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The Night We Dropped A Clanger
The Night We Dropped a Clanger
The Night We Dropped a Clanger
is a 1959 British comedy film directed by Darcy Conyers and starring Brian Rix, Cecil Parker, William Hartnell and Leslie Phillips; Andrew Sachs
Andrew Sachs
made his screen debut. A British secret agent is sent on a secret operation in occupied France during the Second World War
Second World War
but a diversionary tactic turns into a farcical tale of mistaken identity.[1][2] It was released as Make Mine a Double in the United States.Contents1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Critical reception 4 References 5 External linksPlot[edit] When mysterious, unpiloted, midget aircraft start landing in southern England during the Second World War, top secret agent Wing Commander Blenkinsop, VC and bar, is chosen for a top-secret mission to occupied France to investigate
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Darcy Conyers
Darcy Conyers (1919–1973) was a British screenwriter, actor, producer and film director.[1] He is sometimes credited as D'Arcy Conyers. Selected filmography[edit] ActorBond Street (1948) The Jack of Diamonds
The Jack of Diamonds
(1949) Golden Arrow (1949) Trottie True
Trottie True
(1949) Wings of Danger
Wings of Danger
(1952) The Time of His Life (1955) The Blue Peter (1955)DirectorThe Secret of the Forest (1956) The Devil's Pass (1957) The Night We Got the Bird (1961) The Night We Dropped a Clanger
The Night We Dropped a Clanger
(1961) Nothing Barred
Nothing Barred
(1961) In the Doghouse (1962)References[edit]^ "D'Arcy Conyers". BFI. Retrieved 28 April 2015. External links[edit] Darcy Conyers on IMDbThis article about a British film director is a stub
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Leo Franklyn
Leo Franklyn
Leo Franklyn
(7 April 1897 – 17 September 1975) was an English actor. Much of his early career was in Edwardian musical comedy; in his later career he was chiefly associated with farce. In the years between the First and Second World Wars, Franklyn was a well-known performer in musical comedies, appearing in both British and American shows. He spent ten years performing in Australia in musical comedies. From the 1940s he appeared regularly in pantomime as the Dame. From the 1950s to his death he was principally associated with British farces
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Special
Special
Special
or specials may refer to:Contents1 Music 2 Film and television 3 Other uses 4 See alsoMusic[edit] Special
Special
(album), a 1992
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IMDb
IMDb, also known as Internet Movie Database, is an online database of information related to world films, television programs, home videos and video games, and internet streams, including cast, production crew, personnel and fictional character biographies, plot summaries, trivia, and fan reviews and ratings. An additional fan feature, message boards, was abandoned in February, 2017. The database is owned and operated by IMDb.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon. As of December 2017[update], IMDb
IMDb
has approximately 4.7 million titles (including episodes) and 8.3 million personalities in its database,[2] as well as 83 million registered users. The movie and talent pages of IMDb
IMDb
are accessible to all internet users, but a registration process is necessary to contribute information to the site. Most data in the database is provided by volunteer contributors
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Carry On (franchise)
The Carry On series primarily consists of 31 classic British comedy motion pictures (1958–92), four Christmas specials, a television series of thirteen episodes, and three West End and provincial stage plays. The films' humour was in the British comic tradition of the music hall and bawdy seaside postcards. Producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas drew on a regular group of actors, the Carry On team, that included Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth, Hattie Jacques, Terry Scott, Bernard Bresslaw, Barbara Windsor, Jack Douglas, and Jim Dale. The Carry On series contains the largest number of films of any British series, and it is the longest continually running UK film series, although with a fourteen-year break (1978–92)
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Sky Cinema
Sky Cinema
Sky Cinema
(formerly Sky Movies) is the collective name for the premium subscription television film channels operated in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
by Sky plc
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Patrick Cargill
Patrick Cargill
Patrick Cargill
(3 June 1918 – 23 May 1996)[1] was a British actor remembered for his lead role in the British television sitcom Father, Dear Father.[2]Contents1 Career1.1 The stage 1.2 Television 1.3 Films 1.4 Music2 Personal life2.1 Death3 References 4 External linksCareer[edit] Cargill was born to middle-class parents living in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. After education at Haileybury College, he made his debut in the Bexhill Amateur Theatrical Society. However, he was aiming for a military career and was selected for training at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst
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Ray Cooney
Raymond George Alfred Cooney, OBE (born 30 May 1932) is an English playwright and actor. His biggest success, Run for Your Wife (1983) ran for nine years in London's West End and is its longest-running comedy.[1] He has had 17 of his plays performed there.[2]Contents1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Bibliography 4 Filmography4.1 Screenwriter5 References 6 External linksCareer[edit] Cooney began to act in 1946 appearing in many of the Whitehall farces of Brian Rix
Brian Rix
throughout the 1950s and '60s. It was during this time that he co-wrote his first play One For The Pot. With Tony Hilton, he co-wrote the screenplay for the British comedy film What a Carve Up! (1961), which features Sid James
Sid James
and Kenneth Connor. In 1968 and 1969 Cooney adapted Richard Gordon's Doctor novels for BBC radio as series starring Richard Briers
