The Films of Basil Dearden

If Basil Dearden isn't often listed among the great directors of his time we can blame the culture before doubting the man. A craftsman who did the hardest thing (making it look easy), Dearden hopped genres without treating any as something to skimp on. In this collection you'll find mysteries, comedies (or both in the case of the Benny Hill-starring Who Done It?), wartime dramas, noir, and pure thrills, all with the assuredness of a studio system that knew how to give artists what they need.


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Captive Heart

In 1940s Germany, a man escapes a concentration-camp and assumes the identity of a deceased British officer, only to become a prisoner of war.


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Pool of London

When Dan, a sailor and small-time smuggler, is busted for trying to take some nylons from his girlfriend through customs at the POOL OF LONDON, he ends up meeting a man asking him to smuggle stolen diamonds to Rotterdam.


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The Blue Lamp

A veteran cop is murdered by small-time delinquents Tom Riley and Spud. Rookie cop Andy Mitchell, who looked up to the veteran policeman as a father figure, embarks on a perilous search to bring his mentor’s killers to justice.


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The Man Who Haunted Himself

Conservative executive Harold Pelham is involved in a car accident and declared momentarily dead. When he’s eventually released from the hospital, Pelham discovers that his exact double has taken over his family, undermined his business and even begun an extramarital affair. Is Pelham being stalked by a doppelgänger or is he simply a man going insane?


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The Mind Benders

A British agent is discovered to have been passing information to the Russians before killing himself.


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Who Done It?

An inept ice rink attendant, amateur detective and extremely clumsy master of disguise, stumbles into an international espionage plot. He's thrown into a crazy case of mistaken identity, murderous spies, a bumbling romance with a beautiful strongwoman and a top-secret machine that can control the world’s weather.


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Dead of Night

A 1945 British anthology horror film, made by Ealing Studios. The individual segments were directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer. It stars Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers, Sally Ann Howes and Michael Redgrave.


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