Victor Saville


Director

About

Birth Place
Birmingham, England, GB
Born
September 25, 1897
Died
May 08, 1979

Biography

Responsible for a number of finely crafted British films of the 1930s, notably "Sunshine Susie" (1931), "I Was a Spy" (1933), "South Riding" (1938) and "Evergreen" (1934), one of several Jessie Matthews musical vehicles he directed. In 1940 Saville began working in Hollywood, where he enjoyed more success as a producer ("Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" 1941, "Kiss Me Deadly" 1955) than a direct...

Family & Companions

Phoebe Saville
Wife

Bibliography

"Evergreen: Victor Saville in His Own Words"
Roy Moseley, Southern Illinois University Press (2000)

Biography

Responsible for a number of finely crafted British films of the 1930s, notably "Sunshine Susie" (1931), "I Was a Spy" (1933), "South Riding" (1938) and "Evergreen" (1934), one of several Jessie Matthews musical vehicles he directed. In 1940 Saville began working in Hollywood, where he enjoyed more success as a producer ("Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" 1941, "Kiss Me Deadly" 1955) than a director.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Silver Chalice (1955)
Director
The Long Wait (1954)
Director
Affair in Monte Carlo (1953)
Director
Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951)
Director
Kim (1951)
Director
The Miniver Story (1950)
Director
Conspirator (1949)
Director
If Winter Comes (1948)
Director
Desire Me (1947)
Fill-In Director
Green Dolphin Street (1947)
Director
The Green Years (1946)
Director
Tonight and Every Night (1945)
Director
Forever and a Day (1943)
Director
The Earl of Chicago (1940)
Director
South Riding (1938)
Director
Dark Journey (1937)
Director
Storm in a Teacup (1937)
Director
It's Love Again (1936)
Director
First a Girl (1935)
Director
The Iron Duke (1935)
Director
Me and Marlborough (1935)
Director
Evergreen (1934)
Director
Friday the 13th (1934)
Director
Evensong (1934)
Director
I Was a Spy (1933)
Director
Faithful Heart (1933)
Director
The Good Companions (1933)
Director
Office Girl (1932)
Director
Michael and Mary (1932)
Director
The "W" Plan (1931)
Director
Kitty (1929)
Director
Woman To Woman (1929)
Director
Tesha (1928)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Affair in Monte Carlo (1953)
Policeman

Writer (Feature Film)

Faithful Heart (1933)
Adaptation
Office Girl (1932)
Adaptation
Michael and Mary (1932)
Adaptation
Woman To Woman (1929)
Writer

Producer (Feature Film)

Loss of Innocence (1961)
Producer
My Gun Is Quick (1957)
Presented By
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Presented By
The Long Wait (1954)
Presented By
I, the Jury (1953)
Presented By
Tonight and Every Night (1945)
Producer
Above Suspicion (1943)
Producer
Keeper of the Flame (1942)
Producer
White Cargo (1942)
Producer
The Chocolate Soldier (1941)
Producer
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Producer
Smilin' Through (1941)
Producer
A Woman's Face (1941)
Producer
Bitter Sweet (1940)
Producer
The Earl of Chicago (1940)
Producer
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Producer
The Citadel (1938)
Producer
South Riding (1938)
Producer
Storm in a Teacup (1937)
Producer
Woman To Woman (1929)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Loss of Innocence (1961)
Company
My Gun Is Quick (1957)
Company
The Silver Chalice (1955)
Company
Action for Slander (1938)
Company
Storm in a Teacup (1937)
Company
Dark Journey (1937)
Company

Life Events

1921

Directorial debut (documentary) "Conquest of Oil"

1927

First feature film as director, "The Arcadians" (also wrote and produced)

1927

Production debut "The Arcadians"

