Frank Launder

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Frank Launder left his job as a civil servant because he wanted to entertain, and that he did as a director, screenwriter, and producer -- usually in partnership with Sidney Gilliat -- of scores of British productions ... Read more »
Born: 01/28/1906 in Hertfordshire, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (22)

Ring of Spies 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lady Vanishes 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wildcats of St. Trinian's 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lady Vanishes 1978 (Movie)

from screenplay (From Story)

The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery 1966 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pure Hell of St. Trinian's 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blue Murder at St. Trinian's 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Green Man 1956 (Movie)

("Meet a Body") (Play as Source Material)

The Green Man 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wee Geordie 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Belles of St. Trinian's 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Folly to Be Wise 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I See a Dark Stranger 1945 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Night Train to Munich 1940 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Seven Sinners 1935 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Captain Boycott (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

For the Love of Mike (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Happy (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Rolling Home (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The W Plan (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

We Dive at Dawn (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (13)

Endless Night 1971 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ooh... You Are Awful 1971 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pure Hell of St. Trinian's 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Left, Right and Centre 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blue Murder at St. Trinian's 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Green Man 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Constant Husband 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wee Geordie 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Belles of St. Trinian's 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Folly to Be Wise 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

I See a Dark Stranger 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

Captain Boycott (Movie)

(Producer)

Green for Danger (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (10)

The Wildcats of St. Trinian's 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Pure Hell of St. Trinian's 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Left, Right and Centre 1958 (Movie)

(TV Panel Game sequences) (Director)

Blue Murder at St. Trinian's 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Wee Geordie 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Belles of St. Trinian's 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Folly to Be Wise 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

I See a Dark Stranger 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

Captain Boycott (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Frank Launder left his job as a civil servant because he wanted to entertain, and that he did as a director, screenwriter, and producer -- usually in partnership with Sidney Gilliat -- of scores of British productions from 1928 until 1980. He is particularly remembered for the "St. Trinian's" series of films, which began with "The Happiest Days of Your Life" (writer-producer-director, 1950), and focused on a boisterous, unruly school for girls. Together with Gilliat, Launder also wrote "The Lady Vanishes" (1939) for director Alfred Hitchcock, one of the latter's most successful movies during his British period. The film focused on the disappearance of an older woman and how a younger woman gets caught up in intrigue in the search for the old dame.

Relationships

Bernadette O'Farrell

Wife
second wife survived him died in September 1999

EDUCATION

attended school in Brighton, England

Milestones

1980

Directed last film, "The Wildcats of St. Trinian's"

1950

Launched St. Trinian's series with "The Happiest Days of Your Life"

1943

With Gilliat, formed Individual Pictures

1942

Co-directed "Millions Like Us"

1941

Directed first film short, "Partners in Crime"

1939

Co-wrote script for Alfred Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes"

1936

First collaboration with Sidney Gilliat, script for "Seven Sinners"

1928

Wrote first script, "Cocktails"

Worked as civil servant

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