Basil Dearden (born Basil Clive Dear; 1 January 1911 - 23 March 1971) was an English film director.  
Life and career
Dearden was born at 5, Woodfield Road,
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex to Charles James Dear, a steel manufacturer, and his wife, Florence Tripp. née 
Dearden graduated from theatre direction to film, working as an assistant to
Basil Dean. He later changed his own name to Dearden to avoid confusion with his mentor.
He first began working as a director at
Ealing Studios, co-directing comedy films with Will Hay, including (1942) and The Goose Steps Out (1943). He worked on the influential chiller compendium My Learned Friend (1945) and directed the linking narrative and the "Hearse Driver" segment. He also directed Dead of Night starring The Captive Heart Michael Redgrave, a 1946 British war drama, produced by Ealing Studios. The film was entered into the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. (1950), probably the most frequently shown of Dearden's Ealing films, is a police drama which first introduced audiences to PC George Dixon, later resurrected for the long-running The Blue Lamp television series. His last Ealing film, Dixon of Dock Green , was released in 1955.
Out of the Clouds
In later years he became associated with the writer and producer
Michael Relph, and the two men made films on subjects generally not tackled by British cinema in this era. These included homosexuality ( , 1961) and race relations ( Victim , 1951; Pool of London , 1959). In the mid to late 1960s Dearden also made some big-scale epics including Sapphire (1966), with Khartoum Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier, and the Edwardian era black comedy (1969), again with Michael Relph.
The Assassination Bureau
His last film was
(1970) with The Man Who Haunted Himself Roger Moore, with whom he later made three episodes of the television series : The Persuaders! Overture, Powerswitch and To the Death, Baby.
He had two sons, Torquil Dearden and the screenwriter and director
Dearden died on 23 March 1971 at
Hillingdon Hospital, London after having been involved in a road accident on the M4 motorway near Heathrow Airport, in which he suffered multiple injuries. 
The film critic
David Thomson does not hold Dearden in high regard. He writes: "[Dearden's] films are decent, empty and plodding and his association with Michael Relph is a fair representative of the British preference for bureaucratic cinema. It stands for the underlining of obvious meaning". 
More positively, for Brian McFarlane, the
Australian writer on film: "Dearden's films offer, among other rewards, a fascinating barometer of public taste at its most nearly consensual over three decades". 
Regular Ealing cinematographer
Douglas Slocombe enjoyed working with Dearden personally, describing him as the 'most competent' of the directors he worked with at Ealing. 
(1938) (writer) This Man Is News
(1940) (writer) Let George Do It
(1941) (writer, producer) Spare a Copper
(1941) (writer, producer) Turned Out Nice Again
(1942) (co-director) The Black Sheep of Whitehall
(1942) (co-director) The Goose Steps Out
(1943) (director) The Bells Go Down
(1943) (co-director) My Learned Friend
(1944) (director) The Halfway House
(1945) (writer, director) They Came to a City
(1945) (director, segments "Hearse Driver" and "Linking Narrative") Dead of Night
(1946) (director) The Captive Heart
(1947) (director) Frieda
(1948) (director) Saraband for Dead Lovers
(1949) (writer, director; segments "The Actor" and "The Prisoner-of-War") Train of Events
(1950) (director) The Blue Lamp
(1950) (director) Cage of Gold
(1951) (director) Pool of London
(1952) (writer, director) I Believe in You
(1952) (director) The Gentle Gunman
(1953) (director, producer) The Square Ring
(1954) (director) The Rainbow Jacket
(1955) (director) Out of the Clouds
(1955) (writer, director, producer) The Ship That Died of Shame
(1956) (director, producer) Who Done It?
(1957) (director) The Smallest Show on Earth
(1957) (producer) Rockets Galore!
(1957) (producer) Davy
(1958) (director) Violent Playground
(1959) (producer) Desert Mice
(1959) (director) Sapphire
(1960) (director) The League of Gentlemen
(1960) (writer, director) Man in the Moon
(1961) (director, producer) Victim
(1961) (director) The Secret Partner
(1961) (director, producer) All Night Long
(1962) (director, producer) Life for Ruth
(1963) (director) A Place to Go
(1963) (director) The Mind Benders
(1964) (director) Woman of Straw
(1965) (director) Masquerade
(1966) (director) Khartoum
(1968) (director) Only When I Larf
(1969) (director) The Assassination Bureau (1970) (writer, director) The Man Who Haunted Himself
"Basil Dearden". BFI.
"Only When I Larf". Variety. 31 December 1967 . Retrieved 2014.
^ Class: RG14; Piece: 10121; Schedule Number: 79,
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911. The National Archives of the UK.
Burton, Alan; O'Sullivan, Tim (2009). . Edinburgh University Press Ltd. p. xvii. The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph ISBN 978 0 7486 3289 3 . Retrieved 2015.
David Thomson , London: Little, Brown, 2002, p.213 The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
^ Brian McFarlane (ed.)
The Encyclopedia of British Film, 2003, London: Methuen/BFI, p.168
Alan Burton; Tim O'Sullivan (2009). . Edinburgh University Press. p. 9. The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph ISBN . 978-0-7486-3289-3