With British Instructional Films (BIF) (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Escape from Dartmoor (1929)

88 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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Flashback story of an escape from the lonely, high-security Dartmoor Prison. A jealous barber's assistant is enraged by the attentions that his manicurist girlfriend pays to a customer. He ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Uno Henning, Norah Baring, Anthony Asquith

Votes: 928

2. Shooting Stars (1928)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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The husband and wife acting team of Mae Feather and Julian Gordon is torn apart when he discovers she is having an affair with the screen comedian Andy Wilks. Mae hatches a plot to kill her... See full summary »

Directors: Anthony Asquith, A.V. Bramble | Stars: Annette Benson, Brian Aherne, Donald Calthrop, Wally Patch

Votes: 311

3. The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927)

107 min | Drama, War

7.2
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Dramatic reconstruction of two 1914 naval battles off Coronel and the Falkland Islands.The first a defeat of the British by Vice Admiral Maximilian von Spee, the second a retaliation by the British under vice Admiral Sturdee.

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Roger Maxwell, Craighall Sherry, Hans von Slock

Votes: 58

4. A Throw of Dice (1929)

Not Rated | 74 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.6
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With King Ranjit visiting him, King Sohat sees an opportunity to kill his young cousin and take over his kingdom. One of Sohat's henchmen fells Ranjit with a poisoned arrow, making it look ... See full summary »

Director: Franz Osten | Stars: Seeta Devi, Himanshu Rai, Charu Roy, Modhu Bose

Votes: 616

5. Underground (1928)

84 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A working-class love story set in and around the London Underground of the 1920s. Two men - gentle Bill and brash Bert - meet and are attracted to the same woman on the same day at the same... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Brian Aherne, Elissa Landi, Cyril McLaglen, Norah Baring

Votes: 376

6. Sin (1928)

89 min | Drama

6.7
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A married writers luck turns when he gets a play produced at Théâtre de Paris. He meets the femme fatale who should play the lead in his play. Passion and conflict occurs.

Director: Gustaf Molander | Stars: Lars Hanson, Elissa Landi, Anita Hugo, Gina Manès

Votes: 30

7. Ypres (1925)

117 min | War

6.3
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Reconstruction of various battles which took place at Ypres.

Director: Walter Summers

Votes: 18

8. Shiraz (1928)

97 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.8
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A historical romance set in the Mughal Empire. Selima (Enakshi) is a princess-foundling raised by a potter and loved by her brother, Shiraz (Rai). She is abducted and sold as a slave to ... See full summary »

Director: Franz Osten | Stars: Himanshu Rai, Charu Roy, Seeta Devi, Enakashi Rama Rao

Votes: 96

9. The Battle of Gallipoli (1931)

75 min | Drama, War

6.8
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Two friends enlist in the British army during World War 1 and take part in the Gallipoli campaign.

Directors: Anthony Asquith, Geoffrey Barkas | Stars: Fay Compton, Tony Bruce, Carl Harbord, Dennis Hoey

Votes: 39

10. Lost Patrol (1929)

Action, Drama, War

5.8
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In Mesopotamia, a lost cavalry patrol is gradually killed off by Arabs.

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Cyril McLaglen, Sam Wilkinson, Terence Collier, Arthur B. Woods

Votes: 13

11. Dark Red Roses (1929)

63 min | Drama

6.8
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A sculptor tries to chop the hands off his wife's pianist lover.

Director: Sinclair Hill | Stars: Stewart Rome, Frances Doble, Hugh Eden, Kate Cutler

Votes: 6

12. Dance Pretty Lady (1931)

64 min | Drama

6.9
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A ballerina falls in love with a wealthy young artists. However, rather than marry her, he wants her to become his mistress. She refuses. Not long afterwards he tells her he's changed is ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Ann Casson, Carl Harbord, Michael Hogan, Moore Marriott

Votes: 12

13. The Runaway Princess (1929)

Crime, Drama

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A prince in disguise saves a runaway princess from becoming a forger's dupe.

Directors: Anthony Asquith, Fritz Wendhausen | Stars: Mady Christians, Paul Cavanagh, Norah Baring, Fred Rains

14. One Family (1930)

70 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.9
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A young boy dreams he's on a guided tour of Buckingham Palace and various countries in the British Empire.

