WorldCat Identities

Mackendrick, Alexander 1912-1993

Works: 159 works in 582 publications in 7 languages and 5,441 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy films  Caper films  Film noir  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Crime films  Dark comedy films  Beach party films  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
Roles: Director, Author, Author of screenplay, Performer, Restager , Scenarist, Film editor, Other
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Alexander Mackendrick
Most widely held works by Alexander Mackendrick
Sweet Smell of Success by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

58 editions published between 1957 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A powerful film about a ruthless journalist and an unscrupulous press agent who'll do anything to achieve success"--Container
The ladykillers by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

104 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,124 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
On film-making : an introduction to the craft of the director by Alexander Mackendrick( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of the director's art and craft, from one of the most revered of all film school directors. Mackendrick directed classic Ealing comedies plus a Hollywood masterpiece, Sweet Smell of Success. But after retiring from film-making in 1969, he spent nearly 25 years teaching his craft at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Mackendrick produced hundreds of pages of handouts and sketches, designed to guide his students to a finer understanding of how to write a story, and then use those devices peculiar to cinema in order to tell that story as effectively as possible. Gathered and edited in this collection, his teachings reveal that he had the talent not only to make great films, but also to articulate the process with a clarity and insight that will still inspire any aspiring filmmaker. --From publisher description
The man in the white suit by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

54 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 582 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
Whisky galore! by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

63 editions published between 1948 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 261 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
A high wind in Jamaica by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

10 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concerned that their children aren't growing up as "civilized" as they would in their native England, a couple decides to leave Jamaica and return home with their family. However, when they inadvertently find their way onto a pirate ship, the children befriend, outwit and even frighten their shipmates
The Maggie by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

12 editions published between 1954 and 2015 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wily Scottish ship captain cons a rich American into letting his coal burning scow "The Maggie" carry a valuable load of furniture to a Scottish island. The American soon realizes he's been conned, but can he stop the captain from ripping him off?
Alec Guinness 5-film collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kind hearts and coronets: Following his mother's death, an Edwardian gentleman plots to avenge her by seizing the dukedom of the aristocratic d'Ascoyne family
Alec Guinness( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sidney Stratton is an eccentric chemist who one day invents a fiber that never wrinkles, wears out or gets dirty. However, when mill owners realize his invention will destroy their industry, Sidney suddenly becomes the most hunted man in the nation
Ealing Studios comedy collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This exclusive collection brings together five of Ealing Studios' greatest comedies. Each classic film has been newly remastered from pristine vault materials, many available for the first time ever in America
Alec Guinness( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Marcus is the mastermind of a vicious bank robbers. The gang rents a room from an elderly widow who appears harmless, but when she begins to meddle in their 'perfect crime', they realize she may pose the biggest threat of all
Don't make waves( Visual )

5 editions published between 1967 and 2011 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this satire of Southern California beach life, an East Coast tourist is stranded in Malibu after his sportscar is wrecked by a reckless resident, and he becomes involved in various romantic entanglements
Whiskey galore by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

2 editions published in 1948 in Undetermined and English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This robust, nimble comedy chronicles the effects of 50,000 cases of spirits on a tiny little island, and deftly satirizes the character of its thrifty, God-fearing population. The tale develops into a battle of wits between the canny Scots and the customs inspector
Mandy( Visual )

15 editions published between 1952 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"London, the early 1950s. Born deaf, Mandy is mute for most of her childhood. As she reaches school age her family itself is in danger of breaking up. Christine (Phyllis Calvert), Mandy's mother has heard of a residential school for the oral education of the deaf, where the children are taught to lip-read and, through the identification of objects, to speak, but her husband Harry (Terence Morgan) wishes to have her home-schooled. Their disagreement over the child's education results in bitter quarrels until Christine decides to leave him, taking Mandy with her. Mandy finally enters the school, run by a dynamic and gifted teacher, Searle (Jack Hawkins)."--Container
El quinteto de la muerte The ladykillers( Visual )

14 editions published between 1955 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Una viejecita alquila una habitación a una extraña mezcla de gente que resulta ser una banda de ladrones
The Man in the white suit( Visual )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A scientist produces a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. Unions and management are equally aghast, for such an invention could destroy a complacent industry
The Lavender Hill mob by Charles Crichton( Visual )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man in the white suit: "An altruistic chemist invents a fabric that resists wear and stain as boon to humanity but both capital and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons."
On filmmaking : manual de escritura y realización cinematográfica by Alexander Mackendrick( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in Spanish and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Mann im weißen Anzug( Visual )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Viento en las velas by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in Spanish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Sweet Smell of Success
Alternative Names
Alexander Mackendrick Amerikaans filmregisseur

Alexander Mackendrick cinéaste américain

Alexander Mackendrick sceneggiatore e regista statunitense

Alexander Mackendrick US-amerikanischer Regisseur

Mac Kendrick Alexander 1912-1993

Mackendrick, Alexander

MacKendrick, Alexander 1912-1993

Mackendrick, Sandy

Mackendrick, Sandy 1912-1993

Mc Kendrick Alexander 1912-1993

McKendrick Alexander 1912-1993

Маккендрик, Александр

الکساندر ماکندریک کارگردان آمریکایی

맥켄드릭, 알렉산더 1912-1993


マッケンドリック, アレクサンダー

マッケンドリック, アレクサンダー 1912-1993


The ladykillersOn film-making : an introduction to the craft of the directorSweet smell of success