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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Roy William Neill, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
September 4, 1887, Ireland, United Kingdom
December 14, 1946
1934 Black MoonDirector 1935 The Black RoomDirector 1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Secret WeaponDirector 1943 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf ManDirector 1943 Sherlock Holmes in WashingtonDirector 1943 The Spider WomanDirector and Producer 1943 Sherlock Holmes Faces DeathDirector 1944 The Scarlet ClawDirector and Screenplay 1944 The Pearl of DeathProducer and Director 1945 The Woman in GreenDirector and Producer 1945 Sherlock Holmes and the House of FearDirector and Producer 1945 Pursuit to AlgiersDirector and Producer 1946 Dressed to KillDirector and Producer 1946 Terror by NightDirector and Producer 1946 Black AngelDirectorLimited to the 15 most popular items