British Noir Directorsby karljhickey14 | created - 20 Jun 2014 | updated - 20 Jun 2014 | Public
Directors of British Noirs , including Americans , Frenchmen et al
2. Lewis Allen
Director | The 20th Century-Fox Hour
Born in England on Christmas Day, 1905, Lewis Allen first came on the show-biz scene when he was appointed executive in charge of West End and Broadway stage productions for famed impresario Gilbert Miller. Allen also co-directed some of the productions (including the celebrated "Victoria Regina" ...
3. Paul Almond
Director | Isabel
Paul Almond's television and movie productions have won numerous awards, including: 12 Canadian Film Awards (Genies), 3 Ohio State Awards and other international awards
In 2001, Paul Almond was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for having "demonstrated an outstanding level of talent and ...
Writer | Invasion: UFO
Gerry Anderson was born on April 14, 1929 in West Hampstead, London, England as Gerald Alexander Abrahams. He was a writer and producer, known for Invasion: UFO (1974), UFO (1970) and Fireball XL5 (1962). He was married to Mary Robins, Sylvia Anderson and Betty Wrightman. He died on December 26, ...
Director | Logan's Run
London-born Michael Anderson began his career in films as an office boy at Elstree studios. By 1938, he had progressed up the ladder to become assistant director for distinguished film makers Noël Coward, David Lean and Anthony Asquith. Shortly after, during wartime with the Royal Signals Corps (...
6. Ken Annakin
Director | The Longest Day
A former salesman and journalist, Ken Annakin got into the film industry making documentary shorts. His feature debut, Holiday Camp (1947), was a comedy about a Cockney family on vacation. It was made for the Rank Organization and was a modest success, spawning three sequels, all of which he ...
Director | William Tell
Former journalist and film critic Leslie Arliss began his film career as a screenwriter in the 1930s, mainly for Gainsborough Pictures. He continued as a writer for ten years, leaving Gainsborough in 1941 when he was offered a chance to direct at Associated British. It wasn't long before he ...
Director | Underground
British film director Anthony Asquith was born on November 9, 1902, to H.H. Asquith, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and his second wife. A former home secretary and the future leader of the Liberal Party, H.H. Asquith served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1908-1916 and was ...
10. Robert S. Baker
Producer | The Saint
London-born Robert S. Baker served as an artilleryman in the British army during World War II, posted to North Africa (where he met future partner Monty Berman), and later joined the army's film and photography unit, becoming a combat cameraman in Europe. At war's end he and Berman formed Tempean ...
11. Roy Ward Baker
Director | Asylum
Roy Ward Baker's first job in films was as a teaboy at the Gainsborough Studios in London, England, but within three years he was working as an assistant director. During World War II, he worked in the Army Kinematograph Unit under Eric Ambler, a writer and film producer, who, after the war, gave ...
12. Laslo Benedek
Director | Death of a Salesman
Laslo Benedek was brought to Hollywood from Hungary--where he had been a writer, editor and photographer--by MGM, and his first few films were undistinguished programmers. His third, however, was quite a bit better: Death of a Salesman (1951), the screen version of Arthur Miller's classic play. ...
14. Compton Bennett
Director | The Seventh Veil
Compton Bennett started out as a bandleader and then became a commercial artist. He turned out a few amateur films that caught the attention of producer Alexander Korda's London Films, and they hired him in 1932 as a film editor. During World War II he directed a few instructional films for the ...
15. Thomas Bentley
Director | After Office Hours
Thomas Bentley was born on February 23, 1884 in St George Hanover Square, London, England as William Dearsley Horn. He was a director and writer, known for After Office Hours (1932), The Lackey and the Lady (1919) and The Old Curiosity Shop (1913). He died on December 23, 1966 in Bournemouth, ...
18. John Boulting
Director | I'm All Right Jack
John Boulting was born on December 21, 1913 in Bray, Berkshire, England. He was a producer and director, known for I'm All Right Jack (1959), Seven Days to Noon (1950) and Private's Progress (1956). He was married to Anne Josephine Flynn, Ann Marion Ware, Jacqueline Helen Duncan and Veronica Davide...
19. Roy Boulting
Director | Seven Days to Noon
Roy Boulting was born on December 21, 1913 in Bray, Berkshire, England. He was a director and writer, known for Seven Days to Noon (1950), The Family Way (1966) and A French Mistress (1960). He was married to Sandra Spencer, Hayley Mills, Enid Munnik, Jean Capon and Marian Angela Warnock. He died ...
