Herbert Wilcox

Herbert Wilcox

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  • Birthday: Apr 19, 1890
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  • One of England's top producer-directors from the '20s until World War II, Herbert Wilcox was born in Ireland and worked as a journalist before serving as a flyer with the British during World War I. He entered the movie business as a distributor in 1919, and three years later began producing movies. Wilcox was one of the few producers in England during the '20s with a Hollywood-style flair for showmanship, and occasionally imported American stars such as Dorothy Gish for his films. He made his greatest single contribution to films in 1926 by founding Elstree Studios, which remained a major production facility right into the '80s. As a producer, he had no peer during the '20s, and was rivalled in the '30s only by Sir Alexander Korda. Korda quickly succeeded in international production on a scale that Wilcox found hard to top, but in England, Wilcox remained a major figure, especially in connection with the movies he directed and produced for actress Anna Neagle, his future wife. Sixty Glorious Years (1939) was a groundbreaking film, as a dramatization of the life of a British monarch. He went to Hollywood in the wake of the latter movie, but was not able to repeat its success, and returned to England, where he was never able to repeat his pre-war success, although he did co-produce one superb film, The Beggar's Opera (1954), starring Laurence Olivier and directed by Peter Brook.

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No Score Yet The Only Way Director 2012
No Score Yet Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (Battle Hell) Producer 1957
No Score Yet Lilacs in the Spring (Let's Make Up) Director 1954
No Score Yet Trouble in the Glen Director Producer 1954
No Score Yet Laughing Anne Producer Director 1954
No Score Yet The Beggar's Opera Producer 1953
No Score Yet Trent's Last Case Producer Director 1952
No Score Yet Odette Producer Director 1950
No Score Yet Spring in Park Lane Director 1949
No Score Yet Maytime in Mayfair Director Producer 1949
No Score Yet Elizabeth of Ladymead Director 1948
No Score Yet Piccadilly Incident Director Producer 1946
No Score Yet I Live in Grosvenor Square (A Yank in London) Director 1945
No Score Yet Yellow Canary Producer Director 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Actor Director Producer 1943
No Score Yet Sunny Producer Director 1941
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette Producer Director 1940
No Score Yet Irene Producer Director 1940
No Score Yet Nurse Edith Cavell Director Producer 1939
No Score Yet Queen of Destiny (Sixty Glorious Years) Producer Director 1938
No Score Yet Victoria the Great Producer Director 1937
No Score Yet This'll Make You Whistle Director Producer 1936
No Score Yet Peg of Old Drury Director Producer 1936
No Score Yet Escape Me Never Producer 1935
No Score Yet Nell Gwyn Director Producer 1935
No Score Yet Sorrell and Son Producer 1934
No Score Yet The Speckled Band Producer 1931
No Score Yet Dawn Screenwriter Director Producer 1928
No Score Yet Nell Gwynne Screenwriter Director Producer 1926
No Score Yet Decameron Nights Director 1924

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