January 2, 2017


George King (1899-1966) b. London, England.

British director George King was in films from the 1920s as agent, title-card writer, writer, producer and director, working almost exclusively on low-budget “Quota Quickie” productions. He helmed several of Tod Slaughter’s inexpensive but popular melodramas, including Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936), The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936), Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror (1938), The Face at the Window (1939) and Crimes at the Dark House (1940). He successfully embarked on more upmarket films with his wartime dramas Tomorrow We Live (1942) and Candlelight in Algeria (1943). After the war, King directed only three more films but was provided with a higher budget than usual for the lively musical biopic Gaiety George (1946), and subsequently the moody Shop at Sly Corner (1946) and the darkly winding drama Forbidden (1948) for Pennant Pictures. King subsequently produced just one film, Lance Comfort’s legal drama Eight O’clock Walk (1954).

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