Irene Handl was a British character actress who appeared in over a hundred British films
|Birth Date||:||27 December 1901|
|Birth Place||:||Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom|
A French Mistress [25 August 1960]
Boys of Melbury Primary are plunged into turmoil when the new French Master turns out to be a Mistress.
A Kid for Two Farthings [10 May 1955 (London)]
Joe (Jonathan Ashmore) is a young boy who lives with his mother, Joanna (Celia Johnson), in working-class London. The two reside above the tailor shop of Mr. Kandinsky (David Kossoff), who likes to tell Joe stories. When Kandinsky informs Joe that a unicorn can grant wishes, the hopeful lad ends up buying a baby goat with one tiny horn, believing it to be a real unicorn. Undaunted by his rough surroundings, Joe sets about to prove that wishes can come true.… MORE
A Weekend with Lulu [10 April 1961 (United Kingdom)]
Four eccentric Britons (Bob Monkhouse, Leslie Phillips, Shirley Eaton) have a series of misadventures in France.
Absolute Beginners [4 April 1986 (United Kingdom)]
A young photographer is hopelessly in love with a gorgeous model. In order to impress her, he gets involved with a pop promoter to try and make it big and wins her love.
Adventures of a Private Eye [March 1977]
A rookie private eye (Christopher Neil) helps an heiress model (Suzy Kendall) being blackmailed over some photos.
Brief Encounter [12 November 1974 (USA)]
When doctor Alec Harvey (Richard Burton) helps Anna Jesson (Sophia Loren) get something out of her eye on a train platform, neither suspects they are initiating an affair. Both are married with children and believe their impulse to meet again is completely innocent. But one meeting leads to several, and soon their mutual attraction becomes undeniable. They attempt an unsuccessful tryst in a friend's apartment and, increasingly scared of being discovered, decide to call it off.… MORE
Brothers in Law 
A young British lawyer (Ian Carmichael) plays golf with a judge, flirts with a model and defends a swindler (Terry-Thomas).
Carlton-Browne of the F.O. [10 March 1959]
When the king of Gaillardia dies, the tiny nation's resources and location in the Pacific draw the interest of world powers. Great Britain has long enjoyed rights to Gaillardia's mineral deposits. However, the monarch's death places them in jeopardy, necessitating the dispatch of diplomat Carlton-Browne (Terry-Thomas) to meet with Prime Minister Amphibulos (Peter Sellers). Unfortunately, the former's bumbling, the latter's obtuseness and a revolution threaten to undermine everything.… MORE
Carry On Constable [22 February 1960]
A flu epidemic decimates the ranks of a local police force. With no other options, the powers-that-be bring in raw green recruits to tackle crime.
Carry On Nurse [5 March 1959]
Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together. The formidable Matron's debut gives the patients a chill every time she walks past, with only Reckitt standing up to her. There's a major who is a constant nuisance, a bumbling nurse, a romance between Ted York and Nurse Denton and Bell who wants his bunyon removed straight away.… MORE
Code of Scotland Yard [10 March 1947]
A British antiques dealer (Oscar Homolka), escaped from Devil's Island, kills to protect his daughter (Muriel Pavlow) from his past.
Come Play with Me [28 April 1977]
Mary Millington makes you an offer you can't refuse as she and a gaggle of other beautiful girls set up a health farm.
Confessions of a Driving Instructor 
When a young man sets up a driving school, he finds himself more interested in the charms of his female pupils than actually instructing them.
Desert Mice [December 1959 (USA)]
Mediocre British entertainers go to Africa to raise troop morale in World War II.
Doctor in Trouble [16 June 1970]
A British doctor (Leslie Phillips) stows away on an ocean liner in his pursuit of a young woman (Angela Scoular) in a miniskirt.
Double Bunk [30 March 1961]
Newlyweds (Ian Carmichael, Janette Scott) move their leaky houseboat, reach France and race their landlord's yacht back to London.
For the Love of Ada 
Walter and Ada Bingley are celebrating their wedding anniversary unaware that their friends and family are planning a surprise party for them.
Gasbags [1 February 1941]
Gasbags is a 1941 British comedy film directed by Walter Forde and Marcel Varnel and starring The Crazy Gang. The film was a morale-booster in the early part of the war.
George and Margaret [30 November 1940]
George and Margaret is a 1940 British comedy film directed by George King and starring Marie Lohr, Judy Kelly and Noel Howlett. It is based on the 1937 play of the same title by Gerald Savory, which ran for over three hundred performances in the West End.
