Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cottage to Let (1941)

Director: Anthony Asquith

Writers: Geoffrey Kerr, Anatole de Grunwald, J.O.C. Orton

Composers: Louis Levy, Charles Williams

Starring: Leslie Banks, Jeanne De Casalis, Carla Lehmann, Alastair Sim, John Mills, George Cole, Michael Wilding, Frank Cellier, Muriel Aked, Wally Patch, Muriel George, Hay Petrie, Catherine Lacey

More info: IMDb

Plot: A wartime cottage on a Scottish estate becomes a focus of attention when not only the new tenant but a London evacuee and a downed fighter pilot all move in.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I digs me some WWII era British war pictures.  This one's got a few familiar faces in the cast and they do a fine job.  I won't spoil it but I surprised to find out who were the good guys and bad guys.  With modern sensibilities it's easy to over think situations since we're so used to twists and turns to keep us entertained.  Still, it's a good spy/war thriller with some good performances and atmosphere.  I like it when films aren't afraid to show brutality towards children.  I say that only because it's rarely shown on screen and it's refreshing to see films go places most won't.  If it were commonplace then I wouldn't like it so much.  Not that I think smacking kids is's just neat to see it in the movies when it's justified. You can't tell me a Nazi is going to let a kid get in the way of a successful mission are you?  I didn't think so.  The absolute end is abrupt like in some of those chop socky flicks in the 70s.  Bad guys disposed of?  BAM!  Get out of the theater.  It's on Netflix streaming.  

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