Charles Frend

21.11.1909, Pulborough, Engleska - 08.01.1977, London, Engleska


C. Frend was educated in Canterbury and
Oxford; he began his film career, like Hamer, as editor (working also with
Hitchcock, e.g. Sabotage). He worked in British MGM studios. He directs
from 1941, and his biggest successes are war movies he made for Ealing studios,
in which he shows a tendency to ground his stories on original documents. He
also directed comedies, like Barnacle Bill (1957), a film that many
historians consider to be the last true Ealing comedy. Towards the end of career
he assisted David Lean in filming Ryan’s Daughter.


Sky Bike (1967)
Beta Som (1962)
Cone of Silence (1961)
Girl on Approval (1961)
Barnacle Bill (1957)
The Long Arm (1956)
Lease of Life (1954)
The Cruel Sea (1953)
The Magnet (1950)
A Run for Your Money (1949)
Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947)
Johnny Frenchman (1945)
Return of the Vikings (1945)
San Demetrio, London (1943)
Big Blockade, The (1942)
The Foreman Went to France (1942)

Films by this director

The Magnet


Directed by: Charles Frend

The story is based on a series on wrong assumptions; a boy steals a magnet and believes it brings him luck. Other people try to take it for themselves… For conscience sake the boy gives the magnet to charity, but not everything is that simple…

black and white, 79 min.

A Run for Your Money


Directed by: Charles Frend

lec Guiness is a reporter covering the garden section and gets a task to cover the work of two miners who won the productivity award. When they arrive to town, they lose their guide and troubles begin…

black and white, 85 min
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