Bernard Miles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Bernard James Miles, Baron Miles, CBE (27 September 1907–14 June 1991) was an English character actor, writer and director. He opened the Mermaid Theatre in London in 1959, the first new theatre opened in the City of London since the 17th century. Miles was born in Uxbridge, Middlesex and attended Bishopshalt School in Hillingdon. While his parents were respectively a farm labourer and a cook, he was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford. He entered the theatre in the 1930s, soon appearing in films. Like many actors, he featured prominently in the patriotic cinema during the Second World War, including classics of the genre such as In Which We Serve and One of Our Aircraft Is Missing. He also had an uncredited role in the WWII classic The First of the Few, released in the US as Spitfire. His typical persona as an actor was as a countryman, with a strong accent typical of the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire counties. He was also, after Robert Newton, the actor most associated with the part of Long John Silver, which he played in a British TV version of Treasure Island, and in an annual performance at the Mermaid commencing in the winter of 1961-62. Actors in the annual theatrical productions included Spike Milligan as Ben Gunn, and, in the 1968 production, Barry Humphries as Long John Silver. It was Miles who, impressed by the talent of John Antrobus originally commissioned him to write a play of some sort. This led to Antrobus ...

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Contraband (1940)

When a neutral Danish merchant ship is forced to put into port after trying to evade British wartime contraband control, its captain becomes involved in a beautiful British Naval Intelligent agent's efforts to capture a group of German spies operating from a London ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Conrad Veidt  •  Valerie Hobson  •  Hay Petrie  •  Joss Ambler

When a neutral Danish merchant ship is forced to put into port after trying to evade British wartime contraband control, its captain becomes involved in a beautiful British Naval Intelligent agent's efforts to capture a group of German spies operating from a London ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Conrad Veidt  •  Valerie Hobson  •  Hay Petrie  •  Joss Ambler

Great Expectations (1946)

In this Dickens adaptation, orphan Pip discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham, and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  John Mills  •  Tony Wager  •  Valerie Hobson  •  Jean Simmons

In this Dickens adaptation, orphan Pip discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham, and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  John Mills  •  Tony Wager  •  Valerie Hobson  •  Jean Simmons

In Which We Serve (1942)

The story of the HMS Torrin, from it's construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean during action in World War II. The ship's first and only commanding officer is Captain E.V. Kinross, who trains his men not only to be loyal to him and the country, but—most ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean  •  Noël Coward
CAST:  Noël Coward  •  Derek Elphinstone  •  Michael Wilding  •  John Mills

The story of the HMS Torrin, from it's construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean during action in World War II. The ship's first and only commanding officer is Captain E.V. Kinross, who trains his men not only to be loyal to him and the country, but—most ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean  •  Noël Coward
CAST:  Noël Coward  •  Derek Elphinstone  •  Michael Wilding  •  John Mills

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over ..., One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing". Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  Godfrey Tearle  •  Eric Portman  •  Hugh Williams  •  Bernard Miles

During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over ..., One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing". Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  Godfrey Tearle  •  Eric Portman  •  Hugh Williams  •  Bernard Miles

The Lion Has Wings (1939)

This early, influential propaganda film blends documentary and studio footage to show the valiant efforts of the Royal Air Force to defend the British people against the Nazis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Brian Desmond Hurst  •  Alexander Korda  •  Adrian Brunel
CAST:  Merle Oberon  •  Ralph Richardson  •  June Duprez  •  Flora Robson

This early, influential propaganda film blends documentary and studio footage to show the valiant efforts of the Royal Air Force to defend the British people against the Nazis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Brian Desmond Hurst  •  Alexander Korda  •  Adrian Brunel
CAST:  Merle Oberon  •  Ralph Richardson  •  June Duprez  •  Flora Robson

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 Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

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A widescreen, Technicolor remake by Hitchcock of his 1934 film of the same title. A couple vacationing in Morocco with their young son accidentally stumble upon an assassination plot. When the child is kidnapped to ensure their silence, they have to take matters ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Doris Day  •  Brenda De Banzie  •  Bernard Miles

A widescreen, Technicolor remake by Hitchcock of his 1934 film of the same title. A couple vacationing in Morocco with their young son accidentally stumble upon an assassination plot. When the child is kidnapped to ensure their silence, they have to take matters ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Doris Day  •  Brenda De Banzie  •  Bernard Miles

The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)

Jean and Bill are a married couple trying to scrape a living. Out of the blue they receive a telegram informing them Bill's long-lost uncle has died and left them his business—a cinema in the town of Sloughborough. Unfortunately they can't sell it for the fortune ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Virginia McKenna  •  Bill Travers  •  Margaret Rutherford  •  Peter Sellers

Jean and Bill are a married couple trying to scrape a living. Out of the blue they receive a telegram informing them Bill's long-lost uncle has died and left them his business—a cinema in the town of Sloughborough. Unfortunately they can't sell it for the fortune ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Virginia McKenna  •  Bill Travers  •  Margaret Rutherford  •  Peter Sellers

The Spy in Black (1939)

A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Conrad Veidt  •  Valerie Hobson  •  Sebastian Shaw  •  Marius Goring

A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Conrad Veidt  •  Valerie Hobson  •  Sebastian Shaw  •  Marius Goring

Saint Joan (1957)

Young Joan of Arc comes to the palace in France to make The Dauphin King of France and is appointed to head the French Army. After winning many battles she is not needed any longer and soon she is thought of as a witch.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Jean Seberg  •  Richard Widmark  •  Richard Todd  •  Adolf Wohlbrück

Young Joan of Arc comes to the palace in France to make The Dauphin King of France and is appointed to head the French Army. After winning many battles she is not needed any longer and soon she is thought of as a witch.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Jean Seberg  •  Richard Widmark  •  Richard Todd  •  Adolf Wohlbrück

Band Waggon (1940)

A gang of spies held up in a haunted castle gives this team of celebrated British wireless comedians plenty of scope for laughs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcel Varnel
CAST:  Arthur Askey  •  Richard Murdoch  •  Pat Kirkwood  •  Moore Marriott

A gang of spies held up in a haunted castle gives this team of celebrated British wireless comedians plenty of scope for laughs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcel Varnel
CAST:  Arthur Askey  •  Richard Murdoch  •  Pat Kirkwood  •  Moore Marriott

Heavens Above! (1963)

A naive but caring prison chaplain, who happens to have the same last name as an upper class cleric, is by mistake appointed as vicar to a small and prosperous country town. His belief in charity and forgiveness sets him at odds with the conservative and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Boulting  •  John Boulting
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Cecil Parker  •  Isabel Jeans  •  Ian Carmichael

A naive but caring prison chaplain, who happens to have the same last name as an upper class cleric, is by mistake appointed as vicar to a small and prosperous country town. His belief in charity and forgiveness sets him at odds with the conservative and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Boulting  •  John Boulting
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Cecil Parker  •  Isabel Jeans  •  Ian Carmichael

Sapphire (1959)

Two Scotland Yard detectives (Nigel Patrick and Michael Craig) investigate the murder of a young woman of mixed race who had been passing for white. As they interview a spate of suspects -- including the girl's white boyfriend and his disapproving parents -- the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Nigel Patrick  •  Michael Craig  •  Yvonne Mitchell  •  Paul Massie

Two Scotland Yard detectives (Nigel Patrick and Michael Craig) investigate the murder of a young woman of mixed race who had been passing for white. As they interview a spate of suspects -- including the girl's white boyfriend and his disapproving parents -- the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Nigel Patrick  •  Michael Craig  •  Yvonne Mitchell  •  Paul Massie

Zarak (1956)

A notorious bandit develops a grudging respect for the English military man assigned to capture him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Anita Ekberg  •  Michael Wilding  •  Bonar Colleano

A notorious bandit develops a grudging respect for the English military man assigned to capture him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Anita Ekberg  •  Michael Wilding  •  Bonar Colleano

Run Wild, Run Free (1969)

Directed by Richard C. Sarafian, this 1969 British children's film stars Mark Lester as a young boy, unable to speak, who befriends both a wild colt with blue eyes and a falcon named "Lady". The cast also includes John Mills, Gordon Jackson and Sylvia Sims.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard C. Sarafian
CAST:  John Mills  •  Mark Lester  •  Gordon Jackson  •  Fiona Fullerton

Directed by Richard C. Sarafian, this 1969 British children's film stars Mark Lester as a young boy, unable to speak, who befriends both a wild colt with blue eyes and a falcon named "Lady". The cast also includes John Mills, Gordon Jackson and Sylvia Sims.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard C. Sarafian
CAST:  John Mills  •  Mark Lester  •  Gordon Jackson  •  Fiona Fullerton

Carnival (1946)

Story of a ballet dancer of the Edwardian era. From the novel by Compton Mackenzie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Haynes
CAST:  Sally Gray  •  Michael Wilding  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Bernard Miles

Story of a ballet dancer of the Edwardian era. From the novel by Compton Mackenzie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Haynes
CAST:  Sally Gray  •  Michael Wilding  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Bernard Miles

Fortune Is a Woman (1957)

An insurance man (Jack Hawkins) discovers his ex-girlfriend (Arlene Dahl) and her husband's (Dennis Price) art-forgery/arson scam.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Gilliat
CAST:  Jack Hawkins  •  Arlene Dahl  •  Dennis Price  •  Violet Farebrother

An insurance man (Jack Hawkins) discovers his ex-girlfriend (Arlene Dahl) and her husband's (Dennis Price) art-forgery/arson scam.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Gilliat
CAST:  Jack Hawkins  •  Arlene Dahl  •  Dennis Price  •  Violet Farebrother

The Challenge (1938)

Dramatization of the first climbing of the Matterhorn in 1865.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Milton Rosmer  •  Luis Trenker
CAST:  Robert Douglas  •  Luis Trenker  •  Joan Gardner  •  Frank Birch

Dramatization of the first climbing of the Matterhorn in 1865.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Milton Rosmer  •  Luis Trenker
CAST:  Robert Douglas  •  Luis Trenker  •  Joan Gardner  •  Frank Birch

Late Extra (1935)

A newspaper reporter sets out to track down the murderer of a policeman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Parker
CAST:  James Mason  •  Virginia Cherrill  •  Alastair Sim  •  Ian Colin

A newspaper reporter sets out to track down the murderer of a policeman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Parker
CAST:  James Mason  •  Virginia Cherrill  •  Alastair Sim  •  Ian Colin

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980)

This intriguing story is set in the 1930s at a country house, where two amateur sleuths, Bobby Jones and Lady Frankie Derwent, try to unravel the mystery behind a tale of murder, suspense and false identities. And the only clues the two have to go on are the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Wharmby  •  John Davies
CAST:  Francesca Annis  •  John Gielgud  •  Bernard Miles  •  Eric Porter

This intriguing story is set in the 1930s at a country house, where two amateur sleuths, Bobby Jones and Lady Frankie Derwent, try to unravel the mystery behind a tale of murder, suspense and false identities. And the only clues the two have to go on are the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Wharmby  •  John Davies
CAST:  Francesca Annis  •  John Gielgud  •  Bernard Miles  •  Eric Porter
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