Fiddlers Three (1944)

65m (USA), 84m, 7583 feet
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British fantasy film directed by Harry Watt.

Plot Summary

Caught in a storm while visiting , two sailors and a Wren are transported back to Roman times.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Harry Watt
Copyright MCMXLIV [1944] by Ealing Studios Limited
Ealing Studios present
Produced by: Michael Balcon
Associate Producer: Robert Hamer
Production Supervisor: Hal Mason
Original Screenplay by: Angus MacPhail, Diana Morgan
Assistant Directors: Michael McCarthy *, Bluey Hill *
2nd Assistant Directors: Muriel Coles *, Rowland Douglas *
3rd Assistant Directors: Norman Priggen *, Claude Hudson *
Continuity: Daphne Heathcote *, Elaine Schreyeck *
Cameraman: John Wilkie Cooper|W. Cooper
Camera Operator: Jack Parker
Focus Pullers: M. Dean *, Hugh Wilson *
Clapper Loader: Ken Westbury *
Stills: H. Saunders *
Editor: Eily Boland
Assistant Editors: E. Leverett *, Robert Winter *
Incidental Music: Spike Hughes
Musical Director: Ernest Irving
Music of Songs: Mischa Spoliansky, Geoffrey Wright
Lyrics: Diana Morgan, Robert Hamer, Roland Blackburn
Sound Supervisor: Eric Williams
Sound Recordists: A.D. Valentine *, Norman Daines *
Boom Operator: N. Boulatoff *
Costumes: Elizabeth Fanshawe
Wardrobe: Marion Horn
Make-up: Tom Shenton
Art Director: Duncan Sutherland
Assistant Art Director: Charles Woolveridge *
Draughtsmen: Heather Armitage *, Len Wills *, Bernard Sarron *
Made and Recorded at: Ealing Studios Limited, London, W5
Unit Manager: Ronald Brantford

Tommy Trinder (Tommy Taylor)
Frances Day (Poppaea)
Sonnie Hale (the professor)
Francis L. Sullivan (Nero)
Elisabeth Welch (Nora)
Mary Clare (Volumnia)
Diana Decker (Lydia)
Ernest Milton (Titus)
James Robertson Justice [centurion] *
Russell Thorndike [high priest] *
Frederick Piper [auctioneer] *
Alec Mango [secretary] *
Danny Green [Roman soldier] *
Frank Tickle [master of ceremonies] *
Kay Kendall [girl who asks about her future at orgy] *
Robert Wyndham [lionkeeper] *

Alternative Titles

Två sjömän vid Neros hov – Sweden
While Nero Fiddled – USA



  • Daily Film Renter vol.19 no.5322 (26 November 1945) – review
  • Kine Weekly no.1957 (19 October 1944) p.25 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.11 no.130 (October 1944) p.113 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.163 no.6 (11 May 1946) – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.63 no.5099 (18 October 1944) – review