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Basil Dean

Basil Herbert Dean CBE (27 September 1888 – 22 April 1978) was an English actor, writer, film producer/film director and theatrical producer/director.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Croydon, south London, Dean started his career in showbusiness in London as a West End stage actor, and then later became a theatrical producer. He later moved into the film industry and in the early 1930s founded Associated Talking Pictures, which later became Ealing Studios. He publicised and worked alongside Gracie Fields and George Formby, among other entertainers.

When the war started he left the film industry and became the head of ENSA, the government-sponsored body responsible for bringing live performances to the armed services. He was awarded the CBE for his work with ENSA, which he described in a book called The Theatre at War.

His wives included Lady Mercy Greville and Esther Van Gruisen. From August 1934 until 1939 he was married to British stage and film actress, Victoria Hopper. Dean had a relationship with one of his theatre and film stars Meggie Albanesi and after her early death in 1923 continued to be obsessed with her.

His son Winton (1916-2013) became a noted musicologist.[3]

Dean died in Westminster, London in 1978 from a heart attack at the age of 89.[2]

Producer filmography[edit]

Director filmography[edit]

Writer filmography[edit]

  • The Constant Nymph (1928) (play)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929)
  • Escape (1930)
  • Birds of Prey (1930)
  • Looking on the Bright Side (1932)
  • The Water Gipsies (1932)
  • A Honeymoon Adventure (1932)
  • The Constant Nymph (1933) (play) (dialogue)
  • Autumn Crocus (1934)
  • Sensation (1936) (play Murder Gang)
  • The Show Goes On (1937)
  • Penny Paradise (1938) (story)
  • The Constant Nymph (1938) (TV) (play)
  • 21 Days (1940)
  • The Constant Nymph (1943) (play)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b BFI biodata
  3. ^ Sadie, Stanley. Winton (Basil) Dean. In: The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Macmillan, London & New York, 1997.

External links[edit]


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thebahamasweekly.com

thebahamasweekly.com
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:32:02 -0800

Nassau, Bahamas - Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Basil Dean was accorded a full military funeral during a Mass of Resurrection on Tuesday, February 22 at Christ Church Cathedral. Minister of National Security the Hon. Tommy Turnquest paid ...

Bahamas Tribune

Bahamas Tribune
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:47:44 -0800

Deputy Director of the Department of Meteorology, Basil Dean, said in a statement on Thursday afternoon that computer model analysis indicates that a pre-frontal trough will move across the northwest Bahamas beginning on Friday morning and “strong ...

Bahamas Tribune

Bahamas Tribune
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:26:15 -0700

#CHIEF Meteorologist Basil Dean said yesterday that the rapid evolution of Hurricane Joaquin into a category four monster storm raises the question of whether the government should consider implementing new protocols as a proactive measure for quick ...

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura
Tue, 12 Jan 2016 06:45:36 -0800

Smack dab in the middle of Edmonton, Alberta, is a large, concrete public plaza named Sir Winston Churchill Square. Kitty corner from that is the Churchill Wire Centre, a heritage building and former home of Edmonton's telephone exchange. Take the ...

FOX31 Denver

FOX31 Denver
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:17:14 -0700

"We are closely monitoring Nassau now to see where the storm is at first light ... since that is where the majority of the population is located," said Basil Dean of the Bahamas Department of Meteorology. "Freeport, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and other ...

KTLA

KTLA
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:51:52 -0700

“We are closely monitoring Nassau now to see where the storm is at first light … since that is where the majority of the population is located,” said Basil Dean of the Bahamas Department of Meteorology. “Freeport, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and other ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:25:59 -0700

Joseph Leslie Henson was born on October 16 1932 to the actor Leslie Henson (who co-founded Ensa with Basil Dean in 1939) and his second wife Gladys, an actress. His interest in agriculture flourished from a young age and was encouraged by the ...

Bahamas Tribune

Bahamas Tribune
Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:37:51 -0700

#TRANSPORT and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin said yesterday she was disappointed that the Department of Meteorology has been drawn into public disrepute after forecasters did an exemplary job as Hurricane Joaquin made its way to the central ...
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