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This biography contains original contributions from over 30 actors/actresses including Sir Ian McKellen, Ronnie Corbett, Ian Carmichael, Derek Fowlds, John Standing, George Cole, Stephen Fry and John Fisher (who produced a film on Alastair Sim in his series: 'Heroes of Comedy'). It is supported by extensive research including an interview with the playwright Christopher Fry, information from people who worked on the film sets with Alastair, material from the Theatre museum archives and original reviews from theatre magazines, newspapers and various other publications. It examines Alastair's roles in the Quota Quickie films of the 1930s/40s before he became established as the most idiosyncratic star of screen in such famous British comedies as "The Happiest Days of Your Life" and the "Belles of St Trinians". It goes on to explain why his popularity suddenly waned as the cinemagoers taste for the risque evolved during the latter part of the 1950s. This book also explores Alastair's life outside of films including his marriage to Naomi Sim - whom he first met when she was 12, his extensive work on stage, including his theatrical endeavours with James Bridie, his champion of the 'youth' and his stalwart refusal to sign autographs. It is the only book in the market dedicated to Alastair Sim, and includes a bibliography and film section. The author has a large collection of memorabilia which will hopefully be suitable to use to illustrate the book.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750949668
ISBN-10: 075094966X
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson is a government auditor, and an Alastair Sim enthusiast. He is experienced in giving talks/ lectures and is keen to help promote this book in any way that he can.

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