20. Muriel Box
Writer | The Seventh Veil
A failed actress who began as a typist in the scenario department of British Instructional Films. With her husband, Sydney, she produced over 100 one-act plays. Active as playwright and screenwriter during the 1940s and 1950s. With Sydney, founded London Independent Producers. Directed 15 films ...
22. Alan Bridges
Director | American Playhouse
Alan Bridges was born on September 28, 1927 in Liverpool, England as Alan James Stuart Bridges. He was a director and producer, known for American Playhouse (1981), The Hireling (1973) and Out of Season (1975). He was married to Ann Castle. He died on December 7, 2013 in the UK.
23. Anthony Bushell
Actor | A Night to Remember
Anthony Bushell was born on May 19, 1904 in Westerham, Kent, England as Anthony Arnatt Bushell. He was an actor and producer, known for A Night to Remember (1958), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) and Five Star Final (1931). He was married to Zelma O'Neal and Anne. He died on April 2, 1997 in Oxford, ...
24. Jack Cardiff
Director | Sons and Lovers
Almost universally considered one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, Jack Cardiff was also a notable director. He described his childhood as very happy and his parents as quite loving. They performed in music hall as comedians, so he grew up with the fun that came with their theatrical ...
25. Michael Carreras
Producer | What a Crazy World
Michael Carreras was born on December 21, 1927 in Wandsworth, London, England as Michael Henry Carreras. He was a producer and director, known for What a Crazy World (1963), Prehistoric Women (1967) and The Lost Continent (1968). He died on April 19, 1994 in Chelsea, London.
Director | Lassie from Lancashire
Writer-director John Paddy Carstairs was born Nelson Keys, the son of actor Nelson Keys and the brother of producer Anthony Nelson Keys, in London, England, in 1910. Beginning his career as an assistant cameraman, he worked his way up to screenwriter and made his directorial debut in 1933. While ...
27. Henry Cass
Director | The Glass Mountain
Henry Cass was born on June 24, 1903 in Hampstead, London, England. He was a director and writer, known for The Glass Mountain (1949), Mr. Brown Comes Down the Hill (1965) and Give a Dog a Bone (1965). He was married to Joan Hopkins and Nancy Hornsby. He died on March 15, 1989 in Hastings, Sussex, ...
Director | O Canto do Mar
Born in Brazil in 1897, Alberto Cavalcanti began his film career in France in 1920, working as writer, art director and director. He directed the avant-garde documentary Nothing But Time (1926) ("Nothing but Time"), a portrait of the lives of Parisian workers in a single day. He moved to England in...
29. Don Chaffey
Director | The Avengers
British director Don Chaffey began his career in the film industry in the art department at Gainsborough Pictures. He began directing in 1951, often working on films aimed at children. He branched out into television in the mid-'50s, turning out many of the best episodes of such classic series as ...
32. Lance Comfort
Director | Temptation Harbour
Director Lance Comfort began his film career as a camera operator. He also worked as a sound recordist and animator, mostly in British documentaries and medical training films. His first feature was the big-budget but slow-moving Courageous Mr. Penn (1942), a biography of 18th-century political ...
33. Alan Cooke
Director | Matinee Theatre
Alan Cooke was a classmate of two famous directors, Tony Richardson and John Schlesinger, at Cambridge. His brother, Malcolm, was the film editor of such films as "Far From The Madding Crowd." His nephew, Dominic, is the artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre in London.
35. Arthur Crabtree
Director | Don't Ever Leave Me
Arthur Crabtree began his film career as an assistant camera operator at British International Pictures, and it was at Gainsborough Pictures that he became a full-fledged Director of Photography in 1935. He photographed such films as The Remarkable Mr. Kipps (1941), The Man in Grey (1943) and ...
36. Charles Crichton
Director | A Fish Called Wanda
Director Charles Crichton's film career began as an editor in 1935 with Alexander Korda's London Films, and in that capacity he worked on such productions as Sanders of the River (1935), Things to Come (1936) and Elephant Boy (1937) (which introduced Sabu to movie audiences). He soon left London ...
37. Jules Dassin
Director | Pote tin Kyriaki
Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964).