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Arthur Brough
Arthur Brough
Arthur Brough
(born Frederick Arthur Baker; 26 February 1905 – 28 May 1978) was a British actor, best known for portraying the character of senior menswear salesman Mr. Ernest Grainger on the BBC
BBC
sitcom Are You Being Served?Contents1 Biography1.1 Theatre 1.2 After the war 1.3 Television 1.4 Are You Being Served? 1.5 Related family life2 Credits 3 External linksBiography[edit] Theatre[edit] The diminutive actor (5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m)) originally wanted to become a teacher, but failed to gain such employment, and worked in a solicitor's office. He found this job too mundane and he began to take an interest in the theatre. After indulging in amateur theatricals, Brough attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the mid-1920s. After graduating, he joined a Shakespearean theatrical troupe, where he met his wife-to-be, actress Elizabeth Addyman
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Hattie Jacques
Hattie Jacques
Hattie Jacques
(/dʒeɪks/; born Josephine Edwina Jaques; 7 February 1922 – 6 October 1980) was an English comedy actress of stage, radio and screen. She is best known as a regular of the Carry On films, where she typically played strict, no-nonsense characters, but was also a prolific television and radio performer. Jacques started her career in 1944 with an appearance at the Players' Theatre in London, but came to national prominence through her appearances on three highly popular radio series on the BBC: with Tommy Handley
Tommy Handley
on It's That Man Again; with ventriloquist Peter Brough on Educating Archie; and then with Tony Hancock
Tony Hancock
on Hancock's Half Hour. After the Second World War
Second World War
Jacques made her cinematic debut in Green for Danger, in which she had a brief, uncredited role
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Irene Handl
Irene Handl
Irene Handl
(27 December 1901 – 29 November 1987) was an English character actress who appeared in over a hundred British films.[1]Contents1 Life 2 Career2.1 Films 2.2 Theatre 2.3 Television3 Novels 4 Partial filmography 5 Bibliography 6 Death 7 References 8 External linksLife[edit] Irene Handl
Irene Handl
was born in Maida Vale, London, the daughter of an Austrian banker father, Frederick, and German mother, Maria Schiepp. She took to acting at the relatively advanced age of 36, and studied at the acting school run by the sister of Dame Sybil Thorndike. She made her London
London
stage debut in February 1937 and appeared in over a hundred British films in supporting roles, mostly comedy character parts such as slightly eccentric mothers, grannies, landladies and servants
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Sarah Branch
Sarah Branch (7 January 1938 – 10 November 2007) was an English film actress and model.Contents1 Life 2 Filmography 3 External links 4 ReferencesLife[edit] Before appearing in films Sarah Branch modelled wedding gowns at fashion shows.[1] She acted in four Hammer Film productions. She played Maid Marian, opposite Richard Greene as Robin Hood, in Sword of Sherwood Forest. She went to the progressive co-educational St. Mary's Town and Country School. She married a stockbroker John Grant Lithiby in 1961, and they had three children
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Vera Pearce
Vera Pearce
Vera Pearce
(1895–1966) was an Australian stage and film actress whose lengthy career was carried out in both her home country and in England.[1][2]Contents1 Biography 2 Personal life 3 Historical note 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External linksBiography[edit] Born in Broken Hill
Broken Hill
(New South Wales), Pearce spent much of her youth in Adelaide, and made her stage debut there at age five with the World's Entertainers[3] She went on to train as a juvenile performer in pantomimes and musical comedies produced by J.C. Williamson Ltd, and in 1910 scored much acclaim for her role in the Firm's hit production Our Miss Gibbs (1910).[4] After making her film debut in The Shepherd of the Southern Cross (1914), Pearce went to England with the aim of carving out a career there but was induced to return to Australia shortly afterwards by Hugh D
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Liz Fraser
Liz Fraser
Liz Fraser
(born Elizabeth Joan Winch; 14 August 1930)[1] is a BAFTA-nominated English actress, best known for her comedy roles as a provocative "dumb blonde" in British films of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.Contents1 Life and career 2 Personal life 3 Filmography 4 Television appearances 5 References 6 Sources 7 External linksLife and career[edit] Fraser was born in Southwark,[2] London. Her year of birth was usually attributed as 1933, which she gave when auditioning for her role in I'm All Right Jack, as the Boulting Brothers
Boulting Brothers
wanted someone younger for the part. She is actually three years older, confirmed in her autobiography, Liz Fraser
Liz Fraser
... and Other Characters, published by Signum Books in 2012.[3] Her father was a travelling salesman for a brewery and her mother owned a shop just off the New Kent
Kent
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John Welsh (actor)
John Welsh (7 November 1914 in Wexford
Wexford
– 21 April 1985 in London) was an Irish actor.[2][3]Contents1 Biography 2 Filmography 3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit] After an early stage career in Dublin, Welsh moved into British film and television in the 1950s.[1] His roles included James Forsyte in the 1967 BBC
BBC
dramatisation of John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga, as well as the butler Merriman in The Duchess of Duke Street, Sgt. Cuff in The Moonstone and a brief scene as the barber in Brideshead Revisited.[4] He also appeared in Hancock's Half Hour, The Brothers, Prince Regent, To Serve Them All My Days and The Citadel, and played the assistant chief constable in the early series of Softly, Softly.[2] Welsh also appeared in a number of different roles on Danger Man
Danger Man
that included British diplomats and butlers.[5] Filmography[edit]The Accused (1953) - Mr
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