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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 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


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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George Cole's first theatrical movie acting role at the age of fifteen. 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: Good morning!
Alan Trently: Good morning.
Charles Dimble: Haven't we met somewhere before?
Alan Trently: I don't think so.
Charles Dimble: I've got a wonderful memory for faces.
Alan Trently: Well, I haven't, but I think I'd remember yours. I mean...
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from "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg"
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Louis Levy
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Some are spies, some are security
31 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching Cottage To Let one can hope that Leslie Banks learns a valuable lesson. That no matter how much privacy he craves in his work during war time other considerations like security prevail. Of course being kidnapped by the Nazis might be a learning experience.

That's what happens here in Cottage To Let, a wartime British film taken from a stage play by actor/writer Frederick Kerr. Banks lives with wife and daughter at a Scottish estate with the usual gang of servants, a young evacuee from the London blitz George Coe and he has his one assistant Michael Wilding for his scientific research which is now directed toward inventing a new 100% accurate bomb sight for the RAF. And from the RAF he has a downed flier from the Battle Of Britain, Flight Lieutenant John Mills.

Other than Banks and Coe, absolutely no one is who they seem to be. Some are spies, some are security, the trick is to figure out which is which and I guarantee you won't be 100% right. Even Coe who says that his hero is Sherlock Holmes "the smartest man whoever lived" doesn't get it right though his suspicions do lead to the unmasking of who is who.

Even though Cottage To Let is dated and fixed in the time of wartime UK it still is quite enjoyable with some really good performances.

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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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