Cy Endfield


Director
Cy Endfield

About

Also Known As
Cyril Raker Endfield, C Raker Endfield, Cyril Endfield, Hugh Raker, C Raker
Birth Place
Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
November 10, 1914
Died
April 16, 1995
Cause of Death
Cerebral Vascular Disease

Biography

Made several socially aware thrillers such as "The Sound of Fury" (1950) before being blacklisted. Endfield continued to work in the UK, notably on the spectacular African siege drama "Zulu" (1964)....

Notes

Endfield's work as a director can roughly be divided into his Hollywood films (1944-51) in which he is credited as Cyril Endfield, the British-based films from 1953-59 which he directed or served as "supervising director" as C. Raker Endfield or under various pseudonyms, and his post-1960 films for which he is credited as Cy Endfield.

Biography

Made several socially aware thrillers such as "The Sound of Fury" (1950) before being blacklisted. Endfield continued to work in the UK, notably on the spectacular African siege drama "Zulu" (1964).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Universal Soldier (1971)
Director
De Sade (1969)
Director
Sands of the Kalahari (1965)
Director
Hide and Seek (1964)
Director
Zulu (1964)
Director
Mysterious Island (1961)
Director
Sea Fury (1958)
Director
HELL DRIVERS (1957)
Director
Child in the House (1956)
Director
The Master Plan (1955)
Director
Impulse (1955)
Director
The Secret (1955)
Director
Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952)
Director
Try and Get Me! (1951)
Director
The Underworld Story (1950)
Director
Joe Palooka in the Big Fight (1949)
Director
The Argyle Secrets (1948)
Director
Stork Bites Man (1947)
Director
Gentleman Joe Palooka (1946)
Director
The Great Morgan (1945)
Director "Our Old Car"

Writer (Feature Film)

Zulu Dawn (1979)
Story By
Zulu Dawn (1979)
Screenplay
Sands of the Kalahari (1965)
Screenwriter
Zulu (1964)
Screenwriter
Sea Fury (1958)
Screenplay
HELL DRIVERS (1957)
Screenwriter
Child in the House (1956)
Screenwriter
The Master Plan (1955)
Screenwriter
The Secret (1955)
Screenwriter
The Underworld Story (1950)
Adaptation
Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch (1949)
Original Story
Joe Palooka in the Big Fight (1949)
Additional Dialogue
The Argyle Secrets (1948)
Writer
Stork Bites Man (1947)
Screenwriter
Hard Boiled Mahoney (1947)
Original Screenplay
Gentleman Joe Palooka (1946)
Original Screenplay
Joe Palooka, Champ (1946)
Screenwriter
Mr. Hex (1946)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Sands of the Kalahari (1965)
Producer
Zulu (1964)
Producer
Mr. Hex (1946)
Associate Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Limping Man (1953)
Composer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Sands of the Kalahari (1965)
Company
Jet Storm (1961)
Company

Director (Short)

Magic on a Stick (1946)
Director
Our Old Car (1946)
Director
The Great American Mug (1945)
Director
Nostradamus IV (1944)
Director
Radio Bugs (1944)
Director
Tale of a Dog (1944)
Director
Dancing Romeo (1944)
Director
INFLATION (1943)
Director

Life Events

1941

Moved to Hollywood

1945

First short film as director, "Passing Parade"

1946

Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "Gentleman Joe Palooka"

1950

Wrote and directed, "The Sound of Fury", a controversial examination of post-war america

1951

Blacklisted in Hollywood, he relocated to England rather than name names, where he continued to direct uncredited or under a variety of pseudonymns

1952

Made final Hollywood picture, "Tarzan's Savage Fury"

1953

Credited as Hugh Raker for song lyrics, "I Couldn't Care Less", also co-direced "The Limping Man"

1964

First producing effort, also wrote and directed, "Zulu"; Michael Caine's film acting debut

1971

Directed final feature, "Universal Soldier"

1978

Invented computerized pocket-sized typewriter

1979

Final screenplay credit, "Zulu Dawn"

