Charters and Caldicott on the case

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Over at Alex on Film I’ve added my notes on the first three movies featuring the not-quite-dynamic duo of Charters and Caldicott (played by Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford): their debut in The Lady Vanishes (1938), the follow-up Night Train to Munich (1940), and finally as the stars in Crook’s Tour (1941). They were very popular at the time, but quickly disappeared. In the 1980s they had their own BBC series but it only ran for one season and I had never heard of it before I started doing some research. Perhaps they were just a wartime phenomenon, or perhaps they just never grew up enough. They remained a charming couple, but representatives of a limited type. In a supporting role, however, they had a certain magic presence.

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