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Anne Crawford (1920 - 1956)

Anne Crawford was born in Haifa to a Scottish engineer working on the railways. She was brought up in Edinburgh and studied acting at RADA. From there she worked in rep in Manchester, changing her name from Imelda to Anne. She had a tiny role in Prison Without Bars and better one in They Flew Alone.

It was the smash hit Millions Like Us that crystalised her star persona: posh, selfish but basically a good sort. During her career there were a few attempts to get away from this template, notably her poor mill worker in Master of Banksdam, but British cinema never had a shortage of roles for her type so she was rarely stretched dramatically.

She made her West End debut in 1949 and her television career ran in parallel to her film career. While starring in the Agatha Christie play Spider's Web at the Savoy she was diagnosed with leukemia. She died within about a month of the diagnosis at the age of 35.

For modern audiences Crawford's perceived poshness can seem a bit distancing, and it's hard to judge how her career would have panned out had she not died so early. I suspect she would have done okay. She showed enough wit and timing in her few comedy outings and there was always something of the grande dame about her to suggest that she would have only improved with age.

Anne Crawford on the poster for Master of BanksdamAnne Crawford publicity shotAnne Crawford in Tony Draws a HorseAnne Crawford in Tony Draws a HorsePublicity shot for Anne Crawford


1938 Prison Without Bars
1942 They Flew Alone
1943 The Peterville Diamond
1943 The Dark Tower
1943 Millions Like Us
1943 The Night Invader
1944 Headline
1944 The Hundred Pound Window
1944 Two Thousand Women
1945 They Were Sisters
1946 Caravan
1946 Bedelia
1947 Master of Banksdam
1947 Night Beat
1948 Daughter of Darkness
1948 Blind Goddess
1948 It's Hard to be Good
1950 Tony Draws a Horse
1950 Trio
1951 Bonaventure
1953 Street Corner
1953 Knights of the Round Table
1954 Mad About Men

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