry out his zany instructions to cash in.

Director: Mario Zampi | Stars: Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Guy Middleton, George Cole

Votes: 1,175

3. Hue and Cry (1947)

82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alastair Sim, Frederick Piper, Harry Fowler, Vida Hope

Votes: 1,197

4. Will Any Gentleman...? (1953)

84 min | Comedy

About a henpecked bank clerk who lives a dreary existence in suburban London. After a mix-up at a music hall, he finds himself onstage with ambiguously foreign magician Mendoza, who hypnotizes him into losing all of his inhibitions.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: George Cole, Veronica Hurst, Heather Thatcher, Jon Pertwee

Votes: 77

5. High and Dry (1954)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy

An American businessman in Scotland is conned into shipping a valuable load of cargo to a Scottish island via a coal powered boat.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Paul Douglas, Alex Mackenzie, James Copeland, Abe Barker

Votes: 1,066

6. Whisky Galore (1949)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime

Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton

Votes: 4,440

7. Make Mine Mink (1960)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy

Zany collection of misfits led by aging military man (Terry-Thomas) go on a spree of robbing mink coats. An unlikely trio of women (Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, and Elspeth Duxbury) find ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 908

8. Too Many Crooks (1959)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

Accident-prone Fingers runs a pretty unsuccessful gang. They try and rob wealthy but tricky Billy Gordon - who distrusts banks and fears the Inland Revenue - but he sees Fingers and the ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Zampi | Stars: Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Bresslaw

Votes: 844

9. The Facts of Love (1945)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of young people are having a good time, when their parents return home unexpectedly from holiday.

Director: Henry Cass | Stars: Gordon Harker, Betty Balfour, Jimmy Hanley, Carla Lehmann

Votes: 37

10. Law and Disorder (1940)

74 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

On the eve of WWII a young defence lawyer, assisted by his wife, invaigles his way into a gang of foreign saboteurs. Comedy thriller, ably executed by a satisfactory cast.

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Alastair Sim, Barry K. Barnes, Diana Churchill, Edward Chapman

Votes: 19

11. Law and Disorder (1958)

76 min | Comedy, Crime

A British petty criminal lies to his son about his frequent prison terms by inventing honorable plausible explanations for his absences from home but things get complicated when his son becomes a judge's assistant.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Robert Morley, Ronald Squire, Elizabeth Sellars

Votes: 188

12. I Only Arsked! (1958)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy

A group of misfit soldiers are desperately trying to fiddle themselves some leave. Instead they wrangle a posting to the British Middle-East protectorate of Darawa. Their frustrations and ... See full summary »

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Bernard Bresslaw, Michael Medwin, Alfie Bass, Geoffrey Sumner

Votes: 46

13. Private's Progress (1956)

102 min | Comedy, War

In World War II, a failed British Officer is selected by his uncle, a Brigadier with the War Office, to participate in a secret operation to "recover" looted artworks from the Nazis.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Ronald Adam, Henry B. Longhurst, Peter Jones

Votes: 607

14. Brothers in Law (1957)

94 min | Comedy

Roger Thursby is just starting out as a barrister, full of ideals, but he is a bit too keen for his fellow lawyers.

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Henry B. Longhurst, Edith Sharpe, Ian Carmichael, Henry Hewitt

Votes: 267

15. Ladies Who Do (1963)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy

The "Ladies Who Do" are office cleaners. One of them discovers some hot stock tips and they make a fortune. They then make good use of it to save their old neighbourhoods from the wicked developer.

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards | Stars: Peggy Mount, Robert Morley, Harry H. Corbett, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 272

16. Castle in the Air (1952)

89 min | Comedy

The near-bankrupt Earl of Locharne must contend with a government agent trying to requisition his ancestral Scottish castle, as well as a beautiful American woman who wants to buy the place - to say nothing of the resident ghost.

Director: Henry Cass | Stars: David Tomlinson, Helen Cherry, Margaret Rutherford, Barbara Kelly

Votes: 130

17. Operation Cupid (1960)

Not Rated | 62 min | Comedy

A gang of criminals win a marriage agency during a card game and plan to use it to arrange a lucrative marriage for one of their number.

