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Carol Reed (I) (1906–1976)


Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. There were no social scars here; Reed grew up in a ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Third Man
The Third Man Director
(1949)
Oliver!
Oliver! Director
(1968)
The Fallen Idol
The Fallen Idol Director
(1948)

Filmography

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 1970 Flap
 1968 Oliver!
 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty (some scenes, uncredited)
 1958 The Key
 1956 Trapeze
 1949 The Third Man
 1947 Odd Man Out
 1945 The True Glory (Documentary) (uncredited)
 1944 The Way Ahead
 1943 The New Lot (Short)
 1941 A Letter from Home (Short)
 1938 Climbing High
 1938 Bank Holiday
 1935 It Happened in Paris (uncredited)
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Other Works:

stage: spear carrier in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" with Sybil Thorndike and a young Laurence Olivier See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Carol Reed

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on the task of directing Oliver! (1968)] This is [Charles Dickens]. There are problems of a special kind. You say to yourself: "Fagin as a character would never dream of singing anything, nor, perhaps, would the Artful Dodger or Bill Sikes". They would probably get a laugh. The only way we could do justice to these characters as well as we knew how, and you can only do that in England. We ... See more »

Trivia:

Was the illegitimate son of Herbert Beerbohm Tree (Reed's mother, May Reed, was Tree's mistress). See more »

Trademark:

Children figure significantly in his films (The Fallen Idol (1948) told through a child's point of view, Boy with ball in The Third Man (1949), protagonists in Oliver! (1968) are children; children are everywhere & see everything in Odd Man Out (1947)) See more »

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Capricorn

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