John Baxter (director)

John Philip Baxter (31 December 1896 – 21 January 1975) was a prolific British filmmaker active from the 1930s to the late 1950s. During that time he produced, wrote, or directed dozens of films. He directed Deborah Kerr in her first leading role in Love on the Dole (1941), and was the producer-director for the musical-comedy films of Flanagan and Allen during World War II.

John Philip Baxter
Born31 December 1896
Died21 January 1975(1975-01-21) (aged 78)
OccupationFilm director

Early life and career

Baxter was born on 31 December 1896 in Kent.[1] He worked as a theatrical agent and theater manager. He became an assistant director in 1932.[1] He formed his own production company with his friend John Barter. He also acted in several films produced by Lance Comfort.[1]





Baxter played a major role in the foundation of National Film Finance Corporation in 1948.[1] He also directed and produced Judgment Deferred (1952) which was the first film of Group 3, a British government backed production venture.[1] His last film as a director was Ramsbottom Rides Again (1956) which featured Arthur Askey.[1]


He died in London in 1975.[1]

Further reading

  • Geoff Brown and Tony Aldgate (1989). The Common Touch: The Films of John Baxter. London: British Film Institute. ISBN 0-85170-242-2.


  1. Shail, Robert (2007). British Film Directors: A Critical Guide. Southern Illinois University Press. pp. 25–27. ISBN 9780809328321. Retrieved 2014-04-29.

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