** Roy Baker Hollywood Director's ** Copy British Cinema of the 1940s


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Charles Drazin : The Finest Years British Cinema of the 1940s First Edition 1st Impression Published By Andre Deutsch London 1988……… The book came from the Library of Hollywood Director Roy Ward Baker ……………(see pictures)  

Condition Of Book and Dust-Jacket: This is a Fine Copy of this book in a Fine Dust-jacket that has No chips or tears to the edges of the dust-jacket.Contents remain clean internally.This copy was acquired from the impressive private library of Roy Ward Baker and it bears his name to the front endpaper.Baker started in the film industry as a tea boy and his first jobs were menial,but by 1938 he had risen to the level of as assistant director on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes (1938).He served in the Army during World War II, transferring to the Army Kinematograph Unit in 1943. One of his superiors at the time was novelist Eric Ambler who insisted on Baker being given his first big break directing The October Man, from an Ambler screenplay, in 1947.Ambler also adapted Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember for Baker’s 1958 screen version.His next two films, The Weaker Sex (1948) and Paper Orchid (1949) were popular but overshadowed by the success of Morning Departure (1950), also featuring John Mills.Morning Departure drew international attention to Baker’s talent and prompted Darryl Zanuck, production head of 20th Century Fox,to invite him to Hollywood, though his first film for the company was made in the UK.During the early 1950s, Baker worked for three years at Fox where he directed Marilyn Monroe in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) and Robert Ryan in the 3D film noir Inferno (1953). He returned to the UK in 1953 and continued to work on films.He worked for television during the 1960s. He directed episodes of The Avengers, The Saint, The Persuaders! and The Champions all adventure series created with an eye on the American market.He directed, among others, Quatermass and the Pit (1967) The Vampire Lovers (1970) and Scars of Dracula (1970) for Hammer, and Asylum (1972) and The Vault of Horror (1973) for Amicus. He also directed Bette Davis in the black comedy The Anniversary (1968).In the latter part of the 1970s he returned to television, and throughout the 1980s continued to work on shows such as Minder. He retired in 1992.8vo 282pp First Edition 1st Impression

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