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Sidney Gilliat (15 February 1908 – 31 May 1994) was an English film director, producer and writer.

He was born in the district of Edgeley in Stockport, Cheshire. In the 1930s he worked as a scriptwriter, most notably with Frank Launder on The Lady Vanishes (1938) for Alfred Hitchcock, and its sequel Night Train to Munich (1940), directed by Carol Reed. He and Launder made their directorial debut co-directing the home front drama Millions Like Us (1943). From 1945 he also worked as a producer, starting with The Rake's Progress, which he also wrote and directed. He and Launder made over 40 films together, founding their own production company Individual Pictures. While Launder concentrated on directing their comedies, most famously the four St Trinian's School films, Gilliat showed a preference for comedy-thrillers and dramas, including Green for Danger (1946), London Belongs to Me (1948) and State Secret (1950).

He wrote the libretto for Malcolm Williamson's opera Our Man in Havana, based on the novel by Graham Greene. He had also worked on the film.

He married Beryl Brewer in the early 30s. He had two children: Joanna Gilliat, who is a journalist and is married to Edward Russell, a pilot and Caroline Gilliat, who was an opera singer and teacher, who was married to Anthony Cave Brown (journalist). He had 3 grand children, Amanda Eliasch, Toby Brown and Camilla Horn.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sidney Gilliat (15 February 1908 – 31 May 1994) was an English film director, producer and writer.

He was born in the district of Edgeley in Stockport, Cheshire. In the 1930s he worked as a scriptwriter, most notably with Frank Launder on The Lady Vanishes (1938) for Alfred Hitchcock, and its sequel Night Train to Munich (1940), directed by Carol Reed. He and Launder made their directorial debut co-directing the home front drama Millions Like Us (1943). From 1945 he also worked as a producer, starting with The Rake's Progress, which he also wrote and directed. He and Launder made over 40 films together, founding their own production company Individual Pictures. While Launder concentrated on directing their comedies, most famously the four St Trinian's School films, Gilliat showed a preference for comedy-thrillers and dramas, including Green for Danger (1946), London Belongs to Me (1948) and State Secret (1950).

He wrote the libretto for Malcolm Williamson's opera Our Man in Havana, based on the novel by Graham Greene. He had also worked on the film.

He married Beryl Brewer in the early 30s. He had two children: Joanna Gilliat, who is a journalist and is married to Edward Russell, a pilot and Caroline Gilliat, who was an opera singer and teacher, who was married to Anthony Cave Brown (journalist). He had 3 grand children, Amanda Eliasch, Toby Brown and Camilla Horn.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Sidney Gilliat, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 48

Birthday 1908-02-15

Day of Death 1994-05-31

Place of Birth Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire, England, UK

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Also Known As

  • Sidney Gilliatt
  • Sydney Gilliat
  • S. Gilliat

Writing TV ShowsMovies

1972 Endless Night Writer
1966 The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery Writer
1960 The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's Writer
1959 Left Right and Centre Writer
1957 Fortune Is a Woman Screenplay
1956 The Green Man Screenplay
1955 Geordie Screenplay
1955 The Constant Husband Screenplay
1954 The Belles of St. Trinian's Screenplay
1953 The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan Writer
1951 Soldiers Three Writer
1950 State Secret Writer
1946 Green for Danger Screenplay
1946 I See a Dark Stranger Writer
1945 The Rake's Progress Screenplay
1945 Waterloo Road Writer
1943 Millions Like Us Screenplay
1942 The Young Mr. Pitt Screenplay
1941 The Remarkable Mr. Kipps Screenplay
1941 Crook's Tour Characters
1940 Night Train to Munich Screenplay
1940 Girl in the News Screenplay
1940 They Came by Night Screenplay
1939 Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday Writer
1939 Jamaica Inn Dialogue Screenplay
1939 Ask a Policeman Story
1939 The Gaunt Stranger Screenplay
1938 The Lady Vanishes Screenplay
1938 Strange Boarders Writer
1938 A Yank at Oxford Story
1936 The Man Who Changed His Mind Screenplay
1936 Where There's a Will Story
1936 Seven Sinners Writer
1935 Bulldog Jack Screenplay
1934 Chu Chin Chow Screenplay
1933 Friday the Thirteenth Story
1933 Falling for You Story
1932 Rome Express Scenario Writer
1932 Lord Babs Writer
1931 A Gentleman of Paris Writer
1931 The Happy Ending Writer

Directing

1972 Endless Night Director
1966 The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery Director
1962 Only Two Can Play Director
1959 Left Right and Centre Director
1957 Fortune Is a Woman Director
1955 The Constant Husband Director
1953 The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan Director
1950 State Secret Director
1948 London Belongs to Me Director
1946 Green for Danger Director
1945 The Rake's Progress Director
1945 Waterloo Road Director
1943 Millions Like Us Director
1942 Partners in Crime Director

Production

1955 The Constant Husband Producer
1954 The Belles of St. Trinian's Producer
1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again Producer
1950 State Secret Producer
1950 The Happiest Days of Your Life Producer
1949 The Blue Lagoon Producer
1945 The Rake's Progress Producer

Crew

1931 The Ringer Additional Dialogue

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