J. Lee Thompson


Director
J. Lee Thompson

About

Also Known As
John Lee Thompson
Birth Place
Bristol, England, GB
Died
August 30, 2002
Cause of Death
Died Of Congestive Heart Failure

Biography

Multi-talented figure from the stage who landed his first screen role in 1935. A competent technician, Thompson made his directorial debut in 1950 and went on to produce a considerable volume of British and American features, notably "The Guns of Navarone" (1961) and "Cape Fear" (1962). Thompson has also directed nine Charles Bronson vehicles....

Biography

Multi-talented figure from the stage who landed his first screen role in 1935. A competent technician, Thompson made his directorial debut in 1950 and went on to produce a considerable volume of British and American features, notably "The Guns of Navarone" (1961) and "Cape Fear" (1962). Thompson has also directed nine Charles Bronson vehicles.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)
Director
Messenger Of Death (1988)
Director
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)
Director
Firewalker (1986)
Director
Murphy's Law (1986)
Director
The Ambassador (1985)
Director
King Solomon's Mines (1985)
Director
The Evil That Men Do (1984)
Director
10 To Midnight (1983)
Director
Caboblanco (1981)
Director
Code Red (1981)
Director
Happy Birthday to Me (1980)
Director
The Passage (1979)
Director
The Greek Tycoon (1978)
Director
The White Buffalo (1977)
Director
St. Ives (1976)
Director
Widow (1976)
Director
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975)
Director
Huckleberry Finn (1974)
Director
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Director
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Director
A Great American Tragedy (1972)
Director
Brotherly Love (1970)
Director
Before Winter Comes (1969)
Director
Mackenna's Gold (1969)
Director
The Chairman (1969)
Director
Eye of the Devil (1967)
Director
Return From the Ashes (1965)
Director
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)
Director
No Tree in the Street (1964)
Director
What a Way To Go! (1964)
Director
Kings of the Sun (1963)
Director
Cape Fear (1962)
Director
Taras Bulba (1962)
Director
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Director
Flame Over India (1960)
Director
North West Frontier (1959)
Director
Tiger Bay (1959)
Director
Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
Director
As Long as They're Happy (1957)
Director
An Alligator Named Daisy (1957)
Director
Woman In A Dressing Gown (1957)
Director
Blonde Sinner (1956)
Director
For Better For Worse (1954)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Gregory Peck: His Own Man (1988)

Writer (Feature Film)

10 To Midnight (1983)
From Story
10 To Midnight (1983)
Story By
For Better For Worse (1954)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

Return From the Ashes (1965)
Producer
Woman In A Dressing Gown (1957)
Producer
Blonde Sinner (1956)
Prod devised by

Production Companies (Feature Film)

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)
Company
Return From the Ashes (1965)
Company
What a Way To Go! (1964)
Company
No Tree in the Street (1964)
Company

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Track 29 (1988)
Other

Cast (Special)

Anthony Quinn (1990)

Cast (Short)

ALL EYES ON SHARON TATE (1966)
Himself

Life Events

1931

Acted with the Nottingham Repertory Company

1934

Turned to screenwriting

1936

First screenplay, "The Middle Watch"

1950

Directed first feature, "Murder Without Crime"

Photo Collections

Cape Fear - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Cape Fear (1962). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Yield To The Night (1956) - Opening Intense and crafty opening from director J. Lee Thompson, from the novel by ex-convict Joan Henry and her screenplay with John Cresswell, no dialogue as Diana Dors traverses London, stalking the apparently well-heeled Mercia Shaw, opening Yield To The Night, a.k.a. Blonde Sinner, 1956.
Yield To The Night (1956) - The Cherry Hung With Snow British bombshell Diana Dors, in what would be the most praised performance of her career, as convicted murderess Mary, with a whispered reading of A.E. Housman’s famous A Shropshire Lad, recalling her first encounters with Jim (Michael Craig), J. Lee Thompson directing, in Yield To The Night, 1956.
Yield To The Night (1956) - When You Face A Firing Squad We’ve seen Diana Dors as Mary commit murder, then be informed that she will soon be executed, and her custody taken over by guards Olga Lindo and Yvonne Mitchell as MacFarlane, who shows an evolved compassion, in director J. Lee Thompson’s British-made Yield To The Night, 1956.
Cape Fear (1962) - What He Might Do Following the poisoning of the family dog, daughter (Lori Martin) and mom (Polly Bergen) get the low down from lawyer, husband and dad Sam (Gregory Peck) about his enemy in town, in Cape Fear, 1962, from a John D. MacDonald novel.
Cape Fear (1962) - Constant Attention Police chief Dutton (Martin Balsam) informs lawyer Bowden (Gregory Peck) that his stalker Cady (Robert Mitchum) has arrived with an attorney (Jack Kruschen), leading to a tense meeting, in J. Lee Thompson's original Cape Fear, 1962.
Eye Of The Devil (1967) - The Path You Have Chose David Niven as the French Marquis Philippe, motoring from Paris to Bordeaux where his family vineyard has failed again, his aunt (Flora Robson) isn’t eager to see him, the butler (Donald Bisset) is edified, and the local priest (Donald Pleasence) is spooky, J. Lee Thompson directing, In Eye Of The Devil, 1967.
Eye Of The Devil (1967) - Open, Bordeaux Brive Paris eyeofthedevil_openbordeauxbriveparis_FC_
Eye Of The Devil (1967) - My Sister Has Just Created A Dove Her kids (Robert Duncan, Suky Appleby) at play, visiting the family estate in Bordeaux where they encounter the entrancing local Odile (Sharon Tate), Deborah Kerr as Catherine attempts to intervene when the even scarier brother Christian (David Hemmings) appears, in Eye Of The Devil, 1967, from a novel by Philip Loraine.
Eye Of The Devil (1967) - Never Turn Back Deborah Kerr as Catherine, wife of the owner of the estate and vineyard in Bordeaux, arrived from Paris with the kids, hopes he’s finally come home, but gets no help from the butler (Donald Bisset), then observes the scary local siblings Christian and Odile (David Hemmings, Sharon Tate), in Eye Of The Devil, 1967.
Cape Fear (1962) - Might Not Be Alive Immediately following credits establishing a tranquil southern town, menacing Robert Mitchum (playing ex-con Max Cady) drops in on Gregory Peck (as lawyer Bowden), busy in court, from J. Lee Thompson's original Cape Fear, 1962.
Cape Fear (1962) - Fast On Your Feet Vengeful ex-con Cady (Robert Mitchum) toys with the bowling alley waitress (Joan Staley), while making a second unwelcome visit to lawyer Bowden (Gregory Peck), with wife (Polly Bergen) and daughter (Lori Martin), early in the original Cape Fear, 1962.
Guns of Navarone, The (1961) - I Am No Spy! The big scene for native Greek Stavros (Anthony Quinn), scheming to help partner Mallory (Gregory Peck) and the rest of the undercover Allied commando team escape from Nazi occupiers (Walter Gotell, George Mikell) in The Guns of Navarone, 1961.

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