J. Lee Thompson
Manchester University Press, 2000 - 380
First published on the fiftieth anniversary of his directorial debut, this book is the first to examine the work of a man once hailed as the finest film-maker to emerge from the British studio system after the Second World War. J. Lee Thompson first came to notice as a talented teenage playwright before entering the film business as a scriptwriter. In the unadventurous world of British film-making in the 1950s, he established himself as a controversial figure known for his innovative ideas and public clashes with the Censor. Before being recruited by Hollywood he made a string of classic films including: Yield to the Night (1956), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), Tiger Bay (1959), North West Frontier (1959) and The Guns of Navarone (1961). Lee Thompson worked in the Hollywood industry into his late eighties, making nearly thirty films as a director and producer between 1960 and 1990. He remains the best known, however, for his first: the immortal thriller Cape Fear (1962).
Drawing on extensive interview material, Steve Chibnall traces Lee Thompson's career in British cinema, and offers an analysis of his films which reveals remarkable, and previously unacknowledged, continuities of style and theme.
This is a book for anyone interested in the history of British cinema, and particularly those who enjoy the best of 1950s and 1960s film.
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From Jack of all trades
To master of one
Women who lie in gaol
J Lee Thompson centre discusses
a dishevelled Amy Yvonne Mitchell
The perilous passage
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ABPC actors American Amy's Anson Anthony Quayle Art director audience BBFC Bowden British cinema British film Cady Cady's camera Cape Fear Carl Foreman Carol Reed cast character Charles Bronson Cold in Alex comedy Costume design critics cultural Daisy David David Niven Derek Hill Diana Dors Director of photography Dressing Gown Editor Elstree emotional film-maker film's Frank Gillie Gregory Peck Guns ofNavarone Hayley Mills Hitchcock Hollywood Ice Cold Janette Scott Joan Henry John Mills Kinematograph Weekly Korchinsky Leading players Lee Thompson Lee Thompson Assistant Lee Thompson's film Mallory March Mary Michael Mitchum moral movie murder Music Night Niven North West Frontier Original story performance Peter Picturegoer play prison Production company Production manager protagonist release Richard Robert role scene Scott screen Screenplay script sequence Set decoration sexual shoot shot social star studio Sylvia Syms Thompson Assistant director thriller Tiger Bay wanted Willis woman Yellow Balloon Yield Yvonne Mitchell