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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]

Born in Croydon, Surrey, 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) become a noted musicologist.[3]

Dean died in Westminster, London 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)


  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.

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:42:43 -0700

In 1925 famed film director Basil Dean acquired the manor through his marriage to the Countess' daughter Lady Mercy Greville before embarking on a grand renovation project. Dean sold the manor in 1939 after his marriage to Lady Greville broke down and ...


Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:05:02 -0700

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Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:32:02 -0800

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Alt Film Guide (blog)

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:06:59 -0700

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Mon, 26 May 2014 02:05:54 -0700

For Laugh Factory comedian/impressionist, Harry Basil, the month of May, 2014, is a very special and important milestone for him, as it marks the 30th year that the entertainer has been working on the Las Vegas Strip. Basil will be performing the week ...

Midweek Herald

Midweek Herald
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:09:23 -0800

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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:03:41 -0700

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