Jack Warner

Jack Warner Trailers

Jigsaw TrailerCarve Her Name with Pride TrailerNow and Forever Trailer

Jack Warner OBE (24 October 1895 – 24 May 1981) was an English film and television actor. He was born in London, his real name being Horace John Waters. His sisters Elsie and Doris Waters were well-known comediennes under the names Gert and Daisy. Like them, Jack Warner made his name in music hall and radio, but he became known to cinema audiences as the patriarch in a trio of popular post-World War II family films beginning with Here Come the Huggetts. He also co-starred in the 1955 Hammer film version of The Quatermass Xperiment and as a police superintendent in the 1955 Ealing Studios black comedy The Ladykillers. Warner attended the Coopers' Company's Grammar School for Boys in Mile End, while his sisters both attended the nearby sister school, Coborn School for Girls in Bow. The three children were choristers at St. Leonard's Church, Bromley-by-Bow, and for a time, Warner was the choir's soloist. By the early war years Warner was nationally known and starred in a BBC radio comedy show Garrison Theatre, invariably opening with, "A Monologue Entitled...". It was in 1949 that Warner first played the role for which he would be remembered, PC George Dixon, in the film The Blue Lamp. One observer predicted, "This film will make Jack the most famous policeman in Britain". Although the police constable was shot dead in the film, the character was revived in 1955 for the BBC television series Dixon of Dock Green, which ran until 1976. In later years though, Warner and his long-past-retirement-age character were confined to a less prominent desk sergeant role. The series had a prime-time slot on Saturday evenings, and always opened with Dixon giving a little soliloquy to the camera, beginning with the words, "Good evening, all". According to Warner's autobiography, Jack of All Trades, Elizabeth II once visited the television studio where the series was made and told Warner "that she thought Dixon of Dock Green had become part of the British way of life". He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1965. In 1973, he was made a Freeman of the City of London. Warner commented in his autobiography that the honour "entitles me to a set of 18th century rules for the conduct of life urging me to be sober and temperate". Warner added, "Not too difficult with Dixon to keep an eye on me!" The characterisation by Warner of Dixon was held in such high regard that officers from Paddington Green Police Station bore the coffin at his funeral in 1981. Warner is buried in East London Cemetery.

Most Popular Jack Warner Trailers

Total trailers found: 30

The Ladykillers Trailer (1955)

08 December 1955

A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two room apartment in an isolated house on a London cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow with three pet parrots.

The Quatermass Xperiment Trailer (1955)

26 August 1955

Professor Bernard Quatermass is in charge of a rocket mission that has gone awry. They lose contact with the spaceship and have no idea how far into space it may have traveled.

The Blue Lamp Trailer (1950)

19 January 1950

P.C. George Dixon (Warner) a long-serving traditional "copper" who is due to retire shortly, takes a new recruit, Andy Mitchell (Hanley), under his aegis, introducing him to the easy-going night beat.

The Captive Heart Trailer (1946)

29 April 1946

A series of stories about the lives and loves of nine men in a Prisoner of War Camp over five years. Location shooting in the British occupied part of Germany adds believability.

Dear Murderer Trailer (1947)

23 June 1947

When a man discovers his wife is having an affair, he commits the perfect crime.

Forbidden Cargo Trailer (1954)

04 May 1954

Kenyon is a narcotics agent who, with the aid of a titled bird-watcher attempts to trap a brother and sister drug smuggling team.

Carve Her Name with Pride Trailer (1958)

18 February 1958

Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2.

It Always Rains on Sunday Trailer (1947)

25 November 1947

Robert Hamer's bleak portrait of life in London's East End.

Boys in Brown Trailer (1949)

01 December 1949

Jackie lives in poverty with his widowed mother. In a bid to escape poverty he gets involved in a robbery that sees him sentenced to three years in Borstal where he meets a tough crowd, tougher than anything on the outside.

Now and Forever Trailer (1956)

10 September 1956

A rich young society girl falls in love with a car mechanic. Her family is appalled and stops her seeing him.

Hue and Cry Trailer (1947)

01 February 1947

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer.

Those People Next Door Trailer (1953)

01 February 1953

The Twiggs are a typical working-class family: Sam (Jack Warner) and Mary (Marjorie Rhodes) are trying to bring their family up in the shadow of the Blitz whilst taking everything in good humour.

Jigsaw Trailer (1962)

21 August 1962

A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and Hove but also further afield.

Against the Wind Trailer (1948)

01 February 1948

A disparate group of volunteers are trained as saboteurs and parachuted into Belgium to blow up an office containing important Nazi records and to rescue a prominent S.

The Dummy Talks Trailer (1943)

25 October 1943

A ventriloquist is murdered during a theatre variety performance. A midget goes undercover as the dummy.

Emergency Call Trailer (1952)

19 May 1952

A 5 year old child is diagnosed with leukemia and has only days to live. Her only hope is a blood transfusion, but her blood type is extremely rare, so the race is on to find the donors.

Albert R.N. Trailer (1953)

23 November 1953

The British inmates of a POW camp think they have an informer among them after several escape attempts fail.

Home and Away Trailer (1956)

04 September 1956

When George discovers that he has won the pools, there is huge excitement in the household. But it turns out that it's his son who has won, in partnership with the son of a woman against whom George has some ill feelings.

Easy Money Trailer (1948)

20 January 1948

A win on the football pools in postwar Britain changes lives. A happy family is turned into an unhappy argumentative lot until it is discovered the coupon apparently didn't get posted.

Vote for Huggett Trailer (1949)

01 February 1949

A firm of solicitors do battle with the head of the local council over a parcel of river front land, owned by the Huggett family, in order to build a lido/community center.

The Square Ring Trailer (1953)

13 July 1953

Boxing drama following the lives of 5 different fighters and their reasons for becoming boxers.

Train of Events Trailer (1949)

18 January 1949

A train disaster is told in four short stories to give character studies of the people involved, how it will affect them and how they deal with it.

Talk of a Million Trailer (1951)

12 March 1951

A family reduced to imminent poverty by the father's disinclination to work; an American lawyer looking for the heir to half a million pounds; the scene is set for a hilarious tale of creative deception!

Holiday Camp Trailer (1947)

05 August 1947

The Huggett family go to a holiday camp, and get involved in crooked card players, a murderer on the run, and a pregnant young girl and her boyfriend missing from home.

Here Come the Huggetts Trailer (1948)

02 December 1948

The Huggetts have their first telephone installed, sleep rough on The Mall whilst waiting for the Royal Wedding and deal with a fire at the 'Oatibix' factory.

Bang! You're Dead Trailer (1954)

15 March 1954

Two small boys are playing in a wood. The younger boy has a revolver and, not understanding that the gun differs from his toy pistol, plays 'highwayman' on the road and holds up a cyclist; the gun goes off, killing the cyclist.

Valley of the Eagles Trailer (1951)

26 September 1951

A Norwegian scientist builds a device that can convert sound waves into electrical energy. However, the machine is stolen by the scientist's wife and assistant, who head across the frozen tundra towards Russia.

The Huggetts Abroad Trailer (1949)

21 March 1949

Life is not going well for the Huggetts. Father has lost his job. Jimmy and his wife cannot get to South Africa where he has a new job.

My Brother's Keeper Trailer (1948)

19 August 1948

War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard.

The Final Test Trailer (1954)

05 January 1954

Legendary England cricketer Sam Palmer (Jack Warner) is due to bat in his final test match against Australia.