Leslie Banks

Leslie Banks, CBE (9 June 1890 – 21 April 1952) was an English theatre and cinema actor, director and producer, now best remembered playing gruff, menacing characters in black and white movies of the 1930s and 1940s. Description above from the Wikipedia article Leslie Banks, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Fire Over England (1937)

The film is a historical drama set during the reign of Elizabeth I (Flora Robson), focusing on the English defeat of the Spanish Armada, whence the title. In 1588, relations between Spain and England are at the breaking point. With the support of Queen Elizabeth I, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William K. Howard
CAST:  Flora Robson  •  Raymond Massey  •  Leslie Banks  •  Laurence Olivier

The film is a historical drama set during the reign of Elizabeth I (Flora Robson), focusing on the English defeat of the Spanish Armada, whence the title. In 1588, relations between Spain and England are at the breaking point. With the support of Queen Elizabeth I, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William K. Howard
CAST:  Flora Robson  •  Raymond Massey  •  Leslie Banks  •  Laurence Olivier

Henry V (1944)

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Renée Asherson  •  Ralph Truman  •  Ernest Thesiger

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Renée Asherson  •  Ralph Truman  •  Ernest Thesiger

Jamaica Inn (1939)

In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman discovers that she's living with a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking for profit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Charles Laughton  •  Horace Hodges  •  Hay Petrie  •  Frederick Piper

In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman discovers that she's living with a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking for profit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Charles Laughton  •  Horace Hodges  •  Hay Petrie  •  Frederick Piper

Madeleine (1950)

The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Ann Todd  •  Norman Wooland  •  Ivan Desny  •  Leslie Banks

The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Ann Todd  •  Norman Wooland  •  Ivan Desny  •  Leslie Banks

Red Ensign (1934)

David Barr is the manager and chief designer of a British shipyard in decline. The shipyard is in financial trouble but Barr has a design for a new ship that will save them all. Can he get the ship built in spite of the opposition from his own bankers as well as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Carol Goodner  •  Frank Vosper  •  Alfred Drayton

David Barr is the manager and chief designer of a British shipyard in decline. The shipyard is in financial trouble but Barr has a design for a new ship that will save them all. Can he get the ship built in spite of the opposition from his own bankers as well as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Carol Goodner  •  Frank Vosper  •  Alfred Drayton

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

While vacationing in St. Moritz, a British couple receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their young daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Peter Lorre  •  Pierre Fresnay  •  Hugh Wakefield

While vacationing in St. Moritz, a British couple receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their young daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Peter Lorre  •  Pierre Fresnay  •  Hugh Wakefield

The Small Back Room (1949)

At the height of World War II, the Germans begin dropping a new type of booby-trapped bomb on England. Sammy Rice, a highly-skilled but haunted bomb-disposal officer, must overcome his personal demons to defeat this new threat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  David Farrar  •  Kathleen Byron  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Leslie Banks

At the height of World War II, the Germans begin dropping a new type of booby-trapped bomb on England. Sammy Rice, a highly-skilled but haunted bomb-disposal officer, must overcome his personal demons to defeat this new threat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  David Farrar  •  Kathleen Byron  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Leslie Banks

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 Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939)

During a charity football match between Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans, the Trojan's new star player collapses and dies. Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard is called in and declares it was murder. It takes all his ingenuity and another death before the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thorold Dickinson
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Greta Gynt  •  Ian McLean  •  Liane Linden

During a charity football match between Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans, the Trojan's new star player collapses and dies. Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard is called in and declares it was murder. It takes all his ingenuity and another death before the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thorold Dickinson
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Greta Gynt  •  Ian McLean  •  Liane Linden

Wings of the Morning (1937)

A beautiful Gypsy girl falls in love with a horse trainer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold D. Schuster
CAST:  Annabella  •  Henry Fonda  •  Leslie Banks  •  Irene Vanbrugh

A beautiful Gypsy girl falls in love with a horse trainer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold D. Schuster
CAST:  Annabella  •  Henry Fonda  •  Leslie Banks  •  Irene Vanbrugh

The Fire Raisers (1934)

Jim Bronton is an insurance investigator, but he's unhappy with his work and gets involved with a gang of arsonists. His conscience is troubling him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Anne Grey  •  Francis L. Sullivan  •  Carol Goodner

Jim Bronton is an insurance investigator, but he's unhappy with his work and gets involved with a gang of arsonists. His conscience is troubling him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Anne Grey  •  Francis L. Sullivan  •  Carol Goodner

Farewell Again (1937)

