Michael Balcon

Producer, Executive, Distributor
Influential production executive who gave Alfred Hitchcock his first solo directing job ("The Pleasure Garden" 1925) and later founded Gainsborough Pictures, which produced many of Hitchcock's early classics as well as ... Read more »
Born: 05/18/1896 in Birmingham, England, GB

Filmography

Producer (40)

Sammy Going South 1963 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tom Jones 1963 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Long and the Short and the Tall 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dunkirk 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Scapegoat 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

All at Sea 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Divided Heart 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ladykillers 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Night My Number Came Up 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lease of Life 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lavender Hill Mob 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man in the White Suit 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

It Always Rains on Sunday 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

Secret Agent 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

Seven Sinners 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 39 Steps 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

The First Born 1927 (Movie)

(Producer)

Downhill 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lodger 1925 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Yank at Oxford (Movie)

(Producer)

Champagne Charlie (Movie)

(Producer)

Climbing High (Movie)

(Producer)

Dance Hall (Movie)

(Producer)

Doctor Syn (Movie)

(Producer)

Hue and Cry (Movie)

(Producer)

I Was a Spy (Movie)

(Producer)

It's Love Again (Movie)

(Producer)

Non-Stop New York (Movie)

(Producer)

Passport to Pimlico (Movie)

(Producer)

Pink String and Sealing Wax (Movie)

(Producer)

Saraband for Dead Lovers (Movie)

(Producer)

The Blue Lamp (Movie)

(Producer)

The Captive Heart (Movie)

(Producer)

The Clairvoyant (Movie)

(Producer)

The Constant Nymph (Movie)

(Producer)

The Cruel Sea (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Iron Duke (Movie)

(Producer)

Where There's a Will (Movie)

(Producer)

Whisky Galore! (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Influential production executive who gave Alfred Hitchcock his first solo directing job ("The Pleasure Garden" 1925) and later founded Gainsborough Pictures, which produced many of Hitchcock's early classics as well as Robert Flaherty's "Man of Aran" (1933). He also headed Gaumont-British and MGM-British during the 1930s and helmed Ealing Studios from 1937 till 1959, during which time it produced the famous postwar series of comedies including "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949), "Whisky Galore" (1949), "The Man in the White Suit" (1951) and "The Lavender Hill Mob" (1952). Balcon later founded Bryanston Films, and took over production at British-Lion in 1964 after a much-publicized battle. Father of former actress Jill Balcon, whose son is actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

Relationships

Jill Balcon

Daughter
born in 1925

Daniel Day-Lewis Actor

Grandson
Born April 29, 1957 to Cecil Day-Lewis and Jill Balcon; Academy Award-winning actor

Aileen Leatherman

Wife
married in 1924

Milestones

1964

Took over British-Lion Pictures

1959

Founded Bryanston Films

1937

Was chief of production and director of Ealing Studios

1936

Named head of production for MGM-British

1931

Appointed head of production at Gaumont-British Studios

1928

Founded Gainsborough Pictures

1923

First film as producer, "Woman to Woman"

1919

First job as distributor

Bonus Trivia

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He was Knighted in 1948.

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