While Parents Sleep
While Parents Sleep is a 1935
1935 in film
-Events:*Judy Garland signs a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer .*Seven year old Shirley Temple wins a special Academy Award.*The Bantu Educational Kinema Experiment started in order to educate the Bantu peoples.-Top grossing films:-Academy Awards:...

Cinema of the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has had a major influence on modern cinema. The first moving pictures developed on celluloid film were made in Hyde Park, London in 1889 by William Friese Greene, a British inventor, who patented the process in 1890. It is generally regarded that the British film industry...

, black-and-white
Black-and-white, often abbreviated B/W or B&W, is a term referring to a number of monochrome forms in visual arts.Black-and-white as a description is also something of a misnomer, for in addition to black and white, most of these media included varying shades of gray...

, comedy
Comedy film
Comedy film is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humour. They are designed to elicit laughter from the audience. Comedies are mostly light-hearted dramas and are made to amuse and entertain the audiences...

 or farce
In theatre, a farce is a comedy which aims at entertaining the audience by means of unlikely, extravagant, and improbable situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humour of varying degrees of sophistication, which may include word play, and a fast-paced plot whose speed usually increases,...

, directed
Film director
A film director is a person who directs the actors and film crew in filmmaking. They control a film's artistic and dramatic nathan roach, while guiding the technical crew and actors.-Responsibilities:...

 by Adrian Brunel
Adrian Brunel
Adrian Brunel was an English film director and screenwriter. Brunel's directorial career started in the silent era, and reached its peak in the latter half of the 1920s...

. The film is a screen adaptation of a 1933 play by Anthony Kimmins
Anthony Kimmins
Anthony Kimmins was a director, playwright, screenwriter, producer and actor.Kimmins was born in Harrow, Middlesex, England on 10 November 1901, the son of the social activists Charles William Kimmins and Grace Kimmins. He served in the Royal Navy, and upon leaving the navy he became an actor.His...

, which had been a popular success on the West End
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 stage in the West End of London
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Unlike many of Brunel's 1930s quota quickie films, While Parents Sleep has survived and is regarded as an example of his ability to produce a worthwhile film under the most straitened of financial conditions. The Time Out Film Guide notes: "With a couple of tatty sets and a bunch of unknown actors, he produces a witty, sharply-paced, economical essay on class and manners in inter-war Britain." It was produced
Film producer
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 by Transatlantic Film Corporation and British and Dominions Film Corporation.


This film is a farce about the romantic adventures of two young men with women of differing social backgrounds and the revelation of their true worth.


  • Jean Gillie
    Jean Gillie
    Jean Gillie was an English film actress of the 1930s and 1940s. Gillie appeared in 20 British and two American films before her career was cut short by her early death.-Career:...

     as Bubbles Thompson
  • Enid Stamp Taylor
    Enid Stamp Taylor
    Enid Stamp Taylor was a British actress.Taylor first became known when she won a beauty pageant at a young age and this led parts in musical comedies on stage, including The Cabaret Girl , in which she was billed as simply "Enid Taylor"...

     as Lady Cattering
  • Romilly Lunge as Neville Hammond
  • Mackenzie Ward as Jerry Hammond
  • Athole Stewart
    Athole Stewart
    -Selected filmography:Athole appeared in the following films:* Canaries Sometimes Sing * The Speckled Band * The Faithful Heart * The Constant Nymph *Loyalties * The Four Masked Men...

     as Colonel Hammond
  • Ellis Jeffreys as Mrs. Hammond
  • Davy Burnaby
    Davy Burnaby
    Davy Burnaby was a British actor who appeared in more than thirty films between 1929 and 1948. He was born in Buckland, Hertfordshire and made his screen debut in the 1929 film The Devil's Maze. He died in 1949....

     as Lord Cattering
  • William Hartnell
    William Hartnell
    William Henry Hartnell was an English actor. During 1963-66, he was the first actor to play the Doctor in the long-running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.-Early life:...

     as George
  • Wally Patch
    Wally Patch
    Wally Patch was a British character actor, who had supporting roles in many films. He was born Walter Sidney Vinnicombe in Willesden, London on 26 September 1888...

     as Taxi Driver
  • Ronald Shiner
    Ronald Shiner
    Ronald Alfred Shiner was a British stand-up comedian and comedic actor whose career encompassed film, West End theatre and music hall.-Career:...

    as the Mechanic
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