Friday, 10 October 2014

Familiar Faces - Number 3:
Sam Kydd

Having spent the war years in a German prisoner of war camp, Sam Kydd was a late starter on British cinema screens. It was therefore fitting that his first screen role should be as a prisoner of war in The Captive Heart (1946):
Left to right: Jack Warner, Sam Kydd and James Hanley
He soon made up for those missing years, becoming a ubiquitous face on cinema screens as British cinema's favourite bit-part soldier, sailor or barman.
Here are some of his many appearances:

As a member of a criminal gang in They Made Me A Fugitive (1947)

Floodtide (1949): As 'Sam' the barman (left) with Jimmy Logan and Gordon Jackson
Passport to Pimlico (1949): playing a bomb disposal engineer
As a bookie in The Blue Lamp (1950)
As a waiter in Cage of Gold (1950)

Seven Days to Noon (1950): another appearance as a soldier
Kydd (right) was back behind a bar in Hunted (1952)

Waiting tables again in The Cruel Sea (1953): Kydd with (from left to right) Donald Sinden, Stanley Baker and John Stratton

Reach for the Sky (1956): Kenneth More with Kydd (right)

Kydd (left) in Sink the Bismarck (1960) with Sydney Tafler (right)

The Cockleshell Heroes (1961)

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