British director Carol Reed, perhaps best known for his work on The Third Man (1949)

Carol Reed

British , (1906–1976) | The Third Man (1949), The Fallen Idol (1948), Odd Man Out (1947)

Distinguished British director who after a peak in the late 40s seemed to lose his way; his infrequent later films, though always civilised, were generally disappointing

Mini Biography

Born in London, the illegitimate son of actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Carol Reed began as an actor in the theatre, where he also directed and formed a close working relationship with Edgar Wallace, who stimulated his interest in films: he began as a dialogue director, working under Basil Dean at Ealing Studios.

Reed was at his best in collaborations with writer Graham Greene on The Fallen Idol (1948) and The Third Man (1949).

Married actress Diana Wynyard (1943–47) and Penelope Ward. His lovers included actress Jessie Matthews and novelist Daphne Du Maurier.

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It Happened in Paris (1935)
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Laburnum Grove (1936)
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Climbing High (1938)
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Penny Paradise (1938)
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Bank Holiday (1938)
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A Girl Must Live (1939)
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Kipps (1941)
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The Young Mr Pitt (1942)
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The Way Ahead (1944)
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Odd Man Out (1947)
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The Fallen Idol (1948)
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The Third Man (1949)
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Outcast of the Islands (1951)
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The Man Between (1953)
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A Kid for Two Farthings (1955)
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The Key (1958)
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Our Man in Havana (1959)
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Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
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The Running Man (1963)
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Oliver! (1968)
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