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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


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: 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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The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
Sung by children at the fair
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delightful film
29 April 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I plow through the '40s and '50s black and white films, usually Bs, and occasionally I find a real gem. "Bombsight Stolen," or "Cottage to Let," its American name, is one.

Based on a play, it stars Leslie Banks, Jeanne De Casalis, Alistair Sim, Michael Wilding, John Mills, and George Cole.

The activity centers around a Scottish cottage, where the Barringtons live. The cottage currently serves several purposes: a place for evacuees, a hospital when a downed British airman (Mills) is found nearby, a place for the annual fair, and a science lab, as Mr. Barrington (Banks) is a military inventor. When Mr. Dimble (Alistair Sim) shows up to rent the cottage, he finds out it's not for rent and moves into the house.

The Nazis want Barrington's inventions, so MI-5 and Scotland Yard each have a man in the house. Who are they? Is there a mole among them? Very enjoyable film, with a hilarious performance by Jeanne De Casalis, the lady of the house who can't keep anything straight. It's the showiest role. Alistair Sim is excellent, as is young John Mills and Sims' protégé, George Cole. I have a feeling the part of Ronald (Cole) was intended for an actor a couple of years younger. He evidently played the role on the stage, which would have been earlier.

Charming film, well directed by Anthony Asquith, with some interesting scenes that take place in the annual fair fun house at the end.

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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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