Cottage To Let (Gainsborough 1941, Alastair Sim, John Mills)

Cottage To Let (Gainsborough 1941, Alastair Sim, John Mills)

Fast-paced comedy-thriller Cottage To Let stars LESLIE BANKS as an inventor during the Second World War working on a new bomb-sight at his home in a remote Scottish glen. He is unaware that he is the target of a Fifth Column organisation operating out of Glasgow who have already installed an agent in his household masquerading as the cook.

Also in the house are Banks’ wife JEANNE DE CASALIS, daughter CARLA LEHMANN and assistant MICHAEL WILDING, plus a Scotland Yard detective disguised as their butler who suspects Wilding of passing on Banks’ secrets. GEORGE COLE, in his film debut, is a sharp London evacuee and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast who has his suspicions about ALASTAIR SIM, the new tenant of the cottage in the grounds of Banks’ home. The plotters, forced by British Government interest in the new bomb sight, act more quickly than intended and abduct Banks and in the ensuing thrills, everyone turns out to be what they at first appear…

US Title: Bombsight Stolen

crew details

  • Writer: Anatole de Grunwald, J O C Orton, from the play by Geoffrey Kerr
    Cinematography: Jack Cox
    Producer: Edward Black
    Director: Anthony Asquith

production info

  • Year of Release: 1941
  • Country: UK | Gainsborough
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 90 minutes

Leslie Banks

John Barrington

Jeanne De Casalis

Mrs. Barrington

Carla Lehmann

Helen Barrington

Alastair Sim

Charles Dimble

John Mills

Flt·Lieut. Perry

George Cole


Michael Wilding

Alan Trently

Frank Cellier

John Forest

Muriel Aked

Miss Fernery

Muriel George

Mrs. Trimm

Hay Petrie

Dr. Truscott

Catherine Lacey

Mrs. Stokes