Who Goes There!
Directed byAnthony Kimmins
Written byJohn Dighton
Based onWho Goes There! by John Dighton
Produced byAnthony Kimmins
StarringNigel Patrick
Valerie Hobson
George Cole
Peggy Cummins
A. E. Matthews
CinematographyEdward Scaife
John Wilcox
Edited byGerald Turney-Smith
Music byMuir Mathieson
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation
Release date
10 June 1952
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£123,542 (UK)[1]

Who Goes There! is a 1952 British comedy film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring Nigel Patrick, Valerie Hobson and George Cole. The film depicts the farcical activities of the various inhabitants of a grace and favour house near St James's Palace in Central London.[2]


It is based on a 1950 play of the same title by John Dighton, who also wrote the screenplay. It was shot at Shepperton Studios with some location filming around the Palace in London. The film's sets were designed by the art director Wilfred Shingleton.

Sidney Gilliat claims that Alexander Korda directed the film but gave credit to someone else.[3]

It was retitled The Passionate Sentry for its United States release with American censors removing two uses of the word "Cripes!".[4]

A version of Who Goes There! was broadcast on the BBC Radio Saturday Night Theatre on 20 March 1954.[5]



  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p498
  2. ^ BFI.org
  3. ^ Fowler, Roy; Haines, Taffy (15 May 1990). "Interview with Sidney Gilliat" (PDF). British Entertainment History Project. p. 135.
  4. ^ p. 183 Slide, Anthony Banned in the USA: British Films in the United States and Their Censorship 1998 I.B. Tauris Publishers
  5. ^ "Below is a complete listing of all broadcasts of the Saturday Night Theatre title". Archived from the original on 20 December 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2023.

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