Herbert Mason

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Samuel George Herbert Mason MC (1891 – 20 May 1960) was a British film director, producer, stage actor, army officer, presenter of some revues, stage manager, stage director, choreographer, production manager and playwright. He was a recipient of the Military Cross the prestigious award for "gallantry during active operations against the enemy." He received the gallantry award for his part in the Battle of Guillemont where British troops defeated the Germans to take the German stronghold of Guillemont. Mason began his theatrical career at the age of 16 and appeared in several productions at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre including Barry Jackson's The Christmas Party. During the 1920s he stage managed some of the largest shows in London (including many of André Charlot's musical revues) and began his film career with the arrival of sound in motion pictures. Mason was the Assistant director for I Was a Spy, which was very successful in the box office and voted best film of the year. He made his debut as director in 1936 with The First Offence. His most prominent film was A Window in London a dark thriller set in the London Underground, which was a remake of the original French drama film Metropolitan. Another successful film included Take My Tip, in which he directed Jack Hulbert whose "dances [were] beautifully staged." Several rising actors and actresses (including Vivien Leigh) made their film debuts in some of his films before ...

Back-Room Boy (1942)

Jilted by his fiancee, Arthur Pilbeam gets a job as far away from women as possible. Alone in a lighthouse, he soon finds that 12 other people end up living on the tiny island. Thirteen is an unlucky number; and one-by-one they disappear ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Arthur Askey  •  Moore Marriott  •  Graham Moffatt  •  Googie Withers

Jilted by his fiancee, Arthur Pilbeam gets a job as far away from women as possible. Alone in a lighthouse, he soon finds that 12 other people end up living on the tiny island. Thirteen is an unlucky number; and one-by-one they disappear ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Arthur Askey  •  Moore Marriott  •  Graham Moffatt  •  Googie Withers

It's in the Bag (1944)

Gert and Daisy attempt to retrieve an old dress containing £2,000. They have to impersonate two thespians, and bring all sorts of trouble to a stage-play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Elsie Waters  •  Doris Waters  •  Ernest Butcher  •  Irene Handl

Gert and Daisy attempt to retrieve an old dress containing £2,000. They have to impersonate two thespians, and bring all sorts of trouble to a stage-play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Elsie Waters  •  Doris Waters  •  Ernest Butcher  •  Irene Handl

The Silent Battle (1939)

Secret agents try to defeat terrorists on the Orient Express.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Valerie Hobson  •  John Loder  •  Muriel Aked

Secret agents try to defeat terrorists on the Orient Express.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Valerie Hobson  •  John Loder  •  Muriel Aked

Mr. Proudfoot Shows a Light (1941)

Humorously using the arrogant and bumbling Mr. Proudfoot, this film serves a dual purpose of emphasizing the importance of obeying blackout hours, as well as easing the stress of the time period by encouraging laughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Sydney Howard  •  Muriel George  •  Wylie Watson  •  Noel Dainton

Humorously using the arrogant and bumbling Mr. Proudfoot, this film serves a dual purpose of emphasizing the importance of obeying blackout hours, as well as easing the stress of the time period by encouraging laughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Sydney Howard  •  Muriel George  •  Wylie Watson  •  Noel Dainton

The Night Invader (1943)

Dick Marlow, a British agent, has parachuted into the occupied Netherlands to retrieve vital documents. Whilst on the trail of the papers, he poses occasionally as an American journalist and a Gestapo officer. He meets and falls in love with a Dutch woman who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Anne Crawford  •  David Farrar  •  Carl Jaffe  •  Sybille Binder

Dick Marlow, a British agent, has parachuted into the occupied Netherlands to retrieve vital documents. Whilst on the trail of the papers, he poses occasionally as an American journalist and a Gestapo officer. He meets and falls in love with a Dutch woman who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Anne Crawford  •  David Farrar  •  Carl Jaffe  •  Sybille Binder

Strange Boarders (1938)

