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Basil Radford

Basil Radford
Basil Radford (left) and Naunton Wayne
Born Arthur Basil Radord
(1897-06-25)25 June 1897
Chester, England
Died 20 October 1952(1952-10-20) (aged 55)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1929–1952
Spouse(s) Shirley Deuchars (1926–1952) (his death) 1 child

Arthur Basil Radford[1] (25 June 1897 Chester – 20 October 1952 London) was an English character actor who featured in many British films of the 1930s and 1940s. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his first stage appearance in July 1924. He is probably best-remembered for his appearances alongside Naunton Wayne as two cricket-obsessed Englishmen in several films from 1938 to 1949.


  • Film career 1
  • Death 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Selected filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Film career

The two first appeared as their characters Charters and Caldicott in Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 thriller The Lady Vanishes. They were popular enough to reprise their roles in Night Train to Munich, which was again scripted by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat.

They appeared together in several other 1940s films, including Crook's Tour (1941), Millions Like Us (1943), Dead of Night (1945), Quartet (1948), It's Not Cricket (1949) and Passport to Pimlico (1949).

Apart from his long-running partnership with Naunton Wayne, Radford made many other memorable film appearances in character roles. His other films included Young and Innocent (also for Hitchcock) (1937), The Way to the Stars (1945), The Captive Heart (1946), The Winslow Boy (1948) and Whisky Galore! (1949).

Radford had a crescent-shaped scar on his right cheek from serving in the trenches during the First World War.[2] Depending on the camera angle and the lighting, it was sometimes barely perceptible but sometimes extremely prominent, as in The Way to the Stars.


Radford's health began seriously to fail in the summer of 1951, forcing him to take a long break from acting. He died of a heart attack on 20 October 1952, while rehearsing for a radio show with Naunton Wayne in London.

Personal life

In 1926 he married Shirley Deuchars. They had one son.[3]

Selected filmography

* Charters and Caldicott films


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  2. ^ Sweet, Matthew (2001-12-29). "Mustard and cress". London:  
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  4. ^ Ad for The Wishing Well

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