Director: Charles Saunders | Stars: Charles Farrell, Avice Landone, Wallas Eaton, Harold Goodwin

Votes: 20

18. Left Right and Centre (1959)

95 min | Comedy, Romance

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Patricia Bredin, Eric Barker, Jack Hedley, Leslie Dwyer

Votes: 218

19. Friday the Thirteenth (1933)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

It is pouring with rain at one minute to midnight on Friday the thirteenth, and the driver of a London bus is peering through his blurred windshield as his vehicle sails down an empty road.... See full summary »

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Muriel Aked, Cyril Smith

Votes: 287

20. The Promoter (1952)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy

A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing, some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a ... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson, Petula Clark

Votes: 1,044

21. A Run for Your Money (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and various other urban distractions.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Donald Houston, Meredith Edwards, Moira Lister, Alec Guinness

Votes: 465

22. The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy

Volunteers take over their local passenger train service (against bus company resistance) when the government announces its closure.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne, John Gregson

Votes: 2,267

23. No Smoking (1955)

Not Rated | 73 min | Comedy

Reg is a scientist who invents a pill to cure smokers of their nicotine addiction. However, when he makes his discovery public, he encounters strong resistance from the tobacco industry.

Director: Henry Cass | Stars: Reg Dixon, Peter Martyn, Belinda Lee, Lionel Jeffries

Votes: 56

24. Folly to Be Wise (1952)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy

Newly arrived Army chaplin Captain Paris (Alastair Sim) attempts to book various acts for the entertainment of a troop of soldiers.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Alastair Sim, Elizabeth Allan, Roland Culver, Colin Gordon

Votes: 206

25. The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy

Chaos ensues for staff and students alike when an all-boys and an all-girls school are amalgamated into one.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford, John Turnbull, Richard Wattis

Votes: 1,268

26. Bombsight Stolen (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

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.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Leslie Banks, Alastair Sim, Jeanne De Casalis, Carla Lehmann

Votes: 894

27. A Fire Has Been Arranged (1935)

Not Rated | 70 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

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... See full summary »

Director: Leslie S. Hiscott | Stars: Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Mary Lawson, Robb Wilton

Votes: 71

28. Inn for Trouble (1960)

90 min | Comedy

A London couple apply to run a country inn and discover that someone doesn't want them to make a success of it.

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards | Stars: Shaun O'Riordan, Peggy Mount, Ronan O'Casey, David Kossoff

Votes: 137

www.imdb.com/title/tt0053947

29. Panic in the Parlor (1956)

81 min | Comedy

Battle-axe Emma Hornett dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry, his meek sister Edie and daughter Shirley. Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert,raised in an orphanage,and he and best man... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Parry | Stars: Peggy Mount, Shirley Eaton, Ronald Lewis, Cyril Smith

Votes: 309

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050818/

30. Dry Rot (1956)

87 min | Comedy

A trio of not particularly bright bookmakers tries to fix a horse race.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Ronald Shiner, Brian Rix, Sidney James, Peggy Mount

Votes: 132

www.imdb.com/title/tt0049163/

31. The Horse's Mouth (1953)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Fantasy

An Irish "oracle" foretells the next day's track results to a newspaperman, resulting in a national uproar.

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards | Stars: Robert Beatty, Michael Medwin, Virginia McKenna, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 50

www.imdb.com/title/tt0045884/

32. Watch it, Sailor! (1961)

81 min | Comedy

A sailor named Albert is late for his own wedding, but a bigger problem occurs when he gets a message from the Navy saying he can't marry for certain legal reasons. Everyone jumps to ... See full summary »

Director: Wolf Rilla | Stars: Marjorie Rhodes, Cyril Smith, Vera Day, Liz Fraser

Votes: 35

33. The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp (1954)

76 min | Comedy, Fantasy

An Angel finds that she needs money to fulfill her mission on Earth. Her only solution to this problem is to pawn Her harp.

