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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Roy William Neill (4 September 1887 – 14 December 1946) was a film director best known today for directing several of the Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, made between 1943 and 1946 and released by Universal Studios.

With his father as the captain, Neill was born on a ship off the coast of Ireland named Roland de Gostrie. He began directing silent movies in 1917 and went on to helm 107 films, 40 of them silent. Although most of Neill's films were for the most part low-budget B-movies, he was known for directing films with meticulously lit scenes with carefully layered shadows that would become the style of film noir in the late 1940s. In fact, his last film, Black Angel (1946), is considered a film noir.

He was also credited in some works as R. William Neill, Roy W. Neill, and Roy Neill. Neill lived in the United States for most of his career and was a U.S. citizen. He did go to London from 1935 until 1940 where better opportunities existed for American directors. During this period, British film producer Edward Black hired Neill to direct The Lady Vanishes. However, due to delays in production, Black hired Alfred Hitchcock to direct instead.

Neill died in London, England from a heart attack.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Roy William Neill, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Roy William Neill (4 September 1887 – 14 December 1946) was a film director best known today for directing several of the Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, made between 1943 and 1946 and released by Universal Studios.

With his father as the captain, Neill was born on a ship off the coast of Ireland named Roland de Gostrie. He began directing silent movies in 1917 and went on to helm 107 films, 40 of them silent. Although most of Neill's films were for the most part low-budget B-movies, he was known for directing films with meticulously lit scenes with carefully layered shadows that would become the style of film noir in the late 1940s. In fact, his last film, Black Angel (1946), is considered a film noir.

He was also credited in some works as R. William Neill, Roy W. Neill, and Roy Neill. Neill lived in the United States for most of his career and was a U.S. citizen. He did go to London from 1935 until 1940 where better opportunities existed for American directors. During this period, British film producer Edward Black hired Neill to direct The Lady Vanishes. However, due to delays in production, Black hired Alfred Hitchcock to direct instead.

Neill died in London, England from a heart attack.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Roy William Neill, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 54

Birthday 1887-09-04

Day of Death 1946-12-14

Place of Birth Ireland, United Kingdom

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Also Known As

  • R. William Neill

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1946 Black Angel Director
1946 Dressed to Kill Director
1946 Terror by Night Director
1945 Pursuit to Algiers Director
1945 The Woman in Green Director
1945 The House of Fear Director
1944 Gypsy Wildcat Director
1944 The Pearl of Death Director
1944 The Scarlet Claw Director
1943 The Spider Woman Director
1943 Sherlock Holmes Faces Death Director
1943 Sherlock Holmes in Washington Director
1943 Rhythm of the Islands Director
1943 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Director
1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Director
1942 Madame Spy Director
1942 Eyes of the Underworld Director
1940 Hoots Mon Director
1939 A Gentleman's Gentleman Director
1938 Thank Evans Director
1937 Doctor Syn Director
1935 The Lone Wolf Returns Director
1935 The Black Room Director
1935 Eight Bells Director
1934 Mills of the Gods Director
1934 Jealousy Director
1934 I'll Fix It Director
1934 Blind Date Director
1934 Black Moon Director
1934 Whirlpool Director
1934 The 9th Guest Director
1933 Above the Clouds Director
1933 As the Devil Commands Director
1933 The Circus Queen Murder Director
1932 The Menace Director
1931 Fifty Fathoms Deep Director
1931 The Good Bad Girl Director
1931 The Avenger Director
1930 Just Like Heaven Director
1930 Cock o' the Walk Director
1930 The Melody Man Director
1929 Wall Street Director
1928 The Viking Director
1928 San Francisco Nights Director
1926 The City Director
1925 My Lady's Lips Director
1922 Radio-Mania Director
1921 The Iron Trail Director
1920 Dangerous Business Director
1920 Yes or No Director
1920 The Woman Gives Director
1920 Good References Director
1918 Vive la France! Director
1917 The Girl, Glory Director

Production

1946 Dressed to Kill Producer
1946 Terror by Night Producer
1945 Pursuit to Algiers Producer
1945 The Woman in Green Producer
1945 The House of Fear Producer
1944 The Pearl of Death Producer
1943 The Spider Woman Producer

Writing

1944 The Scarlet Claw Screenplay
1940 Hoots Mon Screenplay
1928 The Viking Writer

Crew

1930 Cock o' the Walk Cinematography

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