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Kimmins, Captain Anthony Martinfree

OBE 1946; RN (retd)

Born 10 Nov. 1901; s of late Dr Charles William Kimmins and late Dame Grace Kimmins, DBE; m 1928, Elizabeth Hodges; one s one d; died 19 May 1964

Film Producer and Director; Author and Playwright


RNC, Osborne and Dartmouth


Served European War, 1914–18, in HMS Marlborough; later specialised as naval pilot on formation of Fleet Air Arm, retired 1932 with rank of Lt-Cdr to take up play-writing and film direction. Wrote: While Parents Sleep (produced at Royalty Theatre), 1932; Night Club Queen (Playhouse), and Chase the Ace (Westminster and Daly’s). Wrote and directed number of films for Fox-British and other companies, including most of George Formby successes. War of 1939–45, duties with Director of Naval Intelligence; gave many BBC commentaries on Naval Operations in various theatres of war; Chief of Naval Information, British Pacific Fleet, 1945–46; produced and directed Mine Own Executioner, 1947; directed: Bonnie Prince Charlie, 1948; Flesh and Blood, 1950; produced and directed: Mr Denning Drives North, 1951; Who Goes There!, 1952; The Captain’s Paradise, 1953; Aunt Clara, 1954; Smiley, 1956; Smiley Gets A Gun, 1958


While Parents Sleep (play), 1932; The Amorous Prawn (play), 1960; (film), 1962; books: It is Upon the Navy, 1944; Half-Time, 1947; Lugs O’Leary, 1960


Golf, tennis, ski-ing




Acres Gate, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex

Hurstpierpoint 2367