Edward Chapman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Edward Chapman (13 October 1901 - 9 August 1977) was an English actor who starred in many films and television programmes, but is chiefly remembered as "Mr. Wilfred Grimsdale", the officious superior and comic foil to Norman Wisdom's character of Pitkin in many of his films from the late 1950s and 1960s. Chapman was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. On leaving school he became a bank clerk but later began his stage career with Ben Greet's Company in June 1924 at the Repertory Theatre, Nottingham, playing Gecko in George du Maurier's Trilby. He made his first London stage appearance at the Court Theatre in August 1925 playing the Rev Septimus Tudor in The Farmer's Wife. Among dozens of stage roles that followed, he played Bonaparte to Margaret Rawlings's Josephine in Napoleon at the Embassy Theatre in September 1934. In 1928 he attracted the attention of Alfred Hitchcock, who gave him the role of "The Paycock" in the 1930 film, Juno and the Paycock. In the same year he also made an appearance in Caste (of which no prints are known to exist). He had a role in The Citadel in 1938 and appeared alongside George Formby in the Ealing Studios comedy Turned Out Nice Again in 1941. During the Second World War he took a break from acting and joined the Royal Air Force. After training he was posted to 129 (Mysore) Squadron as an intelligence officer. This Spitfire squadron was based at Westhampnett and Debden. The squadron was heavily ...

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Gone to Earth (1950)

Jennifer Jones plays Hazel Woods, a beautiful young English Gypsey girl who loves animals and in particular her pet fox. She is hotly desired by Jack Reddin a fox hunting squire who vies for her affection and pursues her even after her marriage to the local pastor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  David Farrar  •  Cyril Cusack  •  Sybil Thorndike  •  Edward Chapman

Jennifer Jones plays Hazel Woods, a beautiful young English Gypsey girl who loves animals and in particular her pet fox. She is hotly desired by Jack Reddin a fox hunting squire who vies for her affection and pursues her even after her marriage to the local pastor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  David Farrar  •  Cyril Cusack  •  Sybil Thorndike  •  Edward Chapman

Night and the City (1950)

Londoner Harry Fabian is a second-rate con man looking for an angle. After years of putting up with Harry's schemes, his girlfriend, Mary, becomes fed up when he taps her for yet another loan. His latest ploy, promoting an aging Greek wrestler, goes awry when the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Gene Tierney  •  Googie Withers  •  Hugh Marlowe

Londoner Harry Fabian is a second-rate con man looking for an angle. After years of putting up with Harry's schemes, his girlfriend, Mary, becomes fed up when he taps her for yet another loan. His latest ploy, promoting an aging Greek wrestler, goes awry when the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Gene Tierney  •  Googie Withers  •  Hugh Marlowe

The Citadel (1938)

Andrew Manson, a young, idealistic, newly qualified Scottish doctor arrives in Wales takes his first job in a mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his attempts to prove its cause are thwarted, he moves to London. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  King Vidor
CAST:  Robert Donat  •  Rosalind Russell  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Rex Harrison

Andrew Manson, a young, idealistic, newly qualified Scottish doctor arrives in Wales takes his first job in a mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his attempts to prove its cause are thwarted, he moves to London. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  King Vidor
CAST:  Robert Donat  •  Rosalind Russell  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Rex Harrison

The Magic Box (1951)

Now old, ill, poor, and largely forgotten, William Freise-Greene was once very different. As young and handsome William Green he changed his name to include his first wife's so that it sounded more impressive for the photographic portrait work he was so good at. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Boulting
CAST:  Robert Donat  •  Margaret Johnston  •  Maria Schell  •  Richard Attenborough

Now old, ill, poor, and largely forgotten, William Freise-Greene was once very different. As young and handsome William Green he changed his name to include his first wife's so that it sounded more impressive for the photographic portrait work he was so good at. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Boulting
CAST:  Robert Donat  •  Margaret Johnston  •  Maria Schell  •  Richard Attenborough

The Skin Game (1931)

An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  C. V. France  •  Helen Haye  •  Jill Esmond  •  Edmund Gwenn

