Ken ANNAKIN
* 10.08.1914, Beverley, (heute:) East Riding of Yorkshire, England, GB † 22.04.2009, Beverly Hills, California, USA

Regisseur * (Steuer)beamter - 1936 kündigt und reist drei Jahre lang durch Neuseeland, Australien und USA * (nach seiner Rückkehr nach England) arbeitet als Versicherungsvertreter und Autoverkäufer * (während des Krieges) Bordmechaniker [flight mechanic] bei der RAF - 1942 (nach Verwundung) aus dem Dienst entlassen * anschließend findet einen neuen Job bei Verity Films als camera operator/assistant "on training films for the RAF and documentaries for the Ministry of Information, the British Council and the Army" * 1942 Debüt als Regisseur mit dem Dokumentarfilm London 1942 - bis 1946 dreht weitere Rekrutierungs- und Informationsfilme [recruitment and information films; English Criminal Justice, 1946] * 1947 Spielfilmdebüt mit Holiday Camp (für Gainsborough) - bis 1949 inszeniert noch drei weitere Produktionen mit der Huggett-Familie [Vertreter der englischen Normalbürger] * etabliert sich als Spezialist für Komödien und Abenteuerfilme (darunter vier Walt-Disney-Produktionen) - liebt Reisen und dreht oft an exotischen Schauplätzen * 1964-77 internationale Schaffensperiode mit starbesetzten Epen wie Battle of the Bulge (1965), Monte Carlo or Bust (1968) oder The Fifth Musketeer (1976/77) * 1978-79 realisiert drei Filme fürs Fernsehen * auch gelegentlich als Produzent (The Long Duel, 1966) und (Co-)Autor (Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, 1964) tätig * in den 80ern beendet seine Kinokarriere mit zwei Produktionen für junges Publikum (The Pirate Movie & The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking) * 2001 verfasst seine Autobiografie * seit 1979 lebt in California
"I make films for audiences"
"I never made art house films or movies with a message"
FILMS

Holiday Camp (Viel Vergnügen, 1947-GB; R: KA, B: Muriel Box, Sydney Box, Peter Rogers; Mabel Constanduros, Denis Constanduros, Ted Willis, K: Jack Cox, M: Bob Busby, D: Flora Robson, Dennis Price) 97m-Komödie (4708)

Miranda (Miranda, 1947-GB; R: KA, B: Peter Blackmore; Denis Waldock, K: Ray Elton, M: Temple Abady, D: Glynis Johns, Googie Withers, Griffith Jones, John McCallum) 80m-Komödie (4804)

Broken Journey (Notlandung, 1947/48-GB; R: KA, B: Robert Westerby, K: Jack Cox, M: John Greenwood, D: Phyllis Calvert, Margot Grahame, James Donald, Francis L. Sullivan, Raymond Huntley) 89m-Katastrophendrama (4804)

Quartet (Quartett, 1948-GB; B: R.C. Sherriff, M: John Greenwood > The Colonel's Lady * R: KA, K: Reginald Wyer, D: Cecil Parker) 120m-Episodenfilm (04; 4810)

Here Come the Huggetts (1948-GB; d: KA, B: Mabel Constanduros, Denis Constanduros, Muriel Box, Sydney Box, Peter Rogers, K: Reginald Wyer, M: Antony Hopkins, D: Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Jane Hylton, Susan Shaw, Petula Clark) 93m-Tragikomödie (4811)

Vote for Huggett (1948-GB; d: KA, B: Mabel Constanduros, Denis Constanduros, Allan MacKinnon, K: Reginald Wyer, M: Antony Hopkins, D: Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison) 84m-Komödie (4902)

The Huggetts Abroad (1949-GB; d: KA, B: Mabel Constanduros, Denis Constanduros, Ted Willis, Gerard Bryant, K: Reginald Wyer, D: Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison) 89m-Komödie (4905)

Landfall (1949-GB; d: KA, B: Talbot Jennings; Gilbert Gunn, Anne Burnaby, K: Wilkie Cooper, M: Philip Green, D: Michael Denison, Patricia Plunkett) 88m-Drama (Roman von Nevil Shute) (04-?; 4910)

Double Confession (1949/50-GB; d: KA, B: William Templeton; Ralph Keene, K: Geoffrey Unsworth, M: Benjamin Frankel, D: Derek Farr, Joan Hopkins, Peter Lorre) 85m-Krimidrama (Roman von John Garden) (5004)

Trio (So ist das Leben, 1950-GB; B: W. Somerset Maugham, R.C. Sheriff, Noel Langley > The Verger * R: KA, K: ?Reginald Wyer, M: John Greenwood, D: James Hayter, Kathleen Harrison) 91m-Episodenfilm (5008)

Hotel Sahara (Hotel Sahara, 1951-GB * Yvonne De Carlo, Peter Ustinov, David Tomlinson) (5107)

