Old Bill and Son

Old Bill and Son is a 1941 British black-and-white comedy war film directed by Ian Dalrymple and starring Morland Graham, John Mills, Mary Clare and Ronald Shiner as Herbert 'Bert' Smith.[1] It is executive produced by Alexander Korda for Legeran Films.

Old Bill and Son
Directed byIan Dalrymple
Produced byJosef Somlo
& Harold Boxall
Alexander Korda (uncredited)
Screenplay byCaptain Bruce Bairnsfather
& Ian Dalrymple
Arthur Wimperis (additional dialogue)
Derek Twist (assistant scenarist)
Based onstory Old Bill by Bruce Bairnsfather
StarringMorland Graham
John Mills
Mary Clare
Music byRichard Addinsell (music of the French song)
Stephen Haggard (words of the French song)
Muir Mathieson (musical director)
CinematographyGeorges Perinal
Edited byCharles Crichton
Legeran Films
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 1 March 1941 (1941-03-01) (UK)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


An old, First World War soldier enlists with his son to fight in the Second World War. Eventually, they travel to France to capture Nazis.


Critical reception

In contemporary reviews, The Manchester Guardian wrote, "The plot is a disconnected business, a series of episodes of the sort we usually call picaresque when we really mean stragglesome. It is, in fact, as glaringly unkempt and untidy as Old Bill's famous moustache which that delightful actor Morland Graham wears with conviction and distinction," and The Sunday Express wrote, "chalk up a hit for Morland Graham on this picture as Old Bill...it's an amusing highly sentimental affair written in the authentic language of the Front with no attempt to be subtle...a pity to see so fine an actor as John Mills in so empty a part."[2]


  1. "Old Bill & Son (1941)". British Film Institute.
  2. Holt, Major; Holt, Mrs (31 December 1990). "The Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather: In Search of the Better 'Ole". Pen and Sword via Google Books.
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