spear carrier in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" with Sybil Thorndike and a young Laurence Olivier
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Sir Carol Reed
6' 2" (1.88 m)
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[on the task of directing Oliver!
(1968)] This is [Charles Dickens
]. There are problems of a special kind. You say to yourself: "Fagin as a character would never dream of singing anything, nor, perhaps, would the Artful Dodger or Bill Sikes". They would probably get a laugh. The only way we could do justice to these characters as well as we knew how, and you can only do that in England. We ...
It is worth noting that when Reed resigned as director of Mutiny on the Bounty
(1962), he claimed that it was as a result of disagreements with producer Aaron Rosenberg
--not, as is usually said, with star Marlon Brando
. Brando always claimed that he admired Reed greatly and had supported him in arguments with Rosenberg.
Children figure significantly in his films (The Fallen Idol (1948) told through a child's point of view, Boy with ball in The Third Man (1949), protagonists in Oliver!
(1968) are children; children are everywhere & see everything in Odd Man Out