The Script Supervisors who worked on some of those famous and some even infamous British films


Welcome to the 'glamorous' world of the Script Supervisor

'Once upon a time' there were queues round the block at the local cinema. Patrons were greeted, if lucky, by an organist.  Then a familiar film company logo....

The Gainsborough lady bowing her head
  MGM's roaring lion

The Big Ben clock tower for Alexander Korda's London Films


Rank Films' gong being struck by the gleaming figure of Bombardier Billy Wells.
(In fact it was a papier mache gong that he struck, the sound was made by percussionist, James Blades, striking a Chinese gong.)

 

Before multi channel television and DVD's came along "going to the cinema" was an exciting, once-weekly event.   People went to see what ever was on, a main plus second feature or even a double bill! The team that made those films, whether they were melodramas, patriotic propaganda, literary adaptations, comedy, musicals, quirky individual statements, action adventure, or even TV spin offs, is effectively the same today as it was then.

 

A key member of that team was, and still is, THE CONTINUITY SCRIPT SUPERVISOR. Observation, adaptability, diplomacy and dedication are essential qualities for this challenging role - to say nothing of stamina!

Records of the contribution of such key personnel were rarely kept in the early days of film making. On screen credits were slow in coming.

 

Here's a mention of some of those early Script Supervisors and a few of their memorable credits.   This list, spanning the 1930's to the 1970's, also presents an intriguing time capsule of that era, mentioning as it does some films that set a 'benchmark' for the time - as in "Come Play with Me", an almost pornographic film directed by George Harrison Marks (which has an interesting history all of its own), and a film, which should be on the list but has no recorded Script Supervisor "The Private Life of Henry VIII", the success of which confirmed the financing of Denham Film Studio. The credits of a particular Script Supervisor are not, therefore, necessarily the biggest pictures in her resume, but may be memorable for an historical reason.


 ANGELA ALLEN


The Happiest Days of Your Life
The African Queen
Moby Dick
The Misfits
The Dirty Dozen
The Charge of the Light Brigade ('68)
Women in Love
Jesus Christ Superstar
Murder on the Orient Express
The Man Who Would be King



Frank Launder
John Huston
John Huston
John Huston
Robert Aldrich
Tony Richardson
Ken Russell
Norman Jewison
Sidney Lumet
John Huston


 PADDY ARNOLD

 

The Silver Fleet
A Canterbury Tale
I Know Where I'm Going
I see A Dark Stranger
Green for Danger
Chance of a Lifetime
The Holly and the Ivy

 

 

Vernon Sewell
Michael Powell
Michael Powell
Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliatt
Bernard Miles
George More
                  O'Ferrall


 YVONNE AXWORTHY


Caesar and Cleopatra
Encore

The Million Pound Note
Genevieve
All For Mary
The Truth About Women
The Horse's Mouth
Romanoff and Juliet
Avanti



Gabriel Pascal
French. Jackson.                Pelissier
Ronald Neame
Henry Cornelius
Wendy Toye
Muriel Box
Ronald Neame
Peter Ustinov
Billy Wilder


 SHIRLEY BARNES


Old Mother Riley's New Venture
Seven Days to Noon                         
Another Man's Poison
Reach For The Sky
The Admirable Crichton
Carve Her Name With Pride
The Hound of the Baskervilles ('59)

Sink The Bismarck
The Grass Is Greener



John Harlow
Roy Boulting
Irving Rapper
Lewis Gilbert
Lewis Gilbert
Lewis Gilbert
Terence Fisher
Lewis Gilbert
Stanley Donen


 ZELDA BARRON

And Now For Something Completely                    Different                              
Dad's Army                         
Steptoe and Son
Valentino
Agatha
Yanks




Ian MacNaughton

Norman Cohen
Cliff Owen
Ken Russell
Michael Apted
John Schlesinger





 JOAN BARRY


Henry V ('44)                              
The Way To The Stars                         
Last Holiday ('50)





Laurence Olivier
Anthony Asquith
Henry Cass





 BERYL BOOTH


Portrait of Alison
Carrington VC
Lucky Jim
Brothers In Law
The Angry Silence
Murder She Said



