|Meet Sexton Blake!|
|Directed by||John Harlow|
|Screenplay by||John Harlow|
|Based on||The Mystery of the Free Frenchmen|
by Anthony Parsons
|Produced by||Louis H. Jackson|
|Starring|| David Farrar |
|Edited by||Vi Burdon|
|Music by||Percival Mackey|
Strand Film Company (for)
British National Films
|Distributed by||Anglo-American Film Corporation (UK)|
Meet Sexton Blake! is a 1945 British supporting feature drama film directed by John Harlow and starring David Farrar, Manning Whiley, Dennis Arundell, and John Varley.It was one of two films in which David Farrar played Sexton Blake, the other being The Echo Murders (1945), both directed by John Harlow. Important documents are stolen from a dead man during an air raid, and the War Office call in Sexton Blake to investigate.
TV Guide called the film "entertaining in an unintended way", rating it two out of five stars.
The year 1914 in film involved some significant events, including the debut of Cecil B. DeMille as a director.
Sexton Blake is a fictional character, a detective who has been featured in many British comic strips, novels and dramatic productions since 1893. Sexton Blake adventures were featured in a wide variety of British and international publications from 1893 to 1978, comprising more than 4,000 stories by some 200 different authors. Blake was also the hero of numerous silent and sound films, radio serials, and a 1960s ITV television series.
Commander Chambré George William Penn Curzon, known as George Curzon, was a Royal Navy commander, actor, and father of the present Earl Howe.
Contraband (1940) is a wartime spy film by the British director-writer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, which reunited stars Conrad Veidt and Valerie Hobson after their earlier appearance in The Spy in Black the previous year. On this occasion, Veidt plays a hero, something he did not do very often, and there is also an early (uncredited) performance by Leo Genn.
David Farrar was an English stage and film actor.
The Saint Meets the Tiger is the title of a crime thriller produced by the British unit of RKO Pictures, produced in 1941 but not released until 1943. This was to be the last of the eight films in RKO's film series about the crimefighterThe Saint.
Millions Like Us is a 1943 British propaganda film, showing life in a wartime aircraft factory in documentary detail. It starred Patricia Roc, Gordon Jackson, Anne Crawford, Eric Portman and Megs Jenkins. It was co-written and co-directed by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder. According to the British Film Institute database, this film is the first in an "unofficial trilogy", along with Two Thousand Women (1944) and Waterloo Road (1945).
Poet's Pub is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Frederick Wilson and starring Derek Bond, Rona Anderson and James Robertson Justice. It is based on the 1929 novel of the same title by Eric Linklater. The film was one of four of David Rawnsley's Aquila Films that used his proposed "independent frame" technique. It was made at Pinewood Studios.
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The Echo Murders is a 1945 British thriller film directed by John Harlow and starring David Farrar and Dennis Price. It was one of two films directed by John Harlow in which David Farrar played Sexton Blake, the other being Meet Sexton Blake (1945).
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The Shipbuilders is a 1943 British drama film directed by John Baxter and starring Clive Brook, Morland Graham and Nell Ballantyne. The film is set in a Clyde shipyard in the build-up to the Second World War. It was made by British National Films and shot at Elstree Studios. It was based on the 1935 novel of the same name by George Blake.
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