Up 15,292 this week

John Grierson (I) (1898–1972)

John Grierson was born on April 26, 1898 in Kilmadock, Stirlingshire, Scotland. He was a producer and writer, known for Child's Play (1954), Brandy for the Parson (1952) and Scotch on the Rocks (1953). He was married to Margaret Grierson. He died on February 19, 1972 in Bath, Somerset, England. See full bio »

IMDb Picks: March

We can't wait to dive into the OASIS when Ready Player One premieres later this month. See which other movies and TV shows we're excited about.

Visit IMDb Picks

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

On Prime Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 88 people
created 06 Feb 2016
a list of 32 people
created 03 Sep 2015
list image
a list of 59 people
created 1 month ago
a list of 77 people
created 11 Jan 2015
a list of 70 people
created 31 Dec 2010

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of John Grierson's work have you seen?
1 win. See more awards »

Known For

Child's Play
Child's Play Producer
Brandy for the Parson
Scotch on the Rocks
Drifters Director


Hide Hide Show Show Producer (39 credits)
 1956 Man of Africa (producer)
 1954 Child's Play (executive producer)
 1954 Devil on Horseback (producer)
 1953 Edge of Divorce (executive producer - uncredited)
 1953 The Horse's Mouth (executive producer)
 1953 Scotch on the Rocks (executive producer)
 1952 Miss Robin Hood (executive producer)
 1952 The Brave Don't Cry (executive producer)
 1952 Time, Gentlemen, Please! (executive producer)
 1952 You're Only Young Twice (executive producer)
 1952 Brandy for the Parson (executive producer)
 1952 Judgment Deferred (executive producer)
 1942 The Invasion of North Africa (Short) (series producer)
 1939 The Londoners (Documentary short) (producer)
 1938 The Face of Scotland (Documentary short) (producer)
 1938 North Sea (Documentary short) (executive producer - uncredited)
 1938 On the Fishing Banks of Skye (Documentary short) (producer)
 1937 A Job in a Million (Documentary short) (producer)
 1937 Children at School (Documentary short) (producer)
 1937 The Line to Tschierva Hut (Documentary) (producer - uncredited)
 1937 Daily Round (Short) (producer)
 1937 The Saving of Bill Blewitt (Short) (producer - uncredited)
 1937 The Smoke Menace (Documentary short) (producer)
 1937 We Live in Two Worlds (Documentary short) (producer)
 1935 Coal Face (Documentary short) (producer)
 1935 BBC: The Voice of Britain (Documentary) (producer)
 1935 A Colour Box (Short) (producer - uncredited)
 1934 Poste-Haste (Documentary short) (A John Grierson Production)
 1934 Granton Trawler (Documentary short) (producer - uncredited)
 1934 6.30 Collection (Documentary short) (producer)
 1934 The Song of Ceylon (Short documentary) (producer)
 1934 Weather Forecast (Short) (producer)
 1933 Cable Ship (Documentary short) (producer)
 1933 The Coming of the Dial (Documentary short) (producer)
 1933 Spring on the Farm (Documentary short) (producer)
 1933 The Country Comes to Town (Documentary short) (producer - uncredited)
 1932 O'er Hill and Dale (Documentary short) (producer)
 1931 Shadow on the Mountains (Documentary short) (producer)
 1931 Industrial Britain (Documentary short) (producer - as Grierson)
Show Show Writer (5 credits)
Show Show Director (2 credits)
Show Show Cinematographer (2 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Actor (1 credit)
Show Show Editor (1 credit)
Show Show Production manager (1 credit)
Show Show Self (7 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (7 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Book (w/Forsyth Hardy, ed.): "John Grierson on Documentary".

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:


Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

The story of the documentary movement is the story of how, not without a scar or two, we got by.


In 1926 he helped prepare Battleship Potemkin (1925) for American audiences. See more »

Star Sign:


Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Zach Braff tackles acting and directing on his new show "Alex, Inc.," and we take a look at the 15 most bingeable TV shows of all time.

Watch the show