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The Halfway House trailer 1944

The Halfway House 1944

The story is adapted from a play called The Peaceful Inn 1940 The film is inspired from an actual event The Welsh village of Cwmbach had only one bomb dropped on it by the Luftwaffe during the entire course of the war; it fell on a local inn and killed the landlord and his daughter

Some location shots were filmed in Cardiff though the main bulk of the film is shot at Barlynch Farm/St Nicholas' Priory in Somerset
The exterior and interior theatre shots at the beginning supposedly in Cardiff are actually The Richmond Theatre which opened in 1899 and is still running today


Mervyn Johns 1899 – 1992
Pembroke born father of Glynis Johns also appeared as Bob Cratchit in 1951 Scrooge

Glynis Johns 1923 -
Daughter of Mervyn rather dubious Welsh accent in the film Played Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins 1964 and Myfanwy Price in Under Milkwood alongside Rachel Thomas

Guy Middleton 1906 – 1973
Trained and worked as a London stockbroker before becoming an actor later appeared in a recurring role on Hancock's Half Hour

Tom Walls 1883 – 1949
Walls also trained horses and the 1932 derby winner April The Fifth

Esmond Knight 1906 – 1987
Played the captain of the HMS Prince of Wales in Sink the Bismarck! (1960). Ironically, it was while serving aboard the real Prince of Wales during her fight with the Bismarck that he was injured in an explosion, resulting in the loss of one eye and almost losing the other. Father of Rosalind Knight who starred in Carry On Teacher and Gimme Gimme Gimme

Francoise Rosay 1891 – 1974
French former Opera Singer who had a glittering career in film in Britain and Hollywood

Alfred Drayton 1881 – 1949
His first appearance on stage was The Beloved Vagabond at Cardiff in 1908 his last film was Nicholas Nickleby in 1947

Sally Ann Howes 1930 -
Child actress and singer most famous role as Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968

Roland Pertwee 1885 – 1963
He was the father of Jon Pertwee and Michael Pertwee. He was the uncle of Bill Pertwee. He was the grandfather of Dariel Pertwee and Sean Pertwee.

Valerie White 1915 – 1975
Was originally cast as the Doxy in The Wicked Lady (1945) but fell ill
during shooting with appendicitis and the role was given to Jean Kent.

Richard Bird 1895 – 1979
Directed Sally Ann Howes and her father Bobby Howes in the West End Musical Paint Your Wagon Which was went out live on TV During one performance

Rachel Thomas 1905 – 1995
Altwen born Rachel appeared alongside Paul Robeson in Proud Valley in 1940 and was part of the original BBC Radio cast of Under Milk Wood. She appeared with Glynis Johns in Under Milk Wood in 1972 and in rep at Swansea Grand Theatre in 1987 in Arsenic and Old Lace