Robert Hartford-Davis

Robert Hartford-Davis (23 July 1923 - 12 June 1977) was a British born producer, director and writer, who worked on film and television in both in the United Kingdom and United States. He is also sometimes credited as Michael Burrowes or Robert Hartford. Bob was not born Robert Hartford-Davis; his birth name was William Henry Davis. He changed his name on becoming a television director in 1955. His television career encompassed drama, comedy and entertainment shows. Bob, as he liked to be called, started his career as an electrician in a South London film studio, where he went on to develop his skills as a cameraman. In the late fifties he became an agent and worked for Roy Rogers, amongst others (in England). His talents included co-writing many scripts for 'exploitation' movies and he used media events and people to forward his career. The Yellow Teddy Bears is a prime example of his vivid imagination, using an article in a national newspaper as fodder. Robert Hartford-Davis was born in Ramsgate in 1923. He married Betty Hale in 1943 and his first child a daughter was born in 1944, Jean. Two more daughters Marian & Penelope were born in the next ten years.



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