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|COTTAGE TO LET (BOMBSIGHT STOLEN) (director: Anthony Asquith; screenwriters: from the play by Geoffrey Kerr/J.O.C. Orton/Anatole de Grunwald; cinematographer: Jack Cox; editor: R.E. Dearing; music: Charles Williams; cast: Leslie Banks (John Barrington), Alastair Sim (Charles Dimble), John Mills (Flt-Lieut. George Perry), Jeanne De Casalis (Mrs. Marguerite Barrington), Carla Lehmann (Helen Barrington), George Cole (Ronald), Michael Wilding (Alan Trently), Frank Cellier (Ernest Forest), Muriel Aked (Miss Fernery), Wally Patch (Evans, the Butler), Catherine Lacey (Mrs. Stokes), Hay Petrie (Dr. Trustcott), Muriel George (Mrs Trimm); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Edward Black; TCM; 1941-UK)|
|"Solid espionage war
drama, that's sprinkled generously with comedy."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Glasgow-based spy ring infiltrates the rural western Scottish estate of
John Barrington (Leslie Banks), the eccentric genius inventor of a
bombsight for the military, who refuses to work in a secure military
lab. The ring, when unable to steal the revolutionary bombsight
blueprint even though they are able to steal some other inventions, in
desperation send in wounded Brit Spitfire pilot Flt-Lieut.
Perry (John Mills). He parachuted out of his malfunctioning plane to
land in a ditch and broke an arm, in order to stay Barrington's village
and scheme to kidnap the inventor and take him to Berlin.
Barrington household includes
John's daffy wife (Jeanne De
Casalis), his klutzy nerdy but
brilliant assistant Alan
Trently (Michael Wilding), and his lovely daughter (Carla Lehmann)--the love interest of both Perry and
Trently. Residing in the cottage to let, of the title, are the scene stealing cockney youth evacuee
and Sherlock Holmes buff Ronnie (George
Cole), the nosy undercover
Scotland Yard detective Charles Dimble (Alastair
Sim) posing as a guest and the
copper bodyguard posing as a butler (Wally
Patch). The cottage is also
turned into a military hospital, and is where Perry recuperates.
Slight but enjoyable spy spoof,
that makes good use of its brilliant cast and gets over in an appealing
way despite being stagy.
REVIEWED ON 4/3/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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