Ken Annakin

Ken Annakin

  • Highest Rated: 87% The Longest Day (1962)
  • Lowest Rated: 9% The Pirate Movie (1982)
  • Birthday: Aug 10, 1914
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Kenneth Annakin spent his youth in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. At various junctures, Annakin was a tax clerk, auto salesman, journalist and theatre director. And then, while serving in the RAF, Annakin's slate was wiped cleaned-literally, by a bout of amnesia. Starting life over again as an assistant cameraman, Annakin matriculated into a documentary filmmaker. In the postwar era, he directed several films specifically aimed at Britain's home market: one of the more popular of these was Holiday Camp (1947), which introduced the Huggett Family, who were spun off into their own three-film series, each of which was also directed by Annakin. Moving on to higher-budgeted efforts, Annakin co-directed Quartet (1949), and Trio (1950) two of the popular Somerset Maugham portmanteau films. He proved his mettle with huge casts and splendiferous settings with a brace of Disney-produced adventure films, The Story of Robin Hood (1954) and The Sword and the Rose (1955); later on, he helmed the popular location-filmed Disney features Third Man on the Mountain (1959) and, best of all, Swiss Family Robinson (1960). Signing on as one of three directors for The Longest Day (1962), Darryl F. Zanuck's mammoth retelling of the D-Day Invasion, Annakin entered into the "all-star epic" phase of his career, which reached its zenith with Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965). When splashy, overproduced films of this nature went out of favor in the 1970s, Annakin turned to American television, helming such made-for-TV films as Murder at the Mardi Gras (1977) and Harold Robbins' the Pirate (1978). In view of his earlier triumphs, perhaps it's better to draw a charitable veil over such later Ken Annakin productions as The Pirate Movie (1982) and The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988).

Highest Rated Movies








No Score Yet The Planter's Wife (Outpost in Malaya) Director 2014
No Score Yet The Fast Lady Director 2013
No Score Yet We of the West Riding (West Riding) Director 2011
17% The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking Screenwriter Director Producer 1988
9% The Pirate Movie Director 1982
No Score Yet Cheaper to Keep Her Director 1980
No Score Yet The Fifth Musketeer (Behind the Iron Mask) (The 5th Musketeer) Director 1979
No Score Yet Paper Tiger Director 1975
No Score Yet Call of the Wild Director 1972
No Score Yet Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies Screenwriter Director Producer 1969
No Score Yet The Biggest Bundle of Them All Director 1968
57% Battle of the Bulge Screenwriter Director 1965
71% Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines Director Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet Crooks Anonymous Director 1963
No Score Yet Very Important Person Director 1962
87% The Longest Day Director 1962
No Score Yet The Hellions Director 1961
81% Swiss Family Robinson Director 1960
No Score Yet Third Man on the Mountain Director 1959
No Score Yet Three Men in a Boat Director 1959
No Score Yet Elephant Gun (Nor the Moon by Night) Director 1958
No Score Yet Across the Bridge Director 1957
No Score Yet Loser Takes All Director 1956
No Score Yet Value For Money Director 1955
No Score Yet You Know What Sailors Are Director 1954
No Score Yet Land of Fury (The Seekers) Director 1954
No Score Yet Landfall Director 1953
No Score Yet The Sword and the Rose (When Knighthood Was in Flower) Director 1953
No Score Yet The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men Director 1952
No Score Yet Trio Director 1950
No Score Yet Quartet Director 1949
No Score Yet Miranda Director 1948
No Score Yet Holiday Camp Director 1947


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