Director: Walter Creighton | Stars: Douglas Beaumont, Sam Livesey, Michael Hogan, Joan Maude

Votes: 11

15. Mons (1926)

War

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Reconstruction of the battle and subsequent retreat.

Director: Walter Summers

16. Nelson (1926)

80 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Recounts some highlights in the career of Admiral Nelson, including his battles with the French fleet under Napoleon, and his dalliances with Lady Hamilton.

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Gertrude McCoy, Frank Perfitt, Frank Arlton

Votes: 11

17. The Strangler (1932)

45 min

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Director: Norman Lee | Stars: Jack Morrison, Moira Lynd, Lewis Dayton, Molly Lamont

18. Windjammer (1930)

75 min | Adventure

6.7
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Director: J.O.C. Orton | Stars: Tony Bruce, Michael Hogan, Hal Gordon, Roy Travers

Votes: 10

19. Strip! Strip! Hooray!!! or (Fun with the Sunbathers) (1932)

36 min | Short, Comedy

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Director: Norman Lee | Stars: Ken Douglas, Betty Norton, Albert E. Raynor, Muriel White

20. The Great Defender (1934)

72 min | Mystery, Romance

6.2
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Sir Douglas Rolls had earned the reputation of being England's greatest barrister. But he has just been informed by Doctor Hackett, specialist on diseases of the heart, that overwork has ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Bentley | Stars: Matheson Lang, Margaret Bannerman, Arthur Margetson, Richard Bird

Votes: 14

21. Boadicea (1927)

Drama, History, War

6.6
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The British Queen rouses the Iceni, but is defeated by the Romans.

Director: Sinclair Hill | Stars: Phyllis Neilson-Terry, Lillian Hall-Davis, Clifford McLaglen, Sybil Rhoda

Votes: 7

22. The Celestial City (1929)

Crime, Drama

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In Russia, a detective loves a girl whose father is a jewel thief.

Director: J.O.C. Orton | Stars: Norah Baring, Cecil Fearnley, Lewis Dayton, Malvina Longfellow

23. Strictly Business (1931)

46 min | Comedy, Crime

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An heiress is saved from a blackmailer.

Directors: Mary Field, Jacqueline Logan | Stars: Betty Amann, Carl Harbord, Molly Lamont, Percy Parsons

24. Josser in the Army (1932)

82 min | Comedy

5.6
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Director: Norman Lee | Stars: Ernie Lotinga, Betty Norton, Jack Hobbs, Hal Gordon

Votes: 7

25. The Outcast (1934)

74 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

5.3
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When the box-office manager takes off with all the money belonging to a traveling theatre-troupe, the show's promoters and leading performers, Bill Potter and Jim Truman, have to sell off ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Lee | Stars: Leslie Fuller, Mary Glynne, Hal Gordon, Jane Carr

Votes: 11

26. What Happened Then? (1934)

58 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

5.4
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Young Raymond Rudford,sculptor, is on trial for slitting the throat of his uncle, who had adopted and raised him after Raymond's parent's died when he was a young boy. The prosecution ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Richard Bird, Lorna Hubbard, Geoffrey Wardwell, Francis L. Sullivan

Votes: 15

27. The Battle of Jutland (1921)

Short, War

8.4
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A reconstruction of how Admiral Beatty lured the German fleet into a trap.

Director: H. Bruce Woolfe

Votes: 5

28. Palaver (1926)

108 min | Adventure

5.1
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In Nigeria a jealous tin miner arouses the tribe against his rival.

Director: Geoffrey Barkas | Stars: Haddon Mason, Reginald Fox, Hilda Cowley, Yiberr

Votes: 9

29. The Betrayal (1928)

84 min | Drama, War

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Hessian officers' flirtations with an artist's daughter accidentally give signals to the attacking English.

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Elissa Landi, Michael Hogan, Hubert Carter, Carl Harbord

30. Sons of the Sea (1925)

Adventure

1.0
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A rich boy and a gardener's son join the navy in 1914 and later save a girl from Mediterranean bandits.

Director: H. Bruce Woolfe | Stars: D.C. Kenerdine, E. Godfrey, Dorothy Barclay

Votes: 8

31. Widecombe Fair (1929)

Drama

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A rich widow helps a poor squire by pretending his ancestor his a treasure.

