Thomas Bentley

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Thomas Bentley
Born 1884
London, England
Died 1966
Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Occupation Film director
Years active 1912 - 1951

Thomas Bentley (1884 – 1966) was a British film director. He directed 68 films between 1912 and 1941. He directed three films in the early DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process, The Man in the Street (1926), The Antidote (1927), and Acci-Dental Treatment (1928).

Bentley was born in London and originally trained as an engineer, but went on to become a vaudeville performer well known for impersonating the characters from the novels of Charles Dickens on stage. His directing career in silent films began in 1910 with his adaptations of a number of Dickens' novels to film. After his retirement from directing in 1941 he became technical advisor to the British Film Council.

In her unpublished memoirs, actress Mabel Poulton accused him of having raped her.[1] They were respectively director and star on two films: The Old Curiosity Shop (1921) and Not Quite a Lady (1928).

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  1. ^ Shepperton Babylon (2005) documentary, BBC Four

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