Photo Collections

Green Dolphin Street - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Green Dolphin Street (1947). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Keeper Of The Flame, The (1942) - I Envisioned An Older Man 25 minutes into the picture the first appearance of co-top-billed Katherine Hepburn, as Christine Forrest, mourning widow of national hero Robert, as she meets enterprising and acclaimed reporter O’Malley (Spencer Tracy), who has snuck into her house, in George Cukor’s Keeper Of The Flame, 1942.
Green Dolphin Street (1947) - The Tide May Not Wait None of the principals appear here (except Donna Reed and Lana Turner, as the sisters Patourel, in a portrait) but MGM’s intentions are declared, Dame May Whitty oversees the convent on the fictional Channel Island of St. Pierre, a boffo SF/X backdrop and a visit to Gladys Cooper as the mom, in the 1947 disaster melodrama Green Dolphin Street.
Green Dolphin Street (1947) - I Think I'll Be A Smuggler! The dazzling Patourel sisters (Lana Turner as Marianne, Donna Reed as Marguerite), on the fictional Channel Island of St. Pierre in the 1840’s, are observed by Van Heflin (as Timothy Haslam, with Ramsey Ames), then picnic with their handsome unorthodox new neighbor William (Richard Hart), early in MGM’s disaster-melodrama Green Dolphin Street, 1947.
Green Dolphin Street (1947) - I'm Bold And Scheming Introduction of the sisters Patourel, on a fictional Channel Island ca. 1840, Donna Reed as Marguerite with their mom (Gladys Cooper), and Lana Turner as self-assured (and brunette!) Marianne with papa (Edmund Gwenn), noticing the arrival of a hunky new neighbor (Richard Hart), not knowing yet that his father was her mother’s major first love, early in MGM’s Green Dolphin Street, 1947.
Green Dolphin Street (1947) - It Must Be St. Peter Donna Reed as 1840-something Channel Islander Marguerite is distraught over the (Spoiler!) consecutive deaths of her parents, wakened by the waves at the foot of the cliff-side convent, chooses to approach (though it’s not strictly necessary) through the old smuggler’s cave, thus a dramatic sequence for the MGM special effects team, in Green Dolphin Street, 1947.
Green Dolphin Street (1947) - Big Sea A big earthquake from MGM special effects wizards A. Arnold Gillespie and Warren Newcombe has already begun in what by now must be 1850-something New Zealand, Van Heflin is rescuing Lana Turner while Richard Hart, her husband on a nearby riverboat, is slow to recognize what the natives sense, in Green Dolphin Street, 1947.
Chocolate Soldier, The (1941) - Song Of The Flea Aiming to test her loyalty, Viennese opera star Karl (Nelson Eddy) appears at the club where his wife Maria (Rise Stevens) and best pal Bernard (Nigel Bruce) are in the audience, disguised as a romantic Russian, in MGM’s The Chocolate Soldier, 1941.
Woman's Face, A (1941) - This Lady Is Interested In Love Already in flashback, vast plot complexity, Melvyn Douglas as Swedish plastic surgeon Gustav is confronted with Joan Crawford as Anna, who sprained her ankle trying to escape when he interrupted her trying to blackmail his wife (Osa Massen) with love letters, intrigued by her case, in George Cukor’s A Woman’s Face, 1941.
Woman's Face, A - A Most Generous Gesture Deep in the Swedish woods, waiter (Donald Meek) serving Vera (Osa Massen) and the party of playboy Barring (Conrad Veidt) who then meets "proprietor" Anna (Joan Crawford), early in George Cukor's A Woman's Face, 1941.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) - Why'd You Let It Die? Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker), on a tip from a building super (Silvio Minciotti), pays a visit to spacey Lily (Gaby Rodgers), sometime roommate of the murdered girl, just off Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, in Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly, 1955.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) - He's A Bedroom Dick Ralph Meeker as Mike Hammer leaves the hospital with gal-Friday Velda (Maxine Cooper), weeks after the non-accident that killed his hitcher, James Seay apprehending and Robert Cornthwaite interrogating for the FBI, Wesley Addy his cop pal Pat, in Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly, 1955.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) - Something Big Classical music and skimpy workout gear for assistant Velda (Maxine Cooper) as Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) arrives at the office with ideas about the torture-murder of the girl he found on the highway, in Robert Aldrich's film of the Mickey Spillane novel, Kiss Me Deadly, 1955.

Trailer

Green Years, The - (Original Trailer) An orphaned Irish boy is taken in by his mother's Scottish relations in The Green Years (1946) from the author of The Citadel and The Stars Look Down.
White Cargo - (Original Trailer) Hedy Lamarr plays Tondelayo, driving the manager of an African plantation (Richard Carlson) out of his mind with lust in White Cargo (1942).
Chocolate Soldier, The - (Original Trailer) A jealous husband tests his opera singer wife's fidelity by pretending to be another man in The Chocolate Soldier (1941) starring Nelson Eddy and Rise Stevens.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) - (Original Trailer) A cold-hearted teacher becomes the school favorite when he falls for a beautiful young woman in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) with Robert Donat.
Keeper of the Flame - (Original Trailer) A reporter digs into the secret life of a recently deceased political hero in Keeper of the Flame (1942) with Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy.
If Winter Comes - (Original Trailer) Scandal results when a well-meaning man (Walter Pidgeon) takes in a pregnant girl (Janet Leigh) in If Winter Comes (1947).
Above Suspicion -- (Original Trailer) Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray are newlyweds who spend their honeymoon looking for a Nazi superweapon in Germany in Above Suspicion (1943).
Desire Me - (Original Trailer) A war widow falls in love with the man who informed her of her husband's death in Desire Me (1947) starring Greer Garson and Robert Mitchum.
Earl Of Chicago, The - (Original Trailer) A gangster, Silky Kilmont (Robert Montgomery), inherits a British title and becomes The Earl of Chicago (1939).
Woman's Face, A - (Original Trailer) Joan Crawford is a criminal who tries to change her life after a plastic surgeon removes a disfiguring scar in A Woman's Face (1941).
Calling Bulldog Drummond - (Original Trailer) Walter Pidgeon plays the famed British sleuth in Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951).
Kim - (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn is a horse trader in Colonial India who befriends the orphaned boy Kim (1950) played by the young Dean Stockwell in Rudyard Kipling's classic tale.

Companions

Phoebe Saville
Wife

Bibliography

"Evergreen: Victor Saville in His Own Words"
Roy Moseley, Southern Illinois University Press (2000)