January 2, 2017


Anthony Kimmins (1901-1964) b. Harrow, Middlesex, England.

Anthony Kimmins

After professional naval service Kimmins became an actor in quota quickies, and then adaptor of his own celebrated farces such as While Parents Sleep (1935). He wrote and directed some of George Formby’s best comedies, and then returned to the Royal Navy for the war. Afterwards his output was variable, from the intricate psychological thriller Mine Own Executioner (1947), to the disastrous Bonnie Prince Charke (1948). His last film was in a sense a return to the beginning of his cinema career, an adaptation of his West End farce The Amorous Prawn (1962).

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