Sydney Box


Screenwriter

Biography

Life Events

1939

Founded production company which turned our numerous training and propaganda films during WWII

1945

Fiction feature co-writing (with wife Muriel Box) and producing debut, "The Seventh Veil"

1958

Ended creative collaboratory relation with wife to become British TV executive

Videos

Movie Clip

Seventh Veil, The (1945) - I Said How Old Are You? Still narrating, in flashback and under hypnosis, Francesca (Ann Todd) tells guardian Nicholas (James Mason) of her plans to marry, making little impression, in director Compton Bennett's The Seventh Veil, 1945, from a story by Muriel Box and screenplay with her husband Sydney.
Seventh Veil, The (1945) - He Was My Father's Second Cousin Hypnotized by shrink Herbert Lom, suicidal pianist Francesca (Ann Todd) recalls a boarding school trauma, then a precursor to Blofeld as she recalls events leading to her first meeting with not-quite Uncle Nicholas (James Mason), in director Compton Bennett's The Seventh Veil, 1945.
Seventh Veil, The (1945) - Suburban Shopgirl Trash Still in her hypnotic flashback, Francesca (Ann Todd) recalls meeting Peter (Hugh McDermott), then is surprised to find her guardian Nicholas (James Mason) returned from his travels and evaluating her progress, in the British period thriller The Seventh Veil, 1945.
Seventh Veil, The (1945) - She Will Talk To Me Opening sequence finds Francesca (Ann Todd) hospitalized, then psychiatrist Larsen (Herbert Lom) leading the conversation with Parker (Ernest Davies), in The Seventh Veil, 1945, from an original story by producer Sydney and wife Muriel Box.
On Approval (1944) - Would It Be Dull And Stuffy? Joining the prologue by writer, director and star Clive Brook, whose screenplay transposed writer Frederick Lonsdale's play back to the Victorian era, introducing himself as the impecunious Duke of Bristol, in On Approval, 1944, co-starring Beatrice Lillie.
On Approval (1944) - Ever Tried Brandy? Having traded insults together at the ball, widow Maria (Beatrice Lillie) with hostess Helen (Googie Withers) and smitten Richard (Roland Culver) with cynical Duke George (writer and director Clive Brook) exchange views, in On Approval, from the Frederick Lonsdale play.
Prisoner, The (1955) - Human Weakness Opening scene, in which the never-named Cardinal (Alec Guinness) is introduced, in the role all-but openly based on the Hungarian Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, from The Prisoner, 1955, directed by Peter Glenville, from the play by Bridget Boland.
Prisoner, The (1955) - The Completed Confession The first encounter between Alec Guinness, the nameless cardinal and principal character, and his communist antagonist, Jack Hawkins, known only as "the interrogator," briefly recalling their shared experience in World War Two, in The Prisoner, 1955.
Encore (1951) - Find Something Suitable The first meeting of the two brothers in "The Ant And The Grasshopper," the first of three Somerset Maugham stories comprising the feature Encore, 1951, Nigel Patrick as free spirit Tom and Roland Culver his stiffer brother George, screenplay adapted by T.E.B. Clarke.
Encore (1951) - Le Plonge De La Mort Early in the second of three Somerset Maugham stories, titled "Gigolo and Gigolette," Heather Thatcher and David Hutcheson as Monte Carlo dinner hour thrill seekers, watching the act introduced by Terence Morgan and performed by Glynis Johns, from Encore, 1951.
Trio (1950) - Somerset Maugham The author introducing the first story, from his home in the south of France, producer Sydney Box's follow up to Quartet, 1949, Trio, 1950, beginning with "The Verger," featuring James Hayter, Kathleen Harrison and Michael Hordern, directed by Ken Annakin.
Truth About Women, The (1958) Marooned In A Lift Opening another flashback, Sir Humphrey (Laurence Harvey) entering a set representing London's Mayfair House, meeting Helen (Julie Harris) by accident, inventive shots from director Muriel Box, in The Truth About Women, 1958.

Family

Betty E Box
Sister
Producer.

Companions

Muriel Box
Wife
Married in 1935; separated in 1969.

Bibliography