The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Michael Powell (1943)

U Certificate


Our Score
Winston Churchill ordered this film banned from exportation during the Second World War in case it gave the wrong impression of the British fighting man. (He relented a few months after its release.) Based on the comic-strip character created by David Low, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's film does indeed take a pop at the complacency of the top brass; however, thanks to Roger Livesey's astonishing performance in the lead, it is also a tribute to the more laudable aspects of a seemingly buffoonish, out-of-touch central character - honour, loyalty and a genius for making the most of a bad lot. Anton Walbrook also excels as Livesey's Prussian rival, who becomes a lifelong friend, while a young Deborah Kerr makes her mark playing the three women in Livesey's life. This is one of British cinema's undisputed masterpieces.


A Home Guard officer serving during the Second World War is outraged by the disrespect for tradition shown by younger soldiers. He looks back on his military adventures during the Boer War and First World War, as well as his three great loves. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's satirical drama, starring Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook and John Laurie.

Cast & Crew

Clive Candy Roger Livesey
Edith Hunter / Barbara Wyn / Johnny Cannon Deborah Kerr
Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff Anton Walbrook
Spud Wilson James McKechnie
Stuffy Graves Neville Mapp
Colonel Betteridge Roland Culver
Hoppy David Hutcheson
Period Blimp Spencer Trevor
Kaunitz David Ward
Von Schonborn Valentine Dyall
Von Reumann Carl Jaffe
Von Ritter Albert Lieven
Frau Von Kalteneck Ursula Jeans
Murdoch John Laurie
Van Zijl Reginald Tate
Major Davis Harry Welchman
President of the Tribunal A E Matthews
Director Michael Powell
Director Emeric Pressburger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 May 2012