The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp ()

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From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.


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Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
Edith Hunter / Barbara Wynne / Johnny Cannon
Clive Candy
Colonel Betteridge
Harry Welchman ...
Major Davies
Embassy Counsellor
von Ritter
Frau von Kalteneck
James McKechnie ...
Spud Wilson
Reginald Tate ...
van Zijl
David Hutcheson ...
A.E. Matthews ...
President of Tribunal
Neville Mapp ...
Stuffy Graves
Vincent Holman ...
Club Porter (1942)
Spencer Trevor ...
Period Blimp
James Knight ...
Club Porter (1902)
Dennis Arundell ...
Café Orchestra Leader
David Ward ...
Jan Van Loewen ...
Indignant Citizen
von Schönborn
Carl Jaffe ...
von Reumann (as Carl Jaffé)
Eric Maturin ...
Colonel Goodhead
Frith Banbury ...
Baby-Face Fitzroy
Embassy Secretary
Theodore Zichy ...
Colonel Borg (as Count Zichy)
Jane Millican ...
Nurse Erna
Phyllis Morris ...
Muriel Aked ...
Aunt Margaret
W.H. Barrett ...
The Texan (as Capt. W.H. Barrett - U.S. Army)
Thomas Palmer ...
The Sergeant (as Corp. Thomas Palmer - U.S. Army)
Yvonne Andre ...
The Nun (as Yvonne Andrée)
Marjorie Gresley ...
The Matron
The Bishop
Helen Debroy Summers ...
Mrs.Wynne (as Helen Debroy)
Norman Pierce ...
Mr. Wynne
Edward Cooper ...
B.B.C. Official
Joan Swinstead ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Boxer ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Erik ...
Cocker Spaniel (1920) (uncredited)
Maj. Plumley (1902) (uncredited)
Desmond Jeans ...
Barman (uncredited)
Extra (uncredited)
Diana Marshall ...
Sybil Hopwell (uncredited)
Prussian Student (uncredited)
Pat McGrath ...
Cpl. Tommy Tucker (uncredited)
Ronald Millar ...
Sgt Hawkins (uncredited)
Charles Mortimer ...
Dr. Crowler at Duel (uncredited)
Pete Murray ...
Extra in Crowd at BBC Bunker (uncredited)
Peter Noble ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Wally Patch ...
Sergeant Clearing Debris (uncredited)
Norris Smith ...
Napoleon Armstrong (1918) (uncredited)
Spangle ...
Cocker Spaniel (1920) (uncredited)
Patricia Tidy ...
Edith's Sister (uncredited)
John Varley ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Norman Williams ...
Youngster (uncredited)
Man with Debris Clearing Unit (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger

Written by

Michael Powell ... (written by) and
Emeric Pressburger ... (written by)

Produced by

Michael Powell ... producer
Emeric Pressburger ... producer
Richard Vernon ... assistant producer

Music by

Allan Gray

Cinematography by

Georges Périnal ... (photographed in Technicolor by) (as Georges Perinal)

Film Editing by

John Seabourne Sr. ... (as John Seabourne)

Editorial Department

Thelma Connell ... assistant editor (as Thelma Myers)
Peter Seabourne ... assistant editor
Clive Donner ... trainee (uncredited)
Peter R. Hunt ... associate editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

Alfred Junge

Costume Design by

Joseph Bato

Makeup Department

George Blackler ... makeup artist
Dorrie Hamilton ... makeup artist
Stuart Freeborn ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Alec Saville ... production manager (uncredited)
Sydney Streeter ... production manager (uncredited)
Tom White ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Kenneth Horne ... assistant director (as Ken Horne)
Tom Payne ... assistant director

Art Department

Peter Manley ... art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

Desmond Dew ... sound
C.C. Stevens ... sound

Visual Effects by

W. Percy Day ... process shots
Jason Richardson ... restoration artist

Camera and Electrical Department

Jack Cardiff ... camera operator: Technicolor
Harold Haysom ... camera operator: Technicolor
Geoffrey Unsworth ... camera operator: Technicolor
Bill Wall ... chief electrician
Jim Body ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Fred Daniels ... still photographer: portraits (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Matilda Etches ... costume executor

Music Department

Allan Gray ... music arranger
Charles Williams ... conductor

Other crew

Charles R. Beard ... period advisor (as Dr. C. Beard)
Douglas Brownrigg ... military advisor (as Lieut-General Sir Douglas Brownrigg K.C.B. D.S.O.)
Natalie Kalmus ... chief of color control department: Technicolor
Arthur Lawson ... floor manager
Joan Page ... secretary: Archers
Alec Saville ... management
E.F.E. Schoen ... period advisor
Sydney Streeter ... management (as Sydney S. Streeter)
Roger Cherrill ... production runner (uncredited)
Bill Paton ... assistant: Mr Powell (uncredited)
Maggie Unsworth ... script supervisor (uncredited)


David Low ... with acknowledgements to: creator of the immortal Colonel
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Plot Summary

Portrays in warm-hearted detail the life and loves of one extraordinary man. We meet the imposingly rotund General Clive Wynne-Candy, a blustering old duffer who seems the epitome of stuffy, outmoded values. Traveling backwards 40 years we see a different man altogether: the young and dashing officer "Sugar" Candy. Through a series of relationships with three women and his lifelong friendship with a German officer, we see Candy's life unfold and come to understand how difficult it is for him to adapt his sense of military honor to modern notions of "total war." Written by Anonymous

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Taglines A Lusty Lifetime of Love and Adventure in Lavish Technicolor (US Lobby Card tag) See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Colonel Blimp (United States)
  • The Adventures of Colonel Blimp (United States)
  • Le colonel Blimp (France)
  • Leben und Sterben des Colonel Blimp (Germany)
  • Vida y muerte del coronel Blimp (Spain)
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  • 163 min
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Budget GBP200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Winston Churchill hated the film and wanted it banned. See more »
Goofs When Clive first visits his Aunt's house, and the camera pans to the wall, where the animal heads will appear. You can clearly see a lighter patch of wallpaper where one of the heads will later be superimposed. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Pretty British Affair (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Je suis Titania See more »
Crazy Credits The lead actors' names are sewn onto a tapestry-like picture, written on scrolls. This opening credits "needlework tapestry" was completed by the Royal College of Needlework. See more »
Quotes Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff: You know that, after the war, we had very bad years in Germany. We got poorer and poorer. Every day retired officers or schoolteachers were caught shoplifting. Money lost its value, the price of everything rose except of human beings. We read in the newspapers that the after-war years were bad everywhere, that crime was increasing and that honest citizens were having a hard job to put the gangsters in jail. Well in Germany, the gangsters finally succeeded in putting the honest citizens in jail.
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