Betty E Box

Producer, Lyricist, Hotelier
This younger sister of screenwriter-producer Sydney Box was a pioneer in the British film industry. Born in Beckenham, Kent, Betty E Box entertained thoughts of a career as a commercial artist but recognized she lacked ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1915 in Kent, England, GB

Filmography

Producer (17)

It's Not the Size That Counts 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Doctor in Trouble 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Percy 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Some Girls Do 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Deadlier Than the Male 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Doctor in Clover 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Agent 8 3/4 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

The High Bright Sun 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wild and the Willing 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

No, My Darling Daughter 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

No Love For Johnnie 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Conspiracy of Hearts 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Tale of Two Cities 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 39 Steps 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Doctor at Large 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Doctor in the House 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Seventh Veil 1945 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

This younger sister of screenwriter-producer Sydney Box was a pioneer in the British film industry. Born in Beckenham, Kent, Betty E Box entertained thoughts of a career as a commercial artist but recognized she lacked the requisite talent. Secretarial courses proved equally uninspiring. By the late 1930s, her brother Sydney and his second wife Muriel had begun to produce films and they offered her a slot at their Verity Films. Box proved a natural at maintaining costs to a minimum and keeping a sharp eye on the bottom line. At a time when the role of women in film was mostly relegated to before the camera work, Betty Box excelled in packaging and overseeing the making of features. After a promotion to production manager, she eventually made the leap to producing, serving as an associate on "The Seventh Veil" (1945).

When her brother was hired by J Arthur Rank to run Gainsborough Studios, he accepted on the condition that Betty be put in charge of the slightly smaller Islington Studios, where she oversaw over two dozen features. While the first, "Dear Murderer" (1947), was a disappointing drama about adultery, she scored with the fantasy "Miranda" (1948). a comedy about a mermaid. Shortly thereafter, she married her second husband, producer Peter Rogers (best known for the "Carry On" series of lowbrow comedies) and met the director Ralph Thomas with whom she would collaborate on some 30 films over a 20-plus time span. Thomas proved proficient with thrillers like "The Clouded Yellow" (1950) and a remake of Hitchcock's "The Thirty-Nine Steps" (1959), starring Kenneth More, but he and Box found their biggest success with the "Doctor in the House" series. Beginning with the initial installment in 1954 and running to 1970's "Doctor in Trouble", the slickly produced. modestly-budgeted films proved to be their legacy, although the first in the series remains the most amiable and funniest.

Relationships

Sydney Box

Brother
born in 1907

Muriel Box

Sister-In-Law

Peter Rogers

Husband
second husband married in 1949 produced the "Carry On" series of films survived her

Milestones

1974

Final film, "It's Not the Size That Counts", directed by Thomas

1969

Last film in the series "Doctor in Trouble"

1959

Produced the remake of "The 39 Steps", starring Kenneth More

1954

Produced the successful "Doctor in the House", the first in a series of farcical comedies about medical students

1950

Initial collaboration with director Ralph Thomas, "The Clouded Yellow"; first of some 30 films made over a 20-plus year career

1948

Had box-office success with the comedy "Miranda" about a mermaid

1947

Was executive in charge of the production on "The Upturned Grass"

1947

First film for Rank, "Dear Murderer"

1944

First feature as producer (associate), "The Seventh Veil"

1940

Joined her brother Sydney's compant Verity Films

At brother's insistance, hired by J Arthur Rank to run Islington Studios, a division of Gainsborough Studios

Bonus Trivia

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She was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in 1958.

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