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Alexander Mackendrick



An animator for industrial films, Alexander Mackendrick began writing scripts for British features and helming shorts in the late 1930s. During World War II he worked on documentary films, and in the late '40s he began directing features. He made an immediate hit with his debut film, the sparkling satire Whiskey Galore (aka Tight Little Island, 1948). His major films of the '50s include his memorable Alec Guinness comedies The Man in the White Suit (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955), and his American film Sweet Smell of Success (1957), a stylish drama of a manipulative gossip columnist. Notable among his later work are his adventure films for children, Sammy Going South (1963) and A High Wind in Jamaica (1965), and the American satire Don't Make Waves (1967). After some television directing, he retired in the late '60s and became dean of the California Institute of the Arts film department.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Don't Make Waves
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Sammy Going South (A Boy Ten Feet Tall)
  • Director
1965
No Score Yet A High Wind in Jamaica
  • Director
1964
98% Sweet Smell of Success
  • Director
1957
100% The Ladykillers
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet The Maggie
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet Nightwatching (Nocna straz)
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet Mandy (Crash of Silence)(The Story of Mandy)
  • Director
1952
100% The Man in the White Suit
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1951
No Score Yet The Blue Lamp
  • Screenwriter
1950
100% Whisky Galore!
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Midnight Menace (Bombs Over London)
  • Screenwriter
1937

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