Thora Hird

Dame Thora Hird, DBE was an English actress and comedian of stage and screen, presenter and writer. In a career spanning over 70 years, she appeared in more than 100 film and television roles, becoming a household name and a British institution.

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The Entertainer (1960)

Archie Rice, an old-time British vaudeville performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Richardson
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Brenda De Banzie  •  Roger Livesey  •  Joan Plowright

Archie Rice, an old-time British vaudeville performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Richardson
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Brenda De Banzie  •  Roger Livesey  •  Joan Plowright

The Long Memory (1953)

1953 British noir thriller, starring John Mills. An innocent man is released from prison after 12 years and tracks down the witnesses who lied about him in court. Based on a 1951 novel by Howard Clewes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hamer
CAST:  John Mills  •  John McCallum  •  Elizabeth Sellars  •  Eva Bergh

1953 British noir thriller, starring John Mills. An innocent man is released from prison after 12 years and tracks down the witnesses who lied about him in court. Based on a 1951 novel by Howard Clewes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hamer
CAST:  John Mills  •  John McCallum  •  Elizabeth Sellars  •  Eva Bergh

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

Went the Day Well? (1942)

The quiet village of Bramley End is taken over by German troops posing as Royal Engineers. Their task is to disrupt England's radar network in preparation for a full scale German invasion. Once the villagers discover the true identity of the troops, they do ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alberto Cavalcanti
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Mervyn Johns  •  Marie Lohr  •  Basil Sydney

The quiet village of Bramley End is taken over by German troops posing as Royal Engineers. Their task is to disrupt England's radar network in preparation for a full scale German invasion. Once the villagers discover the true identity of the troops, they do ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alberto Cavalcanti
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Mervyn Johns  •  Marie Lohr  •  Basil Sydney

The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

The first manned spacecraft, fired from an English launchpad, is first lost from radar, then roars back to Earth and crashes in a farmer's field, and is found to contain only one of the three men who took off in it; and he is unable to talk but appears to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Val Guest
CAST:  Brian Donlevy  •  Gordon Jackson  •  Thora Hird  •  Harold Lang

The first manned spacecraft, fired from an English launchpad, is first lost from radar, then roars back to Earth and crashes in a farmer's field, and is found to contain only one of the three men who took off in it; and he is unable to talk but appears to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Val Guest
CAST:  Brian Donlevy  •  Gordon Jackson  •  Thora Hird  •  Harold Lang

The Black Sheep of Whitehall (1942)

A professor teaching at a correspondence school discovers that a Nazi agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden  •  Will Hay
CAST:  Will Hay  •  John Mills  •  Basil Sydney  •  Felix Aylmer

A professor teaching at a correspondence school discovers that a Nazi agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden  •  Will Hay
CAST:  Will Hay  •  John Mills  •  Basil Sydney  •  Felix Aylmer

The Weaker Sex (1948)

A British housewife does her own battles against the enemy during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Ward Baker
CAST:  Ursula Jeans  •  Cecil Parker  •  Joan Hopkins  •  Derek Bond

A British housewife does her own battles against the enemy during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Ward Baker
CAST:  Ursula Jeans  •  Cecil Parker  •  Joan Hopkins  •  Derek Bond

Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1978)

A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Carol MacReady  •  Thora Hird  •  Derek Thompson

A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Carol MacReady  •  Thora Hird  •  Derek Thompson

The Blind Goddess (1948)

Justice, the poets have it, is a blind goddess. Eric Portman stars as the lawyer defending a lord, Hugh Williams, accused by his secretary Michael Dennison of having diverted public funds for his own use.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold French
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Anne Crawford  •  Hugh Williams  •  Michael Denison

Justice, the poets have it, is a blind goddess. Eric Portman stars as the lawyer defending a lord, Hugh Williams, accused by his secretary Michael Dennison of having diverted public funds for his own use.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold French
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Anne Crawford  •  Hugh Williams  •  Michael Denison

The Foreman Went to France (1942)

Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns, an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Frend
CAST:  Tommy Trinder  •  Constance Cummings  •  Clifford Evans  •  Robert Morley

Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns, an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Frend
CAST:  Tommy Trinder  •  Constance Cummings  •  Clifford Evans  •  Robert Morley

Conspirator (1949)

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A newlywed suspects her husband of being a Communist spy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Saville
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Robert Flemyng  •  Harold Warrender

A newlywed suspects her husband of being a Communist spy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Saville
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Robert Flemyng  •  Harold Warrender

Rattle of a Simple Man (1964)

Percy Winthram is a naive young man who still lives at home with his mum. In London for the Cup Final with his friends, he finds himself in a Soho strip club, where he meets blonde hostess Cyrenne. Accepting a bet from friend Ginger, he accompanies Cyrenne back to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Muriel Box
CAST:  Harry H. Corbett  •  Diane Cilento  •  Michael Medwin  •  Thora Hird

Percy Winthram is a naive young man who still lives at home with his mum. In London for the Cup Final with his friends, he finds himself in a Soho strip club, where he meets blonde hostess Cyrenne. Accepting a bet from friend Ginger, he accompanies Cyrenne back to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Muriel Box
CAST:  Harry H. Corbett  •  Diane Cilento  •  Michael Medwin  •  Thora Hird