Director: Alan Bromly | Stars: Felix Aylmer, Diane Cilento, Robert Eddison, Jerry Desmonde

Votes: 103

34. Curtain Up (1952)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy

In a small town in the 1950's a repertory company meets on Monday morning to start rehearsing the following week's play. This is a ghastly thing written by the aunt of one of the theatre's ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Smart | Stars: Robert Morley, Margaret Rutherford, Kay Kendall, Michael Medwin

Votes: 182

35. You Know What Sailors Are (1954)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy

A fun frolic involving a fake secret weapon (accidentally created during a drinking bout), naval bureaucracy, political maneuvering and the hareem and palace of the exotic eastern country of Agraria.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Akim Tamiroff, Donald Sinden, Sarah Lawson, Naunton Wayne

Votes: 71

36. Bikini Baby (1951)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy

An unsophisticated and impressionable young girl finds herself in trouble after winning a beauty pageant.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Dennis Price, John McCallum, Stanley Holloway, Pauline Stroud

Votes: 217

37. An Alligator Named Daisy (1955)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Peter Weston is engaged to Vanessa Colebrook, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. On a journey home on a steamer he meets an old sea hand who shares with him how his wife won't let him ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Donald Sinden, Diana Dors, Jeannie Carson, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 247

38. You're in the Army Now (1937)

87 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Two soldier friends vie for the affections of the Sergeant Major's daughter, against a background of military pomp and adventure.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Wallace Ford, John Mills, Anna Lee, Grace Bradley

Votes: 113

39. The Galloping Major (1951)

80 min | Comedy

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.

Director: Henry Cornelius | Stars: Basil Radford, Jimmy Hanley, Janette Scott, A.E. Matthews

Votes: 116

40. The Sandwich Man (1966)

95 min | Comedy

A man with a sandwich-board (advert) wanders around London meeting many strange characters.

Director: Robert Hartford-Davis | Stars: Michael Bentine, Dora Bryan, Harry H. Corbett, Bernard Cribbins

Votes: 293

41. Don't Take It to Heart! (1944)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

The castle ghost helps the lady and the lawyer beat off developers.

Director: Jeffrey Dell | Stars: Richard Bird, Edward Rigby, Esma Cannon, Ivor Barnard

Votes: 113

42. Father Came Too! (1964)

91 min | Comedy

A young married couple experience difficulties doing up a cottage, and are hindered by the wife's father.

Director: Peter Graham Scott | Stars: James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, Sally Smith

Votes: 197

43. Time, Gentlemen, Please! (1952)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy

Because of its high productivity and "almost" 100 per cent employment, the village of Little Heyhoe, England is expecting a visit from the Prime Minister. The "almost" is because of Dan ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Eddie Byrne, Jane Barrett, Robert Brown, Raymond Lovell

Votes: 160

44. Watch Your Stern (1960)

90 min | Comedy

When the details of a secret torpedo are destroyed by an incompetent seaman, the crew of the ship rally round, when the Admiral needs the plans to show to a visiting scientist.

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims

Votes: 261

45. The Night We Got the Bird (1961)

83 min | Comedy

Cyril's family is unaware that he and his cabinet-maker employee are making and selling false antique furniture. It is only when he dies and his salesman Bernie marries his widow Julie that... See full summary »

Director: Darcy Conyers | Stars: Brian Rix, Dora Bryan, Ronald Shiner, Leo Franklyn

Votes: 32

46. Idol on Parade (1959)

88 min | Comedy

A rock'n'roll idol is drafted into the wrong regiment.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: William Bendix, Anthony Newley, Anne Aubrey, Lionel Jeffries

Votes: 120

47. Girls at Sea (1958)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

When H.M.S. Scotia pays a visit to the French Riviera, the officers, to celebrate the engagement of Marine Captain Randall to a charming American girl, Jill Eaton, throw a big party,

Director: Gilbert Gunn | Stars: Guy Rolfe, Ronald Shiner, Michael Hordern, Anne Kimbell

Votes: 37

48. Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961)

86 min | Comedy

The RAF Group Captain has a hard job to restrain the aircraft-man from tinkering with everything he can get his hands on.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Jimmy Edwards, Kenneth Connor, Shirley Eaton, Eric Barker

Votes: 53