Cottage To Let (Gainsborough 1941 with Alastair Sim and John Mills)

UK / Gainsborough / 90 minutes / 1941 black and white

Writer: Anatole de Grunwald, J O C Orton, from the play by Geoffrey Kerr / Cinematography: Jack Cox / Producer: Edward Black / Director: Anthony Asquith

Cast: Leslie Banks, Jeanne de Casalis, Carla Lehmann, Alastair Sim, John Mills, George Cole, Michael Wilding, Wally Patch, Muriel Aked, Catherine Lacey,

US Title: Bombsight Stolen

This fast-paced comedy-thriller stars LESLIE BANKS as an inventor during the Second World War working on a new bomb-sight at his home in a remote Scottish glen. He is unaware that he is the target of a Fifth Column organisation operating out of Glasgow who have already installed an agent in his household masquerading as the cook. Also in the house are Banks’ wife JEANNE DE CASALIS, daughter CARLA LEHMANN and assistant MICHAEL WILDING, plus a Scotland Yard detective disguised as their butler who suspects Wilding of passing on Banks’ secrets. GEORGE COLE, in his film debut, is a sharp London evacuee and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast who has his suspicions about ALASTAIR SIM, the new tenant of the cottage in the grounds of Banks’ home. The plotters, forced by British Government interest in the new bomb sight, act more quickly than intended and abduct Banks and in the ensuing thrills, everyone turns out to be what they at first appear…