The Frightened Man (1952)

Kicked out of Oxford, a junk dealer's son (Dermot Walsh) joins a gang of thieves fenced by his father (Charles Victor).  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gilling
CAST:  Dermot Walsh  •  Barbara Murray  •  Charles Victor  •  John Blythe

Kicked out of Oxford, a junk dealer's son (Dermot Walsh) joins a gang of thieves fenced by his father (Charles Victor).  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gilling
CAST:  Dermot Walsh  •  Barbara Murray  •  Charles Victor  •  John Blythe

Corridor of Mirrors (1948)

A man falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begins to suspect that he may have also loved her in a previous life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Edana Romney  •  Barbara Mullen  •  Hugh Sinclair

A man falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begins to suspect that he may have also loved her in a previous life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Edana Romney  •  Barbara Mullen  •  Hugh Sinclair

Tiger by the Tail (1955)

On the first night of his London assignment, newsagency reporter John Desmonmd becomes heavily involved with enigmatic Anna Ray. The affair ends when she is shot struggling for a gun she has pulled on him. This is only the start of his troubles, as Anna worked for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gilling
CAST:  Larry Parks  •  Constance Smith  •  Lisa Daniely  •  Cyril Chamberlain

On the first night of his London assignment, newsagency reporter John Desmonmd becomes heavily involved with enigmatic Anna Ray. The affair ends when she is shot struggling for a gun she has pulled on him. This is only the start of his troubles, as Anna worked for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gilling
CAST:  Larry Parks  •  Constance Smith  •  Lisa Daniely  •  Cyril Chamberlain

A Day to Remember (1953)

Based on The Hand and the Flower, a novel by Jerrard Tickell, A Day to Remember stars Stanley Holloway as Charley Porter, captain of London darts team. When the team travels to the French town of Boulogne for the annual darts tournament, a good time is had by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Thomas
CAST:  Stanley Holloway  •  Donald Sinden  •  Joan Rice  •  Odile Versois

Based on The Hand and the Flower, a novel by Jerrard Tickell, A Day to Remember stars Stanley Holloway as Charley Porter, captain of London darts team. When the team travels to the French town of Boulogne for the annual darts tournament, a good time is had by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Thomas
CAST:  Stanley Holloway  •  Donald Sinden  •  Joan Rice  •  Odile Versois

Background (1953)

Two years of deterioration sees John and Barbara Lomax's marriage reduced to bitter sniping and "keeping up appearances" for the sake of the children. When John's old friend Bill professes his love for Barbara, the marriage finally breaks up – causing their three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Birt
CAST:  Valerie Hobson  •  Philip Friend  •  Norman Wooland  •  Janette Scott

Two years of deterioration sees John and Barbara Lomax's marriage reduced to bitter sniping and "keeping up appearances" for the sake of the children. When John's old friend Bill professes his love for Barbara, the marriage finally breaks up – causing their three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Birt
CAST:  Valerie Hobson  •  Philip Friend  •  Norman Wooland  •  Janette Scott

The Love Match (1955)

After being arrested for assaulting a football referee, desperate train driver Bill (Arthur Askey) raids the railwaymen's holiday fund to cover his £55 fine. He knows he's going to be discovered though, leaving him no choice but to get the money back by hook or by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Paltenghi
CAST:  Arthur Askey  •  Glenn Melvyn  •  Thora Hird  •  Shirley Eaton

After being arrested for assaulting a football referee, desperate train driver Bill (Arthur Askey) raids the railwaymen's holiday fund to cover his £55 fine. He knows he's going to be discovered though, leaving him no choice but to get the money back by hook or by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Paltenghi
CAST:  Arthur Askey  •  Glenn Melvyn  •  Thora Hird  •  Shirley Eaton

The Big Frame (1952)

An ex-GI wakes up with blood on his clothes in a strange hotel room. He can't remember the night before but he later finds out that a man he got into a fight with earlier in the night was murdered.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David MacDonald
CAST:  Mark Stevens  •  Jean Kent  •  John Bentley  •  Garry Marsh

An ex-GI wakes up with blood on his clothes in a strange hotel room. He can't remember the night before but he later finds out that a man he got into a fight with earlier in the night was murdered.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David MacDonald
CAST:  Mark Stevens  •  Jean Kent  •  John Bentley  •  Garry Marsh

Fools Rush In (1949)

Howes plays Pamela Dickson, an impulsive young bride-to-be, while Guy Rolfe portrays her long-lost father Paul. Ostensibly a cad and bounder, Paul turns out to be just the opposite when he arrives for Pamela's wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Paddy Carstairs
CAST:  Sally Ann Howes  •  Guy Rolfe  •  Nigel Buchanan  •  Nora Swinburne

Howes plays Pamela Dickson, an impulsive young bride-to-be, while Guy Rolfe portrays her long-lost father Paul. Ostensibly a cad and bounder, Paul turns out to be just the opposite when he arrives for Pamela's wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Paddy Carstairs
CAST:  Sally Ann Howes  •  Guy Rolfe  •  Nigel Buchanan  •  Nora Swinburne
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