Peter Glenville

Director, Producer, Actor
Peter Glenville was responsible for directing several feature films, starting with "The Prisoner" (1955) and concluding with "The Comedians in Africa" (1967), a sequel to his somewhat awkward adaptation of Graham ... Read more »
Born: 10/28/1913 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (7)

The Comedians 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Hotel Paradiso 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Becket 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Term of Trial 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Summer and Smoke 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Me and the Colonel 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Prisoner 1955 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

The Comedians 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hotel Paradiso 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Hotel Paradiso 1965 (Movie)

Georges Feydeau (Actor)
Writer (1)

Term of Trial 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Peter Glenville was responsible for directing several feature films, starting with "The Prisoner" (1955) and concluding with "The Comedians in Africa" (1967), a sequel to his somewhat awkward adaptation of Graham Greene's "The Comedians" (1967). Perhaps it was during Glenville's theatrical tenure, as an actor in the 1930s and a director in the 40s and 50s, that he developed his taste in films. Over the course of twelve years, Glenville directed clubfooted costume dramas and stock boulevard farces, usually fronted by high-profile thespians. Onstage, he guided Maurice Evans and Edna Best in "The Browning Version," Beatrice Straight in "The Innocents," Olivia de Havilland in "Romeo and Juliet" and Bert Lahr and Angela Lansbury in "Hotel Paradiso." He also directed the original stage productions as well as the feature versions of "The Prisoner" (with Alec Guinness recreating his stage triumph) and "Becket" (onstage with Anthony Quinn and Laurence Olivier and on film with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole). Other feature credits include "Summer and Smoke" (1961), which earned its star Geraldine Page an Oscar nomination, and the all-star "The Comedians," with Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Ustinov.

Relationships

Shaun Glenville

Father

Mary Glenville

Grandmother
appeared with the Abbey Theater, Dublin, Ireland

Mary Ward

Mother

EDUCATION

Christ Church College, Oxford University

dropped out

Milestones

1967

Final feature venture, "The Comedians in Africa"

1962

Wrote the screenplay in addition to directing "Term of Trial"

1955

Feature directing debut "The Prisoner",

1943

Engaged to direct at London's Old Vic theatre

1939

Film acting debut "His Brother's Keeper"

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