Robert Day


Director

About

Also Known As
Bob Day
Birth Place
Sheen, England, GB
Born
September 11, 1922
Died
March 17, 2017

Biography

Over the course of a 50-year career, prolific British filmmaker Robert Day shot movies for more than a decade before stepping into the director's chair for features and television, including such comedies as "The Green Man" and "Two Way Stretch." Born in Sheen, England, he joined the camera department in his late teens, serving as assistant cameraman and focus puller before running the c...

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Dorothy Provine
Companion
Actor.

Biography

Over the course of a 50-year career, prolific British filmmaker Robert Day shot movies for more than a decade before stepping into the director's chair for features and television, including such comedies as "The Green Man" and "Two Way Stretch." Born in Sheen, England, he joined the camera department in his late teens, serving as assistant cameraman and focus puller before running the camera by the late '40s, doing so for a wealth of films including the first adaptation of the George Orwell classic "1984." In the mid '50s he began directing for both features and TV series, first with the Launder-Gilliat comedy featuring Alastair Sim, "The Green Man," and the swashbuckling adventures of former pirate Robert Shaw, "The Buccaneers." Day worked his way through a range of genre fare, including Boris Karloff horror flicks ("The Haunted Strangler"), science fiction pictures ("First Man into Space"), and adventure yarns ("Tarzan the Magnificent"). Other notable British productions included the Peter Sellers caper comedy "Two Way Stretch" and several episodes of the celebrated superspy series "The Avengers." In the '60s, Day moved to the United States, where he directed mostly for the small screen on series ranging from the "The Streets of San Francisco" to "Dallas" and for TV movies such as the third installment in the beloved Disney franchise "Beyond Witch Mountain."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Matlock: Diary of a Perfect Murder (1992)
Director
Fire! Trapped on the 37th Floor (1991)
Director
Higher Ground (1988)
Director
Celebration Family (1987)
Director
The Quick and the Dead (1987)
Director
Love, Mary (1985)
Director
The Lady from Yesterday (1985)
Director
Running Out (1983)
Director
Cook and Peary: The Race to the Pole (1983)
Director
China Rose (1983)
Director
Your Place or Mine (1983)
Director
Marian Rose White (1982)
Director
Scruples (1981)
Director
The Man with Bogart's Face (1980)
Director
Murder by Natural Causes (1979)
Director
Walking Through the Fire (1979)
Director
The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank (1978)
Director
The Initiation of Sarah (1978)
Director
Black Market Baby (1977)
Director
Having Babies (1976)
Director
Twin Detectives (1976)
Director
Kingston: The Power Play (1976)
Director
Sunshine Part II (1976)
Director
Switch (1975)
Director
Death Stalk (1975)
Director
A Home of Our Own (1975)
Director
The Trial of Chaplain Jensen (1975)
Director
The Great American Beauty Contest (1973)
Director
Banyon (1971)
Director
In Broad Daylight (1971)
Director
Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (1971)
Director
The Reluctant Heroes (1971)
Director
Tarzan and the Great River (1967)
Director
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)
Director
She (1965)
Director
Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963)
Director
Corridors of Blood (1963)
Director
Operation Snatch (1962)
Director
Call Me Genius (1961)
Director
Two-Way Stretch (1961)
Director
Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)
Director
Bobbikins (1960)
Director
First Man into Space (1959)
Director
Life in Emergency Ward 10 (1959)
Director
The Haunted Strangler (1958)
Director
The Green Man (1956)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Elephant Man (1980)
The Sniper (1952)

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Shantytown Honeymoon (1972)
Gaffer
Twist of Fate (1954)
Camera Operator
Lucky Nick Cain (1951)
Camera Operator
Give Us This Day (1950)
Camera Operator
They Made Me a Fugitive (1948)
Camera

Writer (Feature Film)

Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963)
Screenwriter
Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968)
Producer

Director (Special)

London and Davis in New York (1984)
Director
The Adventures of Pollyanna (1982)
Director
Beyond Witch Mountain (1982)
Director
Of Men of Women (1973)
Director ("The Interview")
The Chimney Sweep (1958)
Director

Cast (Short)

The "She" Story (1965)
Himself

Life Events

1956

First film as director "The Green Man"

Videos

Movie Clip

Two Way Stretch (1960) - Blimey Sauerkraut! Otherwise-relaxed prison trusty Dodger (Peter Sellers) is alarmed at the arrival of the notorious screw Crout (Lionel Jeffries), who proceeds to visit the warden (Maurice Denham) in the British prison comedy Two Way Stretch, 1960.
Two Way Stretch (1960) - Not Enough Rocks To Go Around? Tough prison guard Crout (Wilfrid Hyde-White) has re-opened the quarry, cracking down on inmates Jelly (David Lodge), Lennie (Bernard Cribbins) and Dodger (Peter Sellers), which doesn't work out, in Two Way Stretch, 1960.
Two Way Stretch (1960) - A Hush-Hush Government Establishment Introduction of cellmates Lennie (Bernard Cribbins), Jelly (David Lodge) and Dodger (Peter Sellers), who have H.M. Prison Huntleigh wired, George Woodbridge their tame warder, from the 1960 British prison comedy Two Way Stretch.
Two Way Stretch (1960) - You Know Your Vicar We don’t initially know that Wilfrid Hyde-White isn’t really a vicar, as he visits the prison warden (Maurice Denham), but when cagey inmate Dodger (Peter Sellers) is brought in for counseling, we learn he’s really the notorious crook Soapy, in the British-made comedy Two Way Stretch, 1960.
Two Way Stretch (1960) - It Keeps Happening! Dishy Ethel (Liz Fraser) visits with Dodger (Peter Sellers) and Mrs. Price (Irene Handl) with son Lennie (Bernard Cribbins), a scam afoot all along, in director Robert Day's prison comedy Two Way Stretch, 1960.
She (1965) - Palestine 1918 End of the first World War finds English Major Holly (Peter Cushing), his soldier and man-servant Job (Bernard Cribbins) and fellow officer Leo (John Richardson) at loose ends in Palestine, opening Hammer Films' She, 1965, starring Ursula Andress.
She (1965) - Ayesha British Leo (John Richardson) is lured on by the vision of "Ayesha," (Ursula Andress), friends Holly (Peter Cushing) and Job (Bernard Cribbins) also hoping for ancient treasures, following their service in the first World War, on location in Israel, in Hammer Films' She, 1965.
She (1965) - A Man Who Fears Your Wrath High priest Billali (Christopher Lee) has rescued injured Leo (John Richardson) and friends (Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins) from an exotic mob, leading them through impressive Hammer Films' sets to his queen Ayesha (Ursula Andress) in She, 1965.

Companions

Dorothy Provine
Companion
Actor.

Bibliography