WorldCat Identities

Balcon, Michael 1896-1977

Works: 205 works in 844 publications in 7 languages and 9,561 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Detective and mystery films  Film adaptations  Comedy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Spy films  History  Caper films  Silent films  Film remakes 
Roles: Producer, Author, Production personnel, pmn, Other, Contributor, Performer, Editor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Balcon
Kind hearts and coronets by Robert Hamer( Visual )

40 editions published between 1949 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,384 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
The ladykillers by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

24 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in English and French and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A not-so-musically-inclined band of outlaws pose as a group of amateur musicians, while secretly plotting a major heist. But the sweet landlady, who rents them their "digs," proves to be too much for these cutthroats. They decide to get rid of her ... a task they find easier said than done
The 39 steps by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

33 editions published between 1935 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 758 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
The man who knew too much by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

26 editions published between 1934 and 2017 in English and Turkish 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 )

25 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in English and French and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An underpaid clerk and a frustrated sculptor join forces to steal a million pounds worth of gold bars from the Bank of England
The man in the white suit by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

24 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Alec Guinness is Sidney Stratton, an eccentric chemist who invents a fabric that never wrinkles, wears out, or gets dirty. But when mill owners and workers realize this miracle fabric will destroy their industry, they try to supress it. Sidney is determined to put his invention on the market, forcing clothing factory bigwigs to resort to more desperate measures
Twenty years of British film, 1925-1945 by Michael Balcon( Book )

18 editions published between 1947 and 1972 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pacific Heights by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the film-making industry's greatest auteurs, Alfred Hitchcock undoubtedly earned his title as "The Master of Suspense", with his thrilling films loved by the viewing public over a career spanning many decades. Widely regarded as the first true "Hitchcock film", The Lodger is a masterclass in tension, displaying all the trademarks of what was to become known as the typical Hitchcock thriller. Newly restored in High Definition, this release features a brand new orchestral soundtrack by acclaimed musician and composer Nitin Sawhney, performed by the world famous London Symphony Orchestra. On hearing reports of the seventh murder by "The Avenger", Daisy decides to stay with her parents. She is being courted by Joe, a detective, who gets suspicious when her mother rents a room out to a lodger - to whom Daisy is attracted. While the lodger is out Joe takes the opportunity to search his room - there he finds a gun, some press clippings of the killings and a map of the murders
Blackmail( Visual )

5 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and Japanese and held by 344 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 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of Hitchcock's more comedic thrillers. A writer and war hero is approaced by British Intelligence to eliminate an enemy agent. Unfortunately, he mistakes an innocent man for his target and begins to doubt if he is suitable for the mission
Passport to Pimlico by Henry Cornelius( Visual )

34 editions published between 1949 and 2014 in English and held by 239 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
Dead of night by Alberto Cavalcanti( Visual )

27 editions published between 1945 and 2014 in English and held by 203 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
Whisky galore! by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

26 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
Man of Aran by Robert Joseph Flaherty( Visual )

9 editions published between 1934 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retrato del día a día de una familia de pescadores de la Isla Aran, localizada en la costa oeste de Irlanda y cercada por un mar enfurecido con violentas tempestades
Went the day well? by Alberto Cavalcanti( Visual )

24 editions published between 1942 and 2013 in English and French and held by 148 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 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lt. Commander Ericson and his crew find 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 136 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 113 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
The ghoul( Visual )

8 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Egyptologist (Boris Karloff) wishes to be buried with a jewel he believes will allow him eternal life. When it is stolen, he rises from the dead to seek revenge
Alec Guinness 5-film collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The captain's paradise: The captain of an international ferryboat secretly enjoys one wife in Gibraltar and another in Tangier
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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


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