Cottage to Let

  • U
  • Anthony Asquith (1941)
  • UK
  • 86 min
Cottage to Let
Film Review
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3 out of 5

The American release title Bombsight Stolen is a clue to what Alfred Hitchcock would call the MacGuffin (or plot device) that drives this lively wartime propaganda piece from director Anthony Asquith. The story of a Nazi kidnap plot in the wilds of Scotland is pretty much par for the course, but what sets this picture apart is the truly extraordinary cast. Michael Wilding and John Mills have to settle for supporting roles behind Leslie Banks and the incomparable Alastair Sim. But stealing everyone's thunder is debutant George Cole (a protégé of Sim's) as the cockney evacuee who becomes a hero.

Plot Summary

Second World War thriller starring Leslie Banks and Alastair Sim. Inventor John Barrington becomes the target of a Fifth Column organisation, which attempts to kidnap him from the remote Scottish region where he is working on bomb-guidance plans.

Cast and crew


John Barrington
Leslie Banks
Charles Dimble
Alastair Sim
Lieutenant George Perrey
John Mills
Mrs Barrington
Jeanne de Casalis
Helen Barrington
Carla Lehmann
Ronald Mittsby
George Cole
Alan Trentley
Michael Wilding
John Forrest
Frank Cellier
Wally Patch
Miss Fernery
Muriel Aked
Mrs Trimm
Muriel George


Anthony Asquith

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
General Film Dist Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Sound & Media