Alastair Sim - Rotten Tomatoes

Alastair Sim

Highest Rated:   89% Stage Fright (1950)
Lowest Rated:   75% Green for Danger (1947)
Birthday:  
Birthplace:   Not Available
Droll, moon-faced Scottish actor Alastair Sim was for the first decade of his adult life a professor of elocution. A late bloomer, Sim made his stage debut at age 30; in 1935, he broke into British films, appearing in no fewer than five pictures during his first year. In many of his early films, Sim portrayed slow-witted, regional types, notably the buffoonish sergeant in the Inspector Hornleigh mysteries of the late '30s. He achieved movie stardom during the 1940s, frequently portraying dithering eccentrics who weren't quite as distracted or disorganized as they seemed: the undercover detective in Cottage to Let (1943), the inquisitive Inspector Cockrill in Green for Danger (1946), and the befuddled birdwatcher in Hue and Cry (1947), for instance. Among his most fondly remembered roles of the 1950s were the taciturn moralist forced to break the law in order to qualify for an inheritance in Laughter in Paradise (1952); the enigmatic "voice of conscience" in An Inspector Calls (1954); the mild-mannered professional assassin in The Green Man (1956); his "drag" appearances as the snooty headmistress in the St. Trinians farces; and, of course, the title role in Scrooge (1951), his finest hour and a half. Seemingly growing funnier with each passing year, the 72-year-old Sim all but stole the show as a doddering cleric in the outrageous The Ruling Class (1972). Throughout his four-decade film career, Sim retained his ties to the theater, directing and starring in several of the works of playwright James Bridie and, by popular request, made frequent appearances as Captain Hook in Barrie's Peter Pan; Sim made his last stage appearance in 1975, the year before his death.

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet To See Such Fun
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Rogue Male
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Littlest Horse Thieves
  • Lord Harrogate
1976
No Score Yet Royal Flash
  • Mr. Greig
1975
82% The Ruling Class
  • Bishop Lampton
1972
No Score Yet Christmas Carol
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet The Anatomist
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet The Millionairess
  • Julius Sagamore
1960
No Score Yet School for Scoundrels
  • Stephen Potter
1960
No Score Yet Left Right and Centre
  • Lord Wilcot
1959
No Score Yet Escapade
  • Dr. Skillingsworth
1957
No Score Yet Blue Murder at St. Trinian's
  • Miss Fritton
1957
No Score Yet Geordie
  • The Laird
1956
No Score Yet The Green Man
  • Hawkins
1956
No Score Yet An Inspector Calls
  • Inspector Poole
1954
No Score Yet Innocents in Paris
  • Sir Norman Barker
1953
No Score Yet The Belles of St. Trinian's
  • Millicent Fritton/Clarence Fritton
1953
84% A Christmas Carol
  • Ebenezer Scrooge
1951
No Score Yet Laughter in Paradise
  • Captain James Deniston Russell
1951
No Score Yet Lady Godiva Rides Again
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet The Happiest Days of Your Life
  • Wetherby Pond
1950
89% Stage Fright
  • Commodore Gill
1950
No Score Yet London Belongs To Me
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Dulcimer Street
  • Mr. Squales
1948
No Score Yet Cottage to Let
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Captain Boycott
  • Father McKeogh
1947
75% Green for Danger
  • Inspector Cockrill
1947
No Score Yet Hue and Cry
  • Felix H. Wilkinson
1947
No Score Yet Waterloo Road
  • Dr. Montgomery
1945
No Score Yet Cottage to Let
  • Charles Dimble
1941
No Score Yet Law and Disorder
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet Inspector Hornleigh
  • Sgt. Bingham
1939
No Score Yet Climbing High
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Alf's Button Afloat
  • Eustace
1938
No Score Yet Terror
  • Soapy Marks
1938
No Score Yet Sailing Along
  • Sylvester
1938
No Score Yet Gangway (Sparkles)
  • Taggett
1937
No Score Yet Squeaker
  • Joshua Collie
1937
No Score Yet Man in the Mirror
  • Interpreter
1936
No Score Yet Keep Your Seats, Please
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Troubled Waters
  • Mac MacTavish
1936
No Score Yet Late Extra
  • MacPherson
1935
No Score Yet Private Secretary
  • Mr. Nebulae
1935

Quotes from Alastair Sim's Characters