Louis Barfe

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Bounder! The Biography of Terry-Thomas

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Alastair Sim: The Star of Scrooge and the Belles of St Trinian's

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In the heyday of the British film industry, Terry-Thomas and Alastair Sim made respectable careers playing people who weren’t respectable. They played characters who were ‘not quite gentlemen’, but in different ways: Terry-Thomas was the embodiment of the player or bounder, while Sim depicted seedy, shabby, failed or faded gentility better than almost anyone else. The near-contemporaries coincided on screen on several occasions, so the appearance of this brace of biographies is serendipitous.

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