J. Lee Thompson

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John Lee Thompson (1 August 1914 – 30 August 2002) was a British film director, active in London and Hollywood, best known for such movies as Ice Cold in Alex, Cape Fear and The Guns of Navarone.wikipedia
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Ice Cold in Alex

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John Lee Thompson (1 August 1914 – 30 August 2002) was a British film director, active in London and Hollywood, best known for such movies as Ice Cold in Alex, Cape Fear and The Guns of Navarone.
Directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring John Mills, the film was a prizewinner at the 8th Berlin International Film Festival.

The Guns of Navarone (film)

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John Lee Thompson (1 August 1914 – 30 August 2002) was a British film director, active in London and Hollywood, best known for such movies as Ice Cold in Alex, Cape Fear and The Guns of Navarone.
The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American epic adventure war film directed by J. Lee Thompson.

Cape Fear (1962 film)

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John Lee Thompson (1 August 1914 – 30 August 2002) was a British film director, active in London and Hollywood, best known for such movies as Ice Cold in Alex, Cape Fear and The Guns of Navarone.
It was initially storyboarded by Alfred Hitchcock (who was slated to direct but who quit over a dispute), subsequently directed by J. Lee Thompson, and released on April 12, 1962.

The Yellow Balloon (film)

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Thompson's first film success was one he directed and co-wrote, The Yellow Balloon (1953), the story of a child who is blackmailed into helping a criminal after accidentally causing his friend's death.
The Yellow Balloon is a 1953 British drama film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Andrew Ray, William Sylvester, Kathleen Ryan, Kenneth More, and Hy Hazell.

For Better, for Worse (1954 film)

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He followed it with a comedy, For Better, For Worse (1954) starring Dirk Bogarde, which was even more popular though it is little remembered today.
For Better, for Worse is a 1954 British comedy film in Eastmancolor directed by J. Lee Thompson.

Murder Without Crime

His first film as a director was Murder Without Crime (1950), made at ABPC, who put Thompson under contract.
Murder Without Crime is a 1951 British crime film directed by J. Lee Thompson (his first film) and starring Dennis Price, Derek Farr and Patricia Plunkett.

As Long as They're Happy

Thompson was leant to Rank Films to direct a Jack Buchanan comedy, As Long as They're Happy (1955), co-starring Dors and An Alligator Named Daisy (1955), also starring Dors, along with Donald Sinden.
As Long as They're Happy is a 1955 British musical comedy film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Jack Buchanan, Susan Stephen and Diana Dors.

An Alligator Named Daisy

Thompson was leant to Rank Films to direct a Jack Buchanan comedy, As Long as They're Happy (1955), co-starring Dors and An Alligator Named Daisy (1955), also starring Dors, along with Donald Sinden.
An Alligator Named Daisy is a 1955 British comedy film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Donald Sinden, Jeannie Carson, James Robertson Justice, Diana Dors, Roland Culver and Stanley Holloway.

The Price of Folly

His first credit was The Price of Folly (1937), based on his play.
The film was based on the play Double Error by J. Lee Thompson.

Yield to the Night

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He returned to ABPC and the theme of female prisoners in Yield to the Night (1956), an anti-capital punishment tale with Diana Dors as the condemned prisoner.
Yield to the Night (also titled Blonde Sinner) is a 1956 British crime drama film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Diana Dors.

The Weak and the Wicked

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Thompson's fourth film as director The Weak and the Wicked (1954), portrays the lives of women in prison and is based on memoirs by Joan Henry, who became Thompson's second wife.
The Weak and the Wicked (called Young and Willing in the United States) is a 1954 British drama film directed by J. Lee Thompson based on the book by his wife, Joan Henry, starring Glynis Johns and Diana Dors.

The Good Companions (1957 film)

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The Good Companions (1957) was lighter fare, based on a book by J.B. Priestley.
The Good Companions is a 1957 British musical film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Eric Portman.

Woman in a Dressing Gown

Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957), with Yvonne Mitchell, Anthony Quayle and Sylvia Syms and written by Ted Willis, deals with the collapse of a 20-year marriage.
Woman in a Dressing Gown is a 1957 British drama film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Yvonne Mitchell, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms, and Carole Lesley.

Diana Dors

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He returned to ABPC and the theme of female prisoners in Yield to the Night (1956), an anti-capital punishment tale with Diana Dors as the condemned prisoner. It starred Glynis Johns and Diana Dors and was a hit at the box office.
After another comedy, It's a Grand Life (1953) with Frank Randle, Dors had an excellent support part in a prison drama, The Weak and the Wicked (1954), directed by J. Lee Thompson and a big hit in Britain.

Tiger Bay (1959 film)

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Also in that genre was Tiger Bay (1959), starring John Mills; it introduced cinema audiences to Mills' daughter Hayley and German actor Horst Buchholz.
It was directed by J. Lee Thompson, produced by John Hawkesworth, and co-written by John Hawkesworth and Shelley Smith (pseudonym of Nancy Hermione Bodington).

No Trees in the Street

No Trees in the Street (1959) was a thriller written by Willis.
No Trees in the Street is a 1959 British crime thriller directed by J. Lee Thompson and written by Ted Willis, from his 1948 stage play of the same name.

North West Frontier (film)

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He followed it North West Frontier (1959), an adventure film set in British India starring Kenneth More and Lauren Bacall.
The Cinemascope film, which was produced by Marcel Hellman, was directed by J. Lee Thompson.

Dover College

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Thompson studied at Dover College then went to work in the theatre.

Hayley Mills

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Hayley Mills also earned a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer portraying a 12-year-old girl who refuses to betray a sailor accused of murder.
She was 12 when she was discovered by J. Lee Thompson, who was initially looking for a boy to play the lead role in Tiger Bay, which co-starred her father, veteran British actor Sir John Mills.

Associated British Picture Corporation

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British International Pictures hired him as a screenwriter. He wrote the scripts for The Middle Watch (1940), made at Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC) and East of Piccadilly (1941).
During this period though, the company produced its best remembered titles such as The Dam Busters (Michael Anderson, 1954), and Ice Cold in Alex (1958), whose director J. Lee Thompson was ABPC's most productive during the 1950s.

What a Way to Go!

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He made two films with Shirley MacLaine, What a Way to Go! (1964) and John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965).
What a Way to Go! is a 1964 American black comedy film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Bob Cummings and Dick Van Dyke.

John Mills

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It featured John Mills, Sylvia Syms, Anthony Quayle and Harry Andrews; it won three BAFTA Awards, including Best British Film.
More popular with the public were the war films: Dunkirk (1958), the second most popular film of the year in Britain; Ice Cold in Alex (1958), directed by J. Lee Thompson; and I Was Monty's Double'(1958), directed by Guillermin.

East of Piccadilly

He wrote the scripts for The Middle Watch (1940), made at Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC) and East of Piccadilly (1941).

Return from the Ashes

Back in England Thompson made Return from the Ashes (1965) and a thriller about cults with David Niven, Eye of the Devil (1967); Thompson stepped in at the last minute to replace Michael Anderson.
Return from the Ashes is a 1965 British thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Ingrid Thulin, Maximilian Schell, Samantha Eggar and Herbert Lom.

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!

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He made two films with Shirley MacLaine, What a Way to Go! (1964) and John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965).
The movie was directed by J. Lee Thompson.