Basil Dearden  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Basil Dearden (1 January 191123 March 1971), was an English film director, born Basil Dear in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.

Dearden graduated from theatre direction to film, working as an assistant to Basil Dean. He later changed his own name to Dearden to avoid confusion with his mentor.

He first began working as a director at Ealing Studios, co-directing comedy films with Will Hay, including The Goose Steps Out (1942) and My Learned Friend (1943). In 1945, he co-directed the influential chiller compendium Dead of Night. One of his last Ealing films was The Blue Lamp (1950), a police drama which first introduced audiences to "Dixon of Dock Green".

In later years he became associated with the writer and producer Michael Relph, and the two made films on subjects not generally tackled by films in the 1950s and early-1960s. These included homosexuality (Victim) and race relations (Pool of London, Sapphire). In the late 1960s Dearden also made some big-scale epics including Khartoum, with Charlton Heston, and the Victorian era black comedy The Assassination Bureau, again for Michael Relph.

His last film was The Man Who Haunted Himself with Roger Moore, with whom he had also made three episodes of the television series The Persuaders!: Overture, Powerswitch and To the Death, Baby. Dearden was killed in a car accident in 1971.

He has two sons, Torquil Dearden and the screenwriter and director James Dearden (born September 14, 1949, London).

Selected filmography

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