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (Robin Hood und seine tollkühnen Gesellen, 1951-USA; R: KA, B: Lawrence Edward Watkin, K: Guy Green, M: Clifton Parker, D: Richard Todd, Joan Rice, Peter Finch) 84m-Abenteuer (04-?; 5203)

The Planter's Wife (Weiße Frau im Dschungel, 1952-GB; R: KA, B: Peter Proud, Guy Elmes, K: Geoffrey Unsworth, M: Allan Gray, D: Claudette Colbert, Jack Hawkins) 91m-Abenteuerdrama (Frühjahr; 5209)

The Sword and the Rose (Eine Prinzessin verliebt sich, 1952-USA; R: KA, B: Lawrence Edward Watkin, K: Geoffrey Unsworth, M: Clifton Parker, D: Richard Todd, Glynis Johns) 93m-Historiendrama (Roman von Charles Major) (07-11; 5308)

You Know What Sailors Are (Endstation Harem, 1953-GB; R: Ken Annakin, B: Peter Rogers, K: Reginald Wyer, M: Malcolm Arnold, D: Akim Tamiroff * Donald Sinden * Sarah Lawson * Naunton Wayne) 89m-Komödie (Roman Sylvester von Edward Hyams, 1951) (5402)

The Seekers (Dämonen der Südsee, 1954-GB; R: KA, B: William Fairchild, K: Geoffrey Unsworth, M: William Alwyn, D: Jack Hawkins, Glynis Johns) 90m-Abenteuer (Roman von John Guthrie) (5406)

Value for Money (Lieber reich - aber glücklich, 1955-GB; R: KA, B: R.F. Delderfield, William Fairchild, K: Geoffrey Unsworth, M: Malcolm Arnold, D: John Gregson, Diana Dors, Susan Stephen, Derek Farr) 93m-Komödie (Roman von Derrick Boothroyd) (5508)

Loser Takes All (Heirate nie in Monte Carlo, 1956-GB) (Roman von Graham Greene) (5701)

Three Men in a Boat (Drei Mann in einem Boot, 1956-GB; R: KA, B: Hubert Gregg, Vernon Harris, K: Eric Cross, M: John Addison, D: Laurence Harvey, Jimmy Edwards, David Tomlinson) 94m-Komödie (Roman von Jerome K. Jerome) (5612)

Across the Bridge (Die Brücke der Vergeltung, 1957-GB; R: KA, B: Guy Elmes, Denis Freeman, K: Reginald Wyer, M: James Bernard, D: Rod Steiger, David Knight, Marla Landi, Noel Willman) 103/5m-Psychokrimi (Erzählung von Grahame Greene) (5708)

Nor the Moon by Night (Velaba ruft, 1958-GB; R: KA, B: Guy Elmes, K: Harry Waxman, M: James Bernard, D: Belinda Lee, Michael Craig, Patrick McGoohan, Anna Gaylor) 92m-Abenteuer (Roman von Joy Packer) (5807?09)

Third Man on the Mountain (Der dritte Mann im Berg, 1959-USA; R: KA, B: Eleanore Griffin, K: Harry Waxman, M: William Alwyn, D: Michael Rennie, James MacArthur, Janet Munro, James Donald) 105m-Abenteuerdrama (Buch/Roman von James Ramsey Ullman) (07-10 ? ?-06; 5911)

Swiss Family Robinson (Dschungel der 1000 Gefahren, 1959/60-USA; R: KA, B: Lowell S. Hawley, K: Harry Waxman, M: William Alwyn, D: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro) 128m-Abenteuer (Roman von Johann Wyss) (08-01; 6012)

Very Important Person (1961-GB; d: KA, B: Jack Davies, Henry Blyth, K: Ernest Steward, M: Reg Owen, D: James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips) 98m-Komödie [Roman von John Foley] (6104)

The Hellions (Platz nehmen zum Sterben, 1961-GB/ZA; R: KA, B: Harold Swanton, Patrick Kirwan, Harold Huth, K: Ted Moore, M: Larry Adler, D: Richard Todd, Anne Aubrey, Jamie Uys, Marty Wilde, James Booth, Lionel Jeffries) 80/4m-Abenteuer (6111)

The Longest Day (Der längste Tag, 1961/62-USA; R: KA, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, B: Cornelius Ryan; Romain Gary, James Jones, David Pursall, Jack Seddon, K: Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz, M: Maurice Jarre, D: John Wayne + all-star cast) 180m-Kriegsepos (Buch von Cornelius Ryan) (08?06-04; 6210)

Crooks Anonymous (So ein Gauner hat's nicht leicht, 1962-GB; R: KA, B: Jack Davies, Henry Blyth, K: Ernest Steward, M: Muir Mathieson, George Martin, D: Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, Wilfrid Hyde-White) 87m-Krimikomödie (6204)

The Fast Lady (O Darling - was für ein Verkehr, 1962-GB; R: KA, B: Jack Davies, Henry Blyth, K: Reginald Wyer, M: Norrie Paramor, D: James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, Kathleen Harrison) 95m-Komödie (6301)

