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Nom de naissance William Arnold Ridley
Nationalité Royaume-uni
Naissance 7 janvier 1896 à Bath (Royaume-uni)
Mort 12 mars 1984 (à 88 ans)
Récompenses Officier de l'ordre de l'Empire britannique

William Arnold Ridley, OBE (7 January 1896 – 12 March 1984) was an English playwright and actor, first notable as the author of the play The Ghost Train and later in life for portraying the elderly Private Charles Godfrey in the British sitcom Dad's Army (1968–77).


He was married three times. Firstly from January 1926 to 1939, then a short marriage beginning in 1939 before his final marriage to actress Althea Parker (1911–2001) on 3 October 1945; they had one son Nicolas (b 1947). Arnold Ridley died in hospital in Northwood in 1984 at the age of 88 after falling at his residence in Denville Hall, a home for retired actors. He was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium and his urn buried at his parents' grave in Bath Abbey Cemetery. His collection of theatrical memorabilia was left to the University of Bristol and has been made available online.

He was a Freemason, and belonged to the Savage Club Lodge in London.

He is the great-uncle of actress Daisy Ridley, who is known for her lead role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Filmographie de Arnold Ridley (19 films)

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Carry On Girls, 1h28
Réalisé par Gerald Thomas
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Sexualité, Erotique
Acteurs Barbara Windsor, Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Connor, Bernard Bresslaw, June Whitfield
Rôle Alderman Pratt
Note57% 2.8538752.8538752.8538752.8538752.853875
The seaside town of Fircombe is facing a crisis – it's always raining and there's nothing for the tourists to do. Councillor Sidney Fiddler (Sid James) hits on the notion of holding a beauty contest. The mayor, Frederick Bumble (Kenneth Connor) is taken with the idea but feminist councillor, Augusta Prodworthy (June Whitfield) is outraged and storms out of the meeting. The motion is carried in Augusta's absence and Sidney contacts publicist Peter Potter (Bernard Bresslaw) to help with the organization. Sidney's girlfriend, Connie Philpotts (Joan Sims) runs a local hotel and soon her residents, including the eccentric Mrs Dukes (Joan Hickson) and the Admiral (Peter Butterworth) are outnumbered by dolly birds, including the feuding biker babe, Hope Springs (Barbara Windsor) and the bountiful Dawn Brakes (Margaret Nolan). A catfight orchestrated by Hope provides better newspaper copy than bringing a donkey off the beach which, despite the bucket and spade of hotel employee William (Jack Douglas), ruins the plush carpets. Augusta's son, press photographer Larry (Robin Askwith), is hired to document the donkey stunt and snaps the catfight that has the Mayor losing his trousers, then gulps his way through a nude photo shoot with Dawn. The Mayor's wife, Mildred (Patsy Rowlands) joins Prodworthy's bra-burning movement and plots the downfall of the Miss Fircombe contest on the pier. Peter Potter reluctantly becomes a man in a frock for another publicity gimmick for the television show, Women's Things, presented by Cecil Gaybody (Jimmy Logan) and produced by Debra (Sally Geeson). Prodworthy and butch feminist Rosemary (Patricia Franklin) call in the police (David Lodge and Billy Cornelius) to investigate the male pageant contestant but Peter's previously prim girlfriend, Paula (Valerie Leon), has a makeover and steps into the breach as the mysterious girl. Prodworthy's gang put "Operation Spoilsport" into action, sabotaging the final contest with water, mud and itching powder. With an angry mob after his blood, Sidney makes his escape with Hope on her motorcycle.
Dad's Army
Dad's Army (1971)
, 1h35
Réalisé par Norman Cohen
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Thriller, Comédie
Thèmes Bidasses, Politique
Acteurs Arthur Lowe, Clive Dunn, John Le Mesurier, John Laurie, James Beck, Arnold Ridley
Rôle Pte. Charles Godfrey
Note68% 3.420053.420053.420053.420053.42005
1940 - Operation Dynamo has just taken place. From the newly conquered French coastline, a Wehrmacht colonel looks out over the English Channel with powerful binoculars. Surveying the white cliffs of Dover, he spies Godfrey emerging from a lavatory. Godfrey joins the rest of his platoon, who are defiantly waving the Union Flag. The colonel fumes contemptuously, "How can the stupid British ever hope to win?!"
Un Homme pour l'éternité, 2h
Réalisé par Fred Zinnemann
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Biographie, Historique
Thèmes Politique, Religion, Politique, La peine de mort, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre, Royauté
Acteurs Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Orson Welles, Robert Shaw, Susannah York
Note76% 3.8492053.8492053.8492053.8492053.849205
En 1529, Thomas More, juriste britannique, succède au cardinal Wolsey comme chancelier d'Henri VIII. D'amis que sont le roi et son ministre, ils vont devenir ennemis du fait du refus de Thomas de consentir au remariage du roi. Thomas ira jusqu'au martyre, avec prudence et sans fanatisme.
Crooks in Cloisters, 1h38
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Ronald Fraser, Barbara Windsor, Corin Redgrave, Bernard Cribbins, Francesca Annis, Grégoire Aslan
Rôle Arnold Ridley
Note56% 2.8163152.8163152.8163152.8163152.816315
After pulling off a small train robbery, 'Little Walter' and his gang are forced to hide out on a remote Cornish island in an abandoned monastery, disguised as monks. With them comes 'Bikini' (Barbara Windsor), Walter's girlfriend, who is given the job of cook to the group, despite never having cooked in her life. After a few initial setbacks, they slowly adjust to their new contemplative life of tending animals and crops, surviving the added tribulations of visits by a group of tourists and two of the real monks who had been forced to sell the monastery after falling on hard times, including Brother Lucius (Corin Redgrave).
Stolen Face, 1h12
Réalisé par Terence Fisher
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Science-fiction, Thriller, Horreur, Noir, Policier
Acteurs Paul Henreid, Lizabeth Scott, André Morell, Mary Mackenzie, John Wood, Arnold Ridley
Rôle docteur Russel
Note60% 3.048963.048963.048963.048963.04896
Philip Ritter, un chirurgien esthétique, tombe amoureux de la belle concertiste Alice Brent, qu'il a rencontrée par hasard. Hélas, Alice est déjà fiancée et elle s'enfuit.
Green Grow the Rushes
Réalisé par Derek Twist
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Thriller, Comédie
Thèmes La mer, Transport
Acteurs Roger Livesey, Richard Burton, Honor Blackman, Frederick Leister, Arnold Ridley, Colin Gordon
Rôle Tom Cuffley
Note61% 3.0553353.0553353.0553353.0553353.055335
Three British government bureaucrats arrive in Kent to inquire as to why the coastal Anderida marsh is not being cultivated. The reason is that most of the local people know about or are involved in the liquor smuggling scheme operated by Captain Biddle and his accomplice Robert (Richard Burton), who is posing as a fisherman when he is seen by the newspaper editor and his journalist daughter Meg.
The Interrupted Journey, 1h20
Réalisé par Daniel Birt
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Thriller
Acteurs Richard Todd, Valerie Hobson, Christine Norden, Tom Walls, Ralph Truman, Alexander Gauge
Rôle Mr. Saunders
Note67% 3.383653.383653.383653.383653.38365
John North, a struggling writer, is running away with his mistress. After meeting her in London he is sure they are being followed both in the street and at the railway cafe where they have a cup of tea. Once they are on the train he still can't rid himself of his unease as they sit discussing their new life together. Once she is asleep, North goes out into the corridor to try and gather his thoughts and it is then he again sees the man he believes has been following them. In a fit of panic, North pulls the communication cord and jumps off the train. By chance the train is stopped just a couple of minutes away from his house. When he gets there he finds his wife, Carol, waiting for him as usual, as though nothing were wrong. Feeling a burst of fresh affection for her, he embraces her.