Director: Norman Walker | Stars: William Freshman, Marguerite Allan, Wyndham Standing, Violet Hopson

32. Josser on the River (1932)

75 min | Comedy

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Director: Norman Lee | Stars: Ernie Lotinga, Molly Lamont, Charles Hickman, Reginald Gardiner

33. Chamber of Horrors (1929)

Horror

4.9
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A man, believing he has killed his mistress, finds himself spending the night in a terrifying wax museum.

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Frank Stanmore, Elizabeth Hempel, Leslie Holland, Joan Maude

Votes: 7

34. Sacrifice (1929)

Drama

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A Lady persuades her son to divorce his actress wife by implying their baby is a bastard.

Director: Victor Peers | Stars: Andrée Tourneur, G.H. Mulcaster, Lewis Dayton, Eveline Chipman

35. The Shaming of the True (1930)

5 min | Short, Comedy

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A woman in a theatre audience objects to the film and joins in.

Director: Walter Creighton | Stars: Maisie Gay, Roy Royston, Ada May, Duggie Byng

36. Plants of the Underworld (1930)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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The world of fungi captured by micro-cinematography and time-lapse photography.

Director: Mary Field | Star: E.V.H. Emmett

37. Dr. Josser, K.C. (1931)

71 min | Comedy, Sport

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"P. C. Josser is a dud, and his superiors know it. Given a chance to distinguish himself at a night club, he mistakes his comrades for crooks and bowls them over like nine-pins. Dismissed ... See full summary »

Director: Milton Rosmer | Stars: Ernie Lotinga, Jack Frost, Maisie Darrell, Robert Douglas

38. The Mystery of Marriage (1932)

32 min | Documentary, Short

6.2
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The courtship rituals of animals and plants are compared to those of contemporary society, with educational and frequently humorous results.

Director: Mary Field

Votes: 15

39. Josser Joins the Navy (1932)

69 min | Comedy

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Director: Norman Lee | Stars: Ernie Lotinga, Cyril McLaglen, Jack Hobbs, Lesley Wareing

40. Contact (1933)

28 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Paul Rotha

41. Song Birds (1933)

36 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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Tramps at a Christmas party cure a drunken host.

Director: John Harlow | Stars: Barry Lupino, Wallace Lupino, Gus McNaughton

42. Any Evening After Work (1930)

27 min | Short

5.8
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British silent public health film from around 1930. The main protagonist fears he may have contracted venereal disease but is reluctant to seek the help of a Doctor. He attends a public ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Field

Votes: 9

43. Pyjamas Preferred (1932)

46 min | Comedy

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The husband of a pillar of the Purity League runs a notorious nightclub, and is threatened with exposure by an ex-lover.

Director: Val Valentine | Stars: James Alexander Chapman, Betty Amann, Jack Morrison, Amy Veness

44. How to Tell (1931)

16 min | Short

6.3
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This silent early 1930's educational film illustrates the need to be honest with children about human reproduction. Giving practical examples of explanations for children for infants to teenagers.

Votes: 7

45. A Punjab Village (1925)

13 min | Documentary, Short

4.4
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Director: James Fairgrieve

Votes: 11

46. Nature's Double Lifers: Ferns and Fronds (1932)

10 min | Documentary, Short

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The strange double life of ferns, as seen under the microscope.

47. Stampede (1930)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary, Drama

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When his mother is attacked and killed by a lion, an infant boy named Boru is adopted by a passing tribe and raised by the tribe's chief. The young boy and the chief's son, Nikitu, grow up ... See full summary »

Directors: Errol Hinds, C. Court Treatt, Stella Court Treatt | Star: Abd el Nebi

48. Zeebrugge (1924)

Drama, War

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A reconstruction of the Dover Patrol's bottling up of a U-boat base.

Directors: A.V. Bramble, H. Bruce Woolfe

49. Little Miss London (1929)

Comedy

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A pickle king feigns bankruptcy and poses as a workman while his daughter loves a salesman posing as a lord.

Director: Harry Hughes | Stars: Pamela Parr, Eric Bransby Williams, Frank Stanmore, Pauline Johnson

50. The Bad Companions (1932)

45 min | Comedy

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Director: J.O.C. Orton | Stars: Nor Kiddie, Renee Gadd, Wallace Lupino, Hal Gordon


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