Character actor, Patrick Allen, was born John Keith Patrick Allen on Mar 17, 1927 in Nyasaland [now Malawi], Africa. Allen appeared in over 130 film and TV roles, mostly TV. His most notable film role is probably that of Detective Pearson in Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder starring Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings. Allen died at the age of 79 on Jul 28, 2006 in London, England .
Tall, long-jawed and tough-looking, Patrick Allen often played villainous characters whose inimitable resonant voice guaranteed him a juicy income from voice-overs in TV commercials after a long and varied career in British films and television. He was married to actress Sarah Lawson since 1956.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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Narrator: Paris, 1789. The Great Revolution has begun. The hands of the masses are smeared with the blood of the poor bleeding aristocracy. Every day the tumbrels run a regular half-hour service between the Bastille and the many guillotines around the city. The growing mounds of noble heads are only matched by the growing mounds of unused return tickets. No-one is spared. Madame La Guillotine claims them all. Dukes and Duchesses, Lords and Ladies, men and women of both sexes. A dozen times an hour the drums roll, the blade falls, and the heads roll. Yes, every five minutes, a freshly sliced loaf.
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