Guy Green
Anthony Asquith
John Boulting
Roy Boulting
Guy Green
George Pollock



 VALERIE BOOTH


Privilege                         
If
Ann of a Thousand Days
10 Rillington Place

O Lucky Man


Peter Watkins
Lindsay Anderson
Charles Jarrott
Richard Fleischer
Lindsay Anderson



 OLGA BROOK


The Black Sheep of Whitehall                         
Odd Man Out
Reluctant Heroes
Folly To Be Wise

The October Man
The Belles of St. Trinian's
Its a Great Day (aka The Grove Family)
Private's Progress
The Green Man
I'm Alright Jack
Across The Bridge
Heavens Above

Basil Dearden &
            Will Hay
Carol Reed
Jack Raymond
Frank Launder
Roy Ward Baker
Frank Launder
John Warrington
John Boulting
Robert Day
John Boulting
Ken Annakin
John & Roy Boulting



 JANE BUCK


The Smallest Show on Earth
Night of the Eagle    
The Knack..... And How to Get It
Georgy Girl
Porridge

The Dock Brief



Basil Dearden
Sidney Hayers
Richard Lester
Silvio Narizzano
Dick Clement
James Hill



 BETTY CALAGHAN


The Way Ahead
Perfect Strangers


Carol Reed
Alexander Korda


 PAMELA CARLTON


I Was Monty's Double
The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Dr. Strangelove    
The Yellow Rolls Royce
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Lion In Winter
The Night Comers



John Guillermin
Val Guest
Stanley Kubrick
Anthony Asquith
Stanley Kubrick
Anthony Harvey
Michael Winner


 BARBARA COLE


The Maggie

The Colditz Story   
A King In New York
Carlton-Browne of the F.O.


Lawrence of Arabia
Doctor Zhivago


Alexander
     Mackendrick
Guy Hamilton
Charles Chaplin
Roy Boulting &
    Jeffrey Dell
David Lean
David Lean


 PHYLLIS CROCKER

Hue and Cry
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Lavender Hill Mob
Father Brown
Fortune is a Woman
Law and Disorder ('58)
Becket
The Deadly Affair    
Ryan's Daughter


Charles Crichton
Robert Hamer
Sidney Gilliat
Robert Hamer
Sidney Gilliat
Charles Crichton
Peter Glenville
Sidney Lumet
David Lean


 BETTY CURTIS

49th Parallel
One of Our Aircraft is Missing

In Which We Serve


Michael Powell
Michael Powell &
    Emeric Pressburger
Noel Coward &
          David Lean


 PENNY DANIELS


Tiger in the Smoke
A Night to Remember
The League of Gentlemen ('60)
Make Mine Mink
Whistle Down the Wind
Waltz of the Toreadors
The L Shaped Room
Sky West And Crooked
Where Eagles Dare
Saturn 3


Roy Ward Baker
Roy Ward Baker
Basil Dearden
Robert Asher
Bryan Forbes
John Guillermin
Bryan Forbes
John Mills
Bryan G. Hutton
Stanley Donen

 PAMELA DAVIES


Home at Seven
The Captain's Paradise
Richard III ('55)
The Guns of Navarone
Lolita ('62)
A Kind of Loving
The Servant
The Pumpkin Eater
Oliver
The Go Between
The Straw Dogs



Ralph Richardson
Anthony Kimmins
Laurence Olivier
J. Lee Thompson
Stanley Kubrick
John Schlesinger
Joseph Losey
Jack Clayton
Carol Reed
Joseph Losey
Sam Peckinpah



 JOAN DAVIS


The Importance of Being Earnest ('52)
Doctor in the House
A Town Like Alice
Carry on Sergeant
Victim
The Third Secret
The Mask of the Red Death
On Her Majesty's Secret Service



Anthony Asquith
Ralph Thomas
Jack Lee
Gerald Thomas
Basil Dearden
Charles Crichton
Roger Corman
Peter R. Hunt



