Daniel Birt

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Daniel Birt
Born(1907-06-23)23 June 1907
Died15 May 1955(1955-05-15) (aged 47)
London, England
Occupation(s)Film director and editor
Years active1932 1955

Daniel Birt (23 June 1907 15 May 1955) was an English film director and editor. [1]



Birt began his career as an editor in 1932 with an assistant credit on The Lucky Number and went on to edit 12 films during the 1930s. [1] World War II brought a career hiatus and Birt didn't return to the film industry until the late 1940s.

Having worked as supervising editor on Green Fingers and The Ghosts of Berkeley Square , he was given his first directorial assignment in 1947 - The Three Weird Sisters , a pseudo-Gothic tale set in a decaying Welsh mansion. [2] This was followed in 1948 by No Room at the Inn (co-scripted, like the previous film, by Dylan Thomas), a powerful and unsparing film dealing with child cruelty in an evacuee household during the war. [3]

Birt directed a further ten films in the crime/thriller genre, mostly second features, [4] before his early death, aged 47, in May 1955. He also directed three episodes of the first series of the ITV television drama The Adventures of Robin Hood , which were broadcast posthumously in late 1955. Birt's final film, the Anglo-Danish co-production Laughing in the Sunshine, was also released after his death, entering UK general release on 2 January 1956. [5]

Selected filmography




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  1. 1 2 "Daniel Birt".
  2. Jonathan Rigby, English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema (3rd edition), pages 37/38, Reynolds & Hearn 2004
  3. "No Room at the Inn (1948) - Daniel Birt - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie".
  4. Steve Chibnall, Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, page 149, BFI/Palgrave Macmillan 2009
  5. F Maurice Speed, Film Review 1956-1957, page 85, Macdonald & Co 1956