Alexander Mackendrick (I) (1912–1993)


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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 & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

The Ladykillers Director
(1955)
Crash of Silence Director
(1952)

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)
 1944 Abu Builds a Dam (Short)
 1943 Abu's Dungeon (Short) (written by)
 1943 Abu's Harvest (Short)
 1943 Abu and the Poisoned Well (Short)
 1943 Subject for Discussion (Documentary short)
 1943 Train Trouble (Short) (writer)
 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 »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 5 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sir Stafford Crisp

Spouse:

Hilary Mackendrick  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on Whisky Galore! (1949)] It looks like a home-movie; it doesn't look as if it was made by a professional at all. And it wasn't. See more »

Trivia:

Although he was replaced as director of The Devil's Disciple (1959), it has been claimed that all of Laurence Olivier's scenes in the film were directed by him. See more »

Nickname:

Sandy

Star Sign:

Virgo

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