 ANNABEL DAVIS-GOFF


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Performance

Walkabout
The Great Gatsby



Ronald Neame
Nicolas Roeg & Donald Cammell
Nicolas Roeg
Jack Clayton


 RITA DAVISON


Escapade
Peeping Tom
Tunes of Glory
Mr. Topaze
A Taste of Honey
The Loneliness of the Long Distance          Runner
Tom Jones
A Hard Day's Night



Philip Leacock
Michael Powell
Ronald Neame
Peter Sellers
Tony Richardson
Tony Richardson

Tony Richardson
Richard Lester


 TILLY DAY
(aka Lilian G Day)


The Burgomaster of Stilemonde
Her First Affaire
Vice Versa
The Rocking Horse Winner
The Clouded Yellow
Too Many Crooks
Sapphire
Never Take Sweets from a Stranger
Cash On Demand
Up Pompeii




Captain G. Banfield
Allan Dwan
Peter Ustinov
Anthony Pelissier
Ralph Thomas
Mario Zampi
Basil Dearden
Cyril Frankel
Quentin Lawrence
Bob Kellett



 DOREEN DEARNALEY


Dracula ('58)
Hell is a City
Charlie Bubbles
Get Carter ('71)
On The Buses



Terence Fisher
Val Guest
Albert Finney
Mike Hodges
Harry Booth


 SPLINTERS DEASON


Life with the Lyons
Follow a Star
80,000 Suspects
The Intelligence Men


Val Guest
Robert Asher
Val Guest
Robert Asher


 WINNIFRED DYER


Black Narcissus
Mine Own Executioner



Michael Powell
Anthony Kimmins



 SUSAN DYSON

House of Secrets
High Tide at Noon
Tiger Bay
The Battle of the Sexes
Life for Ruth
The Mind Benders
Only When I Larf
The Assassination Bureau


Guy Green
Philip Leacock
J. Lee Thompson
Charles Crichton
Basil Dearden
Basil Dearden
Basil Dearden
Basil Dearden



 ELIZABETH EVERSON


Hamlet ('48)
Odette


Laurence Olivier
Herbert Wilcox


 JUNE FAITHFUL


Calling Paul Temple
The Last Days of Dolwyn
The Franchise Affair
Laughter in Paradise ('51)
The Magic Box
Now and Forever ('56)
Woman in a Dressing Gown
Billy Budd



Maclean Rogers
Emlyn Williams
Lawrence Huntington
Mario Zampi
John Boulting
Mario Zampi
J. Lee Thompson
Peter Ustinov



 KAY FENTON


Bugsy Malone
The Duellists
Midnight Express
Firepower
Alien


Alan Parker
Ridley Scott
Alan Parker
Michael Winner
Ridley Scott


 BETTY FORSTER


The Heart of the Matter
The Sea Shall Not Have Them
The End of the Affair ('55)
Footsteps in the Fog
The Cockleshell Heroes



George More O'Ferrall
Lewis Gilbert
Edward Dmytryk
Arthur Lubin
Jose Ferrer



 JOSIE FULFORD


The Family Way
Baby Love
Age of Innocence



Roy Boulting
Alastair Reid
Alan Bridges



 PAMELA GAYLER


The Long Arm
Night of the Demon
Chase a Crooked Shadow
The Good Companions ('57)



Charles Frend
Jacques Tourneur
Michael Anderson
J. Lee Thompson


 RENEE GLYNNE


The Adventures of PC49
The Quatermass Xperiment
The Nanny
Casino Royale ('67)


The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins
The Likely Lads
Aces High


Godfrey Grayson
Val Guest
Seth Holt
Guest/Hughes/ Huston/McGrath/ Parrish
Graham Stark
Michael Tuchner
Jack Gold



 GLADYS GOLDSMITH


The Gypsy and the Gentleman
Conspiracy of Hearts
No Love for Johnnie
The Abominable Dr. Phibes



Joseph Losey
Ralph Thomas
Ralph Thomas
Robert Fuest



 JEAN GRAHAM


Scott of the Antarctic
Passport to Pimlico
The Blue Lamp
Where No Vultures Fly
Mandy

