Roy William Neill

Birthday:
09/04/1887
Place of birth:
Ireland, United Kingdom:
Biography:
Roy William Neill (4 September 1887 – 14 December 1946) was a film director best known today for directing several of the Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, made between 1943 and 1946 and released by Universal Studios. With his father as the captain, Neill was born on a ship off the coast of Ireland named Roland de Gostrie. He began directing silent movies in 1917 and went on to helm 107 films, 40 of them silent. Although most of Neill's films were for the most part low-budget B-movies, he was known for directing films with meticulously lit scenes with carefully layered shadows that would become the style of film noir in the late 1940s. In fact, his last film, Black Angel (1946), is considered a film noir. He was also credited in some works as R. William Neill, Roy W. Neill, and Roy Neill. Neill lived in the United States for most of his career and was a U.S. citizen. He did go to London from 1935 until 1940 where better opportunities existed for American directors. During this period, British film producer Edward Black hired Neill to direct The Lady Vanishes. However, due to delays in production, Black hired Alfred Hitchcock to direct instead. Neill died in London, England from a heart attack.

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Black Angel
Director
Black Angel
Producer
Dressed to Kill
Director
Dressed to Kill
Producer
Terror by Night
Director
Terror by Night
Producer
Pursuit to Algiers
Director
Pursuit to Algiers
Producer
The Woman in Green
Producer
The Woman in Green
Director
The House of Fear
Producer
The House of Fear
Director
Gypsy Wildcat
Director
The Pearl of Death
Producer
The Pearl of Death
Director
The Scarlet Claw
Director
The Scarlet Claw
Screenplay
The Spider Woman
Director
The Spider Woman
Producer
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
Director
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
Producer
Rhythm of the Islands
Director
Sherlock Holmes in Washington
Director
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Director
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
Director
Madame Spy
Director
Eyes of the Underworld
Director
Hoots Mon
Director
Hoots Mon
Screenplay
A Gentleman's Gentleman
Director
Thank Evans
Director
Doctor Syn
Director
The Lone Wolf Returns
Director
The Black Room
Director
Eight Bells
Director
Mills of the Gods
Director
Jealousy
Director
I'll Fix It
Director
Blind Date
Director
Black Moon
Director
Whirlpool
Director
The 9th Guest
Director
Above the Clouds
Director
As the Devil Commands
Director
The Circus Queen Murder
Director
That's My Boy
Director
The Menace
Director
Fifty Fathoms Deep
Director
The Good Bad Girl
Director
The Avenger
Director
Just Like Heaven
Director
Cock o' the Walk
Director
Cock o' the Walk
Cinematography
The Melody Man
Director
Wall Street
Director
Behind Closed Doors
Director
The Viking
Writer
The Viking
Director
Cleopatra
Director
San Francisco Nights
Director
The Arizona Wildcat
Director
The City
Director
Black Paradise
Director
The Cowboy and the Countess
Director
My Lady's Lips
Director
Broken Laws
Director
The Man from M.A.R.S.
Director
What's Wrong with the Women?
Director
The Iron Trail
Director
The Conquest of Canaan
Director
Dangerous Business
Director
Yes or No
Director
The Woman Gives
Director
Good References
Director
Vive la France!
Director
Green Eyes
Director
Love Me
Director
Love Letters
Director
The Price Mark
Director
The Girl, Glory
Director

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