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Also Known As: Died: June 3, 1996
Born: October 28, 1913 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: director, actor, writer, producer

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Peter Glenville was responsible for directing several feature films, starting with "The Prisoner" (1955) and concluding with "The Comedians in Africa" (1967), a sequel to his somewhat awkward adaptation of Graham Greene's "The Comedians" (1967). Perhaps it was during Glenville's theatrical tenure, as an actor in the 1930s and a director in the 40s and 50s, that he developed his taste in films. Over the course of twelve years, Glenville directed clubfooted costume dramas and stock boulevard farces, usually fronted by high-profile thespians. Onstage, he guided Maurice Evans and Edna Best in "The Browning Version", Beatrice Straight in "The Innocents", Olivia de Havilland in "Romeo and Juliet" and Bert Lahr and Angela Lansbury in "Hotel Paradiso". He also directed the original stage productions as well as the feature versions of "The Prisoner" (with Alec Guinness recreating his stage triumph) and "Becket" (onstage with Anthony Quinn and Laurence Olivier and on film with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole). Other feature credits include "Summer and Smoke" (1961), which earned its star Geraldine Page an Oscar nomination, and the all-star "The Comedians", with Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Ustinov. ...

Peter Glenville was responsible for directing several feature films, starting with "The Prisoner" (1955) and concluding with "The Comedians in Africa" (1967), a sequel to his somewhat awkward adaptation of Graham Greene's "The Comedians" (1967). Perhaps it was during Glenville's theatrical tenure, as an actor in the 1930s and a director in the 40s and 50s, that he developed his taste in films. Over the course of twelve years, Glenville directed clubfooted costume dramas and stock boulevard farces, usually fronted by high-profile thespians. Onstage, he guided Maurice Evans and Edna Best in "The Browning Version", Beatrice Straight in "The Innocents", Olivia de Havilland in "Romeo and Juliet" and Bert Lahr and Angela Lansbury in "Hotel Paradiso". He also directed the original stage productions as well as the feature versions of "The Prisoner" (with Alec Guinness recreating his stage triumph) and "Becket" (onstage with Anthony Quinn and Laurence Olivier and on film with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole). Other feature credits include "Summer and Smoke" (1961), which earned its star Geraldine Page an Oscar nomination, and the all-star "The Comedians", with Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Ustinov.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  The Comedians (1967) Director
2.
  Hotel Paradiso (1966) Director
3.
  Becket (1964) Director
4.
  Term of Trial (1962) Director
5.
  Summer and Smoke (1961) Director
6.
  Me and the Colonel (1958) Director
7.
  The Prisoner (1956) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hotel Paradiso (1966) Georges Feydeau
2.
 Me and the Colonel (1958) British submarine commander
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1939:
Film acting debut "His Brother's Keeper"
1944:
Engaged to direct at London's Old Vic theatre
1955:
Feature directing debut "The Prisoner",
1962:
Wrote the screenplay in addition to directing "Term of Trial"
1967:
Final feature venture, "The Comedians in Africa"
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Education

Christ Church College, Oxford University: -

Notes

"Cinema is a literature of images. Theater is a literature of ideas."--Glenville quoted in his obituary in THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 5, 1996

Family close complete family listing

grandmother:
Mary Glenville. Actor. Appeared with the Abbey Theater, Dublin, Ireland.
father:
Shaun Glenville. Mime.
mother:
Mary Ward. Mime.

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