The Cruel Sea
The Ship That Died of Shame
The Shiralee
Barnacle Bill


Charles Frend
Henry Cornelius
Basil Dearden
Harry Watt
Alexander Mac-              kendrick
Charles Frend
Basil Dearden
Leslie Norman
Charles Frend



 GEORGINA HAMILTON


One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing
Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
Let's Get Laid
Candle Shoe
Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe
The Spaceman and King Arthur



Robert Stevenson
Gene Wilder
James Kenelm Clarke
Norman Tokar
Ted Kotcheff
Russ Mayberry



 JO HARCOURT


Cottage to Let
We Dive at Dawn
The Winslow Boy ('48)



Anthony Asquith
Anthony Asquith
Anthony Asquith



 BETTY HARLEY


The Late Edwina Black
The Battle of the River Plate
Windom's Way
Murder at the Gallop
Blow Up

Burke and Hare



Maurice Elvey
Michael Powell
Ronald Neame
George Pollock
Michelangelo                 Antonioni
Vernon Sewell



 EILEEN HEAD


Bonjour Tristesse
The Amorous Prawn
She
Khartoum

Funeral in Berlin
Til Death Us Do Part
Scream And Scream Again



Otto Preminger
Anthony Kimmins
Robert Day
Basil Dearden &
    Eliot Elisofon  
Guy Hamilton
Norman Cohen
Gordon Hessler



 DAPHNE HEATHCOTE


The Dancing Years
Went the Day Well
My Learned Friend

Dead of Night




Harold French
Alberto Cavalcanti
Basil Dearden &
   Will Hay
Cavalcanti / Crichton /
Dearden / Hamer


 KATHLEEN HOSGOOD


The Final Test
Trouble in Store
Simon and Laura
Eyewitness



Anthony Asquith
John Paddy Carstairs
Muriel Box
Muriel Box



 MAISIE KELLY


The Ghost Train
Inspector Hornleigh Goes To It
The Wicked Lady ('45)
Anna Karenina ('48)
Cry The Beloved Country ('51)
The Crimson Pirate
Curtain Up




Walter Forde
Walter Forde
Leslie Arliss
Julien Duvivier
Zoltan Korda
Robert Siodmak
Ralph Smart



 JOAN KIRK


Ice Cold in Alex
No Trees in the Street
Sammy Going South



J.Lee Thompson
J.Lee Thompson
Alexander                      Mackendrick

 


 JOSEPHINE KNOWLES


Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
Marat / Sade
Rocket to the Moon
Alfred the Great



Clive Donner
Peter Brook
Don Sharp
Clive Donner



 MARJORIE LAVELLY


Robberty Under Arms
The Mummy ('59)
French Dressing
Stevie



Jack Lee
Terence Fisher
Ken Russell
Robert Evans


 PEGGY McCLAFFERTY


Quiet Wedding
London Town
An Ideal Husband ('47)

The Fallen Idol
The Third Man
Night and the City



Anthony Asquith
Wesley Ruggles
Alexander Korda
Carol Reed
Carol Reed
Jules Dassin

 
 KAY MANDER


From Russia With Love
The Heroes of Telemark

Dateline Diamonds
Fahrenheit 451
Tommy
The Human Factor



Terence Young
Anthony Mann
Jeremy Summers
Francois Truffaut
Ken Russell
Otto Preminger



 FELICIA MANHEIM


The Man in the White Suit

The Titfield Thunderbolt

The Night My Number Came Up
The Ladykillers ('55)



Alexander                    Mackendrick
Charles Crichton
Leslie Norman
Alexander                              Mackendrick



 PAMELA MANN FRANCIS


Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
A Taste of Fear

The Innocents ('61)
This Sporting Life
Billy Liar



Karel Reisz
Seth Holt
Jack Clayton
Lindsay Anderson
John Schlesinger
      

 


 ANGELA MARTELLI


Calling Bulldog Drummond
Ivanhoe ('52)

Bhowani Junction
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Sons and Lovers
The Wrong Arm of the Law
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Railway Children
Frenzy



Victor Saville
Richard Thorpe
George Cukor
David Lean
Jack Cardiff
Cliff Owen
Martin Ritt
Ken Hughes
Lionel Jeffries
Alfred Hitchcock
      


 DORIS MARTIN


Radio Cab Murder
Decline and Fall



Vernon Sewell
John Krish
      

 



 JOY MERCER


Very Important Person
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying          Machines
Battle of the Bulge
Hot Millions
Bless This House
 


Ken Annakin
Ken Annakin

Ken Annakin
Eric Till
Gerald Thomas
      

 



 DOREEN MERRIMAN
(aka FRANCIS. JONES. NORTH)



The Red Shoes
The Small Back Room
Sailor Beware
Room at the Top
 


Michael Powell
Michael Powell
Gordon Parry
Jack Clayton
      


 SUSANNA MERRY


Murphy's War
The Boy Friend
Au Pair Girls
The Wicker Man ('73)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Man Who Fell To Earth
 


Peter Yates
Ken Russell
Val Guest
Robin Hardy
Jim Sherman
Nicolas Roeg
      

 PAT MOON


Emergency
Danger By My Side
The Ipcress File
Shalako


Francis Searle
Charles Saunders
Sidney J. Furie
Edward Dmytryk
      


 M. NORTON


Demobbed
The Seventh Veil
29 Acacia Avenue


John E Blakeley
Compton Bennett
Henry Cass
      

 



 THELMA ORR


The Dam Busters
Yield To The Night


Michael Anderson
J. Lee Thompson
      

 



 MARJORIE OWENS


Just William's Luck
Whisky Galore!

The Queen of Spades
Train of Events

Angels One Five
Pay Roll



Val Guest
Alexander                       Mackendrick
Thorold Dickinson
Cole/Crichton/             Dearden
George More O'Ferrall
Sidney Hayers

 BUNNY PARSONS


A Matter of Life and Death


Michael Powell

 JUNE RANDALL


Here Come the Huggetts
Look Back In Anger
The Anniversary
A Clockwork Orange
Lady Caroline Lamb
Barry Lyndon
Are You Being Served
The Spy Who Loved Me



Ken Annakin
Tony Richardson
Roy Ward Baker
Stanley Kubrick
Robert Bolt
Stanley Kubrick
Bob Kellett
Lewis Gilbert


 KAY RAWLINGS


How To Murder A Rich Uncle
The Naked Truth
The Flesh and the Fiends
A Prize of Arms
Born Free
The Birthday Party
Fear is the Key


Nigel Patrick
Mario Zampi
John Gilling
Cliff Owen
James Hill
William Friedkin
Michael Tuchner


 GLADYS REEVE


Brighton Rock
Up The Creek ('58)


John Boulting
Val Guest


 ALMA REVILLE


The 39 Steps ('35)
Secret Agent
Sabotage ('36)
The Lady Vanishes ('38)

 



Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock


 YVONNE RICHARDS


Danger Within
Drop Dead Darling
To Sir With Love
Carry On Up The Khyber

 



Don Chaffey
Ken Hughes
James Clavell
Gerald Thomas


 PHYLLIS ROSS


Contraband
Dangerous Moonlight
The True Story of Lilli Marlene
Thunder Rock
Western Approaches


Michael Powell
Brian Desmond Hurst
Humphrey Jennings
Roy Boulting
Pat Jackson


 BARBARA ROWLAND


Sparrows Can't Sing
Hostile Witness
The File of the Golden Goose
Two Gentlemen Sharing
Every Home Should Have One



Joan Littlewood
Ray Milland
Sam Wanamaker
Ted Kotcheff
Jim Clark


 ROSAIRE RUTLAND


Sally In Our Alley
The Ringer
The Water Gypsies

 



Maurice Elvey
Walter Forde
Maurice Elvey


 ELAINE SCHREYECK


The Cure For Love
Happy Ever After
The Prince and the Showgirl
Gideon's Day
The Nun's Story
Suddenly Last Summer
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Battle of Britain
Fiddler on the Roof
Superman

 



