J. Lee Thompson

By Steve Chibnall

J. Lee Thompson


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6012-0
  • Pages: 392
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.99
  • Published Date: February 2001
  • BIC Category: The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, Film history, theory & criticism, Individual film directors, film-makers, Film and Media
  • Series: British Film-Makers


First published on the fiftieth anniversary of his directorial debut, this book was the first to examine the work of a man once hailed as the finest film-maker to emerge from the British studio system after the Second World War. Before being recruited by Hollywood, J. Lee Thompson made a string of classic films including: Yield to the Night (1956), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), Tiger Bay (1959), North West Frontier (1959) and The Guns of Navarone (1961). He worked in the Hollywood industry into his late eighties, making nearly thirty films as a director and producer between 1960 and 1990. He remains best known, however, for his first: the immortal thriller Cape Fear (1962).

Drawing on extensive interview material, Steve Chibnall traces Lee Thompson's career in British cinema, and offers an analysis of his films which reveals remarkable, and previously unacknowledged, continuities of style and theme.

This is a book for anyone interested in the history of British cinema, and particularly those who enjoy the best of 1950s and 1960s film.


Series Editor's foreword
Foreword by Sir John Mills
1. Introduction
2. From Jack of all trades...
3. To master of one
4. Women who lie in gaol
5. Family entertainment
6. Prisons without bars
7. The perilous passage
8. Deutsche stars
9. Greek mythology
10. J. Lee goes to Hollywood
11. The prodigal's return


Steve Chibnall is Professor of British Cinema and Director of the Cinema and Television Research Group at De Montfort University, Leicester

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