Basil Dearden

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Capable, intelligent filmmaker who co-directed his first films with English comedian Will Hay. Best known for his collaborations after the late 1940s with producer-writer Michael Relph, some of which embrace ... Read more »
Born: 01/01/1911 in Westcliff-on-Sea, England, GB

Filmography

Director (26)

The Persuaders! 1971 - 1972 (Tv Show)

Director

The Assassination Bureau 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Haunted Himself 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Only When I Larf 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Khartoum 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Masquerade 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Woman of Straw 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

All Night Long 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mind Benders 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

A Place to Go 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Life For Ruth 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Victim 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Man in the Moon 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The League of Gentlemen 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Sapphire 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Violent Playground 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Smallest Show on Earth 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ship That Died of Shame 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rainbow Jacket 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Square Ring 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Frieda (Movie)

(Director)

I Believe in You (Movie)

(Director)

Saraband for Dead Lovers (Movie)

(Director)

The Blue Lamp (Movie)

(Director)

The Captive Heart (Movie)

(Director)

Who Done It? (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (10)

Woman of Straw 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

All Night Long 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Victim 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Man in the Moon 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sapphire 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Smallest Show on Earth 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ship That Died of Shame 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Rainbow Jacket 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Square Ring 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Believe in You (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (5)

The Man Who Haunted Himself 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Only When I Larf 1968 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Only When I Larf 1968 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Ship That Died of Shame 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Believe in You (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

Capable, intelligent filmmaker who co-directed his first films with English comedian Will Hay. Best known for his collaborations after the late 1940s with producer-writer Michael Relph, some of which embrace controversial subject matter ranging from race relations (the intriguing murder mystery "Sapphire" 1959) to the blackmailing of homosexuals (the landmark "Victim" 1961). Also a skillful handler of big action scenes ("Khartoum" 1966) and zany comedy ("The Smallest Show on Earth" 1957). Father of writer-director James Dearden.

Relationships

James Dearden

Son
born in 1949

Melissa Stribling

Wife

Milestones

1942

First film as solo director, "The Bells Go Down"

1940

Co-directed first film (with Will Hay), "The Black Sheep of Whitehall"

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