The Crooked Billet

The Crooked Billet is a 1929 British drama film directed by Adrian Brunel and starring Madeleine Carroll, Carlyle Blackwell and Miles Mander.[1] It was released in both silent and sound versions, as its production came as the industry was shifting over.[2] It was made by Gainsborough Pictures at their Islington Studios.

The Crooked Billet
Directed byAdrian Brunel
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byAngus MacPhail
StarringMadeleine Carroll
Carlyle Blackwell
Miles Mander
Gordon Harker
Music byLouis Levy
CinematographyClaude L. McDonnell
Distributed byWoolf & Freedman Film Service
Release date
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was one of the first films to use RCA's synchronized sound system for dialogue.[3]

The plot has been summarized as: "An international spy searches for lost documents hidden in an old inn."[4]

It is listed on the British Film Institute's 75 Most Wanted list of lost films.[4]



An identically titled film with a similar theme was released in 2017.[5] A sequel was released in 2018,[6] and a third feature is planned.[7]


  1. "The Crooked Billet". British Film Institute. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. Burton, Alan (4 April 2016). Historical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781442255869.
  3. Low, Rachael, Editor (2013). History of British Film 1918 – 1929. History of British Film. 4. Routledge. pp. 170, 205, 352. ISBN 9781136206405. ISBN 113620640X.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. "The Crooked Billet / BFI Most Wanted". British Film Institute. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  5. "Crooked Billet (3D)". 8 November 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2019 via IMDb.
  6. "Crooked Billet II (2018)". 16 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019 via IMDb.
  7. "About CROOKED BILLET the Yorkshire Feature Film". Retrieved 1 January 2019.

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