Sidney Gilliat


Director

About

Also Known As
Sidney Gilliatt
Birth Place
Cheshire, England, GB
Born
February 15, 1908
Died
May 31, 1994
Cause of Death
Leukemia

Biography

Began his career writing intertitles for silent films, graduating to screenplays in the 1930s before eventually turning to directing. Working often with Frank Launder, Gilliat made a series of outstanding British comedies and suspense pictures from the mid-30s into the 1960s; among the team's screenwriting credits are "The Lady Vanishes" (1938) and "Night Train to Munich" (1940). Launder...

Biography

Began his career writing intertitles for silent films, graduating to screenplays in the 1930s before eventually turning to directing. Working often with Frank Launder, Gilliat made a series of outstanding British comedies and suspense pictures from the mid-30s into the 1960s; among the team's screenwriting credits are "The Lady Vanishes" (1938) and "Night Train to Munich" (1940). Launder and Gilliat became known for thrillers with a comic element, such as "I See a Dark Stranger" (1946), "Green For Danger" (1946) and "State Secret" (1950). "The Belles of St. Trinian's" (1954) is one of their best-known outright comedies. Brother of producer Leslie Gilliat.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Endless Night (1972)
Director
The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1967)
Director
Only Two Can Play (1962)
Director
Left, Right and Centre (1959)
Director
She Played with Fire (1958)
Director
The Constant Husband (1955)
Director
The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953)
Director
State Secret (1950)
Director
London Belongs to Me (1948)
Director
Green For Danger (1946)
Director
The Rake's Progress (1945)
Director
Waterloo Road (1944)
Director
Millions Like Us (1943)
Director

Assistant Direction (Feature Film)

Red Pearls (1930)
Assistant Director
You'd Be Surprised! (1930)
Assistant Director
The Last Hour (1930)
Assistant Director
Would You Believe It! (1929)
Assistant Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Left, Right and Centre (1959)
Sleeping News Of The World Reader
You'd Be Surprised! (1930)
Would You Believe It! (1929)
Restaurant Customer

Writer (Feature Film)

The Boys in Blue (1983)
From Story
The Lady Vanishes (1979)
From Screenplay
Endless Night (1972)
Screenwriter
The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1961)
Screenwriter
Left, Right and Centre (1959)
Screenwriter
Left, Right and Centre (1959)
From Story
She Played with Fire (1958)
Screenwriter
Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957)
Screenwriter
The Green Man (1956)
Screenwriter
The Green Man (1956)
Play As Source Material ("Meet A Body")
Wee Geordie (1955)
Screenplay
The Constant Husband (1955)
Screenplay
The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)
Screenwriter
The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953)
Screenwriter
Ali Baba Nights (1953)
Writing Credits
State Secret (1950)
Screenplay
London Belongs to Me (1948)
Screenwriter
I See A Dark Stranger (1946)
From Story
I See A Dark Stranger (1946)
Screenwriter
Green For Danger (1946)
Screenwriter
2,000 Women (1944)
Writer
Waterloo Road (1944)
Screenwriter
The Young Mr. Pitt (1943)
Screenwriter
Millions Like Us (1943)
Screenplay
The Remarkable Mr. Kipps (1941)
Screenwriter
The Girl in the News (1941)
Screenwriter
They Came by Night (1940)
Screenwriter
Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939)
Screenwriter
Jamaica Inn (1939)
Screenwriter
Jamaica Inn (1939)
Dial
Strange Boarders (1938)
Screenwriter
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Screenwriter
A Yank at Oxford (1938)
Original Story
The Gaunt Stranger (1938)
Screenwriter
Ask A Policeman (1938)
From Story
Take My Tip (1937)
Screenwriter
The Man Who Lived Again (1936)
Story and Adapted
King of the Damned (1936)
Screenwriter
Seven Sinners (1936)
Adaptation
Twelve Good Men (1936)
Screenwriter
Jack Ahoy (1935)
Screenwriter
My Heart Is Calling (1935)
Adapt and dial
Alias Bulldog Drummond (1935)
Adaptation
Chu Chin Chow (1934)
Screenplay and dial
Friday the 13th (1934)
Writer
Orders Is Orders (1934)
Screenwriter
Rome Express (1933)
Additional Dialogue
Falling For You (1933)
From Story
A Gentleman of Paris (1931)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Ooh... You Are Awful (1972)
Executive Producer
Endless Night (1972)
Executive Producer
Only Two Can Play (1962)
Executive Producer
The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1961)
Producer
The Bridal Path (1959)
Producer
Left, Right and Centre (1959)
Producer
She Played with Fire (1958)
Producer
Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957)
Producer
The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)
Producer
The Green Man (1956)
Producer
Wee Geordie (1955)
Producer
The Constant Husband (1955)
Producer
The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)
Producer
The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953)
Producer
La Minute de Verite (1952)
Producer
Folly to Be Wise (1952)
Producer
Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951)
Producer
State Secret (1950)
Producer
The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)
Producer
The Blue Lagoon (1949)
Producer
Captain Boycott (1947)
Producer
Green For Danger (1946)
Producer
I See A Dark Stranger (1946)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Chu Chin Chow (1934)
Composer

Sound (Feature Film)

You'd Be Surprised! (1930)
Sound Effects

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (1980)
Production Consultant
Under the Greenwood Tree (1929)
Technical Advisor (Literary)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Ghost Train (1941)
Other
The Manxman (1929)
Other
Champagne (1928)
Other