He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish ...
38. Allan Davis
Producer | Love Among the Ruins
Theatre director. Allan George Davis was born in London in 1913 to Australian parents. Davis studied economics at the University of Sydney and joined the Independent Theatre of North Sydney. He made his professional debut with the film "The squatter's daughter" in 1933. In 1934 he moved to London ...
39. Basil Dean
Producer | Whom the Gods Love
Basil Dean first appeared as an actor on the British stage in 1906. He soon switched careers and began writing and directing plays. Turning to the film industry, he became a producer and director in 1928; many of the films he produced and directed were based on his own stage plays.
40. Basil Dearden
Director | Sapphire
A former stage director, Basil Dearden entered films as an assistant to director Basil Dean (he changed his name from Dear to avoid being confused with Dean). Dearden worked his way up the ladder and directed (with Will Hay) his first film in 1941; two years later he directed his first film on his ...
41. Jeffrey Dell
Writer | It's Hard to Be Good
Only son of John Edward Dell and Gertrude Flowers of Shoreham-On-Sea. Trained as an articled clerk in his father's law firm Dell & Loader before signing up for the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. He was eventually invalided out of the service after a aeroplane crash in training.
Trained as a solicitor, ...
Director | Giv'a 24 Eina Ona
Born in Bristol, England, Thorold Dickinson began his film career during the silent era as a writer. He went to work for Ealing in the 1930s, first as an editor and then as a director. He directed or produced military training films during World War II, and after the war he turned out a string of ...
44. Edward Dmytryk
Director | Crossfire
Edward Dmytryk grew up in San Francisco, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After his mother died when he was 6, his strict disciplinarian father beat the boy frequently, and the child began running away while in his early teens. Eventually, juvenile authorities allowed him to live alone at the age ...
45. Clive Donner
Director | The Caretaker
British director Clive Donner was born in West Hampstead, London, England. By age 18 he was already working in the film business, as an office clerk at Denham Studios. He eventually became an editor and then graduated to the director's chair. After making a series of TV commercials, he made his ...
Producer | Robin of Sherwood
Patrick Dromgoole was born on August 30, 1930 in Iquique, Tarapacá, Chile as Patrick Shirley Brooks Dromgoole. He is a producer and director, known for Robin Hood (1984), Pretenders (1972) and Suspense (1962). He has been married to June Morrow since 1991. He was previously married to Jennifer ...
47. Peter Duffell
Director | BBC2 Playhouse
Peter Duffell was born on July 10, 1922 in Canterbury, Kent, England as Peter John Duffell. He was a director and writer, known for BBC2 Playhouse (1973), The Avengers (1961) and Man in a Suitcase (1967). He was married to Rosslyn Audrey Cliffe. He died on December 12, 2017 in the UK.
49. Maurice Elvey
Director | The Glad Eye
Maurice Elvey was born in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England, the oldest son of William Clarence Folkard, an inspecting engineer, and Sarah Anna Seward Folkard (formerly Pearce). He never had a formal education, and was working on the streets of London by the age of nine after having run away...
50. Cy Endfield
Director | Zulu
The son of a struggling businessman, Cy Endfield--born Cyril Raker Endfield--worked hard to be admitted to Yale University in 1933. While completing his education he became enamored with progressive theatre and appeared in a New Haven production of a minor Russian play in 1934. He was also ...
51. Terence Fisher
Director | Dracula
Terence Fisher was born in Maida Vale, England, in 1904. Raised by his grandmother in a strict Christian Scientist environment, Fisher left school while still in his teens to join the Merchant Marine. By his own account he soon discovered that a life at sea was not for him, so he left the service ...
Director | Soylent Green
Richard firmly established his credentials with such epics as The Vikings (1958) , 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and Barabbas (1961) and also proved to be a master of intimate drama with Compulsion (1959) , which won Cannes Festival awards for it's male stars. He won an Academy Award for one ...
54. Bryan Forbes
Actor | The Guns of Navarone
Bryan Forbes was born on July 22, 1926 in Stratford, London, England as John Theobald Clarke. He was an actor, writer, and director, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Whisperers (1967) and Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964). He was married to Nanette Newman and Constance Smith. He died on ...
55. Walter Forde
Director | Chu-Chin-Chow
British director Walter Forde started his show-business career on the stage of the music halls of northern England. He entered the film business as a screenwriter but became an actor in 1920, in a series of two-reel comedies he wrote himself. He spent some time in Hollywood, but not much happened ...
