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 Roy Ward Baker

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Roy Ward Baker

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 5 Oct 2010 (aged 93)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 59737230 View Source
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Motion Picture Director. Born Roy Horace Baker, the son of a salesman, he studied in France and at the City of London School, before joining Gainsborough Pictures, initially as a 'gopher'; he gradually becoming production manager, and assistant director for Alfred Hitchcock on his picture "The Lady Vanishes" (1938). During World War II, Baker was assigned to the Army Kinematograph Unit, serving as a production manager and director of training films. After the war, he directed the short "Read All About It" (1945), and joined Two Cities Films, making his feature debut with "The October Man" (1947), following it with "The Weaker Sex" (1948). Baker, (who went by the name Roy Baker in the first part of his career) enjoyed his most productive period during the 1950s and early 1960s, as he directed the big screen pictures "Don't Bother to Knock" (1952, which starred Marilyn Monroe), "Inferno" (1953), "Passage Home" (1955), "The One That Got Away" (1957), "A Night to Remember" (1958, at that time was the most definitive portrayal of the sinking of the Titanic, prior to James Cameron's version in 1997), "The Singer Not the Song" (1961) and "Flame in the Streets" (1961). Throughout the remainder of his career, Baker's directing efforts consisted of episodes from various TV programs, including "The Avengers", "The Saint" and "The Persuaders!". In addition, he made several pictures with Hammer Films, among them "Five Million Years to Earth" (1967), "The Anniversary" (1968, which starred Bette Davis), "The Vampire Lovers" (1970) and "Scars of Dracula" (1970).

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