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Also Known As: Died: June 17, 1985
Born: November 21, 1913 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Bray, England, GB Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, film salesman, office boy

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With his twin brother Roy, a leading figure of the post-WWII British film industry. Though they alternated producing and directing chores, the brothers' individual filming styles were virtually indistinguishable. They formed Charter Films in 1937 and were responsible for gritty dramas such as "Thunder Rock" (1942) and "Brighton Rock" (1947) in the 40s. The team concentrated, during the next decade, on mildly anarchic comedies like "Private's Progress" (1956) and "I'm All Right, Jack" (1959), a satire of British trade unions. During the Spanish Civil War John had fought with the Republicans and, though he later eschewed left-wing politics, all his films carry a degree of social comment. In WWII he made films for the Royal Air Force while Roy directed for the Army Film Unit.

With his twin brother Roy, a leading figure of the post-WWII British film industry. Though they alternated producing and directing chores, the brothers' individual filming styles were virtually indistinguishable. They formed Charter Films in 1937 and were responsible for gritty dramas such as "Thunder Rock" (1942) and "Brighton Rock" (1947) in the 40s. The team concentrated, during the next decade, on mildly anarchic comedies like "Private's Progress" (1956) and "I'm All Right, Jack" (1959), a satire of British trade unions.

During the Spanish Civil War John had fought with the Republicans and, though he later eschewed left-wing politics, all his films carry a degree of social comment. In WWII he made films for the Royal Air Force while Roy directed for the Army Film Unit.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Rotten to the Core (1965) Director
2.
  Heavens Above! (1963) Director
3.
  The Risk (1961) Director
4.
  I'm All Right Jack (1960) Director
5.
  Lucky Jim (1957) Director
6.
  Private's Progress (1956) Director
7.
  Crest of the Wave (1954) Director
8.
  The Magic Box (1951) Director
9.
  Brighton Rock (1951) Director
10.
  Seven Days to Noon (1950) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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Raised in England
1933:
Began career as an office boy for a London film distributor
1935:
Joined brother at Marleybone Studios
1937:
Volunteered to be an ambulance driver in the Spanish Civil War; was almost captured twice
1937:
Co-founded Charter Films with brother Roy
1937:
First short film, "The Landlady", directed by Roy and produced by John
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Served as a mechanic in the Royal Air Force during WWII; eventually made first lieutenant
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During WWII, produced three compilation documentaries helmed by brother Roy, "Desert Victory" (1943), "Tunisian Victory" (1944, with assistance from Frank Capra) and "Burma Victory" (1945)
1945:
Feature directing debut, "Journey Together"; also produced and wrote; made for the RAF
1947:
Helmed "Brighton Rock", co-written by Graham Greene (adapted from his novel) and Terrence Rattigan
1951:
Contributed "The Magic Box" to the Festival of Britain
1955:
Joined British Lion Films
1956:
Directed "Private's Progress"
1959:
Helmed the controversial satire "I'm Alright Jack"
1965:
Final film as director, "Rotten to the Core"
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Education

McGill University: Montreal , Quebec -
Reading School: -

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father:
Arthur Boulting.
mother:
Rose Boulting.
brother:
Peter Cotes. Actor, producer, director. Born on March 12, 1919; directed "The Mousetrap" in London in 1952 which went on to become the world's longest-running play; died at age 86 on November 10, 1998.
brother:
Roy Boulting. Screenwriter, director,. Twin.
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