Muir Mathieson

Born: 24 January 1911, Stirling
Died: 2 August 1975, Oxford, Oxon.

Highlighted works

  • Brief Encounter

    Brief Encounter

    Turbulent passion and middle-class restraint combine in uniquely English style when a married woman falls for a doctor she meets at a railway station.

  • Genevieve

    Genevieve

    A fun comedy about the London to Brighton vintage car rally.

  • Dangerous Moonlight

    An American reporter falls for a Polish pilot and pianist in this Blitz-set romance.

  • Henry V

    Henry V

    Conceived as a wartime morale-booster, Laurence Olivier’s groundbreaking reimagining of Shakespeare combines cinematic sweep with patriotic fervour.

  • The Hellions

    Outlaws terrorise a township in a vicious British western shot in South Africa.

  • Tomorrow We Live

    French resistance tale based on the true-life story of agent Pearl Witherington.

  • Unpublished Story

    Valerie Hobson stars in this unusual mix of screwball comedy, conspiracy thriller and battle of the sexes.

  • The Demi-Paradise

    Penelope Dudley-Ward and Laurence Olivier star in this mix of propaganda and romantic comedy.

  • Elizabethan Express

    Elizabethan Express

    One of the most popular films from the legendary British Transport Films takes viewers on the record–beating express service from London to Edinburgh.

  • The Gentle Sex

    This unlikely UK box office smash from 1943 has a fabulous all-female cast.

  • Great Day

    A visit to a small English village by Mrs Roosevelt provides the catalyst for the women to pull together.

  • Yellow Canary

    There’s romance among spies in this thrilling drama starring Anna Neagle as a Nazi sympathiser.

  • Oliver Twist

    Oliver Twist

    David Lean’s screen version of Charles Dickens’s masterpiece remains the finest cinematic interpretation of this much-adapted novel.

  • Children on Trial

    Children on Trial

    This effective drama-documentary was sponsored by the Home Office as a study of the growing problem of juvenile delinquency.

  • Perfect Strangers

    Deborah Kerr co-stars in Alexander Korda’s movie about the transformative powers of conscription.

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    A former detective with a fear of heights is hired to follow a woman apparently possessed by the past, in Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless thriller about obsession.

  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    Laurence Olivier triumphed as actor and director in this stark and imposing screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama of tragic uncertainty.

  • Blue Scar

    Jill Craigie’s drama debut follows a miner’s daughter as she leaves her home in Wales.

  • In Which We Serve

    In Which We Serve

    In this wartime tribute to the courage of the British Navy, Noël Coward traces turbulent experiences across the ranks on an ill-fated destroyer.

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