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Alexander Mackendrick (1912–1993)


One of the most distinguished (if frequently overlooked) directors ever to emerge from the British film industry, Alexander Mackendrick, was in fact born in the US (to Scottish parents), but grew up in his native Scotland, where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He started out as a commercial illustrator, and his first film endeavors were in... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Ladykillers
The Ladykillers Director
(1955)
High and Dry
High and Dry Writer
(1954)

Filmography

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 1957 Sweet Smell of Success (uncredited)
 1954 High and Dry (original story)
 1951 The Man in the White Suit (screenplay)
 1950 Dance Hall (original screenplay)
 1950 The Blue Lamp (additional dialogue)
 1948 Saraband (screenplay)
 1948 Robinson Charley (Short)
 1944 Abu Builds a Dam (Short)
 1943 Abu's Dungeon (Short) (written by)
 1943 Train Trouble (Short) (writer)
 1943 Abu's Harvest (Short)
 1943 Abu and the Poisoned Well (Short)
 1943 Subject for Discussion (Documentary short)
 1939 Love on the Range (Short) (uncredited)
 1938 South Sea Sweethearts (Short) (uncredited)
 1937 Bombs Over London (original story)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Face of a Hero. Written by Robert L. Joseph. Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Eugene O'Neill Theatre: 20 Oct 1960- 19 Nov 1960 (36 performances + 2 previews). Cast: Edward Asner (as "Perry Cates"), Betsy Blair (as "Catherine Polle"), Russell Collins (as "Victor Bishop"), Carlton Colyer (as... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 5 Articles | See more »

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The great directors managed to dissolve and disappear into the work. They make other people look good. See more »

Trivia:

Began directing both The Devil's Disciple (1959) and The Guns of Navarone (1961), but was fired from both after disagreements with their producers. He was replaced by Guy Hamilton and J. Lee Thompson, respectively. See more »

Nickname:

Sandy

Star Sign:

Virgo

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