Robert Hamer

from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, UK

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Biography

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Robert James Hamer (31 March 1911, Kidderminster, Worcestershire – 4 December 1963, London) was a British film director and screenwriter. He was the son of the actor Gerald Hamer (1886-1972).

Hamer was won a scholarship to Cambridge University but was sent down (expelled) from Cambridge, and began his career in 1934 as a cutting room assistant and from 1935 worked as a film editor involved with such films as Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn (1939) co-produced by Charles Laughton. At the end of the 1930s, he worked on documentaries for the GPO Film Unit.

When his boss at the GPO Alberto Cavalcanti moved to Ealing Studios, Hamer was invited to join him there. He gained some experience as a director by substituting for colleagues and contributed the 'haunted mirror' sequence to Dead of Night (1945). He followed this with the three Ealing films under his own name for which he is best remembered: Pink String and Sealing Wax (1946), It Always Rains on Sunday (1947), both featuring Googie Withers, and the black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), with Dennis Price and Alec Guinness.

Hamer died of pneumonia at the age of 52 at St Thomas's Hospital in London. An alcoholic, who was homosexual in an era when it was taboo in the UK, Hamer's career "now looks like the most serious miscarriage of talent in the postwar British cinema", according to film critic David Thomson.

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Timeline

1964Aged 53

  • Poster for A Jolly Bad Fellow

    Writer

1960Aged 49

  • Poster for School for Scoundrels

    Director

1959Aged 48

  • Poster for The Scapegoat

    Screenplay

1957Aged 46

  • Poster for Bernard Shaw

    Director

1955Aged 44

  • Poster for To Paris with Love

    Director

1954Aged 43

  • Poster for Father Brown

    Screenplay

1953Aged 42

  • Poster for The Long Memory

    Screenplay

1952Aged 41

  • Poster for His Excellency

    Screenplay

1949Aged 38

  • Poster for Kind Hearts and Coronets

    Screenplay

  • Poster for The Spider and the Fly

    Director

1947Aged 36

  • Poster for It Always Rains on Sunday

    Writer

1945Aged 34

  • Poster for Dead of Night

    Director

  • Poster for Pink String and Sealing Wax

    Additional Writing

1943Aged 32

  • Poster for San Demetrio London

    Writer

1942Aged 31

  • Poster for The Foreman Went to France

    Editor

1941Aged 30

  • Poster for Turned Out Nice Again

    Editor

  • Poster for Ships with Wings

    Editor

1940Aged 29

1939Aged 28

  • Poster for Jamaica Inn

    Editor

1938Aged 27

  • Poster for St. Martin's Lane

    Editor