George King

George King (1899–1966) was an English actors' agent, film director, producer and screenplay writer. He helmed several of Tod Slaughter's melodramas, including 1936's The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. King entered into the film industry after completion of medical studies. His first film Too Many Crooks featured a young stage actor named Laurence Olivier, also making his film debut. Once launched from routine thrillers, King made the usual array of lightweight comedies, romances and thrillers. With the outbreak of war, King directed some distinctly up-market war movies, most successful of which was Candlelight in Algeria a vehicle for James Mason. He was also successful with 1947's The Shop at Sly Corner, which introduced Diana Dors, featuring a charismatic performance by Oscar Homolka and a notable performance by Kenneth Griffith.



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