Churchill believed that The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, which airs today on BBC Two, would be a threat to wartime morale with its depiction of a lasting and sympathetic friendship with a German soldier. Some historians have even suggested that he believed the film was a parody of himself.
Originally, Powell and Pressburger wanted Laurence Olivier to play Clive Candy. However, the Ministry of Information refused to allow the actor to be relieved of his active duty in the Navy. Instead, he was released to star in the patriotic Henry V a year later.
However, Roger Livesey was cast in the title role alongside Deborah Kerr and Anton Walbrook. But the attempts to undermine the film didn’t stop there.
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