Leslie Norman


Director, Producer

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Died
February 18, 1993
Cause of Death
Heart Failure

Biography

English director and producer of both TV and film. Norman began as an editor in pre-war London. After the war he began an association with Ealing Studios, where he helmed "West of Zanzibar" (1954, as producer only), "The Shiralee" (1957, as director only), and "The Long Short and the Tall" (1961, as director only). In the early 60s Norman segued to TV, where he showed a flair for tongue-...

Family & Companions

Elizabeth Norman
Wife
Survived him.

Biography

English director and producer of both TV and film. Norman began as an editor in pre-war London. After the war he began an association with Ealing Studios, where he helmed "West of Zanzibar" (1954, as producer only), "The Shiralee" (1957, as director only), and "The Long Short and the Tall" (1961, as director only). In the early 60s Norman segued to TV, where he showed a flair for tongue-in-cheek adventure when he directed episodes of such notable British-flavored series as "The Saint" (1963-69), "The Avengers" (1966-69) and "The Persuaders" (1971-72).

Life Events

1954

First feature as a producer, "West of Zanzibar"

1955

Feature directorial debut, "The Night My Number Came Up"

1966

Directed episodes of the short-lived ABC mystery series, "The Baron"

1971

Directed episodes of the adventure series, "Department S" and "The Persuaders"

Videos

Movie Clip

Dunkirk (1958) - There's A Flap On! Tight opening with newsreels and comic shorts establishing late March, 1940, in Belgium British forces including John Mills as Corporal Binns, with Robert Urquhart as witty Mike, and privates Meredith Edwards and Ray Jackson, speculating about the folks back home, in Dunkirk, 1958, from Ealing studios, also starring Richard Attenborough.
Dunkirk (1958) - Be Like Dad -- Keep Mum! In London, March 1940, irritated with sketchy news from the Ministry Of Information, journalist Foreman (Bernard Lee) at his local, joined by his wife (Maxine Audley), tangling with machine shop owner Holden (Richard Attenborough), whom he considers a profiteer, a merchant seaman (Victor Maddern) joining in, early in Dunkirk, 1958.
Dunkirk (1958) - You're Under Orders Now Now in Sheerness, Kent, having sailed their commandeered boats from London, journalist Foreman (Bernard Lee) realizes British forces in France are being routed, tells the naval officer (Michael Gwynn) he’s willing to sail across himself, inspiring young Frankie (Sean Barrett) and previously timid Holden (Richard Attenborough) to volunteer as well, in Dunkirk, 1958.
Mandy (1952) - One Of The Lucky Ones Child star Mandy Miller in her first appearance in the title role, director Alexander Mackendrick with a terrifying moment, as mother Christine (Phyllis Calvert) narrates, then joins father Harry (Terence Morgan), unable to help their child, in Mandy, 1952.
X The Unknown - Good Reading Soldiers learning to use a Geiger counter on a Scottish bog, clumsy Lancing (Kenneth Cope) finds something other than the harmless test signal, scientist Banneman (Peter Hammond) following up as trouble ensues, early in X: The Unknown, 1957.
X The Unknown - Stay Behind The Screen Fiddling with his machines, American atomic scientist Royston (Dean Jagger) receives soldier Haggis (Ian McNaughton) who summons him to the boss (Edward Chapman) at a Scottish nuclear facility, early in X: The Unknown, 1957.

Trailer

Family

Barry Norman
Son
BBC film commentator, author. Survived him.
Richard Norman
Son
Survived him.
Valerie Norman
Daughter
Script supervisor. Survived him.

Companions

Elizabeth Norman
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography