Charles Frend

Charles Frend (21 November 1909, Pulborough, Sussex 8 January 1977, London) was an English film director.[1]


Frend was born in Pulborough, Sussex, on 21 November 1909 and was educated at The King's School, Canterbury and at Oxford University, where he was the film critic of The Isis Magazine. He started his career in the film industry at British International Pictures in 1931, and after editing Alfred Hitchcock's Waltzes from Vienna (1934) moved to Gaumont British Pictures, where he worked as an editor on Hitchcock's films Secret Agent (1936), Sabotage (1936) and Young and Innocent (1937).[2]

For several years, Frend was based at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's British facilities at Elstree, where he edited MGM's A Yank at Oxford (1938), The Citadel (1938) and Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939). Frend graduated to director in 1942, with a series of above-average propaganda pictures and documentaries. After the war, he undertook several prestigious assignments including Scott of the Antarctic (1948) and The Cruel Sea (1953). While most of his films were large-scale and dramatic in nature, Frend was also capable of turning out modest comedies such as A Run for Your Money (1949) and Barnacle Bill (1957).

His 1956 film The Long Arm won the Silver Bear for an Outstanding Single Achievement award at the 6th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

Frend directed several episodes of The Sentimental Agent with last credit as principal director was 1967's The Sky Bike. He closed his career as one of the second-unit directors for David Lean's Ryan's Daughter (1970).

He died in London 8 January 1977 aged 67.

Selected filmography




  1. Hunt, Martin. "Frend, Charles (1909-1977)". BFI ScreenOnline. Reference Guide to British and Irish Film Directors. British Film Institute. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  2. "Frend, Charles (1909-1977)". BFI Screenonline. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. "6th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2009-12-27.

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