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Frank Launder (1906–1997)

Frank Launder started as a scriptwriter in the 1930s on such classics as The Lady Vanishes (1938) and Night Train to Munich (1940). He joined forces with Sidney Gilliat and together they Wrote, Directed and Produced over 40 films. Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat are most famous for their St. Trinian's films. See full bio »


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 1980 The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (original screenplay)
 1979 The Lady Vanishes (based on the screenplay by)
 1971 Au théâtre ce soir (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Cherchez le corps, Mister Blake (1971) ... (play)
 1966 The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (original story) / (screenplay)
 1965 Joey Boy (screenplay)
 1965 Vor Nachbarn wird gewarnt (TV Movie) (play "Meet a Body")
 1964 Shadow of Treason (screenplay)
 1959 The Bridal Path (screenplay)
 1957 She Played with Fire (screenplay)
 1956 The Green Man (from their play "Meet a Body") / (screenplay)
 1955 Wee Geordie (screenplay)
 1954 The Belles of St. Trinian's (screenplay)
 1952 Folly to Be Wise (screenplay)
 1951 Bikini Baby
 1950 The Happiest Days of Your Life (screenplay)
 1949 The Blue Lagoon (writer)
 1946 I See a Dark Stranger (by) / (screenplay)
 1945 Notorious Gentleman (the screen play written by)
 1944 Soldier, Sailor (Documentary) (screenplay)
 1944 Two Thousand Women (written by)
 1943 Millions Like Us (an original screenplay written by)
 1943 We Dive at Dawn (uncredited)
 1942 The Young Mr. Pitt (screenplay)
 1942 Uncensored (screenplay - uncredited)
 1942 Partners in Crime (Short)
 1941 Mail Train
 1941 The Remarkable Mr. Kipps (uncredited)
 1940 Crook's Tour (characters - uncredited)
 1940 Night Train to Munich (screenplay)
 1940 They Came by Night (uncredited)
 1939 A Girl Must Live (writer)
 1938 The Lady Vanishes (screen play)
 1937 Oh, Mr. Porter! (original story)
 1937 Don't Get Me Wrong (uncredited)
 1936 Doomed Cargo
 1935 The Loves of Madame Dubarry (script)
 1935 Rolling Home
 1935 So You Won't Talk (screenplay and dialogue)
 1935 Emil and the Detectives (scenario)
 1934 A Southern Maid (writer)
 1933 Facing the Music (writer)
 1933 Hawley's of High Street (writer)
 1933 Happy (adaptation) / (dialogue) / (scenario)
 1933 You Made Me Love You (scenario)
 1932 Old Spanish Customers (scenario)
 1930 Song of Soho
 1930 Harmony Heaven (uncredited)
 1930 The W Plan
 1929 The Greenwood Tree (scenario and dialogue)
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[on directing Margaret Rutherford in The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)] We could never put marks down for her, we just had to keep the camera rolling wherever she was likely to be. She can always make any line sound funnier than it really is. She would never do one take the same, but I like an artist like that. Margaret is an artist who has great moments, many great moments.


Launder first worked in the office of the Official Receiver of Bankruptcy and subsequently acted with the Brighton Repertory Company. His film work began as a title writer for Elstree in the late 1920's. He subsequently joined Gaumont-British/Gainsborough. Launder's partnership with Sidney Gilliat commenced in the mid-30's. See more »

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