The Informers (Polizeispitzel X 2, 1962/63-GB; R: KA, B: Alun Falconer, K: Reginald Wyer, M: Clifton Parker, D: Nigel Patrick, Margaret Whiting) 104m-Krimi (Roman von Douglas Warner) (6311)

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes (Die tollkühnen Männer in ihren fliegenden Kisten, 1964-GB; R: KA, B: Jack Davies, Ken Annakin, K: Christopher Challis, M: Ron Goodwin, D: Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Alberto Sordi, Robert Morley, Gert Fröbe, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Irina Demick, Eric Sykes, Terry-Thomas, Red Skelton) 132m-Komödie (6506)

Battle of the Bulge (Die letzte Schlacht, 1965-USA * Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews) (6512)

The Long Duel (Der Kampf, 1966-GB; R: KA, B: Peter Yeldham; Ernest Borneman, Geoffrey Orme, K: Jack Hildyard, M: John Scott, D: Yul Brynner, Trevor Howard) 115m-Abenteuer (6707)

The Biggest Bundle of Them All (Die Platinbande, 1966-USA * Robert Wagner, Raquel Welch, Godfrey Cambridge) (6801)

Monte Carlo or Bust / Quei temerari sulle loro pazze, scatenate, scalcinate carriole / Gonflés à bloc (Monte Carlo Rallye, 1968-GB/I/F; R: KA, B: Ken Annakin, Jack Davies, K: Gabor Pogany, M: Ron Goodwin, D: Bourvil, Lando Buzzanca, Walter Chiari, Peter Cook, Tony Curtis, Mireille Darc, Marie Dubois, Gert Fröbe, Susan Hampshire, Jack Hawkins, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Dudley Moore, Peer Schmidt, Eric Sykes, Terry-Thomas) 120/5m-Komödie (04-?; 6906)

Der Ruf der Wildnis / La selva blanca / Il richiamo della foresta / L'appel de la forêt / The Call of the Wild (1972-D/E/I/F * Charlton Heston, Michele Mercier) (Roman von Jack London) (7211)

Paper Tiger (Papiertiger, 1974-GB; R: KA, B: Jack Davies, K: John Cabrera, D: David Niven, Toshiro Mifune, Hardy Krüger) 99m-Abenteuer (7505)

The Fifth Musketeer (Das Geheimnis der eisernen Maske, 1976/77-A/GB; R: KA, B: David Ambrose, K: Jack Cardiff, M: Riz Ortolani, D: Sylvia Kristel, Ursula Andress, Beau Bridges) 103/6m-Abenteuer (Roman von Alexandre Dumas, pere) (10-?; 7904-USA)

Cheaper to Keep Her (1980-USA; d: KA, B: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod, K: Roland Smith, M: Dick Halligan, D: Mac Davis, Tovah Feldshuh) 92m-Liebeskomödie (?)

The Pirate Movie (Pirate Movie, 1981-AUS; R: KA, B: Trevor Farrant, K: Robin Copping, MS: Peter Sullivan, D: Kristy McNichol, Christopher Atkins) 93/105m-Fantasykomödie (10-?; 8208)

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking / Pippi Långstrump - starkast i världen (Pippi Langstrumpfs neueste Streiche, 1987-USA/S; R+B: KA, K: Roland Smith, M: Misha Segal, D: Tami Erin, Eileen Brennan, Dennis Dugan, Dianne Hull, George DiCenzo, John Schuck & Dick Van Patten) 100m-Kinderkomödie (Bücher von Astrid Lindgren) (05-07; 8807)

BOOK

Ken Annakin: So You Wanna Be a Director? London: Tomahawk Media, 2005 - 286 S.

Yorkshire-born Ken Annakin is one of the greatest international film directors. The last of the English directors to make it in the international arena (others included Hitchcock and Lean), this autobiography traces Annakin's career from his early British films through to Hollywood. He has directed, written and produced over 50 feature films in Africa, India, Malaysia, Scandinavia, China, Europe and the United States. His films include: Swiss Family Robinson, The Longest Day, Battle of the Bulge, and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. Annakin's autobiography includes personal and revealing insights into many film personalities, including: Claudette Colbert; Edward G. Robinson; David Niven; Raquel Welch; Rod Steiger; Tony Curtis; Henry Fonda; Olivia de Havilland; Robert Ryan; Charlton Heston; Julie Christie; Robert Wagner; Charles Bronson; Peter Sellers; Peter Ustinov; Darryl Zanuck; Walt Disney and Terry Thomas. This book is forthright and pulls no punches. It will soon become a classic among director's autobiographies. Detailing his own frustrations with sex-mad producers, drug-addicted actors, and unions which sabotaged multi-million dollar feature films. Annakin details a career of dizzying highs and bleak lows. This master of family entertainment also sounds a clarion call for a return to motion pictures which are fun for the whole family. So You Wanna Be A Director? is an entertaining and witty travelogue, as well as an important document of film history.

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