56. Freddie Francis
Cinematographer | The Straight Story
During his last years at school he spent most of his time writing a thesis on 'the future of film' On leaving school he joined Gaumont British Studios at Lime Grove as an apprentice to a stills photographer for a year. He claimed this taught him more about the art of photography than any other form...
Director | Be Yourself!
On the stage since childhood, Thornton Freeland went to work for Vitagraph in 1918, rising in the ranks from assistant cameraman to director, and made his directorial debut, Three Live Ghosts (1929), just at the dawn of the sound era. A specialist in light romantic comedies and musicals, Freeland ...
59. Harold French
Director | Adam and Evelyne
London-born Harold French made his name on the stage, both as an actor and director. He crossed over to films, making his acting debut in 1920. He became a director shortly before the beginning of World War II, debuting with The Cavalier of the Streets (1937), and made a well-received adaptation of ...
60. Seymour Friedman
Director | Flame of Calcutta
Born in Detroit, Cambridge-educated Seymour Friedman entered films in 1937 as an assistant editor, eventually graduating to assistant director. After WW II service, he returned to the film industry as a director, mainly of routine, low-budget action films, many for Columbia Pictures, debuting with ...
61. Sidney J. Furie
Director | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Toronto-born Sidney J. Furie has enjoyed an incredibly distinguished career that has spanned more than five decades. Having dabbled in every genre, Furie has directed films starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Michael Caine, Peter O'Toole, Rodney Dangerfield, Barbara ...
63. Lewis Gilbert
Director | Alfie
Lewis Gilbert was a British film director, producer and screenwriter best known for Alfie (1966), as well as three James Bond films: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).
He also directed Reach for the Sky (1956), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Educating Rita (...
64. Sidney Gilliat
Writer | State Secret
Sidney Gilliat, the English director, screenwriter, and producer, was born on February 15, 1908 in Edgely, Cheshire, England. He began his screen-writing career in the silent movie era, writing inter-titles, going uncredited for his contributions to Honeymoon Abroad (1928), Champagne (1928), and ...
65. John Gilling
Director | The Pirates of Blood River
Worked as editor prior to World War II, subsequently writer-director of potboilers and horror films of variable quality. Did arguably his best work for Hammer: The Shadow of the Cat (1961), The Plague of the Zombies (1966), The Reptile (1966) and The Mummy's Shroud (1967).
66. Gerard Glaister
Producer | The Expert
One of Britain's foremost television producers, Gerard Glaister was responsible for a string of top rating hit series including Dr Finlay's Casebook, Secret Army, Colditz, The Expert and Howard's Way.
His biggest success was the road haulage family drama The Brothers (1972-76), which he both devised...
Director | Dick Barton: Special Agent
Australian-born Alf Goulding was a former vaudevillian who became a director specializing in comedy shorts. He directed Harold Lloyd comedies for Hal Roach, and in the early 1920s joined Mack Sennett, then turned out two-reelers at RKO and Columbia, sometimes featuring Edgar Kennedy. In England ...
71. Guy Green
Director | The Angry Silence
Guy Green is well known to film audiences. Formerly a cinematographer, he was the first British D.P. to receive an Academy Award for his black-and-white photography on David Lean's Great Expectations (1946). He founded the British Society of Cinematographers together with Freddie Young and Jack ...
Director | Veertig jaren
Edmond T. Gréville was born on June 20, 1906 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France as Edmond Greville Thonger. He was a director and writer, known for Forty Years (1938), Temptation (1959) and The Hands of Orlac (1960). He was married to Vanda Gréville. He died on May 26, 1966 in Nice.
74. Val Guest
Writer | The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Val Guest began his career as an actor on the British stage and in early sound films. He ran the one-man London office of "The Hollywood Reporter" until an encounter with director Marcel Varnel led to a screen writing job at Gainsborough Studios. Guest's directing career began in the early 1940s ...
77. Robert Hamer
Director | Kind Hearts and Coronets
Robert James Hamer was born in 1911 along with his twin sister Barbara, the son of Owen Dyke Hamer, a bank clerk, and his wife, Annie Grace Brickell. He was educated at Cambridge University where he wrote some poetry and was published in a collection 'Contemporaries and Their Maker', along with the...
