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LONDON FILM PRODUCTIONS

Long-running company set up by monolithic director Alexander Korda. Early silent productions gave way to sound successes, the breakthrough being the Korda-directed, Charles Laughton drumstick-tossing Private Life of Henry VIII. Many quality films followed – Things to Come, The Four Feathers, The Thief of Baghdad – all with that distinctive Big Ben ident. Later, Korda moved in British Lion, and London/Lion co-prods like The Third Man sprang up. The company didn’t survive Korda’s death in ’56, although a revival of sorts (helped by Samuel Goldwyn’s purchase of the studio’s mighty back catalogue) led to the company resuming business in the ’70s as a historical TV drama house, the likes of I, Claudius, Poldark and, er, Frankie Howerd comedy horror The House in Nightmare Park issuing forth, though film buffs regard any link between the telly London Films and the original as tenuous at best.

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