Basil Dearden

01.01.1911, Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex, England, UK - 23.03.1971, Brentford, London, England, UK



Stage and film director, writer and producer.


Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer, 1945)

Films by this director

The Smallest Show on Earth


Directed by: Basil Dearden
PHOTOGRAPHY: Douglas Slocombe

A married couple, Matt and Jean Spenser, inherit an old movie theatre, along with its equally old staff…This is a charming and, at times, hilarious comedy about small movie theatres that existed in Great Britain (so-called neighborhood-theatre).

b/w, 80 min

The League of Gentlemen


Directed by: Basil Dearden
PHOTOGRAPHY: Arthur Ibbetson

Colonel Hyde is bitter because he had to retire prematurely after he served in the military for many years. Thus he plans his revenge. He gathers seven former officers who were also let go from the army and they plan to carry out a professional bank robbery. The film was based on the novel by John Boland from 1958 and it won the award for best actors at the San Sebastián Film Festival and was nominated for the BAFTA award in the category of Best British Screenplay. Richard Attenborough...

b/w, 35 mm, 116 min
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