Old Bill and Son

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Old Bill and Son
Old Bill and Son (1941 film).jpg
Directed by Ian Dalrymple
Produced by Josef Somlo
& Harold Boxall
Alexander Korda (uncredited)
Screenplay by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather
& Ian Dalrymple
Arthur Wimperis (additional dialogue)
Derek Twist (assistant scenarist)
Based on story Old Bill by Bruce Bairnsfather
Starring Morland Graham
John Mills
Mary Clare
Music by Richard Addinsell (music of the French song)
Stephen Haggard (words of the French song)
Muir Mathieson (musical director)
Cinematography Georges Perinal
Edited by Charles Crichton
Legeran Films
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 1 March 1941 (1941-03-01) (UK)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Old Bill and Son is a 1941 British black-and-white comedy war film directed by Ian Dalrymple and starring Morland Graham, John Mills, Mary Clare and Ronald Shiner as Herbert 'Bert' Smith.[1] It is executive produced by Alexander Korda for Legeran Films.


An old, First World War soldier enlists with his son to fight in the Second World War. Eventually, they travel to France to capture Nazis.


Critical reception[edit]

In contemporary reviews, The Manchester Guardian wrote, "The plot is a disconnected business, a series of episodes of the sort we usually call picaresque when we really mean stragglesome. It is, in fact, as glaringly unkempt and untidy as Old Bill's famous moustache which that delightful actor Morland Graham wears with conviction and distinction," and The Sunday Express wrote, "chalk up a hit for Morland Graham on this picture as Old Bill...it's an amusing highly sentimental affair written in the authentic language of the Front with no attempt to be subtle...a pity to see so fine an actor as John Mills in so empty a part."[2]


  1. ^ "Old Bill & Son (1941)". British Film Institute. 
  2. ^ Holt, Major; Holt, Mrs (31 December 1990). "The Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather: In Search of the Better 'Ole". Pen and Sword – via Google Books. 

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