Who Done It? (1956)

UK, 1956
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British science fiction film directed by Basil Dearden.

Plot Summary

A bumbling private eye is hired to impersonate a visiting Eastern European scientist, unaware that the real plan is to kill him, allowing the scientist to return home with a revolutionary weather control device.


Director: Basil Dearden
© 1956 Ealing Studios Ltd, Michael Balcon production
Michael Balcon Productions for Ealing Studios
Producer: Michael Relph
Co-producer: Basil Dearden
Unit Production Manager: David Peers
Production Supervisor: Hal Mason
Script: T.E.B. Clarke
Assistant Director: Tom Pevsner
Continuity: Jean Graham
Director of Photography: Otto Heller
Camera Operator: Chic Waterson
Editor: Peter Tanner
Music: Philip Green
Lyrics by: Norman Newell, Marcel Stellman
Music Performed by: Sinfonia of London
[Music] Conducted by: Dock Mathieson
Sound Recordist: Leo Wilkins
Sound Supervisor: Stephen Dalby
Sound Editor: Alastair McIntyre
Costume Designer: Anthony Mendleson
Make-up: Harry Frampton
Hair: Daphne Martin
Special Effects: E.R. Taylor
Art Director: Jim Morahan
Scenic Artist: W. Simpson Robinson
Studios: Ealing Studios, London, England, UK
Locations: London, England, UK

Benny Hill (Hugo Dill)
Belinda Lee (Frankie Mayne)
David Kossoff (Zacco)
Garry Marsh (Detective Inspector Hancock)
George Margo (Barakov)
Ernest Thesiger (Sir Walter)
Denis Shaw (Otto Stumpf)
Frederick Schiller (Gruber)
Jeremy Hawk (himself)
Thorley Walters (Raymond Courtney)
Philip Stainton (Jimmy Maddox)
Warwick Ashton (PC Roberts)
Stratford Johns (PC Coleman)
Nicholas Phipps (scientist)
Gibb McLaughlin (scientist)
Ernest Jay (scientist)
Harold Scott (scientist)
Norah Blaney (actress)
Peter Bull (Bunbury)
Charles Hawtrey (disc jockey)
Arthur Lowe [uncredited]
Irene Handl [customer – uncredited]
Glyn Houston [policeman – uncredited]
Robert McDermott [uncredited]
Arthur Rigby [police station sergeant – uncredited]
Dagenham Girl Pipers [uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Blondinen og blodhunden – Danish title
Hassu dekkari – Finnish title
Occhio di lince – Italian title
Privatdeckar’n – Swedish title


British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.399 – credits, synopsis
The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.344
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.539 – credits