An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  C. V. France  •  Helen Haye  •  Jill Esmond  •  Edmund Gwenn

Things to Come (1936)

The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Cameron Menzies
CAST:  Raymond Massey  •  Edward Chapman  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Cedric Hardwicke

The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Cameron Menzies
CAST:  Raymond Massey  •  Edward Chapman  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Cedric Hardwicke

X: The Unknown (1956)

When a fissure explosively opens in an English mud flat during a military exercise there, injuring one soldier and killing another, an American research scientist at a nearby nuclear plant joins with a British investigator to discover why the victims were ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey  •  Leslie Norman
CAST:  Dean Jagger  •  Edward Chapman  •  Leo McKern  •  Anthony Newley

When a fissure explosively opens in an English mud flat during a military exercise there, injuring one soldier and killing another, an American research scientist at a nearby nuclear plant joins with a British investigator to discover why the victims were ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey  •  Leslie Norman
CAST:  Dean Jagger  •  Edward Chapman  •  Leo McKern  •  Anthony Newley

Murder! (1930)

When a woman is convicted of murder, one of the jurors selected to serve on the murder-trial jury believes the accused, an aspiring actress, is innocent of the crime and takes it upon himself to apprehend the real killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Herbert Marshall  •  Norah Baring  •  Phyllis Konstam  •  Edward Chapman

When a woman is convicted of murder, one of the jurors selected to serve on the murder-trial jury believes the accused, an aspiring actress, is innocent of the crime and takes it upon himself to apprehend the real killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Herbert Marshall  •  Norah Baring  •  Phyllis Konstam  •  Edward Chapman

School for Scoundrels (1960)

Hapless Henry Palfrey is patronised by his self-important chief clerk at work, ignored by restaurant waiters, conned by shady second-hand car salesmen, and, worst of all, endlessly wrong-footed by unspeakably rotten cad Raymond Delauney who has set his cap at April ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hamer
CAST:  Ian Carmichael  •  Terry-Thomas  •  Alastair Sim  •  Janette Scott

Hapless Henry Palfrey is patronised by his self-important chief clerk at work, ignored by restaurant waiters, conned by shady second-hand car salesmen, and, worst of all, endlessly wrong-footed by unspeakably rotten cad Raymond Delauney who has set his cap at April ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hamer
CAST:  Ian Carmichael  •  Terry-Thomas  •  Alastair Sim  •  Janette Scott

Oscar Wilde (1960)

England, 1891. Ascending writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) meets Lord Alfred Douglas, a young nobleman. Over the years, they will maintain an intimate relationship that will be openly criticized by Alfred's father, the Marquis of Queensberry, in such a harsh way that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Ratoff
CAST:  Robert Morley  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  John Neville

England, 1891. Ascending writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) meets Lord Alfred Douglas, a young nobleman. Over the years, they will maintain an intimate relationship that will be openly criticized by Alfred's father, the Marquis of Queensberry, in such a harsh way that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Ratoff
CAST:  Robert Morley  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  John Neville

The Spider and the Fly (1949)

"The Spider and the Fly is set in Paris during the cloud-cuckoo days before WW I. The storyline intertwines the destinies of three people. Guy Rolfe plays Phillipe de Ledocq, a resourceful safecracker who always manages to elude arrest. Eric Portman is cast as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hamer
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Guy Rolfe  •  Nadia Gray  •  George Cole

"The Spider and the Fly is set in Paris during the cloud-cuckoo days before WW I. The storyline intertwines the destinies of three people. Guy Rolfe plays Phillipe de Ledocq, a resourceful safecracker who always manages to elude arrest. Eric Portman is cast as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hamer
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Guy Rolfe  •  Nadia Gray  •  George Cole

The Proud Valley (1940)

In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pen Tennyson
CAST:  Paul Robeson  •  Rachel Thomas  •  Edward Chapman  •  Simon Lack

In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pen Tennyson
CAST:  Paul Robeson  •  Rachel Thomas  •  Edward Chapman  •  Simon Lack

His Excellency (1952)

A trade union official becomes governor of a British island colony  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hamer
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Cecil Parker  •  Helen Cherry  •  Susan Stephen

