September 1, 2014

Directors

Robert Hamer (1911-1963) b. Kidderminster, Warwicks, England.

Robert Hamer

Hamer was the son of British character actor Gerald Hamer and educated at Cambridge University. He worked as an editor at London Films during the 1930′s on films including Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn (1939). He joined Ealing Studios in 1940, first as an editor, then producer, writer, and from 1945, director. Hamer made an uncredited co-directorial debut on San Demetrio, London (1943) and Fiddlers Three (1944), before shooting the “Haunted Mirror” sequence in the portmanteau chiller Dead of Night (1945). His first feature-length assignment was the Googie Withers femme-fatale drama Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945). For several years, Hamer’s career soared, thanks largely to his quartet of films with Alec Guinness; superior black-comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), Father Brown (1954), the weak comedy To Paris with Love (1955) and impenetrable Daphne Du Maurier adaptation The Scapegoat (1959). After Ealing, and affected by alcoholism, Hamer directed two films of note, the John Mills film-noir The Long Memory (1952) and comedy classic School for Scoundrels (1960).



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