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Allan, Sir Anthony James Allan Havelock-, fourth baronet (1904–2003), film producer, was born on 28 February 1904 at Blackwell Manor, Blackwell, Darlington, co. Durham, the third son of Allan Havelock-Allan (1874–1949), army officer and landowner, and his first wife, Anne Julia, née Chaytor (...

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Sir Anthony James Allan Havelock- Allan, fourth baronet (1904–2003) by Lenare, 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baker, Sir (William) Stanley (1928–1976), actor and film producer, was born at 32 Albany Street in Ferndale, a village in the Rhondda valley in south Wales, on 28 February 1928, the third of the three children of John Henry Baker and his wife, ...

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Sir (William) Stanley Baker (1928–1976) by Cornel Lucas, 1955 © Cornel Lucas; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Balcon, Sir Michael Elias (1896–1977), film producer, was born on 19 May 1896 at 116 Summer Lane, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the youngest son and fourth of five children of Louis Balcon (c.1858–1946) and his wife, Laura Greenberg (c.1863–1934). His parents, Jewish immigrants from ...

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Sir Michael Elias Balcon (1896–1977) by Howard Coster, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barker, William George [Will] (1868–1951), film producer, was born at Prospect House, Waltham Lane, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, on 18 January 1868, the son of William Emmanuel Barker (1843/4–1884), office clerk and tea merchant, and his wife, Sarah Ann, née Theobald (b. 1845). Little is known of his early life, but he spent many years as a travelling salesman for a German company selling gold paint. His occupation was given as commercial traveller when he married, at ...

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John Baxter (1896–1975) by Kurt Hutton, 1948 [with director Mary Field at the Pump Room, Bath, during the Festival of All the Arts] Getty Images – Kurt Hutton

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Baxter, John Philip (1896–1975), film director and producer, was the eldest son of John Alexander Baxter, commercial clerk and later chief clerk of the Western Union Telegraph Company, and his wife, Ada Kate, née Francis. He was born on 31 December 1896 at ...

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Berman, Nestor Montague [Monty] (1913–2006), film and television producer, was born on 16 August 1913 at 25 Whitechapel Road, London, the son of Israel (otherwise Isadore) Reuben Berman, musician, and his wife, Fanny, née Josephvitz. He was of Jewish descent. He was educated at ...

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Black, Edward (1900–1948), film producer, was born on 18 August 1900 at 90 Hensham Road, Birmingham, one of three sons of George Black, then a house-painter, and his wife, Mary Davies. His father, subsequently an actor and stage carpenter, gave up his job as property master at the ...

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James Stuart Blackton (1875–1941) by unknown photographer, 1921 [right, with his colour-camera operator, working on The Glorious Adventure] Getty Images

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Blackton, James Stuart (1875–1941), film pioneer, was born on 5 January 1875 at 121 Broom Spring Lane, Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield, the son of Henry Blackton, saw manufacturer, and his wife, Jessie Stuart. The family emigrated in 1885 to America, where after his father's death in 1888 young ...

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Boulting, John Edward (1913–1985), film producer and director, and Roy Alfred Clarence Boulting (1913–2001), also a film producer and director, were born identical twin brothers (John thirty minutes before Roy) at Brookmead, Bray, Berkshire, on 21 December 1913 (though both twins gave as their date of birth 21 November 1913, in ...

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John Boulting (1913–1985) by Bert Hardy and Francis Reiss, 1946 [[Left to right] Boulting brothers: and Roy Boulting (1913-2001)] Getty Images – Hardy and Francis Reiss Burt

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Bower, Dallas Gordon (1907–1999), film, radio, and television producer and director, was born on 25 July 1907 at 34 Kensington Hall Gardens, London, the only son of Edward Lawrence Oakes Bower, East India merchant, and his first wife, (Gladys) Ethel, daughter of Eugene Dallas Marriott...

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Box, Betty Evelyn (1915–1999), film producer, was born on 25 September 1915 at 283 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent, the youngest of the five children of Frank Edward Box (d. 1939×48), nurseryman, then serving as a private in the 11th battalion, Royal West Kent regiment...

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Broccoli, Albert Romolo [Cubby] (1909–1996), film producer, was born on 5 April 1909 in Hoyt Avenue, Long Island, New York, the son of Giovanni Broccoli (c.1870–c.1932), a labourer, and his wife, Cristina, née Vence (c.1884–1965), a former cook to ...

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Albert Romolo Broccoli (1909–1996) by unknown photographer, c. 1975 Getty Images