78. Guy Hamilton
Director | Live and Let Die
Typically British stiff-upper-lip war dramas and action adventure laced with moments of sophisticated comedy were Guy Hamilton's trademark. The son of a British diplomat, he spent most of his youth with his family in France, seemingly destined to be groomed for a career in the diplomatic service. ...
79. John Harlow
Director | While I Live
John Harlow was born on August 19, 1896 in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England as John Curnock Harlow. He was a director and assistant director, known for While I Live (1947), Meet Sexton Blake! (1945) and My Lucky Star (1933). He was married to Enid Hewitt. He died in 1977 in Wandsworth, London, ...
80. Lionel Harris
Director | BBC Sunday-Night Theatre
Lionel Harris was born on August 16, 1922 as Lionel David Harris. He was a director and producer, known for BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950), The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) and ITV Television Playhouse (1955). He died on April 11, 1984 in Camden, London, England.
83. Sidney Hayers
Director | Night of the Eagle
Sidney Hayers entered films in the early 1940s, working in the sound department, as a focus puller and in the cutting room before he began his directing career with Rebound (1959) in 1958. The journeyman director's roster of credits also includes episodic TV on both sides of the Atlantic, a ...
85. Alfred Hitchcock
Director | Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...
86. Seth Holt
Producer | The Ladykillers
Seth Holt began as an assistant editor at Ealing in 1944, graduating to editor (1949), producer (1955) and director (1958).He returned to editing for Charles Crichton's The Battle of the Sexes (1960) and for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960). Probably his best known film is The Nanny (1965),...
87. Ken Hughes
Writer | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Ken Hughes was an award-winning writer and director who flourished in the 1950s and 1960s, though he continued directing into the early 1980s. Born in Liverpool, England, on January 19, 1922, Hughes decided early in his life that he wanted to be a filmmaker. When he was 14 years old he won an ...
Director | Scrooge
Hailing from East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Hans Moore Hawthorn Hurst was a linen worker before joining the army during World War I. He was a private in the Royal Irish Rifles, and survived the slaughter at the disastrous Gallipoli landing in Turkey. He changed his name to Brian Desmond Hurst. On ...
90. Harold Huth
Actor | Rome Express
Harold Huth was born on January 20, 1892 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England. He was a producer and actor, known for Rome Express (1932), The Ghoul (1933) and My Sister and I (1948). He was married to Bridget Nickols. He died on October 26, 1967 in London, England.
91. Pat Jackson
Director | White Corridors
Pat Jackson began as an editor and co-director of documentaries with the famed GPO Film Unit in the mid-1930s. He worked with such icons of the documentary field as John Grierson and Harry Watt, but it was his World War II semi-documentary Western Approaches (1944) that put him on the map. Praised ...
92. Charles Jarrott
Director | The Secret Life of Algernon
Charles Jarrott was born on June 16, 1927 in London, England as Charles Borlase Jarrott. He was a director and actor, known for The Secret Life of Algernon (1998), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and Encounter (1952). He was married to Suzanne Bledsoe, Katharine Blake and Rosemary Palin. He died ...
95. Roy Kellino
Director | Four Star Playhouse
Roy Kellino was born on April 22, 1912 in London, England as Philip Roy Gislingham. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Four Star Playhouse (1952), _Schlitz Playhouse (1951) (TV Series)_, and Charade (1954). He was married firstly to Pamela Ostrer (later known as Pamela Mason), and ...
96. Anthony Kimmins
Writer | Smiley
British writer/director Anthony Kimmins was a naval officer in World War I, and after the war became a film actor and playwright. He wrote and directed several films for British comedian George Formby in the 1930s, but with the outbreak of World War II Kimmins rejoined the Royal Navy and spent the ...
97. George King
Director | Little Stranger
Producer/director George King began his career in the British film industry in the 1920s as an agent. He eventually moved into writing, then turned to producing and directing, mostly in the field known as "quota quickies" (films made to comply with the British government's requirement that a ...
100. Bernard Knowles
Cinematographer | The 39 Steps
British director Bernard Knowles started his career as a newspaper photographer, and in the 1920s journeyed to the US and worked as a photographer for the Detroit News. Upon his return to England in 1922 he was hired by Gainsborough Pictures as an assistant cameraman, and it didn't take long for ...