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Cottage To Let (Gainsborough 1941, Alastair Sim, John Mills)

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Fast-paced comedy-thriller Cottage To Let 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…

US Title: Bombsight Stolen

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UK / Gainsborough / 90 minutes / 1941

Director: Anthony Asquith
Script: Anatole de Grunwald, J.O.C. Orton, Geoffrey Kerr,

cast
John Mills as Flt·Lieut. Perry
Leslie Banks as John Barrington
Alastair Sim as Charles Dimble
George Cole as Ronald
Wally Patch as Evans
Muriel George as Mrs. Trimm
Michael Wilding as Alan Trently
Sydney Tafler as RAF Officer
Hay Petrie as Dr. Truscott
Sydney King as Ministry Official
Muriel Aked as Miss Fernery
Carla Lehmann as Helen Barrington (as Carla Lehman)
Ben Williams as Scottish Fisherman
Annie Esmond as Lady Wrapping Parcels For The Bazaar
Arthur Hambling as Scotland Yard Inspector
Brefni O’Rorke as Scottish Police Inspector
Catherine Lacey as Mrs. Stokes
Jeanne De Casalis as Mrs. Barrington
Frank Cellier as John Forest
Peter Gawthorne as Senior RAF Officer
Roddy Hughes as German Agent
Charles Rolfe as German Agent

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