Screenwriter, Film director
1906 – 1997
Who was Frank Launder?
He was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England and began working as a screenwriter on British films in the 1930s, contributing the story for the classic Will Hay comedy Oh, Mr Porter!. After writing a number of screenplays with Gilliat, including The Lady Vanishes and Night Train to Munich, the two men produced and directed the wartime drama Millions Like Us. After founding their own production company Individual Pictures, they produced a number of memorable dramas and thrillers including I See a Dark Stranger and Green for Danger, but were best known for their comedies including The Happiest Days of Your Life and most famously, the St Trinians series, based on Ronald Searle's cartoons set in an anarchic girls school. He was married to actress Bernadette O'Farrell from 1950 until his death in Monaco.
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