Farewell Again is a multiplotted British comedy/drama about soldiers on leave and the people they've left. Given a six-hour pass after a tour of duty in India, several British Tommies (among them Robert Newton, Sebastian Shaw and Anthony Bushell) try to unravel ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Whelan
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Flora Robson  •  Sebastian Shaw  •  Patricia Hilliard

Farewell Again is a multiplotted British comedy/drama about soldiers on leave and the people they've left. Given a six-hour pass after a tour of duty in India, several British Tommies (among them Robert Newton, Sebastian Shaw and Anthony Bushell) try to unravel ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Whelan
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Flora Robson  •  Sebastian Shaw  •  Patricia Hilliard

Dead Man's Shoes (1940)

An amnesia victim is a well liked and respected member of his community--until one day someone from his past shows up with evidence that in "the old days" he had been a notorious criminal, and threatens to expose him unless he pays off.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Bentley
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Joan Marion  •  Geoffrey Atkins  •  Wilfrid Lawson

An amnesia victim is a well liked and respected member of his community--until one day someone from his past shows up with evidence that in "the old days" he had been a notorious criminal, and threatens to expose him unless he pays off.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Bentley
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Joan Marion  •  Geoffrey Atkins  •  Wilfrid Lawson

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

Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (1975)

Ossie Davis narrates a history of "race films," films made before 1950 which catered to a primarily black audience.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven York
CAST:  Ossie Davis  •  George Johnson  •  Lorenzo Tucker  •  Lucia Lynn Moses

Ossie Davis narrates a history of "race films," films made before 1950 which catered to a primarily black audience.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven York
CAST:  Ossie Davis  •  George Johnson  •  Lorenzo Tucker  •  Lucia Lynn Moses

The Three Maxims (1936)

The Three Maxims are trapeze artists Pat (Anna Neagle), Toni (Tuilio Carminati) and Mac (Leslie Banks). After spending most of their careers in the small time, the threesome finally get their big chance in Paris, at which point Mac realizes he's in love with Pat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Wilcox
CAST:  Anna Neagle  •  Tullio Carminati  •  Leslie Banks  •  Arthur Finn

The Three Maxims are trapeze artists Pat (Anna Neagle), Toni (Tuilio Carminati) and Mac (Leslie Banks). After spending most of their careers in the small time, the threesome finally get their big chance in Paris, at which point Mac realizes he's in love with Pat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Wilcox
CAST:  Anna Neagle  •  Tullio Carminati  •  Leslie Banks  •  Arthur Finn

Debt of Honour (1936)

A Colonel's daughter steals from the regimental mess funds to pay off her gambling debts. One of the officers, who is love with her, takes the blame, and is sent to Africa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Walker
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Will Fyffe  •  Geraldine Fitzgerald  •  Niall MacGinnis

A Colonel's daughter steals from the regimental mess funds to pay off her gambling debts. One of the officers, who is love with her, takes the blame, and is sent to Africa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Walker
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Will Fyffe  •  Geraldine Fitzgerald  •  Niall MacGinnis

Neutral Port (1940)

A British merchant ship is torpedoed by a German U-Boat and takes shelter in a neutral port. The Captain then strikes back at the German enemy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcel Varnel
CAST:  Will Fyffe  •  Leslie Banks  •  Yvonne Arnaud  •  Phyllis Calvert

A British merchant ship is torpedoed by a German U-Boat and takes shelter in a neutral port. The Captain then strikes back at the German enemy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcel Varnel
CAST:  Will Fyffe  •  Leslie Banks  •  Yvonne Arnaud  •  Phyllis Calvert

The Night of the Party (1935)

A major newspaper publisher dies in suspicious circumstances during a parlour game at a dinner party. The publishers secretary is the obvious suspect, but the inspector isn't so sure ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Malcolm Keen  •  Jane Baxter  •  Ian Hunter

A major newspaper publisher dies in suspicious circumstances during a parlour game at a dinner party. The publishers secretary is the obvious suspect, but the inspector isn't so sure ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Leslie Banks  •  Malcolm Keen  •  Jane Baxter  •  Ian Hunter

Your Witness (1950)

Adam Hayward is a successful New York City defense lawyer. One day he receives a cable that the British war buddy who saved his life at Anzio Beach is now in trouble with the law in England. Taking the advice of his secretary to go to England rather than wire money ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Montgomery
CAST:  Robert Montgomery  •  Leslie Banks  •  Felix Aylmer  •  Andrew Cruickshank

Adam Hayward is a successful New York City defense lawyer. One day he receives a cable that the British war buddy who saved his life at Anzio Beach is now in trouble with the law in England. Taking the advice of his secretary to go to England rather than wire money ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Montgomery
CAST:  Robert Montgomery  •  Leslie Banks  •  Felix Aylmer  •  Andrew Cruickshank
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