Jim Dale MBE (born James Smith on 15 August 1935) is an English actor, singer, and songwriter who is best known for his roles in the Carry On films and as the narrator of the Harry Potter audiobook series in the United States. He was born in Rothwell, Northamptonshire.
As a songwriter Dale is best remembered as the lyricist for the movie theme Georgy Girl, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1966. The song (performed by The Seekers) reached number 2 in the US charts the following year. Several of his songs entered the UK singles chart including Be My Girl (1957)(UK # 2in 1957), Just Born (1958), Crazy Dream (1958) and Sugartime (1958). As a singer he became the first artist under the wing of Sir George Martin who produced many hit records for him. Dale also wrote the song Dick-a-Dum-Dum (King's Road), which became a minor hit for Des O'Connor in 1969.
Dale appeared in eleven of the Carry On films, generally playing the romantic lead. His last appearance in the main series...
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Hot Lead and Cold Feet is a comedy western film from Walt Disney Pictures starring Jim Dale, Don Knotts, Karen Valentine Darren McGavin, and Jack Elam released on July 5, 1978. The film's theatrical accompaniment was a re-issue of the 1949 34-minute featurette The Wind in the Willows now retitled The Madcap Adventures of Mr. Toad. Jasper Bloodshy (Dale) owns the rough and tumble town of Bloodshy (named after him, because he founded the town) which also lives in fear of Jasper's gunslinging son Wild Billy (also played by Dale). However, Jasper has just found out he has another son named Eli (again, played by Dale), who lives in Philadelphia. It turns out that years ago, Jasper's crazy ways were too much for his bride from England, so she left (leaving one of the two twins) and returned to England. So with the help of his English butler Mansfield, he writes a new will that mentions Eli, and he also fakes his death by pretending to fall off a cliff, in front of Bloodshy's Mayor Ragsdale...
Pete's Dragon (first released on November 3, 1977) is a live-action/animated musical feature film from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action film but its title character, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. It is about a young orphan named Pete (played by Sean Marshall) who enters a small fishing community in Maine in the early 20th century. His only friend is a dragon, Elliott (voiced by Charlie Callas and animated by Don Bluth), who also acts as his sentinel. Elliott can make himself invisible and is generally visible only to Pete, which occasionally lands Pete in trouble with the locals.
Also featured in the film are Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, Jim Dale, Red Buttons, Jeff Conaway and Shelley Winters. The film was directed by Don Chaffey, and the songs are by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn. The song "Candle on the Water" received an Academy Award nomination, and Helen Reddy's recording (with a different arrangement than the one her character sings in the film) was released...,
Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World is a 1973 British children's film starring Jim Dale, and directed by Joseph McGrath. A large supporting cast of British movie stalwarts includes Spike Milligan, Angela Douglas, Norman Rossington, Milo O'Shea, Dinsdale Landen and Victor Spinetti. Other notable crew include composer Edwin Astley and cinematographer Harry Waxman.It was the third program shown on Central Television,the second program from TVS Television and maybe the 2nd,3rd or 4th program on Television South WestThe story is about a sheepdog who accidentally drinks a liquid growth formula and swells up to enormous proportions. Two criminals steal Digby, the sheepdog, and sell him to a circus. Digby, however, escapes by breaking his chains and running at will across the countryside of the United Kingdom. The boy who owned Digby and the scientist who worked on the growth formula realize that Digby is constantly increasing in size, and will cause massive damage unless something is done;...,
Don't Lose Your Head is the thirteenth Carry On film (and one of only two not to have "Carry On" in the original title). It was released in 1966. Set in France and England during the French revolution, it is a parody of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel.
It is the time of the French revolution, and two bored English noblemen, Sir Rodney Ffing (pronounced "Effing") and his best friend, Lord Darcy Pue, (played by Sid James and Jim Dale) decide to have some fun and save their French counterparts from beheading by the guillotine. Enraged revolution leader Citizen Camembert (Kenneth Williams) and his toadying lackey, Citzen Bidet (Peter Butterworth), scour France and England for the elusive saviour of the French nobles, who has become known as The Black Fingernail. After abducting the Fingernail's true love, Jacqueline, (Dany Robin), Camembert and Bidet plot to lure the Fingernail to his death...oblivious that Desiree, Camembert's flamboyant ward, (Joan Sims) is in love with the hero...
Carry On Spying is the ninth movie in the Carry On film series and marks Barbara Windsor's first appearance in the series and the last film in the series to be shot in Black and White.
A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans). Agent Simpkins and his three trainees are hot on the trail, chasing the villains across the world. There are gadgets galore, and disguises are compulsory if the heroes are to win the day from The Fat Man, Milchman (who stole the formula disguised as a milkman) and Dr Crow.
Filming dates - 8 February 1964 - 13 March 1964...,
Carry On Cleo is the tenth film in the Carry On film series. It is considered by some people to be the best in the series. []The Romans invade the wet and miserable Britain, and, among others, enslave the cowardly inventor Hengist Pod (Kenneth Connor), and the fearless warrior Horsa (Jim Dale). When an attempt is made to kill the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar (Kenneth Williams) at a Roman temple, Horsa kills Caesar's enemies, but Hengist gets all the credit, and is made Caesar's bodyguard. Meanwhile, Mark Antony (Sid James), Caesar's best friend, becomes besotted with the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra (Amanda Barrie), but the only way to achieve his heart's desire is to kill Caesar and Hengist....This article contains a trivia section.The article could be improved by integrating relevant items into the main text and removing inappropriate items.Kenneth Williams' line as Caesar on his being stabbed by the conspirators is frequently voted among the funniest lines in British comedy. It has...,
Jim Dale was born