Meet Mr Lucifer, 1h23
Réalisé par Anthony Pelissier
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Fantasy
Acteurs Stanley Holloway, Peggy Cummins, Jack Watling, Barbara Murray, Joseph Tomelty, Kay Kendall
Rôle Ecrivain
Note61% 3.0537553.0537553.0537553.0537553.053755
When Mr Pedelty (Joseph Tomelty) leaves his firm, he is given a television set as a retirement present. At first he enjoys all the attention from his neighbours, but soon the attraction wears off, and he sells it on to a young married couple (Jack Watling and Peggy Cummins) living in the flat above him. They soon encounter the same problems, and again the set is passed on to several different characters all with the same results.
Easy Money
Easy Money (1948)
, 1h33
Réalisé par Bernard Knowles
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Comédie, Policier
Thèmes Sport, Théâtre, Football, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre
Acteurs Petula Clark, Mervyn Johns, Jack Warner, Jack Watling, Yvonne Owen, Mabel Constanduros
Note59% 2.964222.964222.964222.964222.96422
Film en quatre parties montrant quatre versions de joueurs gagnants ou rêvant de gagner le gros lot en pariant sur les résultats des matches de football.
The Ghost Train, 1h25
Réalisé par Walter Forde
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Thriller, Comédie, Comédie horrifique, Horreur
Thèmes Transport, Le train, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre, Comédie horrifique
Acteurs Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison, Peter Murray-Hill, Morland Graham, Herbert Lomas
Note63% 3.198893.198893.198893.198893.19889
Tommy Gander (Arthur Askey), a vaudeville comedian, pulls the communication cord on a GWR express train, bringing it to a stop so he can retrieve his hat. Returning to the train, he escapes an angry conductor by ducking into a compartment occupied by attractive blonde Jackie Winthrop (Carole Lynne), whom Gander flirts with. Another passenger, Teddy (Richard Murdoch), has his eye on Jackie as well, but her companion Richard Winthrop (Peter Murray-Hill) ejects both of them from the compartment.