Pre-war intelligence man Tommy Blythe interrupts his honeymoon to investigate the discovery of vital Air Ministry blueprints on a woman killed in a London road accident. The trail leads to a boarding house in Notting Hill and its varied tenants.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Tom Walls  •  Googie Withers  •  Ronald Adam  •  C. V. France

Pre-war intelligence man Tommy Blythe interrupts his honeymoon to investigate the discovery of vital Air Ministry blueprints on a woman killed in a London road accident. The trail leads to a boarding house in Notting Hill and its varied tenants.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Tom Walls  •  Googie Withers  •  Ronald Adam  •  C. V. France

Dr. O'Dowd (1940)

Marius O'Dowd is an Irish doctor who is often drunk. His daughter-in-law Moira dies during a serious operation which O'Dowd is performing. Although O'Dowd is not to blame, his son Stephen suspects that Moira died due to O'Dowd operating while under the influence of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Shaun Glenville  •  Peggy Cummins  •  Mary Merrall  •  Liam Gaffney

Marius O'Dowd is an Irish doctor who is often drunk. His daughter-in-law Moira dies during a serious operation which O'Dowd is performing. Although O'Dowd is not to blame, his son Stephen suspects that Moira died due to O'Dowd operating while under the influence of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Shaun Glenville  •  Peggy Cummins  •  Mary Merrall  •  Liam Gaffney

His Lordship (1936)

A complicated adventure involving twin brothers and the Foreign Office trying to thwart the ambitions of a hostile sheikh.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  George Arliss  •  Romilly Lunge  •  René Ray  •  Jessie Winter

A complicated adventure involving twin brothers and the Foreign Office trying to thwart the ambitions of a hostile sheikh.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  George Arliss  •  Romilly Lunge  •  René Ray  •  Jessie Winter

East Meets West (1936)

Winding up his Hollywood film career in 1935, venerable British stage star George Arliss returned to his homeland for his last movie assignments. In East Meets West, the 68-year-old Arliss dons turban and monocle to portray an Eastern sultan who is inordinately ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  George Arliss  •  Lucie Mannheim  •  Godfrey Tearle  •  Romney Brent

Winding up his Hollywood film career in 1935, venerable British stage star George Arliss returned to his homeland for his last movie assignments. In East Meets West, the 68-year-old Arliss dons turban and monocle to portray an Eastern sultan who is inordinately ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  George Arliss  •  Lucie Mannheim  •  Godfrey Tearle  •  Romney Brent

The Briggs Family (1940)

During the Second World War, a special constable and former solicitor is called upon to defend his son who is accused of the theft of a car  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Edward Chapman  •  Jane Baxter  •  Oliver Wakefield  •  Mary Clare

During the Second World War, a special constable and former solicitor is called upon to defend his son who is accused of the theft of a car  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Edward Chapman  •  Jane Baxter  •  Oliver Wakefield  •  Mary Clare

Once a Crook (1941)

Once a Crook is a 1941 British crime film directed by Herbert Mason and featuring Gordon Harker, Sydney Howard, Bernard Lee, Kathleen Harrison, and Raymond Huntley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Gordon Harker  •  Sydney Howard  •  Kathleen Harrison  •  Carla Lehmann

Once a Crook is a 1941 British crime film directed by Herbert Mason and featuring Gordon Harker, Sydney Howard, Bernard Lee, Kathleen Harrison, and Raymond Huntley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Gordon Harker  •  Sydney Howard  •  Kathleen Harrison  •  Carla Lehmann

A Window in London (1940)

A man witnesses a murder that isn't a murder, only to get involved with the magician and his wife who created the illusion. The insanely jealous magician husband eventually kills his wife, making for complications in life of unhappily married man who is now ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  Sally Gray  •  Paul Lukas  •  Hartley Power

A man witnesses a murder that isn't a murder, only to get involved with the magician and his wife who created the illusion. The insanely jealous magician husband eventually kills his wife, making for complications in life of unhappily married man who is now ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Mason
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  Sally Gray  •  Paul Lukas  •  Hartley Power