WorldCat Identities

Balcon, Michael 1896-1977

Works: 230 works in 863 publications in 6 languages and 9,618 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Detective and mystery films  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Spy films  Caper films  Silent films  Film remakes  History 
Roles: Producer, Author, pmn, Production personnel, Other, Editor, Performer, Contributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Balcon
Kind hearts and coronets by Robert Hamer( Visual )

34 editions published between 1949 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Impatient to become duke, the ninth in line decides to eliminate the eight relatives standing in his way in this tart black comedy. Obstructing the path to his title is Alec Guinness, in one of his greatest performances, playing all eight relatives. DVD
The ladykillers by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

23 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in English and French and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An old lady takes in a lodger, who with four friends commits a robbery. When she discovers their crime, they decide to kill her, but she has other plans
The 39 steps by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

32 editions published between 1935 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Richard Hannay is on vacation in London when he meets a mysterious woman who tells him of a spy ring which she is trying to crack. She doesn't know the identity of the masterspy, but does know a few revealing details. Later she is murdered-- before Hannay can learn anything more. His own life now in danger, Hannay sets out to solve a mystery."--Container
Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

25 editions published between 1934 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An ordinary British couple vacationing in Switzerland suddenly find themselves embroiled in a case of international intrigue when their daughter is kidnapped by spies plotting a political assassination. This fleet and gripping early thriller from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, was the first film the director made after signing to the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation. Besides affirming Hitchcock's genius, it gave the brilliant Peter Lorre his first English-speaking role, as slithery villain. With its tension and gallows humor, it's pure Hitchcock, and it set the tone for such films as The 39 steps and The Lady Vanishes." -- Back of container
The Lavender Hill mob by Charles Crichton( Visual )

22 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in English and French and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alec Guinness plays a timid bank clerk with a perfect scheme to steal a million pounds in gold from the Bank of England. What can possibly go wrong? Everything, in this hysterically funny, madcap masterpiece
The man in the white suit by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

25 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Alec Guinness is Sidney Stratton, an eccentric chemist who invents a fiber that never wrinkles, wears out, or gets dirty. But when mill owners and workers realize this miracle fiber will destroy their industry, Sidney becomes the most hunted man in the nation
Twenty years of British film, 1925-1945 by Michael Balcon( Book )

18 editions published between 1947 and 1972 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kind hearts and coronets( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louis Mazzini seeks to avenge his mother's disinheritance by ascending to her family's dukedom. To do this, he must kill eight of his relatives in the d'Ascoyne family
Blackmail( Visual )

5 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and Japanese and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Easy virtue] "After divorcing an abusive husband, an innocent woman makes a valiant effort at beginning her life anew, but she cannot escape the incidents surrounding her past"--Container
Secret agent by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

16 editions published between 1936 and 2011 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A World War I tale of espionage with two secret agents who pose as man and wife while on assignment to kill an enemy spy
Passport to Pimlico by Henry Cornelius( Visual )

34 editions published between 1949 and 2014 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detonation of an unexploded bomb left from WWII German bombings uncovers an ancient document which reveals that London's Pimlico district really belongs to France. The community, eager to abandon post-war constraints, establish their independence as a ration-free state, but soon find that their action has consequences
The lodger : a story of the London Fog by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A rash of murders causes a family to be suspicious of their tenant, a man who seems fascinated with their daughter
Whisky galore! by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

25 editions published between 1949 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an English ship carrying 50,000 cases of whiskey wrecks off the coast of a tiny Scottish island that has ran out of "the water of life"', Captain Waggett vows to defend the vessel against any looting efforts
Dead of night( Visual )

26 editions published between 1945 and 2014 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queen of Spades: A gambling craze is sweeping 19th century St. Petersburg, yet a dashing Russian army captain is too impoverished to participate. But when he learns of a key to gaming riches, he will stop at nothing to steal it the sinister secret for himself
Man of Aran by Robert Joseph Flaherty( Visual )

7 editions published between 1934 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Au large des côtes d'Irlande, sur l'archipel d'Aran, une famille de pêcheurs mène une lutte de tous les instants contre les éléments naturels. Drame documentaire interprété par des comédiens non professionnels
The lodger : a story of the London fog( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With his third feature film, The Lodger: a Story of the London Fog, Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man (matinee idol Ivor Novello) who takes up residence at a London boardinghouse just as a killer known as the Avenger descends upon the city, preying on blonde women. The film is animated by the palpable energy of a young stylist at play, decisively establishing the director's formal and thematic obsessions. In this release, The Lodger is accompanied by Downshill, another silent from 1927 that explores Hitchcock's "wrong man" trope, also headlined by Novello--making for a double feature that reveals the master of the macabre as he was just coming into his own"--Container
Went the day well? by Alberto Cavalcanti( Visual )

24 editions published between 1942 and 2013 in English and French and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The villagers of Bromley End, an English hamlet, welcome a platoon of soldiers who have been assigned to their village during World War II. When the residents discover that the soldiers are disguised German paratroopers who plan to take over Bromley End, they bravely fight the Nazi occupation of their village
The cruel sea by Charles Frend( Visual )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lt. Commander Ericson and his crew find that they are fighting not only the Germans, but the age-old enemy, the sea, in this World War II action drama
Paul Robeson : citizen of the world( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Proud Valley an African American sailor comes to a Welsh coal mining town in 1938 and helps re-open the mine at the cost of his life. Native Land, a political semi-documentary formed from staged reenactments, leads viewers on an emotional tour of the pre-World War II U.S. and its freedom-based ideologies and looks at the the forces it sees as threatening to undermine America's strengths from within: greedy capitalists, professional strikebreakers, and the Ku Klux Klan. Robeson on Pacifica Radio: Paul Robeson was denied his U.S. passport from 1950 to 1958 after he refused to sign an affidavit stating that he was not a Communist. During this time, Pacifica Radio interviewed Robeson, allowing him to express his personal history and view of the world. This interview was conducted by host Elsa Knight Thompson and Harold Winkler, president of the Pacifica Foundation
Sabotage by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

13 editions published between 1936 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[The lodger] The central character, called simply "The Lodger", is caught in the trap of other peoples' suspicions. Because this lodger, who is renting a room in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting, seems mysterious, he is suspected of being the notorious "Avenger", a killer who has been stalking women in London and strangling them
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Kind hearts and coronets
Alternative Names
Balcon, Michael

Balcon, Michael 1896-1977 Sir

Balcon, Michael 1896- Sir

Balcon, Michael, Sir, 1896-

Balcon, Michael, Sir, 1896-1977

Michael Balcon britischer Filmproduzent

Michael Balcon Brits filmproducent (1896-1977)

Michael Balcon produttore cinematografico inglese

Μάικλ Μπάλκον Άγγλος παραγωγός ταινιών

Майкл Бэлкон продюсер

מייקל בלקון

مایکل بالکن تهیه‌کننده بریتانیایی


The ladykillersThe 39 stepsKind hearts and coronets