The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

An unforgettable story of forty gallant years.

  • Genre: War, Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1943-07-26
  • User Rating: 7.5/10 from 231 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 43min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Independent Producers
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.
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General Candy, who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women, and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier.

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  • Roger Livesey

    as Major General Clive Wynne-Candy
  • Deborah Kerr

    as Edith Hunter / Barbara Wynne / Angela "Johnny" Cannon
  • Adolf Wohlbrück

    as Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
  • Roland Culver

    as Col. Betteridge
  • James McKechnie

    as Spud Wilson
  • Arthur Wontner

    as Embassy Counsellor
  • David Hutcheson

    as Hoppy
  • Ursula Jeans

    as Frau von Kalteneck
  • John Laurie

    as Murdoch
  • Harry Welchman

    as Major Davies
  • Robert Harris

    as Embassy Secretary
  • A.E. Matthews

    as President of Tribunal
  • Theodore Zichy

    as Colonel Borg (as Count Zichy)
  • Jane Millican

    as Nurse Erna
  • Neville Mapp

    as Stuffy Graves
  • Vincent Holman

    as Club Porter (1942)
  • Spencer Trevor

    as Period Blimp
  • James Knight

    as Club Porter (1902)
  • Dennis Arundell

    as Cafe Orchestra Leader
  • David Ward

    as Kaunitz
  • Jan Van Loewen

    as Indignant Citizen
  • Valentine Dyall

    as von Schonborn
  • Carl Jaffe

    as von Reumann
  • Albert Lieven

    as von Ritter
  • Eric Maturin

    as Colonel Goodhead
  • Frith Banbury

    as Baby-Face Fitzroy
  • Phyllis Morris

    as Pebble
  • Muriel Aked

    as Aunt Margaret
  • Reginald Tate

    as van Zijl
  • Yvonne Andre

    as The Nun
  • Marjorie Gresley

    as The Matron
  • Felix Aylmer

    as The Bishop
  • Norman Pierce

    as Mr. Wynne
  • Edward Cooper

    as BBC Official
  • Joan Swinstead

    as Secretary
  • Pat McGrath

    as Tommy Tucker (uncredited)
Writing Emeric Pressburger Writer
Writing Michael Powell Writer
Directing Michael Powell Director
Editing John Seabourne Sr. Editor
Costume & Make-Up Joseph Bato Costume Design
Directing Emeric Pressburger Director
Production Michael Powell Producer
Production Emeric Pressburger Producer
Art Alfred Junge Production Design
Sound Allan Gray Original Music Composer
Camera Georges Périnal Director of Photography
Camera Jim Body Clapper Loader
Costume & Make-Up George Blackler Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Dorrie Hamilton Makeup Artist
Directing Kenneth Horne Assistant Director
Directing Tom Payne Assistant Director
Sound Desmond Dew Sound
Sound C.C. Stevens Sound