The Time of My Life: The Memoirs of a British Film Producer (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series)

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Walter Charles Mycroft (1890-1959) was the film critic of the Evening Standard from 1922-1927, and also a founding member of London's Film Society. In 1928, he was appointed Head of the Scenario Department―and then Director of Production―at British International Pictures (later Associated British Pictures). In 1941 Mycroft was sacked following the death of the company's Managing Director and the requisition of Elstree studios by the British Government for war purposes. After that his career went into steady decline, although after the Second World War he worked for nearly a decade as Scenario Adviser to Robert Clark, who ran the rebuilt Elstree studios.

This long-lost memoir, which Mycroft wrote mainly in the 1940s, offers a detailed account of the vagaries and complex economic vicissitudes of British film production in the 1930s. Mycroft also recalls how he selected film stories for directors Harry Lachman, E. A. Dupont and Alfred Hitchcock, and he reveals, for the first time, the true story behind Hitchcock's departure from British International Pictures. Mycroft also provides incisive portraits of British film industry captains: the charismatic Alexander Korda, C. M. Woolf, the rising J. Arthur Rank, and above all John Maxwell, the shrewd iconoclastic Scots lawyer who built Associated British into the largest and most financially successful film corporation in pre-war Britain. The memoirs conclude with the death of Maxwell and Mycroft's fall from grace at Elstree.

The volume is supplemented by four appendixes consisting of Mycroft's earlier writings on the aesthetics and business of film production, along with a filmography of over 200 films on which he worked. This memoir provides both scholars and the general reader with new and fascinating insights into the worlds of British journalism during the first two decades of the twentieth century and of British film production during the 1930s. Walter Mycroft: The Time of My Life will be of interest not only to scholars of British journalism a

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Walter Mycroft (1891-1959) was a film journalist and Britain's most prolific pre-war film producer, working on over 200 films.

Vincent Porter is Emeritus Professor of Mass Communications at the University of Westminster. He is the coeditor (with James Curran) of British Cinema History (1983) and coauthor (with Sue Harper) of British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference (2003).

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What Mycroft tells us about Elstree life and production politics is often valuable. But the icing on the cake is his writing style: old fashioned, tart and melodramatic at times, at others absurdly pretentious...Porter was wise not to iron out such kinks, and his introduction is exemplary, examining Mycroft and his Elstree adventures carefully and judiciously, and encouraging us to do the same. (Sight and Sound, November 1, 2006)

Film journalist Walter Mycroft (1891-1959) was Britain's most prolific prewar film producer. Written mainly in the 1940s, this memoir offers a detailed account of Mycroft's participation in the British film industry during the 1930s. Some of his earlier writings on the aesthetics and business of film production are found in the appendices. Editor Porter (emeritus, U. of Westminster) has also provided an introduction and filmography. (Reference and Research Book News, August 2006)

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