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COLE, George

coleAnyone who learns their trade off Alastair Sim is doing something right. It’s tempting to see George Cole’s as a career of two halves – his juvenile, gauche early roles followed by the middle-aged wiseacres, but they’re more like two ends of a continuous life. (Compare and contrast Arthur Daley and St Trinian’s Flash harry for something approaching proof for this spurious conjecture.) He foiled spies in Cottage to Let, held up a bank for an inheritance in Laughter in paradise, and he was Alastair Sim Jr in Scrooge. A nice little earner indeed.

FINEST HOUR: Heralding the first knockings of Daleydom as Fingers, incompetent head of an even more hopeless criminal gang in joyous Rank comedy Too Many Crooks.



  1. Adrian

    September 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Remember the Leeds ‘Liquid Gold’ adverts he did in the 80s as well?

  2. Emma fudge

    December 20, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Does anyone else see the likeness of alastair sim, in George cole? I think it’s quite bizarre

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