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Basil Dean

Basil Dean

British actor and filmmaker
Basil Dean
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Intro British actor and filmmaker
Was Actor Writer Film director Screenwriter Film producer Playwright Stage actor
From United Kingdom
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 26 March 1887, Croydon
Death 22 April 1978, Westminster (aged 91 years)
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Biography

Basil Herbert Dean CBE (27 September 1888 – 22 April 1978) was an English actor, writer, film producer/film director and theatrical producer/director. He is perhaps best remembered for the Entertainments National Service Association or ENSA, an organisation set up in 1939 by Basil Dean and Leslie Henson to provide entertainment for British armed forces personnel during World War II.

Biography

Born in Croydon, south London, Dean started his career in showbusiness in London as a West End stage actor, and then later became a theatrical producer. He later moved into the film industry and in the early 1930s founded Associated Talking Pictures, which later became Ealing Studios. He publicised and worked alongside Gracie Fields and George Formby, among other entertainers.

When World War II started he left the film industry and became the head of ENSA, the government-sponsored body responsible for bringing live performances to the armed services. He was awarded the CBE for his work with ENSA, which he described in a book called The Theatre at War.

His wives included Lady Mercy Greville and Esther Van Gruisen. From August 1934 until 1939 he was married to British stage and film actress, Victoria Hopper. Dean had a relationship with one of his theatre and film stars Meggie Albanesi and after her early death in 1923 continued to be obsessed with her.

Dean died in Westminster, London in 1978 from a heart attack at the age of 89. His son Winton (1916-2013) became a noted musicologist.

Producer filmography

  • The Constant Nymph (1928)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929)
  • Escape (1930)
  • Birds of Prey (1930)
  • Sally in Our Alley (1931)
  • Nine till Six (1932)
  • Love on the Spot (1932)
  • Looking on the Bright Side (1932)
  • The Impassive Footman (1932)
  • The Water Gipsies (1932)
  • The Sign of Four (1932)
  • A Honeymoon Adventure (1932)
  • Three Men in a Boat (1933)
  • Skipper of the Osprey (1933)
  • Loyalties (1933)
  • Autumn Crocus (1934)
  • Love, Life and Laughter (1934)
  • Java Head (1934)
  • Sing As We Go (1934)
  • Lorna Doone (1934)
  • Look Up and Laugh (1935)
  • Midshipman Easy (1935)
  • No Limit (1935)
  • The Lonely Road (1936)
  • Laburnum Grove (1936)
  • Keep Your Seats, Please (1936)
  • Whom the Gods Love (1936)
  • Queen of Hearts (1936/I)
  • The Show Goes On (1937)
  • Keep Fit (1937)
  • Feather Your Nest (1937)
  • Penny Paradise (1938)
  • It's in the Air (1938)
  • When We Are Married (1938) (for television)
  • 21 Days (1940) (associate producer)
  • I Believe in You (1952) (co-producer)
  • The Gentle Gunman (1952) (co-producer)

Director filmography

  • The Constant Nymph (1928)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929)
  • Escape (1930)
  • Birds of Prey (1930)
  • Nine Till Six (1932)
  • Looking on the Bright Side (1932)
  • The Impassive Footman (1932)
  • Loyalties (1933)
  • The Constant Nymph (1933)
  • Autumn Crocus (1934)
  • Sing As We Go (1934)
  • Lorna Doone (1934)
  • Look Up and Laugh (1935)
  • Whom the Gods Love (1936)
  • The Show Goes On (1937)
  • 21 Days (1940)

Writer filmography

  • The Constant Nymph (1928) (play)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929)
  • Escape (1930)
  • Birds of Prey (1930)
  • Looking on the Bright Side (1932)
  • The Water Gipsies (1932)
  • A Honeymoon Adventure (1932)
  • The Constant Nymph (1933) (play) (dialogue)
  • Autumn Crocus (1934)
  • Sensation (1936) (play Murder Gang)
  • The Show Goes On (1937)
  • Penny Paradise (1938) (story)
  • The Constant Nymph (1938) (TV) (play)
  • 21 Days (1940)
  • The Constant Nymph (1943) (play)

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