Great Day [13 April 1945 (London)]
This movie features women living in the village of Denley, who are thrilled, when they learn about a VIP's visit in their town.
Heavens Above! [20 May 1963 (USA)]
In a case of mistaken identity, John Smallwood (Peter Sellers), an idealistic British reverend with socialist beliefs, is appointed to a village parish populated by elitist landed gentry. There his conscience and acts of charity quickly become unpopular with the parishioners, who reveal a selfish and un-Christian disdain for those less fortunate who the reverend welcomes to the parish. Things really go awry, however, when Smallwood's actions endanger the village's primary source of income.… MORE
I'm All Right Jack [18 August 1959 (United Kingdom)]
Upper-class but unemployable Stanley Windrush (Ian Carmichael) is offered an unskilled job on the floor of a missile factory owned by his unscrupulous Uncle Bertram (Dennis Price). When personnel manager Major Hitchcock (Terry-Thomas) discovers how much more quickly Windrush can complete his tasks than the other workers, union steward Fred Kite (Peter Sellers) calls a strike to keep his men from having their wages cut. The unexpected results cause nothing but trouble for all concerned.… MORE
Inn for Trouble [February 1960 (United Kingdom)]
A British couple serve up a potent potable when a local brewery begins siphoning off business from their country pub.
Left Right and Centre [23 June 1959 (London)]
A British TV star's (Ian Carmichael) uncle (Alastair Sim) runs him for public office against a fishmonger's daughter (Patricia Bredin).
Mad About Men [16 November 1954]
Mad About Men is a 1954 Technicolor British comedy film. It was directed by Ralph Thomas and written by Peter Blackmore, who also wrote the 1948 film Miranda which preceded Mad About Men. Glynis Johns appears in both films as the mermaid Miranda. However, Rank Films insisted it was not a sequel.
Make Mine Mink [9 August 1960 (London)]
An ex-military man leads a gang of misfits on a mink coat robbing spree. In the process, he makes a trio of women very happy.
Millions Like Us [15 November 1943 (United Kingdom)]
At the outbreak of World War II, Celia (Patricia Roc) and her family must join the domestic British war effort. Celia is recruited to work in a munitions factory, where her co-workers represent a variety of social classes. She falls in love with Fred Blake (Gordon Jackson), a young pilot, and the two are married. Fred is soon deployed to battle, however, and Celia must face the harsh realities of life as a soldier's wife, while continuing her crucial work on the home front.… MORE
Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment [27 January 1966 (United Kingdom)]
An eccentric artist makes desperate attempts to win his ex-wife back, after she leaves him for another man.
Next to No Time 
Whilst on the Queen Elizabeth to New York, David must close a deal before the boat docks. However, his lack of self confidence is holding him back, that is until he realises that there is a 'timeless zone' for an hour every day.
No Kidding 
A couple turn their inherited property into a summer home for needy children and a holiday retreat for wealthy ones.
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever [17 June 1970 (USA)]
In this musical, Daisy Gamble (Barbra Streisand) decides she'll give hypnosis a try to help her stop smoking, at the request of her fiancé. While hypnotized, she discloses to her psychiatrist, Marc (Yves Montand), that she's the reincarnation of a 19th-century seductress named Lady Melinda Winifred Waine Tentrees. Marc soon falls in love with Daisy's former self, while Daisy in turn falls for Marc. When she realizes that Marc is only interested in Lady Melinda, however, she pulls away.… MORE
One Wild Oat [16 May 1951]
A lawyer's plan to break up his daughter's budding romance backfires when the boyfriend's father becomes involved.
Riding High [May 1981]
A delivery boy challenges a motorcycle daredevil to a death-defying jump across a broken bridge.
School for Scoundrels [24 March 1960 (United Kingdom)]
Kind-hearted but weak-willed Henry Palfrey is cheated and abused by car salesmen, a head waiter, an upper-class cad and his employees. When charming April Smith is stolen away from him, Henry takes drastic action and enrols in the College of Lifemanship, run by Mr Potter, where he can learn to beat others in life.
