Bonar Colleano

American born British stage and film actor who tragically died in a car crash in Birkenhead aged just 34.

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A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and dispatch an angel to collect him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  David Niven  •  Kim Hunter  •  Kathleen Byron  •  Richard Attenborough

When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and dispatch an angel to collect him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  David Niven  •  Kim Hunter  •  Kathleen Byron  •  Richard Attenborough

The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954)

During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep up morale, the occupants of the aircraft's dinghy talk about their lives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Gilbert
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  Jack Watling  •  Bonar Colleano

During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep up morale, the occupants of the aircraft's dinghy talk about their lives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Gilbert
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  Jack Watling  •  Bonar Colleano

The Way to the Stars (1945)

Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres around Pilot Officer Peter Penrose, fresh out of a training unit, who joins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  John Mills  •  Rosamund John  •  Stanley Holloway

Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres around Pilot Officer Peter Penrose, fresh out of a training unit, who joins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  John Mills  •  Rosamund John  •  Stanley Holloway

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

No Time To Die (1958)

During World War II, members of a British tank unit in northern Africa are captured and held prisoners by Germans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Leo Genn  •  Bonar Colleano  •  Anthony Newley

During World War II, members of a British tank unit in northern Africa are captured and held prisoners by Germans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Leo Genn  •  Bonar Colleano  •  Anthony Newley

Joe Macbeth (1955)

A gangster's wife drives him to kill as she pushes him to the top.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Hughes
CAST:  Paul Douglas  •  Ruth Roman  •  Bonar Colleano  •  Grégoire Aslan

A gangster's wife drives him to kill as she pushes him to the top.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Hughes
CAST:  Paul Douglas  •  Ruth Roman  •  Bonar Colleano  •  Grégoire Aslan

One Night with You (1948)

Two strangers meet when they both miss their trains, and end up spending a penniless day and night together. An English version of 'It Happened One Night'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Nino Martini  •  Patricia Roc  •  Bonar Colleano  •  Hugh Wakefield

Two strangers meet when they both miss their trains, and end up spending a penniless day and night together. An English version of 'It Happened One Night'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Nino Martini  •  Patricia Roc  •  Bonar Colleano  •  Hugh Wakefield

Wanted for Murder (1946)

The son of a notorious hangman is gradually becoming insane and he finds himself unable to resist the urge to strangle women to death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Huntington
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Dulcie Gray  •  Derek Farr  •  Roland Culver

The son of a notorious hangman is gradually becoming insane and he finds himself unable to resist the urge to strangle women to death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Huntington
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Dulcie Gray  •  Derek Farr  •  Roland Culver

Time Is My Enemy (1954)

A happily-married woman is blackmailed by her first husband, who she wrongly believed was killed in the Blitz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Chaffey
CAST:  Dennis Price  •  Renée Asherson  •  Susan Shaw  •  Patrick Barr

A happily-married woman is blackmailed by her first husband, who she wrongly believed was killed in the Blitz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Chaffey
CAST:  Dennis Price  •  Renée Asherson  •  Susan Shaw  •  Patrick Barr

A Tale of Five Cities (1951)

An Englishman has been working in the US so long he now speaks with an American accent. He is drafted into the British Army during WWII but is injured and loses his memory. Because he talks like an American, the doctors repatriate him to the States where he is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Staudte  •  Montgomery Tully  •  Géza von Cziffra  •  Romolo Marcellini  •  Emil E. Reinert  •  Irma von Cube
CAST:  Bonar Colleano  •  Anne Vernon  •  Karin Himboldt  •  Lily Kann

An Englishman has been working in the US so long he now speaks with an American accent. He is drafted into the British Army during WWII but is injured and loses his memory. Because he talks like an American, the doctors repatriate him to the States where he is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Staudte  •  Montgomery Tully  •  Géza von Cziffra  •  Romolo Marcellini  •  Emil E. Reinert  •  Irma von Cube
CAST:  Bonar Colleano  •  Anne Vernon  •  Karin Himboldt  •  Lily Kann

Broken Journey (1948)

Passengers and crew struggle to survive after their plane crashes in the Alps.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin  •  Michael C. Chorlton
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  James Donald  •  Margot Grahame  •  Francis L. Sullivan

Passengers and crew struggle to survive after their plane crashes in the Alps.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin  •  Michael C. Chorlton
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  James Donald  •  Margot Grahame  •  Francis L. Sullivan

Pool of London (1951)

Jewel thieves, murder and a manhunt swirl around a sailor (Bonar Colleano) off a cargo ship in London.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Bonar Colleano  •  Earl Cameron  •  Susan Shaw  •  Renée Asherson

Jewel thieves, murder and a manhunt swirl around a sailor (Bonar Colleano) off a cargo ship in London.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Bonar Colleano  •  Earl Cameron  •  Susan Shaw  •  Renée Asherson

Interpol (1957)

