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Roy William Neill

Roy William Neill
1919 film crew (from left): Assistant director Thomas Walsh, cameraman Ned Van Buen, assistant director Edward James, cameraman Edward Wynard, and director Roy William Neill (seated).
Born (1887-09-04)September 4, 1887
Ireland, United Kingdom
Died December 14, 1946(1946-12-14) (aged 59)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Film director

Roy William Neill (4 September 1887 – 14 December 1946) was a film director best known for directing several of the Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, made between 1943 and 1946 and released by Universal Studios.[1]

With his father as the captain, Neill was born on a ship off the coast of Ireland. His birth name was Roland de Gostrie. Neill began directing silent movies in 1917 and went on to helm 107 films, 40 of them silent. Although most of Neill's films were low-budget B-movies, he was known for directing films with meticulously lit scenes with carefully layered shadows that would become the style of film noir in the late 1940s. In fact, his last film, Black Angel (1946), is considered a film noir.

He was also credited in some works as R. William Neill, Roy W. Neill, and Roy Neill. Neill lived in the United States for most of his career and was a U.S. citizen. He did go to London from 1935 until 1940 where better opportunities existed for American directors. During this period, British film producer Edward Black hired Neill to direct The Lady Vanishes. However, due to delays in production, Black hired Alfred Hitchcock to direct instead.

Neill died in London, England, from a heart attack.

Partial filmography

References

  1. ^ T.S. (October 8, 1943). "Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) At the Palace".  

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