Smashing Time [20 December 1967]
Yvonne (Lynn Redgrave) and her best friend, Brenda (Rita Tushingham), head for the big city -- in this case, London -- with dreams of hitting the big time. But when they arrive and quickly lose their savings to a robber, they find that city life is tougher than expected, and success may be more elusive than they planned. The pair separates, and after Yvonne unexpectedly turns a bad song into a hit single, she begins to wonder about the cost of fame, and the whereabouts of her old friend.… MORE
The Belles of St. Trinian's [28 September 1954 (United Kingdom)]
A headmistress attempts to keep peace at Britain's most infamous girls school. Based on Ronald Searles' cartoons.
The Crowning Touch [June 1959 (United Kingdom)]
The Crowning Touch is a 1959 British comedy film directed by David Eady and starring Ted Ray, Irene Handl and Greta Gynt.
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle [15 May 1980]
Filmmaker Julien Temple chronicles the Sex Pistols' tumultuous rise to fame, as told by their manager, Malcolm McLaren.
The Italian Job [30 May 2003 (USA)]
John Bridger and Charlie Croker assemble a team to steal gold bars from a vault in Venice, but one of their team members betrays them. After many years, Charlie meticulously plans another heist.
The Key [19 December 2007]
A man receives a phone call from a stranger asking him to pick up the ashes of his dead father, whom he never knew.
The Last Remake of Beau Geste [15 July 1977]
Digby Geste (Marty Feldman) joins his brother, Beau (Michael York), in the Foreign Legion following the theft of a priceless family heirloom.
The Night We Got the Bird 
Cyril's family is unaware that he and his cabinet-maker employee are making and selling false antique furniture. It is only when he dies and his salesman Bernie marries his widow Julie that the truth comes out through Cecil reappearing as a parrot.
The Perfect Woman 
A British inventor's lonely niece (Patricia Roc) poses as his yes-woman robot for the benefit of men (Stanley Holloway, Nigel Patrick).
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes [29 October 1970 (USA)]
A bored Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) meets Madame Petrova (Tamara Toumanova), a famed ballerina, who tries to seduce him, hoping that their child will have her body and his brains. He manages to extract himself from her grasp, using Dr. Watson (Colin Blakely) as a decoy. Then he and the doctor head for Loch Ness in search of the missing husband of Gabrielle Valladon (Genevieve Page). While there, they meet Sherlock's brother, Mycroft (Christopher Lee), who aids them in solving the mystery.… MORE
The Pure Hell of St Trinian's [22 December 1960 (United Kingdom)]
After burning down the school, the young tearaways are shipped off to the Middle East, where they create havoc in a harem and become involved with secret agents.
The Rebel [2 March 1961 (London)]
A clerk from London leaves his boring office job and travels to Paris to become an artist on the Left Bank.
The Silken Affair [2 October 1956]
The Silken Affair is a 1956 British romantic comedy film directed by Roy Kellino and starring David Niven, Geneviève Page, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Joan Sims, Irene Handl and Ronald Squire. The screenplay concerns an accountant who is creative with his firm's books and uses the money to fund a romantic spree.
The Wrong Box [27 May 1966 (London)]
The Finsbury brothers, Masterman (John Mills) and Joseph (Ralph Richardson), are the last surviving members of a tontine that will pay a huge sum to whomever lives longest. Hoping to bankroll his feckless grandson Michael (Michael Caine), Masterman asks Joseph to visit with the intention of killing him. Meanwhile, Joseph has two scheming nephews (Dudley Moore, Peter Cook) who also want the money. When they think Joseph has died en route to seeing his brother, they attempt to cover it up.… MORE
Two-Way Stretch [January 1960 (United Kingdom)]
Three men plan a perfect robbery while they are in prison with only a few days of their sentence left; they intend to break out of prison to steal diamonds with the help of their friends and family.
Watch It, Sailor! [July 1961]
A sailor named Albert is late for his own wedding, but a bigger problem occurs when he gets a message from the Navy saying that for legal reason he can't get married. Everyone jumps to conclusions and thinks there's another woman.
Wonderwall [17 May 1968]
Absent-minded professor Oscar Collins (Jack MacGowran), studying in his charmless apartment, is bothered by loud music from the flat next door. Peeking through a tiny crack in the wall, he discovers a gorgeous young model, Penny Lane (Jane Birkin), and becomes obsessed with her and her swinging hippie lifestyle. In surreal fantasy sequences, he imagines doing battle with Penny's gauche photographer boyfriend (Iain Quarrier) for her hand. George Harrison provides the period soundtrack.… MORE
- 27 December 1901.
- Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom.