January 2, 2017


Lance Comfort (1908-1966) b. London, England.

Lance Comfort

A neglected director in British film history, Lance Comfort started his career as camera operator, sound recordist and animator of British documentaries and medical training shorts. Comfort’s first feature was Penn of Pennsylvania (1941), an ambitious wartime biopic starring Deborah Kerr. He followed this with the successful big-budgeter Hatter’s Castle (1941) featuring a young James Mason. Comfort then delighted the folks in the cheap seats with the rousing comedy Old Mother Riley, Detective (1943). Great Day (1945) dealt with the visit of Mrs Roosevelt to a Women’s Institute and the unhappiness beneath the pastoral happy facade of village life. He functioned as both producer and director of the gothic film Daughter of Darkness (1948). Comfort found work dried up in a changed film industry following the disastrous box-office failure of his romantic melodrama Portrait of Clare (1950). Many of his post-war efforts during the 1950s and 1960s were co-features, early television series and "B" pictures, notably Eight O’clock Walk (1953), Bang! You’re Dead (1953), Make Mine a Million (1959) and Tomorrow at Ten (1964).

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