Basil Dearden

Basil Dearden

  • Highest Rated: 100% Khartoum (1966)
  • Lowest Rated: 75% The Assassination Bureau (1969)
  • Birthday: Jan 1, 1911
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Initially an actor with the Ben Greet repertory company, Briton Basil Dear later became a stage manager for director Basil Dean. To avoid being confused with Dean, Dear added a "den" to his professional name. When Dean became a staff director at Ealing films, Dearden went along as a scriptwriter, production manager and associate producer. He co-directed several comedies featuring such major stars as George Formby and Will Hay, finally getting a chance to solo with the morale-boosting wartimer The Bells Go Down (1942). From 1949 through 1971, Dearden was associated with producer Michael Relph; the team won British Film Academy Awards for the quasi-documentary The Blue Lamp (1951) and the racially charged romantic melodrama Sapphire (1959). Dearden's efficient if impersonal technique enabled him to direct comedies (Smallest Show on Earth), psychological dramas (Victim) and murder mysteries (Woman of Straw) with equal success. He also helmed the 1966 historical epic Khartoum, starring Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier. In 1959, Dearden directed several half-hour installments of the internationally produced TV series The Four Just Men. Basil Dearden died in an auto crash at the age of 60; he was survived by his son, writer/director James Dearden.

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No Score Yet The Halfway House Director 2012
No Score Yet The Man Who Haunted Himself Director Screenwriter 1970
75% The Assassination Bureau Director 1969
No Score Yet Only When I Larf Director 1968
100% Khartoum Director 1966
No Score Yet Masquerade (A Shabby Tiger) (Operation Masquerade ) Director 1965
No Score Yet Woman of Straw Director 1964
No Score Yet The Mind Benders Director 1963
No Score Yet All Night Long Director Producer 1962
No Score Yet The Secret Partner Director 1961
100% Victim Director 1961
No Score Yet Man in the Moon Director 1961
86% The League of Gentlemen Director 1959
No Score Yet Sapphire Director 1959
No Score Yet Violent Playground Director 1958
No Score Yet The Smallest Show on Earth Director 1957
No Score Yet Who Done It? Director 1956
No Score Yet The Green Man Director 1956
No Score Yet The Ship That Died of Shame Producer Director Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet Out of the Clouds Producer Director 1955
No Score Yet The Rainbow Jacket Director 1954
No Score Yet The Gentle Gunman Director 1953
No Score Yet The Square Ring Producer Director 1953
No Score Yet Train Of Events Director Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet Pool of London Director 1951
No Score Yet The Blue Lamp Director 1950
No Score Yet Saraband for Dead Lovers Director 1948
No Score Yet Frieda Director 1947
No Score Yet The Captive Heart Director 1947
97% Dead of Night Director 1945
No Score Yet The Halfway House Director 1944
No Score Yet They Came to a City Screenwriter Director 1944
No Score Yet My Learned Friend Director 1943
No Score Yet The Bells Go Down Director 1943
No Score Yet The Goose Steps Out Director 1942
No Score Yet Turned Out Nice Again Screenwriter Producer 1941
No Score Yet Spare a Copper Screenwriter Producer 1940
No Score Yet Let George Do It! (To Hell with Hitler) Screenwriter 1940


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