Arthur Greville Collins

Arthur Greville Collins (September 5, 1895 - September 1, 1980) was a British-born film director.

Arthur Greville Collins
Arthur Greville Collins and Betty Ross Clarke on the set of The Fox (1921)
Born(1895-09-05)September 5, 1895
London, England
DiedSeptember 1, 1980(1980-09-01) (aged 84)
OccupationDirector
Spouse(s)Betty Ross Clarke (1921 - ?)
Rhoda Shepherd (1934 - ?)

Career

Collins was born in London, and began directing for the stage, including productions of Fata Morgana, No Man's Land, and Tarnish.

In 1921, he married actress Betty Ross Clarke[1] and accompanied her in her theatrical career in Great Britain, the United States, and Australia.[2] In 1934 he wed Rhoda Shepherd.

He moved to Los Angeles and directed some plays there, then moved into movie making as a dialogue director for Warner Bros. He worked in that capacity for two years then became a director, making several B pictures.[3][4]

He moved to Australia in May 1939 to make Seven Little Australians (1939)[5] and decided to stay there. He served in the RAAF during World War II, being discharged as a squadron leader. He also was stationed as administrative officer for two years at Port Pirie and Mount Gambier.[6][7]

In 1947 Collins managed to source funding to make another movie, Strong Is the Seed (1949).[8] He later announced plans to make a film about Cobb and Co but this did not eventuate.[9]

Selected filmography

References

  1. "D. Cupid makes double play and wedding bells now ring for four". The Seattle Sunday Times. June 19, 1921.
  2. Eriksmoen, Curt (April 4, 2009). "Successful Hollywood actress came from Bismarck". Bismarck Tribune.
  3. ""GRAND GUY" OF FILMS". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. December 29, 1939. p. 2. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  4. "ANTIDOTE TO NERVE-WARS". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. December 14, 1939. p. 29. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  5. "FILM PRODUCTION". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. May 31, 1939. p. 8. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  6. "Austns. should get film chance". The Mail. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. February 26, 1949. p. 35. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  7. World War II nominal roll
  8. "Advertising". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. November 11, 1947. p. 16. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  9. "New Australian film for release soon". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. March 24, 1948. p. 5. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  10. They Can't Be Snookered at National Film and Sound Archive
  11. Shots and Shots at National Film and Sound Archive


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