Comedy Team Split?
Have you ever wondered why there are only a small number of films featuring the characters of Charters and Caldicott?
After appearing in the first four movies as Charters and Caldicott, the actors Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne had a disagreement with the creators of the characters - Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. This disagreement left Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne contractually prevented from portraying the characters under the names "Charters" and "Caldicott". Subsequent films feature the two actors as the same characters as Charters and Caldicott but with different names. The details of these films are provided below.
However, there was also the problem of a lack of good scriptwriting. Of all the excellent scriptwriters of the time, there were none that could provide the right quality script for the duo. Naunton Wayne went so far to say in an interview "There seems to be a popular belief - not only among the film going public - but in the film world too, that the characters we portray on the screen are more or less the same as the ones we use in private life. I can assure you that's pure fallacy. Therefore, when we get scriptwriters outlining a story, suggesting treatment and more or less leaving us 'to be ourselves' and get on as well as we can it's not surprising that their efforts get us nowhere"
For the full interview. read the article opposite from a 1949 edition of the movie magazine Picturegoer.