Robert Hamer

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
A former editor with a flair for both darkly satirical comedy and even darker British film noir, Robert Hamer was a key figure in postwar British cinema. His sensitive talent was probably best showcased in the handsome ... Read more »
Born: 03/30/1911 in Kidderminster, England, GB

Filmography

other (16)

55 Days at Peking 1963 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

School For Scoundrels 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Scapegoat 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Scapegoat 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Father Brown 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Father Brown 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

To Paris With Love 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

It Always Rains on Sunday 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It Always Rains on Sunday 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jamaica Inn 1938 (Movie)

(Editor)

Jamaica Inn (Movie)

(Editor)

Pink String and Sealing Wax (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Pink String and Sealing Wax (Movie)

(Director)

The Spider and the Fly (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A former editor with a flair for both darkly satirical comedy and even darker British film noir, Robert Hamer was a key figure in postwar British cinema. His sensitive talent was probably best showcased in the handsome and witty period-set comedy of murders, "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949) and the realistic yet superbly moody noir "It Always Rains on Sunday" (1947). Hamer was also responsible for what some critics consider the best segment in the classic horror anthology, "Dead of Night" (1945), in which a haunted mirror keeps displaying a murder committed long ago, and which begins to take possession of its new owner. Among other films, the adult and complexly plotted "The Spider and the Fly" (1949) and the witty and civilized detective comedy "Father Brown" (1954) stand out. Unfortunately, Hamer's highly promising career was derailed by an alcohol problem and he died at the age of 52.

Relationships

Seth Holt

Brother-In-Law

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England

Milestones

1944

Director "The Haunted Mirror" episode from "Dead of Night"

1942

Producer

1935

Editor

1934

Clapper boy

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