Videos

Movie Clip

Mysterious Island (1961) — (Movie Clip) Wherever The Wind Takes Us With the Confederacy in collapse, Union POW’s Capt. Harding, Neb and hesitant Brown (Michael Craig, Dan Jackson, Michael Callan), with reporter Spilitt (Gary Merrill) escape in an observation balloon, with a confederate deserter (Percy Herbert) by accident, special effects by Ray Harryhausen, with his regular producer partner Charles H. Schneer, in the best-financed version of the Jules Verne novel, Mysterious Island, 1961.
Mysterious Island (1961) - Listen Captain Nemo After the pirate ship sinks, Herbert and Elena (Michael Callan, Beth Rogan) rush back, then Captain Nemo (Herbert Lom) finally emerges, conversing with Spillett, Lady Mary and Captain Harding (Gary Merrill, Joan Greenwood, Michael Craig), over an hour into Mysterious Island, 1961.
Mysterious Island (1961) - Cook In A Slow Oven Spillett (Gary Merrill) is having a swim when a new Ray Harryhausen beast appears, Lady Mary and Elena (Joan Greenwood, Beth Rogan) attempt to resist, soldier Herbert (Michael Callan) finally interceding, hard times for the Civil War refugees on Jules Verne's Mysterious Island, 1961.
Mysterious Island (1961) - Mighty Big Crab Civil War POW's Captain Harding (Michael Craig) and "Neb" (Dan Jackson) encounter the first big Ray Harryhausen monster, a crab, Spillett, Pencroft and Brown (Gary Merrill, Percy Herbert, Michael Callan) rushing to help, in the Columbia, Charles H. Schneer version of Mysterious Island, 1961.
Try And Get Me! (1951) - I Never Have Any Trouble Intense real-time crime, Cy Endfield directs as brash Jerry (Lloyd Bridges) conducts newly recruited driver and novice criminal Howard (Frank Lovejoy) through his first heist, the victims not credited, in Try And Get Me!, 1951, from a novel and screenplay by Jo Pagano.
Try And Get Me! (1951) - Time And Space Have Met Joining the dinner party at the small-city California home of columnist Gil and spouse (Richard Carlson, Irene Vernon), guests including editor Hal and wife (Art Smith, Lynn Gray) and house-guest Vito (Renzo Cesana), a professor from Italy, their history explained, as news comes in about another robbery (staged by leading man Frank Lovejoy and Lloyd Bridges), in Try And Get Me!, 1951.
Try And Get Me! (1951) - Sautè Until Tender Hanging in his California home town having no luck finding work, increasingly desperate dad Howard (Frank Lovejoy) interrupts cook Mike (not credited) with columnist Stanton (Richard Carlson), then slick Jerry (Lloyd Bridges) bowling alone, director Cy Endfield introducing key players, early in Try And Get Me!, 1951.
Try And Get Me! (1951) - Open, To The Devil In A Dive Bomber Bracing opening, the street preacher is Emerson Treacy, evoking a whole range of literary and cinematic precedents, with the introduction of top-billed Frank Lovejoy edited into the title sequence, the colorful truck driver not credited, from the last feature directed by blacklisted Cy Endfield, before emigrating to the U.K., in Try And Get Me!, 1951.
Try And Get Me! (1951) - At Least We Weren't Beggars! Back in his hometown after failing to find work in a neighboring California city, we learn more about Howard (Frank Lovejoy), with wife Judy (Kathleen Ryan) and son Tommy (Donald Smelick), early in Try And Get Me!, 1951, from a novel and screenplay by Jo Pagano.
Zulu - Cooperate Lieutenants Bromhead (Michael Caine) and Chard (Stanley Baker) discuss their command structure as conflict looms in Zulu, 1964.
Zulu - Bromhead Lieutenant Bromhead (Michael Caine) arrives at the tiny British garrison in Natal Province, finding Lieutenant Chard (Stanley Baker) already engaged in mundane business in Zulu, 1964.
Zulu - Battle Plan Boer scout Adendorf (Gert van den Bergh), joins lieutenants Chard (Stanley Baker) and Bromhead (Michael Caine) in plans to fight the Zulus in Zulu, 1964.

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Bibliography

Notes

Endfield's work as a director can roughly be divided into his Hollywood films (1944-51) in which he is credited as Cyril Endfield, the British-based films from 1953-59 which he directed or served as "supervising director" as C. Raker Endfield or under various pseudonyms, and his post-1960 films for which he is credited as Cy Endfield.