Francis Searle (Francis A. Searle)

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Putney, London, England, UK
Francis Searle was one of the more prolific of British directors. He started his career in 1936, making one-reel shorts, and graduated to two-reel documentaries and low-grade "B" pictures. In the 1970s he turned out a string of 30-minute comedies.

His original career was as a layout artist in the advertising industry, but in the '30s he was hired at Highbury Studios as a camera assistant. He worked on dozens of the one-reel "Cinemagazine" shorts, then moved over to Gaumont Studios where he made documentaries. Read more...