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Bombsight Stolen (1941)

Cottage to Let (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller | May 1943 (USA)
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.


Anthony Asquith


Geoffrey Kerr (adapted from the play by), Anatole de Grunwald (screenplay) (as A. de Grunwald) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Leslie Banks ... John Barrington
Jeanne De Casalis ... Mrs. Barrington
Carla Lehmann ... Helen Barrington (as Carla Lehman)
Alastair Sim ... Charles Dimble
John Mills ... Flt·Lieut. Perry
George Cole ... Ronald
Michael Wilding ... Alan Trently
Frank Cellier ... John Forest
Muriel Aked ... Miss Fernery
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Evans
Muriel George ... Mrs. Trimm
Hay Petrie ... Dr. Truscott
Catherine Lacey ... Mrs. Stokes
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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 and McPhail, 24 Angus Street, is an in-joke, referring to Screenwriter Angus MacPhail, but rather than leave them out altogether, the phone number and town have been blacked out. See more »


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 »


Charles Dimble: I was looking for you.
Alan Trently: Oh, why?
Charles Dimble: This card just came for you. Swiss stamp and a very curious message.
Alan Trently: That's pretty cool nerve. Do you always read other people's letters?
Charles Dimble: Certainly not. This isn't a letter. It's a postcard. Postcards are fair game.
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The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
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A nicely-acted "thriller lite"
30 March 2010 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

A cranky scientist is working on a new bomber sight for use against the Nazis. He's holed up in a cottage in Scotland so he can work in private.

However, the place turns into a bit of a circus, with more and more people turning up. Clearly, the Germans are after his invention. But who is the bad guy? The weird new lodger? The butler? The wounded pilot? The cook? And who is the GOOD guy, trying to foil the Nazi plot?

This is a light thriller, with some fine actors (Mills, Sim, and a teen-aged George Cole in his first role) and some good plot twists. But because of the vein of humor throughout, it's hard to get emotionally involved even when the good guys are in peril. There are some scenes reminiscent of Hitchcock (the auction, the barn scene, the hall of mirrors), but in his hands, they would have been truly tense.

This is definitely worth a watch, if you are a fan of British films of the WW2 era, or if you enjoy Alastair Sim as much as I do. But all considered, it's a thriller without much of a thrill.

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May 1943 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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