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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 »

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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 Muriel Aked ... Miss Fernery
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Evans
Muriel George ... Mrs. Trimm
Hay Petrie 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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Release Date:

May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Theatrical movie debut of George Cole (Ronald). 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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One for aspiring film makers to watch
19 April 2005 | by richard-meredith27See all my reviews

From the jaunty opening scenes to the thrilling ending, you could be forgiven for thinking 'Cottage To Let' was made during the post war period. But this film was released in 1941, when the outcome of the war was still in the balance.

The cast reflects the wealth of talent available in the British Film Industry at this time and for two decades onwards. Not a false note is struck: Jeannie De Casalis makes me laugh out loud playing the dotty wife (check out her introduction speech for John Mills at the fête). Leslie Banks turns in a precise low key performance. He is an antidote to all the eccentric and unbalanced scientists that were/are the staple of cinema-land. Michael Wilding is urbane and, in his scenes, a good foil for a crumpled Alistair Sim, or the intense and faintly menacing John Mills.

Sim, of course, had managed to get his protégé George Cole the part of Ronald. Cole had (I think) already played this role on the stage, but took to the sound stage like a fish to water. He moved and acted as if born to boom and camera. In an idle moment compare young George as Ronald with middle-aged George as Arthur Daley in TV's Minder. It's all there: the sideway looks, aggrieved voice, controlled energy, sheer believable and likable personality.

The film scores on all points for me. The script is realistic and economical, the supporting cast firmly wedded into the few sub-plots. Even the sets, one or two seem to have migrated from other films, are splendid and evocative. And the final denouement is probably one of the most menacing in wartime film, if not the wettest.

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