Philip David Charles Leacock
8 October 1917
|Died||14 July 1990 72) (aged|
|Occupation||Television and film director, producer|
He was known for his films about children, particularly The Kidnappers (US: The Little Kidnappers, 1953), which gained Honorary Juvenile Acting Oscars for two of its performers, and The Spanish Gardener (1956) starring Dirk Bogarde. He also directed Innocent Sinners (1958), with Flora Robson, The Rabbit Trap (1959), with Ernest Borgnine and The War Lover (1962) starring Steve McQueen, based on John Hersey's novel about a World War II pilot.
He began to work mainly in Hollywood, where he made Take a Giant Step (1959), about a black youth's encounter with racism, and Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960), about an aspiring young pianist whose mother is a drug addict. Around this time, he began to work in television, directing episodes of Gunsmoke, Route 66, The Waltons, The Defenders, and The New Land. As before, he was known for his gentle way with child performers, he also directed many segments of the American series Eight Is Enough (1977–1981).
He retired in 1987, after directing a three-part television drama about the Salem witch hunts, Three Sovereigns for Sister Sarah, which starred Vanessa Redgrave.
- Island People (1940)
- Riders of the New Forest (1948)
- Life in Her Hands (1951)
- The Brave Don't Cry (1952)
- Appointment in London (1952)
- Raiders in the Sky - American title
- The Kidnappers (1953)
- The Little Kidnappers - American title
- Escapade (1955)
- The Spanish Gardener (1956)
- High Tide at Noon (1957)
- Innocent Sinners (1958)
- Take a Giant Step (1959)
- The Rabbit Trap (1959)
- Hand in Hand (1960)
- Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960)
- 13 West Street (1962)
- Reach for Glory (1962))
- The War Lover (1962)
- Tamahine (1963)
- Adam's Woman (1970)
Made for TV movies:
- The Birdmen (1971)
- When Michael Calls (1972)
- The Great Man's Whiskers (1972)
- The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1972)
- Baffled! (1973)
- Dying Room Only (1973)
- Key West (1973)
- The Thanksgiving Story (1973)
- Killer on Board (1978)
- Wild and Wooly (1978)
- The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980)
- Angel City (1980)
- The Two Lives of Carol Letner (1981)
- The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch (1982)
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- Philip Leacock on IMDb
- Interview https://web.archive.org/web/20101129015325/http://thecolumnists.com/bawden/bawden6.html