Robert Donat
Mario Zampi
Laurence Olivier
John Ford
Fred Zinnemann
Joseph L. Mankiewitz
Billy Wilder
Guy Hamilton
Norman Jewison
Richard Donner


 LORNA SELWYN


Rasputin The Mad Monk
The Plank
Ulysses
The Witchfinder General

Come Play With Me


Don Sharp
Eric Sykes
Joseph Strick
Michael Reeves

George Harrison                          Marks
     

 PEGGY SINGER
(aka ROBERTSON)



George in Civvy Street
Silent Dust
Under Captricorn

 



Marcel Varnel
Lance Comfort
Alfred Hitchcock


 ANN SKINNER


Darling
Far From The Madding Crowd
Isadora
Oh! What A Lovely War
Sunday Bloody Sunday
The Devils
Young Winston
Star Wars

 



John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
Karel Reisz
Richard Attenborough
John Schlesinger
Ken Russell
Richard Attenborough
George Lucas


 DOREEN SOAN


The Curse of Frankenstein
The Sorcerers
Mosquito Squadron
A Warm December
Arabian Adventure



Terence Fisher
Michael Reeves
Boris Segal
Sidney Poitier
Kevin Connor


 HAZEL SWIFT


Brandy for the Parson
Roman Holiday
Yangtse Incident
The Haunting ('63)



John Eldridge
William Wyler
Michael Anderson
Robert Wise


 PHYLLIS TOWNSEND


Tomorrow At Ten
The Face of Fu Manchu
Sandy the Seal
Please Sir
The Internecine Project

 



Lance Comfort
Don Sharp
Robert Lynn
Mark Stuart
Ken Hughes


 LEE TURNER


Dunkirk
Village of the Damned ('60)
Two Way Stretch
Only Two Can Play
The Caretaker

The Hill

 



Leslie Norman
Wolf Rilla
Robert Day

Sidney Gilliat
Clive Donner
Sidney Lumet


 MARGARET UNSWORTH
(aka SHIPLEY.  SIBLEY)



The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Blithe Spirit
Brief Encounter ('45)
Great Expectations ('46)
Oliver Twist ('48)
The Browning Version ('51)
Hobson's Choice ('54)
Our Man in Havana
The Entertainer
Cromwell

 



Michael Powell
David Lean
David Lean
David Lean
David Lean
Anthony Asquith
David Lean
Carol Reed
Tony Richardson
Ken Hughes


 DEE VAUGHAN


Repulsion
Cul de Sac

 



Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski


 HELEN WHITSON


The Siege of Pinchgut
School for Scoundrels ('60)
The Trials of Oscar Wilde
Johnny Nobody
The Young Ones
Dr. No
A High Wind in Jamaica

Robbery
The Italian Job ('69)



Harry Watt
Robert Hamer
Ken Hughes
Nigel Patrick
Sidney J. Furie
Terence Young
Alexander                         Mackendrick
Peter Yates
Peter Collinson


 CONNIE WILLIS


Trio

A Shot in the Dark
Goldfinger
A Man For All Seasons ('66)
Sinful Davey
Heironymus Merkin
Tales That Witness Madness
A Bridge Too Far

Death on the Nile


Ken Annakin & Harold
        French
Blake Edwards
Guy Hamilton
Fred Zinnemann
John Huston
Anthony Newley
Freddie Francis

Richard Attenborough
John Guillermin


 HAZEL WILKINSON


Pygmalion

Come on George
The Four Just Men
The First of the Few
Stolen Life



Anthony Asquith &         Leslie Howard
Anthony Kimmins
Walter Forde
Leslie Howard
Paul Czinner


 EVE WILSON


Undercover Girl
Circus of Fear
Blood Beast Terror
The Girl on a Motorcycle
The Fiend


Francis Searle
John Moxey
Vernon Sewell
Jack Cardiff
Robert Hartford-                Davis


 JOAN WYATT


Mrs Fitzherbert
The Ghosts of Berkeley Square
My Brother Jonathan
The Hasty Heart


Montgomery Tully
Vernon Sewell
Harold French
Vincent Sherman