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Also Known As: Roy A C Boulting Died: November 5, 2001
Born: November 21, 1913 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Bray, England, GB Profession: director, screenwriter, producer

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Director-producer-screenwriter Roy Boulting may be best known to Americans through the gossip columns thanks to his May-December marriage to actress Hayley Mills, but in the film world he is heralded, along with his identical twin brother John, as a major force in the post-war British film industry. Roy directed (and John produced) such gritty dramas as "Thunder Rock" (1942) and "Brighton Rock/Young Scarface" (1947), then, in the 1950s, John directed and Roy produced such raucous comedies as "Private's Progress" (1955) and the trade union satire "I'm All Right, Jack" (1959). Though British, the Boultings went to college in Canada, where Roy wrote dialogue for at least one Canadian film. Returning to Britain around 1933, he first worked in film sales, then slid into production as the assistant director of "Apron Fools" (1936). In 1937, the Boultings formed Charter Films, but first concentrated on making several shorts. For most of the late 30s and through the 40s, John produced and Roy directed (and often co-edited and co-wrote). In the 1950s, John and Roy alternated directorial chores. Roy Boulting made his directorial debut with "Consider Your Verdict" (1938), which set the standard for the...

Director-producer-screenwriter Roy Boulting may be best known to Americans through the gossip columns thanks to his May-December marriage to actress Hayley Mills, but in the film world he is heralded, along with his identical twin brother John, as a major force in the post-war British film industry. Roy directed (and John produced) such gritty dramas as "Thunder Rock" (1942) and "Brighton Rock/Young Scarface" (1947), then, in the 1950s, John directed and Roy produced such raucous comedies as "Private's Progress" (1955) and the trade union satire "I'm All Right, Jack" (1959).

Though British, the Boultings went to college in Canada, where Roy wrote dialogue for at least one Canadian film. Returning to Britain around 1933, he first worked in film sales, then slid into production as the assistant director of "Apron Fools" (1936). In 1937, the Boultings formed Charter Films, but first concentrated on making several shorts. For most of the late 30s and through the 40s, John produced and Roy directed (and often co-edited and co-wrote). In the 1950s, John and Roy alternated directorial chores.

Roy Boulting made his directorial debut with "Consider Your Verdict" (1938), which set the standard for the indistinguishable style of the brothers--economical, well-plotted, strong on local atmosphere and well acted. "Thunder Rock", based on a stage play, was set at a lighthouse where the faith of a newspaperman is renewed when he has visions of drowning people. "The Guinea Pig" (1948), which Roy directed and co-wrote, was a critically-acclaimed study of a boy from a modest background who wins a place at a posh British school and faces class snobbery as he tries to adapt. "Singlehanded/Sailor of the King" (1953) offered Jeffrey Hunter in a well-received tale of naval action while "Run for the Sun" (1956), a remake of 1932's "The Most Dangerous Game", cast Richard Widmark as a man who stumbles onto a mysterious plantation run by Trevor Howard. Roy co-scripted and John directed "Seven Days to Noon" (1950), a successful thriller centering on a scientist threatening to blow up London that one an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture Story. Also well received in the Boultings' drama canon was "Rotten to the Core" (1965), directed by John and produced and written by Roy, and in which three hoods go on a burglary spree.

The Boulting brothers were less successful when they attempted comedy; their films tended to seem contrived and featured overacting, although Roy directed the amiable "Brothers-in-Law" (1956), about the misadventures of a young lawyer. That same year he produced "Private's Progress" in which a British dweeb joins the army and struggles to adapt. Roy also produced "I'm All Right, Jack", in which a young man causes a strike at his uncle's factory. "The Family Way" (1966), directed by Roy, was a bit nasty in its comic look at a newlywed couple struggling through bad luck. The silly Peter Sellers/Goldie Hawn vehicle "There's a Girl in My Soup" (1970) failed to ignite, although Hawn was hot at the time. The Boultings last film together was the unsuccessful "The Number" (1979), which Roy produced and John directed. Perhaps ironically, Roy's final film as director was "The Last Word" (also 1979), a satire dealing with the media's handling of a man who literally takes on city hall.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Last Word, The (1979) Director
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  Number, The (1979) Director
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  Undercovers Hero (1975) Director
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  Twisted Nerve (1969) Director
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  The Family Way (1967) Director
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  The Risk (1961) Director
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  French Mistress, A (1960) Director
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  Man in a Cocked Hat (1959) Director
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  Happy Is the Bride (1958) Director

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1936:
Was assistant director on "Apron Fools"
1937:
Co-founded Charter Films with brother John
1937:
Film directorial debut with the short "The Landlady"
1938:
Directed the short "Seeing Stars"; also wrote and produced
1943:
Was member of Army Film Unit during World War II
1943:
Co-directed "Tunisian Victory" with Frank Capra
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Formed Boulting Brothers Productions with twin John
1950:
With brother John, co-directed "Seven Days to Noon"
1954:
Reteamed with brother as co-director and co-producer of "Crest of the Wave/Seagulls Over Sorrento"; also wrote script
1958:
Appointed director of British Lion Films
1966:
Scripted and helmed "The Family Way", starring future wife Hayley Mills and her father John Mills
1968:
Second film with Hayley Mills, "Twisted Nerve"
1970:
Directed "There's a Girl in My Soup"
1972:
Left British Lion Films
1979:
Last film with brother, "The Number"
1979:
Final film, "The Last Word"
1985:
Helmed the British TV-movie "The Moving Finger", with Joan Hickson playing the Agatha Christie heroine Miss Marple
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Education

McGill University: Montreal , Quebec -
Reading School: -

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wife:
Angela Warnock. Married in 1936; divorced in 1941.
wife:
Jean Capon. Married in 1942; divorced in 1951; mother of two of Boulting's sons.
wife:
Enid Munnik. Married in 1951; divorced in 1964; mother of three of Boulting's sons.
companion:
Victoria Vaughan. Mother of one of Boulting's sons.
wife:
Hayley Mills. Actor. Married in 1971; separated in 1975; divorced in 1978; mother of Boulting's son Crispian.
wife:
Sandra Spencer. Married in 1978; divorced in 1984.
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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:
John Boulting. Filmmaker. Twin; partnered with Roy until his death in 1985.
son:
Crispian Boulting. Musician. Born in 1973; mother, Hayley Mills; founded band Kula Shaker; had been estranged for some twenty-years before reconciling in the late 1990s.
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