Ian Dalrymple
Ian Dalrymple was a British
United Kingdom
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Screenwriters or scriptwriters or scenario writers are people who write/create the short or feature-length screenplays from which mass media such as films, television programs, Comics or video games are based.-Profession:...

, film director
Film director
A film director is a person who directs the actors and film crew in filmmaking. They control a film's artistic and dramatic nathan roach, while guiding the technical crew and actors.-Responsibilities:...

 and producer
Film producer
A film producer oversees and delivers a film project to all relevant parties while preserving the integrity, voice and vision of the film. They will also often take on some financial risk by using their own money, especially during the pre-production period, before a film is fully financed.The...



Born at Johannesburg
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, South Africa
South Africa
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, he was educated at Cambridge University. Initially, he worked as an editor at Gaumont-British pictures and Gainsborough Pictures
Gainsborough Pictures
Gainsborough Pictures was a British film studio based on the south bank of the Regent's Canal, in Poole Street, Hoxton in the former Metropolitan Borough of Shoreditch, London. Gainsborough Studios were active between 1924 and 1951. Built as a power station for the Great Northern & City Railway it...

, later turning to screenwriting. During World War II
World War II
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, he was a producer for the Crown Film Unit, the government run agency for information and propaganda films, in particular working, and forming a close friendship, with Humphrey Jennings
Humphrey Jennings
Frank Humphrey Sinkler Jennings was an English documentary filmmaker and one of the founders of the Mass Observation organization...

. Later, Dalrymple worked for MGM
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is an American media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of films and television programs. MGM was founded in 1924 when the entertainment entrepreneur Marcus Loew gained control of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures Corporation and Louis B. Mayer...

-Korda as a producer. He formed Wessex Productions as his own company, making his films at Pinewood Studios
Pinewood Studios
Pinewood Studios is a major British film studio situated in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, approximately west of central London. The studios have played host to many productions over the years from huge blockbuster films to television shows to commercials to pop promos.The purchase of Shepperton...


He died at London, in 1989.


  • Taxi for Two
    Taxi for Two
    Taxi for Two is a 1929 British romantic comedy film drama, directed by Denison Clift for Gainsborough Pictures and starring Mabel Poulton and John Stuart. It was the first full sound film made by Gainsborough, and also marked Poulton's first speaking role...

    (1929) - as co-writer
  • The Good Companions
    The Good Companions (1933 film)
    The Good Companions is a 1933 comedy film directed by Victor Saville starring Jessie Matthews and John Gielgud. It is based on the novel of the same name.-Cast:* Jessie Matthews - Susie Dean* Edmund Gwenn - Jess Oakroyd* John Gielgud - Inigo Jollifant...

    (1933) - as co-writer
  • Jury's Evidence (1935) - as co-writer
  • South Riding
    South Riding (film)
    South Riding is a 1938 British drama film directed by Victor Saville and produced by Alexander Korda, starring Edna Best, Ralph Richardson, Edmund Gwenn and Ann Todd. A squire becomes involved in local politics. It is based on the novel South Riding by Winifred Holtby...

    (1937) - as co-writer
  • Storm in a Teacup
    Storm in a Teacup (film)
    Storm in a Teacup is a 1937 British romantic comedy film starring Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison, Cecil Parker, and Sara Allgood. It is based on the German play Sturm im Wasserglas by Bruno Frank. A reporter writes an article that embarrasses a politician...

    (1937) - as writer-director
  • Action for Slander
    Action for Slander
    Action for Slander is a 1937 British drama film directed by Tim Whelan and starring Clive Brook, Ann Todd and Googie Withers. An army officer is falsely accused at cheating at cards by a man whose wife he had an affair with and struggles to clear his name...

    (1937) - as co-writer
  • Pygmalion
    Pygmalion (1938 film)
    Pygmalion is a 1938 British film based on the George Bernard Shaw play of the same title, and adapted by him for the screen. It stars Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller....

    (1938) - as co-writer
  • The Citadel
    The Citadel (film)
    The Citadel is a 1938 film based on the novel of the same name by A. J. Cronin, first published in 1937. The film was directed by King Vidor and produced by Victor Saville.-Plot:...

    (1938) - as co-writer
  • The Divorce of Lady X
    The Divorce of Lady X
    The Divorce of Lady X is a 1938 British romantic comedy film made by London Films and distributed by United Artists. It was directed by Tim Whelan and produced by Alexander Korda from a screenplay by Ian Dalrymple and Arthur Wimperis, adapted by Lajos Biró from the play Counsel's Opinion by Gilbert...

    (1938) - as co-writer
  • A Window in London
    A Window in London
    A Window in London is a 1940 British thriller film directed by Herbert Mason starring Michael Redgrave, Sally Gray, Paul Lukas and Hartley Power.-Synopsis:...

    (1939) - as co-writer
  • Q Planes
    Q Planes
    Q Planes, released in the United States by Columbia Pictures as Clouds Over Europe, is a 1939 British spy film directed by Tim Whelan and Arthur B. Woods, starring Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier and Valerie Hobson. It was produced by Irving Asher with Alexander Korda as executive producer...

    (1939) - as co-writer
  • French Without Tears
    French Without Tears (film)
    French Without Tears is a 1940 comedy film directed by Anthony Asquith and starring Ray Milland. It was based on the play of the same name by Terence Rattigan who also co-wrote the script.-Cast:* Ray Milland - Alan Howard* Ellen Drew - Diana Lake...