A trade union official becomes governor of a British island colony  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hamer
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Cecil Parker  •  Helen Cherry  •  Susan Stephen

Convoy (1940)

A tale of life on board a Royal Navy cruiser assigned to protect the vital convoys between America and England during WWII.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pen Tennyson
CAST:  Clive Brook  •  John Clements  •  Edward Chapman  •  Judy Campbell

A tale of life on board a Royal Navy cruiser assigned to protect the vital convoys between America and England during WWII.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pen Tennyson
CAST:  Clive Brook  •  John Clements  •  Edward Chapman  •  Judy Campbell

The Square Peg (1958)

Norman Pitkin and Mr Grimsdale are council workmen mending the road outside an Army base when they come into conflict with the military. Shortly afterwards, they get drafted and fall into the clutches of the Sergeant they have just bested. They are sent to France ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Paddy Carstairs
CAST:  Norman Wisdom  •  Edward Chapman  •  Honor Blackman  •  Campbell Singer

Norman Pitkin and Mr Grimsdale are council workmen mending the road outside an Army base when they come into conflict with the military. Shortly afterwards, they get drafted and fall into the clutches of the Sergeant they have just bested. They are sent to France ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Paddy Carstairs
CAST:  Norman Wisdom  •  Edward Chapman  •  Honor Blackman  •  Campbell Singer

Ships with Wings (1941)

Before the war, a Fleet Air Arm pilot is dismissed for causing the death of a colleague. Working for a small Greek airline when the Germans invade Greece, he gets a chance to redeem himself and rejoin his old unit on a British carrier. This is regarded the last of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergei Nolbandov
CAST:  John Clements  •  Leslie Banks  •  Jane Baxter  •  Ann Todd

Before the war, a Fleet Air Arm pilot is dismissed for causing the death of a colleague. Working for a small Greek airline when the Germans invade Greece, he gets a chance to redeem himself and rejoin his old unit on a British carrier. This is regarded the last of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergei Nolbandov
CAST:  John Clements  •  Leslie Banks  •  Jane Baxter  •  Ann Todd

Girls Will Be Boys (1934)

The Duke of Bridgewater sends for the heir he's never seen. His heir is Patricia, and the Duke is a woman-hater, so Patricia disguises herself as a boy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcel Varnel
CAST:  Dolly Haas  •  Cyril Maude  •  Esmond Knight  •  Irene Vanbrugh

The Duke of Bridgewater sends for the heir he's never seen. His heir is Patricia, and the Duke is a woman-hater, so Patricia disguises herself as a boy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcel Varnel
CAST:  Dolly Haas  •  Cyril Maude  •  Esmond Knight  •  Irene Vanbrugh

The Divine Spark (1935)

British musical film directed by Carmine Gallone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carmine Gallone
CAST:  Mártha Eggerth  •  Phillips Holmes  •  Benita Hume  •  Donald Calthrop

British musical film directed by Carmine Gallone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carmine Gallone
CAST:  Mártha Eggerth  •  Phillips Holmes  •  Benita Hume  •  Donald Calthrop

There Ain't No Justice (1939)

A young boxer falls in with a crooked fight promoter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pen Tennyson
CAST:  Jimmy Hanley  •  Edward Rigby  •  Mary Clare  •  Phyllis Stanley

A young boxer falls in with a crooked fight promoter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pen Tennyson
CAST:  Jimmy Hanley  •  Edward Rigby  •  Mary Clare  •  Phyllis Stanley

The Four Just Men (1939)

The Four Men of the title are British WWI veterans who decide to work secretly against enemies of the country. They aren't above a bit of murder or sabotage to serve their ends, but they consider themselves to be true patriots.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Forde
CAST:  Hugh Sinclair  •  Griffith Jones  •  Francis L. Sullivan  •  Frank Lawton

The Four Men of the title are British WWI veterans who decide to work secretly against enemies of the country. They aren't above a bit of murder or sabotage to serve their ends, but they consider themselves to be true patriots.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Forde
CAST:  Hugh Sinclair  •  Griffith Jones  •  Francis L. Sullivan  •  Frank Lawton
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