Life Events

1927

Assistant director (to Walter Mycroft)

1942

Film director

1945

Formed Individual Pictures company with Frank Launder

1961

Chairman of Shepperton studios

Videos

Movie Clip

Green For Danger (1946) - Churchill Telling Lies Nurse Freddi Linley (Sally Gray) doing rounds at the provincial English military hospital, comes upon suave surgeon Eden (Leo Genn), expressing concern about her relations with her fiancè, his junior colleague, when buzz-bombs intrude, followed by the high-strung chief O-R nurse Bates (Judy Campbell) and a delirious patient, parroting what sounds like Nazi radio propaganda, in the dark Frank Launder-Sidney Gilliat mystery Green For Danger, 1946.
Green For Danger (1946) - You're In His Way Part of another elaborate set-piece in the Frank Launder-Sidney Gilliat production, the hospital dance, Dr Eden (Leo Genn) counsels distraught nurse Esther (Rosamund John) about his ex-lover, her deceased mother, then nurse Bates (Judy Campbell) seethes toward Dr. Barnes (Trevor Howard) whose fianceè nurse Freddi (Sally Gray) becomes his next partner, in Green For Danger, 1946.
Green For Danger (1946) - A Tatty Little Hospital Hop Interlocking exposition in a complex post-operative scene, surgeon Eden (Leo Genn) speaks with the engaged-but-arguing anesthetist Barnes and nurse Linley (Trevor Howard, Sally Gray), then nurse Woods (Megs Jenkins) and overseeing Sister Bates (Judy Campbell), nurse Esther Sanson (Rosamund John) also involved, early in the acclaimed English wartime murder mystery Green For Danger, 1946.
Green For Danger (1946) - He Was The First To Die Alastair Sim narrates as Inspector Cockrill and Moore Marriott features as postman Higgins, followed by a roll call introducing Leo Genn, Megs Jenkins, Rosamund John, Judy Campbell, Sally Gray and Trevor Howard, then Ronald Adam as the administrator Dr. White, all at an English military hospital, in the Frank Launder-Sidney Gilliat mystery, in the first production completed at London’s Pinewood Studios after the end of WWII, Green For Danger, 1946.
Green For Danger (1946) - There'll Have To Be An Inquest The new administrator (Ronald Adam as Dr. White) confers with his doctors, Trevor Howard as the anesthetist Barnes, Leo Genn as surgeon Eden and Henry Edwards as Purdy about the unexplained death of the postman, during surgery and a German air raid at a military hospital, in the Frank Launder-Sidney Gilliat mystery Green For Danger, 1946.
Yank At Oxford, A (1938) - Perfectly Beautiful Enemy American jock Lee Sheridan (Robert Taylor) on the train to Oxford, introduces himself to fellow students Beaumont, Wavertree and Ramsey (Griffith Jones, Robert Coote, Peter Croft) when Beaumont's sister Molly (Maureen O'Sullivan) arrives, and a gag is pulled, in A Yank At Oxford, 1938.
Yank At Oxford, A (1938) - The Mother In You After colliding again with the dean (Edmund Gwenn), Robert Taylor (as American student Lee Sheridan) visits a bicycle shop where he begins his first-ever scene with Vivien Leigh (as frisky faculty wife "Mrs. Craddock"), in the MGM-British production A Yank At Oxford, 1938.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - He Played For The Gentlemen Two new characters, about an hour into the picture, Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne as Brits Charters and Caldicott are catching the Berlin to Munich train when they’re surprised to see Rex Harrison, as undercover agent Randall, posing as a Nazi, sneaking Margaret Lockwood and her father out of Germany, watched by suspicious Paul Henreid, with a not-too obscure cricket reference, in Carol Reed’s Night Train To Munich, 1940.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - So Did Napoleon By way of introducing the Times of London, with a reference to the German foreign minister, Czech refugee Anna (Margaret Lockwood) has been advised by her rescuer Karl (Paul Henreid), not realizing HE’s an undercover Nazi spy, to place an ad, in hopes she’ll lead him to her fugitive scientist father, but she trusts Roland Culver, the British intelligence man on the phone, another wrinkle, in Night Train To Munich, 1940.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - Only Love Can Lead The Way In his first scene, Rex Harrison poses as singer Gus, practicing tradecraft as he initially rebuffs Czech refugee Anna (Margaret Lockwood), who got mysterious instructions to come to coastal Brightbourne (modeled on Brighton), in search of her exiled scientist father, not aware the Nazis are watching her (!), in Carol Reed’s Night Train To Munich, 1940.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - I'm Suffering From An Eye Strain Substantial plot twist, to infuriate any viewer who was liking Paul Henreid as Karl Marsen, Czech concentration camp escapee who, now in London, reveals himself to be a Nazi mole, visiting an opthalmologist (Felix Aylmer) who, after a clever bit with an eye chart, does exposition, in Night Train To Munich, 1940, from director Carol Reed and producer Alexander Korda.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - We Shall Be Invaded After a prologue on various Nazi invasions of 1939, with Hitler in newsreels, then indirectly portrayed, we meet James Harcourt as Czech scientist Bomasch, with chiefs of his military industry employer, who winds up calling his daughter, top-billed Margaret Lockwood, in Alexander Korda and Carol Reed’s Night Train To Munich, 1940.

Family

Leslie Gilliat
Brother
Producer.

Bibliography