    (1939) - as co-writer
  • London Can Take It!
    London Can Take It!
    London Can Take It! is a short documentary film produced by the GPO Film Unit for the Ministry of Information covering less than eighteen hours of the German blitz on London and its people...

  • Old Bill & Son (1941) - as co-writer and director
  • Pimpernel Smith
    Pimpernel Smith
    "Pimpernel" Smith is a British 1941 anti-Nazi thriller, produced and directed by its star Leslie Howard, which updates his role in the 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel from Revolutionary France to pre-World War II Europe. The British Film Yearbook for 1945 described his work as "one of the most valuable...

    (1941) - as co-writer
  • Target for Tonight
    Target for Tonight
    Target for Tonight is a 1941 British documentary film billed as being filmed by and acted by the Royal Air Force, all while under fire. It was directed by Harry Watt. The film revolves for the most part around one crew in a single Wellington aircraft...

    (1941) - as producer
  • Listen to Britain (1942) - as producer
  • Coastal Command
    Coastal Command (film)
    Coastal Command is a 1942 British film made by the Crown Film Unit for the Ministry of Information. The movie, distributed by RKO, dramatised the work of RAF Coastal Command. It was made under the supervision of Ian Dalrymple, with the full cooperation of the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy...

    (1942) - as producer
  • The Woman in the Hall
    The Woman in the Hall
    The Woman in the Hall is a 1947 British drama film, directed by Jack Lee, with a screenplay by Jack Lee, Ian Dalrymple and Gladys Bronwyn Stern, from Stern's novel. It was released in 1947...

    (1947) - as producer and co-writer
  • Esther Waters
    Esther Waters
    Esther Waters is a novel by George Moore first published in 1894.-Introduction:Set in England from the early 1870s onward, the novel is about a young, pious woman from a poor working class family who, while working as a kitchen maid, is seduced by another employee, becomes pregnant, is deserted by...

    (1947) - as producer and director
  • Once a Jolly Swagman
    Once a Jolly Swagman
    Once a Jolly Swagman is a 1949 British film starring Dirk Bogarde, Bonar Colleano, Bill Owen and Sid James. It is centred around the sport of speedway racing, which was at its peak of popularity at the time. The film is based on the 1946 novel by Montagu Slater.The title of the film refers to the...

    (1948) - as producer
  • Dear Mr. Prohack
    Dear Mr. Prohack
    Dear Mr. Prohack is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Thornton Freeland and starring Cecil Parker, Glynis Johns and Dirk Bogarde.-Plot:...

    (1949) - as producer and co-writer
  • All Over Town
    All Over Town
    - Cast :*Ole Olsen as Olsen*Chic Johnson as Johnson*Mary Howard as Joan Eldridge*Harry Stockwell as Don Fletcher*Franklin Pangborn as The Costumer*James Finlayson as MacDougal*Eddie Kane as William Bailey*Stanley Fields as Slug*D'Arcy Corrigan as Davenport...

    (1949) - as producer
  • Family Portrait (1950) - as producer
  • The Wooden Horse
    The Wooden Horse
    The Wooden Horse is a 1950 British Second World War war film starring Leo Genn, Anthony Steel and David Tomlinson and directed by Jack Lee. It is based on the book of the same name by Eric Williams, who also wrote the screenplay....

    (1950) - as producer
  • The Heart of the Matter
    The Heart of the Matter (film)
    The Heart of the Matter is a 1953 British film based on the book of the same name by Graham Greene. It was directed by George More O'Ferrall for London Films. It was entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.-Plot, cast and production:...

    (1953) - as producer and co-writer
  • Three Cases of Murder
    Three Cases of Murder
    Three Cases of Murder is a 1955 British drama film comprising three stories. Though the stories are separate and unrelated, Alan Badel appears in all three....

    (1954) - as producer and co-writer
  • Raising a Riot
    Raising a Riot
    Raising a Riot is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Wendy Toye and starring Kenneth More, Shelagh Fraser and Mandy Miller. A naval officer attempts to look after his three children in his wife's absence.-Cast:* Kenneth More - Peter Kent...

    (1955) - as producer and co-writer
  • A Hill in Korea
    A Hill in Korea
    A Hill in Korea is a 1956 British war film based on Max Catto's 1953 novel of the same name. The original name was Hell in Korea, but was changed for distribution reasons, except in the U.S. It was directed by Julian Amyes and the producer was Anthony Squire...

    (1956) - as co-writer
  • The Admirable Crichton
    The Admirable Crichton (film)
    The Admirable Crichton is a 1957 British comedy film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Kenneth More, Diane Cilento, Sally Ann Howes and Cecil Parker. The film was based on J. M...

    (1957) - as producer
  • A Cry from the Streets
    A Cry from the Streets
    -Cast:* Max Bygraves as Bill Lowther* Barbara Murray as Ann Fairlie* Colin Petersen as Georgie* Dana Wilson as Barbie* Kathleen Harrison as Mrs. Farrer* Sean Barrett as Don Farrer* Mona Washbourne as Mrs. Daniels* Eleanor Summerfield as Gloria...

    (1958) - as Producer
  • Mix Me a Person
    Mix Me a Person
    Mix Me a Person is a 1962 British crime drama film directed by Leslie Norman and starring Anne Baxter, Donald Sinden, Adam Faith, Walter Brown and Carole Ann Ford. A young London criminal is faced with a hanging for murdering a policeman...

    (1961) - as co-writer

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