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Pen Tennyson (1912–1941)

Pen Tennyson was an English film director. He only directed three films before his accidental death at age 28. He had previously served as an assistant director to Alfred Hitchcock in several 1930s films. In 1912, Tennyson was born in London. He was the eldest son of the civil servant and academic Charles Bruce Locker Tennyson (1879-1977) and his ... See full bio »


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The Proud Valley Director
Convoy Director
The Citadel Second Unit Director or Assistant Director


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 1938 The Citadel (assistant director)
 1938 A Yank at Oxford (assistant director - uncredited)
 1937 Young and Innocent (assistant director - uncredited)
 1937 Troopship (assistant director - as F. Penrose Tennyson)
 1936 Sabotage (assistant director - uncredited)
 1936 Secret Agent (assistant director - uncredited)
 1935 First a Girl (assistant director - uncredited)
 1935 The 39 Steps (assistant director - uncredited)
 1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much (assistant director - uncredited)
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 1940 Convoy (screen play)
 1940 The Proud Valley (screen play)
 1939 There Ain't No Justice (uncredited)

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F. Penrose Tennyson


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Attended Oxford University. Left in 1932 to work with Michael Balcon first as camera assistant and later as assistant director at Gaumont-British. Subsequently with MGM's British section, then under Balcon at Ealing as full director. Joined the Royal Navy to make training films but was killed in a plane crash aged just 28. See more »

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