Who Done It?

1956

Basil Dearden
Director
Ealing Studios
Studio
J. Arthur Rank Organisation
Distributor

Lowly ice rink sweeper Hill dreams of becoming a private eye, and gets his chance when he wins a bloodhound and gets involved with a nest of Soviet spies, as well as a beautiful girl who happens to have super strength.

Hill's first film, like so much of his comedic output, ranges from quite amusing to irritatingly stupid, often in the same scene. And of course he ends up in drag. At least he was consistent on both counts. A pretty good film, though it runs out of energy in the last reel.

-Dave W.

Note: originally done 08 January 2013, revised 30 April 2016.



2nd March 1956
Cinema



85 mins
1.37:1



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Benny Hill
Hugo Dill
Benny Hill
Hugo Dill
Benny Hill
Hugo Dill
Benny Hill
Hugo Dill
Belinda Lee
Frankie Mayne
David Kossoff
Zacco
Garry Marsh
Detective Inspector Hancock
George Margo
Barakov
Ernest Thesiger
Sir Walter Finch
Denis Shaw
Professor Otto Stumpf
Frederick Schiller
Wilhelm Gruber
Jeremy Hawk
Himself / 'Your Birthday Wish' Host
Thorley Walters
Raymond Courtney
Dagenham Girl Pipers
Themselves
Champion Appeline Hector
Fabian
(as Fabian in end credits)
Philip Stainton
Jimmy Maddox, Frankie's Agent
Warwick Ashton
P.C. Roberts
Stratford Johns
P.C. Coleman
Nicholas Phipps
Scientist
Peter Bull
Bunbury, A Scientist
Gibb McLaughlin
Scientist
Ernest Jay
Professor Selig, A Scientist
Harold Scott
Dr. Goss, A Scientist
Norah Blaney
Flora Carlton, the Actress
Charles Hawtrey
Disc Jockey
Jim Morris
Ice Show Stagehand
Lucy Griffiths
Ice Show Singer
Unknown 21220-X
Ice Show Performer
Meadows White
Ice Show Stage Manager
Unknown
Ice Rink Sweeper
Vincent Holman
Ice Show Ticket Taker
Harold Goodwin
Pringle, Detective Magazine Man
Lindsay Hooper
Man in Ice Rink Corridor
Walter Crisham
Skater in African Garb
Cyril Smith
Refrigeration Man
George Spence
Ice Rink Sweeper
Tony Castleton
Ice Show Staffer Backstage
Unknown
Ice Show Singer
Unknown
Ice Show Singer
John Schlesinger
Ice Show Conductor
Unknown
Ice Show Performer
Guy Longpre
Ice Show Performer
Jean Alsop
Ice Show Girl
Elinor Bennett
Ice Show Girl
Kim Kimber
Ice Show Girl
Ken Lawton
Man Leaving Ice Rink
Unknown Male 60
Jostled Passerby
Unknown
Gun Shop Manager
Ronnie Brody
Gun Shop Assistant
Unknown 21220-X
Bystander Outside Gun Shop
Unknown Male 5
Bystander Outside Gun Shop
Pat Hagan
Bystander Outside Gun Shop
Unknown 21220-X
Bystander Outside Gun Shop
Unknown
Bystander Outside Gun Shop
Charles Saynor
P.C. on Beat Called to Gun Shop
(unconfirmed)
Fred Haggerty
P.C. in Gun Shop
George Spence
Man in Office Hallway
Harry Van Engel
Man in Office Hallway
Unknown
Maisie
Jim Morris
Man in Office Hallway
George Wilson
One-Man Band
Fred Stroud
Bystander Watching Fight
Ian Selby
Bystander Watching Fight
Lindsay Hooper
Bystander Watching Fight
Glyn Houston
Arresting Policeman
Arthur Rigby
Police Station Sergeant
Doris Yorke
Woman in Cafeteria
Louis Matto
Waiter at Royal Scientific Society
Unknown
Doorman at Royal Scientific Society
Charles Wood
Scientist
Unknown Male 52
Scientist
Sonnie Willis
Scientist
Charles Stevenson
Scientist
Morris Sweden
Scientist
(unconfirmed)
Unknown
Scientist
James Ure
Scientist
Unknown 21220-X
Scientist
Unknown 21220-X
Scientist
Unknown 21220-X
Scientist
Unknown Male 29
Scientist
Albert Chevalier
Detective at Uralian Legation
John Boxer
Police Sergeant at Uralian Legation
Frank Pettitt
Detective at Uralian Legation
Unknown
Traffic Policeman
Unknown
Radio Show Guard
Hyma Beckley
Radio Show Attendee
Terry Rendell
Radio Show Attendee
Pat Ryan
Radio Show Attendee
Robert MacDermot
Television Commentator

Joseph Behrmann
Dr. Fedor Broznik

Derek Prentice
Wentworth Brown, Another TV Commentator

Arthur Dibbs
Radio Show Attendee

Dave's Unknown Female 1
Radio Show Attendee

Colin McKenzie
Radio Show Guard

Cowley Brown
Radio Show Attendee

Lindsay Hooper
TV Technician

Unknown Male 27
TV Technician

Mabel Etherington
Radio Show Attendee

Ken Lawton
Radio Show Attendee

Dave's Unknown Male 8
Radio Show Attendee

Lola Morice
Radio Show Attendee

Irene Handl
Vu-Eezie Chair Customer

Hugh Wakefield
Vu-Eezie Chair Salesman

Jess Conrad
Radio Show Attendee

Terence Alexander
Radio Show Stage Manager

Violet Gould
Mrs. Louisa Ponting

Unknown Male 5
Radio Show Attendee

Guy Standeven
Radio Show Attendee

Arthur Lowe
Radio-Controlled Tank Demonstrator

Peter Brace
Man Watching Tank Demonstration

Unknown Female 23
Woman Watching Tank Demonstration

Ken Lawton
Man Watching Tank Demonstration

Unknown 21220-X
Man Watching Tank Demonstration

Paul Phillips
Man Watching Tank Demonstration

Ernie Rice
Man Watching Tank Demonstration

Unknown Male 34
Man Watching Tank Demonstration

Unknown Male 119
Radio Show Attendee

Unknown Male 29
Radio Show Attendee

Victor Chapman
Radio Show Attendee

S.M. Wood
Radio Show Attendee

Jack Hetherington
Radio Show Attendee

Unknown
Dagenham Drummer

Arthur Dibbs
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Charles Rayford
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Paul Beradi
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Philip Stewart
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Edwin Fowles
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Anthony Lang
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Ernest Blyth
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Rex Garner
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Billy Wilmot
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Rita Tobin-Weske
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Unknown Female 16
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Charles Stevenson
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Unknown Female 3
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

John Wilder
'Your Birthday Wish' Audience

Unknown 21220-X
Radio Show Assistant

Keith Pyott
Mr. Ponting

Jim Morris
Radio Show Guard

Chris Adcock
Man Entering Radio Show

Fred Machon
Police Dispatcher

Ewen Solon
Police Inspector on Radio

Unknown
P.C. in Pursuit

Unknown
P.C. in Pursuit

Guy Standeven
PC in Pursuit

Unknown
P.C. in Pursuit

Unknown
P.C. in Pursuit

Helene Burls
Lady at Crosswalk

Wembley Arena
Ice Show Venue

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