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Also Known As: Basil Dear Died: March 23, 1971
Born: January 1, 1911 Cause of Death: car accident
Birth Place: Westcliff-on-Sea, England, GB Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, production manager, assistant director

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Capable, intelligent filmmaker who co-directed his first films with English comedian Will Hay. Best known for his collaborations after the late 1940s with producer-writer Michael Relph, some of which embrace controversial subject matter ranging from race relations (the intriguing murder mystery "Sapphire" 1959) to the blackmailing of homosexuals (the landmark "Victim" 1961). Also a skillful handler of big action scenes ("Khartoum" 1966) and zany comedy ("The Smallest Show on Earth" 1957). Father of writer-director James Dearden.

Capable, intelligent filmmaker who co-directed his first films with English comedian Will Hay. Best known for his collaborations after the late 1940s with producer-writer Michael Relph, some of which embrace controversial subject matter ranging from race relations (the intriguing murder mystery "Sapphire" 1959) to the blackmailing of homosexuals (the landmark "Victim" 1961). Also a skillful handler of big action scenes ("Khartoum" 1966) and zany comedy ("The Smallest Show on Earth" 1957). Father of writer-director James Dearden.

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  Only When I Larf (1968) Director
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  Walk in the Shadow (1966) Director
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  Khartoum (1966) Director
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  Masquerade (1965) Director
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  Woman of Straw (1964) Director
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  Place to Go, A (1963) Director
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  The Mind Benders (1963) Director

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1941:
Co-directed first film (with Will Hay), "The Black Sheep of Whitehall"
1943:
First film as solo director, "The Bells Go Down"

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wife:
Melissa Stribling. Actor.

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son:
James Dearden. Screenwriter, director. Born in 1949.

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