John Boulting


Director

About

Birth Place
Bray, England, GB
Born
November 21, 1913
Died
June 17, 1985
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

With his twin brother Roy, a leading figure of the post-WWII British film industry. Though they alternated producing and directing chores, the brothers' individual filming styles were virtually indistinguishable. They formed Charter Films in 1937 and were responsible for gritty dramas such as "Thunder Rock" (1942) and "Brighton Rock" (1947) in the 40s. The team concentrated, during the n...

Biography

With his twin brother Roy, a leading figure of the post-WWII British film industry. Though they alternated producing and directing chores, the brothers' individual filming styles were virtually indistinguishable. They formed Charter Films in 1937 and were responsible for gritty dramas such as "Thunder Rock" (1942) and "Brighton Rock" (1947) in the 40s. The team concentrated, during the next decade, on mildly anarchic comedies like "Private's Progress" (1956) and "I'm All Right, Jack" (1959), a satire of British trade unions.

During the Spanish Civil War John had fought with the Republicans and, though he later eschewed left-wing politics, all his films carry a degree of social comment. In WWII he made films for the Royal Air Force while Roy directed for the Army Film Unit.

Life Events

1933

Began career as an office boy for a London film distributor

1935

Joined brother at Marleybone Studios

1937

Volunteered to be an ambulance driver in the Spanish Civil War; was almost captured twice

1937

Co-founded Charter Films with brother Roy

1937

First short film, "The Landlady", directed by Roy and produced by John

1945

Feature directing debut, "Journey Together"; also produced and wrote; made for the RAF

1947

Helmed "Brighton Rock", co-written by Graham Greene (adapted from his novel) and Terrence Rattigan

1951

Contributed "The Magic Box" to the Festival of Britain

1955

Joined British Lion Films

1956

Directed "Private's Progress"

1959

Helmed the controversial satire "I'm Alright Jack"

1965

Final film as director, "Rotten to the Core"

Videos

Movie Clip

Crest Of The Wave (1954) - Death Or Glory Boys At a post-WWII British naval research station after a colleague’s death in an accident, Badge (Sidney James) counsels Haggis and Sprog (David Orr, Ray Jackson), joined by Lofty (Bernard Lee), before P-O Herbert (Patric Doonan) intrudes, in John and Ray Boulting’s Crest Of The Wave, 1954.
Crest Of The Wave (1954) - Not Sailed By Englishmen Yanks Shorty and Butch (Fred Wayne, Jeff Richards) getting kitted out for new duties at a remote British navy station when Lofty (Bernard Lee) realizes the latter is the man a colleague believes stole his fianceè years earlier, David Orr and Ray Jackson joining the fray, in Crest Of The Wave, 1954.
Crest Of The Wave (1954) - Have A Look At This Midget American Navy scientist Bradville (Gene Kelly) setting terms with Brit Lt. Wharton (John Justin), whose previous supervisor was killed working with the new explosive compound they’re testing, joined by his tech crew (Jeff Richards, Fred Wayne), in the Boulting brothers’ Crest Of The Wave, 1954.
Brighton Rock (1947) - Quarter Past One Fred (Alan Wheatley) is abandoned by Ida (Hermione Baddeley) and caught by treacherous Pinkie (Richard Attenborough) among the beachside amusements in Brighton Rock, 1947, from Graham Greene's novel and screenplay.
Brighton Rock (1947) - The Gentleman Will Pay Fred (Alan Wheatley) panics as Dallow (William Hartnell), Cubitt (Nigel Stock) and the dreaded Pinkie (Richard Attenborough) find him at a seaside pub in Brighton Rock, from Graham Greene's novel and screenplay.
Brighton Rock (1947) - So There You Are, Fred! Fine location work by cameramen Harry Waxman and Gilbert Taylor as Fred (Alan Wheatley) is chased through the streets and boardwalks of Brighton by Pinkie (Richard Attenborough) and gang in Brighton Rock, 1947.
Brighton Rock (1947) - I Always Look At You Close Teenage chief hoodlum Pinky (Richard Attenborough), his murder victim being removed outside, looks to retrieve an incriminating flyer left by one of his gang at the cafe where Rose (Carol Marsh, her first scene) works, in Graham Greene's Brighton Rock, 1947.
Man In A Cocked Hat - No Lavatories The newly arrived young king (Ian Bannen) baffles the Brits (Terry-Thomas, Thorley Walters) then his own Prime Minister Amphibulos (Peter Sellers) in the Boulting brothers' Man In A Cocked Hat (a.k.a. Carlton-Browne Of The F.O.), 1959.
Man In A Cocked Hat - Aeroporta Gaillardia Carlton-Browne (Terry-Thomas, in outrageous hat) and Bellingham (Thorley Walters) arrive in Gaillardia and meet Prime Minister Amphibulos (Peter Sellers) in Man In A Cocked Hat (a.k.a. Carlton-Browne Of The F.O.), 1959..
Man In A Cocked Hat - Miscellaneous Territories Jaunty opening introducing the British territory of Gaillardia, and Carlton-Browne (Terry Thomas) and parents (Kynaston Reeves, Marie Lohr), in the Boulting brothers' Man In A Cocked Hat (a.k.a. Carlton-Browne Of The F.O.), 1959.
I'm All Right Jack - Fred Kite Stanley (Ian Carmichael) has his first encounter with the efficient shop steward Fred Kite (Peter Sellers) in the Boulting brothers' I'm All Right Jack, 1960.
Heavens Above! - The Weight You're Carrying The arch-deacon (Cecil Parker) has just discovered he sent the wrong Reverend Smallwood (Peter Sellers) to town, when patron Lady Despard (Isabel Jeans) arrives, in the Boulting brothers' Heavens Above!, 1963.

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Family

Arthur Boulting
Father
Rose Boulting
Mother
Peter Cotes
Brother
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.
Roy Boulting
Brother
Screenwriter, director,. Twin.

Bibliography