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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... John Barrington
... Mrs. Barrington
... Helen Barrington (as Carla Lehman)
... Charles Dimble
... Flt·Lieut. Perry
... Ronald
... Alan Trently
Frank Cellier ... John Forest
Muriel Aked ... Miss Fernery
Wally Patch ... Evans
... Mrs. Trimm
Hay Petrie ... Dr. Truscott
... 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 & McPhail, 24 Angus Street, is an in-joke, referring to the screenwriter Angus MacPhail, but rather than leave them out altogether, the phone number and town have been blacked out. See more »

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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 »

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Flt·Lieut. George Perry: Hello!
Alan Trently: I've, uh, brought your supper.
Flt·Lieut. George Perry: Ah, that's very decent of you.
Alan Trently: Well, they're shorthanded and I thought that I'd...
Flt·Lieut. George Perry: [interrupting] Find Helen here, eh? Well, bad luck. She's gone.
[Alan starts to leave]
Flt·Lieut. George Perry: Oh, don't run away.
Alan Trently: I've got work to do!
Flt·Lieut. George Perry: More domestic duties?
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Overture
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from "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg"
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Louis Levy
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Very enjoyable British wartime adventure mystery
8 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

A wartime evacuee from London arrives in a small Scottish village to stay in Mrs Barrington's cottage. However the arrival of a wounded Spitfire pilot and a mysterious bald gentleman means the boy must stay in the Barrington's house. At the house Mr Barrington and his assistant are working on a top-secret new bombsight to help the war effort. Ronald begins to notice strange behaviour in the village and gradually uncovers a plot to steal the bomb sight when it is developed.

This is a typically jaunty British wartime adventure which contains some gentle laughs and a quite good `who-done-it' style plot. Our eyes come in the form of cockney scamp Ronald as he notices some strange going on. The film manages to keep the mystery going by giving each character shadowy motives - we're not sure if they are a spy, a policeman, a rogue after the ladies, a scorned lover or what - but they all seem to have something going on. This makes it more enjoyable that it sounds and it isn't until the final 20 minutes when it all starts to come together. The famous cast makes it enjoyable - surely none of them could be the spy!?

George Cole shows his lifetime career in a good performance as a cheeky cockney scamp. Mills enjoys himself in his usual war hero role. Leslie Banks plays it straight as the inventor Mr Barrington, while Alistair Sim has the most fun in his shadowy role (he would later work with Cole as an adult on the St Trinians series). The only other role that stands out is De Casalis as the dippy Mrs Barrington, she gives plenty of gentle laughs.

Overall a gentle wartime adventure that has plenty of mystery and nice touches to keep you interested.


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