Anthony Kimmins

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Anthony Martin Kimmins

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Born(1901-11-10)10 November 1901
Harrow, London, England
Died19 May 1964 (aged 62)
Occupation(s) Film director/producer, playwright, screenwriter, actor

Anthony Martin Kimmins, OBE (10 November 1901 – 19 May 1964) was an English director, playwright, screenwriter, producer and actor.



Kimmins was born in Harrow, London on 10 November 1901, the son of the social activists Charles William Kimmins and Grace Kimmins. He served in the Royal Navy, and upon leaving the navy he became an actor. [1] In 1932, he wrote the comedy play While Parents Sleep which had a long run in the West End. [2] In 1935, another of his plays Chase the Ace was staged. [3]

His first directorial assignment was Keep Fit (1937). with George Formby. [4] During World War II, he returned to the Navy achieving the rank of Commander. In 1941, he took part in Operation Claymore a successful Commando raid in Norway. During the success of the raid, Kimmins is said to have gone skiing on a nearby slope out of boredom, according to John Durnford-Slater. He later ran the British Pacific Fleet newspaper in Sydney during the Pacific War. [5] Kimmins received the OBE in 1946. [4]

After the war he produced an eclectic mix of films, such as the psychological thriller Mine Own Executioner (1947), Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) and Mr. Denning Drives North (1951). [6] In the 1950s, Kimmins work included the Alec Guinness comedy The Captain's Paradise (1953) and the children's Smiley series of films. His final film as director harked back to his early days – it was a version of his stage success The Amorous Prawn (US: The Playgirl and the War Minister, 1962). [7] [8]

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1961 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.[ citation needed ] His son, Simon Kimmins, played first-class cricket in the 1950s, primarily for Kent County Cricket Club. [9]

He died in 1964, at his home in Hurstpierpoint in West Sussex, at the age of 62. [10]



Still from the 1943 stage production of While Parents Sleep "While Parents Sleep", 20 October 1943 - Sam Hood (3275402718).jpg
Still from the 1943 stage production of While Parents Sleep

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