Edward Black Movies List

Edward Black
Edward Black
Birmingham, England, UK
Young and Innocent

Edward Black Filmography

Showing 1 to 10 of 15 movies
Showing 1 to 10 of 15 movies
Two Thousand Women
Two Thousand Women ( English )
Director: Frank Launder
Music Director: Hans May , Louis Levy , B.C. Sewell
Release date: 06-11-1944
Give Us the Moon
Give Us the Moon ( English )
Artist: Frank Cellier , Alan Keith , Frank Cellier
Director: Val Guest
Music Director: Bob Busby
Release date: 18-09-1944
Time Flies
Time Flies ( English )
Artist: Tommy Handley , Evelyn Dall , George Moon , Felix Aylmer , Moore Marriott
Director: Walter Forde
Music Director: Bretton Byrd , Noel Gay
Release date: 08-05-1944
Fanny by Gaslight
Fanny by Gaslight ( English )
Director: Anthony Asquith
Music Director: Louis Levy
Release date: 02-05-1944
Bees in Paradise
Bees in Paradise ( English )
Artist: Arthur Askey , Anne Shelton , Ronald Shiner , Peter Graves , Max Bacon
Director: Val Guest
Music Director: Bob Busby
Release date: 20-03-1944
The Man in Grey
The Man in Grey ( English )
Director: Leslie Arliss
Music Director: Cedric Mallabey
Release date: 06-08-1943
Back-Room Boy
Back-Room Boy ( English )
Director: Herbert Mason
Music Director: Hans May , B.C. Sewell , Eric Reed , Charles Wheeler
Release date: 15-04-1942
Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It
Director: Walter Forde
Music Director: Louis Levy , Charles Williams
Release date: 17-05-1941
Night Train to Munich
Night Train to Munich ( English )
Director: Carol Reed
Release date: 29-12-1940
Girl in the News
Girl in the News ( English )
Director: Carol Reed
Music Director: Sydney Wiles , Louis Levy
Release date: 28-08-1940
Showing 1 to 10 of 15 movies
Showing 1 to 10 of 15 movies

Edward Black Biography

Edward Black (18 August 1900, Birmingham - 30 November 1948, London) was an English film producer, best known for being head of production at Gainsborough Studios in the late 1930s and early 1940s, during which time he oversaw production of the Gainsborough melodramas. He also produced such classic films as The Lady Vanishes (1938). Black has been called "one of the unsung heroes of the British film industry." Black was the third son of George Black, a property master at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, who became a cinema owner. George Black died in 1910 and his sons Ted, George and Alfred built up the cinema to a circuit. In 1919 they sold this and set about building up another circuit. In 1928 they sold this too - to General Theatre Corporation (GTC). Gaumont British took over GTC and Black went to work for them. In 1928 he became a studio manager for Gainsborough Pictures. In 1930 he moved into production, and became an assistant production manager at Shepherd’s Bush and then studio manager at Islington. In 1935 he was associate producer on Tudor Rose (1936). He took over running of the Islington Studios. In December 1936, Michael Balcon left Gaumont-British for MGM. In March 1937 Shepherd’s Bush studios and Gaumont-British Distributors were closed. However Gainsborough continued as a production center thanks to a deal with C.M. Woolf and J. Arthur Rank’s General Film Distributors. Black was in charge along with Maurice Ostrer. They made movies for Gainsborough and 20th Century Fox. Black specialized in making comedies, thrillers and low-budget musicals. He had a lot of success making comedy vehicles for stars such as Will Hay and Arthur Askey. He also produced early films from Carol Reed and Alfred Hitchcock and was an early supporter of writer directors Sidney Gilliat and Frank Laundner. In the words of one writer, Black "held the studio together during its most difficult period, backed Laundner and Gilliat in establishing a strong script department, retained the services of some of the best cameramen in the business, and put under contract a number of promising actors." In the 1940s Black helped produce the first Gainsborough melodramas an enormously successful series of movies which made stars of James Mason, Stewart Granger and Phyllis Calvert, and increased the popularity of Margaret Lockwood. Black's relationship with Maurice Ostrer was not always easy and he also clashed with the Rank Organisation when they took over Gainsborough. In 1944 Black left Gainsborough to join Alexander Korda. Black died of lung cancer in November 1948, shortly after the premiere of his last film, the disastrous Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948).

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R.E. Dearing
11 Movies
Jack E. Cox
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Frank Launder
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Val Guest
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