Spurred on by the death of his drug-addicted sister at the hands of ruthless narcotics kingpin Frank McNally, U.S. drug enforcement agent Charles Sturgis embarks on an investigation that takes him from New York to London, Lisbon, Rome, Naples and finally Athens in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gilling
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Anita Ekberg  •  Trevor Howard  •  Bonar Colleano

Spurred on by the death of his drug-addicted sister at the hands of ruthless narcotics kingpin Frank McNally, U.S. drug enforcement agent Charles Sturgis embarks on an investigation that takes him from New York to London, Lisbon, Rome, Naples and finally Athens in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gilling
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Anita Ekberg  •  Trevor Howard  •  Bonar Colleano

Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary? (1953)

Based on a 1944 West End stage success with Ralph Lynn, this is a classic bedroom farce for those who like them that way -- its theatrical origins acknowledged in the credits and clearly apparent when most of the action takes place with characters popping in and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maurice Elvey
CAST:  Bonar Colleano  •  Diana Decker  •  Diana Dors  •  Sid James

Based on a 1944 West End stage success with Ralph Lynn, this is a classic bedroom farce for those who like them that way -- its theatrical origins acknowledged in the credits and clearly apparent when most of the action takes place with characters popping in and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maurice Elvey
CAST:  Bonar Colleano  •  Diana Decker  •  Diana Dors  •  Sid James

Good-Time Girl (1948)

Good Time Girl stars Jean Kent as incipient juvenile delinquent Gwen Rawlings. Sent to a home for "problem" girls, Gwen receives a crash course in petty crime. Back on the outside, she falls in with the usual bad crowd, and suffers spectacularly as a result.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David MacDonald
CAST:  Jean Kent  •  Dennis Price  •  Herbert Lom  •  Flora Robson

Good Time Girl stars Jean Kent as incipient juvenile delinquent Gwen Rawlings. Sent to a home for "problem" girls, Gwen receives a crash course in petty crime. Back on the outside, she falls in with the usual bad crowd, and suffers spectacularly as a result.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David MacDonald
CAST:  Jean Kent  •  Dennis Price  •  Herbert Lom  •  Flora Robson

Escape by Night (1953)

An Italian racketeer on the run in London holes up in a disused theatre with a hard-drinking journalist out to get the full story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gilling
CAST:  Bonar Colleano  •  Sid James  •  Andrew Ray  •  Simone Silva

An Italian racketeer on the run in London holes up in a disused theatre with a hard-drinking journalist out to get the full story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gilling
CAST:  Bonar Colleano  •  Sid James  •  Andrew Ray  •  Simone Silva

Once a Jolly Swagman (1949)

Starring Dirk Bogarde, Bonar Colleano, Thora Hird, Sid James and Bill Owen, this British gem was nominated for a BAFTA in 1949. Bogarde, in only his second film, plays the role of Bill Fox, a bored factory worker who becomes a famous speedway star. He meets a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Lee
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Bonar Colleano  •  Bill Owen  •  Renée Asherson

Starring Dirk Bogarde, Bonar Colleano, Thora Hird, Sid James and Bill Owen, this British gem was nominated for a BAFTA in 1949. Bogarde, in only his second film, plays the role of Bill Fox, a bored factory worker who becomes a famous speedway star. He meets a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Lee
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Bonar Colleano  •  Bill Owen  •  Renée Asherson

The Man Inside (1958)

A detective tracking a stolen gem begins to suspect there's more to the case than just theft.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gilling
CAST:  Jack Palance  •  Anita Ekberg  •  Nigel Patrick  •  Anthony Newley

A detective tracking a stolen gem begins to suspect there's more to the case than just theft.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gilling
CAST:  Jack Palance  •  Anita Ekberg  •  Nigel Patrick  •  Anthony Newley

Fire Down Below (1957)

Tony and Felix own a tramp boat, and sail around the Caribbean doing odd jobs and drinking a lot. They agree to ferry the beautiful but passportless Irena to another island. They both fall for her, leading to betrayal and a break-up of their partnership. Tony takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Parrish
CAST:  Rita Hayworth  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Jack Lemmon  •  Herbert Lom

Tony and Felix own a tramp boat, and sail around the Caribbean doing odd jobs and drinking a lot. They agree to ferry the beautiful but passportless Irena to another island. They both fall for her, leading to betrayal and a break-up of their partnership. Tony takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Parrish
CAST:  Rita Hayworth  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Jack Lemmon  •  Herbert Lom

Sleeping Car To Trieste (1948)

Spies pursue a stolen diary aboard the Orient Express.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Paddy Carstairs
CAST:  Jean Kent  •  Albert Lieven  •  Derrick De Marney  •  Paul Dupuis

Spies pursue a stolen diary aboard the Orient Express.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Paddy Carstairs
CAST:  Jean Kent  •  Albert Lieven  •  Derrick De Marney  •  Paul Dupuis
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