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Andrew Roberts - Play it again, Sam

Features | By Andrew Roberts

A man for all film seasons: Sam Kydd (1915-82) in Crane (1963)

Sam Kydd appeared in more films than any other British actor. Fear of unemployment drove him, his son John tells Andrew Roberts

Any devotee of Talking Pictures TV soon learns the golden rule of post-war British cinema: there had to be an appearance from Sam Kydd. He debuted in the 1946 Ealing drama The Captive Heart and appeared in around 290 pictures, more than any other British actor. Over the past three years, Kydd’s son, actor Jonathan Kydd, has been editing his father’s memoirs, Be a Good Boy, Sam, published this October. ...


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