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Clayton, Jack (I) Biography




biography of Clayton, Jack (I)

1 March 1921, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
26 February 1995, Slough, Berkshire, England, UK


-   'Haya Harareet' (qv) (? - 26 February 1995) (his death)

-   'Christine Norden' (qv) (1947 - 1953) (divorced)

-   'Katherine Kath' (? - ?) (divorced)


-   Described himself as an "ex-Catholic".

-   Joined the British Army as a tea-boy at the age of 15.

-   Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 224-227. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.

-   Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1983.

-   Directed 4 actors to Oscar nominations: 'Laurence Harvey (I)' (qv) (Best Actor, _Room at the Top (1959)_ (qv)), 'Simone Signoret' (qv) (Best Actress, _Room at the Top (1959)_ (qv)), 'Hermione Baddeley' (qv) (Best Supporting Actress, _Room at the Top (1959)_ (qv)), and 'Anne Bancroft (I)' (qv) (Best Actress, _The Pumpkin Eater (1964)_ (qv)). Signoret won an Oscar for her performance.

-   Though relatively sparse of output, he was acclaimed as an exponent of social realism and as one of the most literary of film makers. Virtually all of his films were adapted from classic novels.

-   During World War II, he served as photographer with the Royal Air Force Film Unit. His first experience as director was filming the short documentary 'Naples is a Battlefield' (1944).

-   Clayton wrote to Alexander Korda at Denham studios and was taken on as a tea boy. From there, he worked his way up the ladder to third assistant director. His next job was in the editing department of Warner Brothers. After the war, he served in wide range of capacities, from second unit director to production manager, producer and (eventually, from 1956) as director. His first short feature film, 'The Bespoke Overcoat', garnered awards in Edinburgh and Venice and won him an Academy Award.


-   Gaston, George. Jack Clayton: guide to references and resources (G.K. Hall, 1981)


-   I don't believe in being fashionable. Try to be and you're usually out of date before you start.


-   "Starlog" (USA), June 1983, Vol. 6, Iss. 71, pg. 53-55, by: Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier, "Ringmaster to a Dark Carnival - Jack Clayton: Directing 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'"


-   "GQ" (USA), May 2000, pg. 139-143, by: Peter Bart, "The Beautiful and Damned"

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Movies Produced

  1. Our Mother's House (1967) (producer)
  2. The Innocents (1961) (producer)
  3. The Whole Truth (1958) (producer)
  4. The Story of Esther Costello (1957) (producer)
  5. Sailor Beware (1956) (producer)
  6. The Bespoke Overcoat (1956) (producer)
  7. Three Men in a Boat (1956) (producer)
  8. Dry Rot (1956) (producer)
  9. Moby Dick (1956) (associate producer) (uncredited)
  10. I Am a Camera (1955) (associate producer)
  11. The Good Die Young (1954) (associate producer)
  12. Beat the Devil (1953) (associate producer)
  13. Moulin Rouge (1952) (associate producer)
  14. Flesh & Blood (1951) (associate producer)
  15. The Queen of Spades (1949) (associate producer)
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