Vandyke Productions was a British film production company which operated between 1947 and 1956.It specialised in making B films which would be released on the bottom-half of a double bill.
Founded by the brothers Nigel and Roger Proudlock in 1947 after their demobilisation, the company used several studios during its existence including Walton and Kensington. Often operating on very low-budgets, during its first few years the company produced a mix of thrillers and comedies. Some of its films of the 1950s were slightly more expensive including Black 13 , which was released in the United States by 20th Century Fox. John Guillermin, who went on to be a Hollywood director, made several films for Vandyke early in his career. The company went out of business in 1956 due to a slump in B Film production, but Roger Proudlock returned to make a few more films until 1960.
Rona Anderson was a Scottish stage, film, and television actress. She appeared in TV series and on the stage and films throughout the 1950s. She appeared in the films Scrooge and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and on TV in Dr Finlay's Casebook and Dixon of Dock Green.
John Gilling was an English film director and screenwriter, born in London. He was chiefly known for his horror movies, especially those he made for Hammer Films, for whom he directed The Shadow of the Cat (1961), The Plague of the Zombies (1966), The Reptile (1966) and The Mummy's Shroud (1967), among others.
Smart Alec is a 1951 British crime film directed by John Guillermin and starring Peter Reynolds.
Two on the Tiles is a 1951 British comedy film directed by John Guillermin and starring Herbert Lom, Hugh McDermott and Brenda Bruce. It was made at the Walton Studios by the independent Vandyke Productions for release as a second feature. It was one of three back-to-back productions Guillermin directed for the company at Walton Studios, along with Smart Alec and Four Days,. It was released in the U.S. as School for Brides.
Jane Hylton was an English actress who accumulated 30 film credits, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, before moving into television work in the latter half of her career in the 1960s and 1970s.
Daniel Birt was an English film director and editor.
The Golden Link is a 1954 British police drama film directed by Charles Saunders, starring André Morell, Patrick Holt, Thea Gregory and Jack Watling. It was produced by Guido Coen under his Kenilworth Film Productions, featuring a screenplay by Allan MacKinnon and soundtrack by Eric Spear. The story concerns the death of a young woman, having fallen to her demise inside an apartment building. A policeman neighbour, Superintendent Blake, conducts an unofficial investigation, which initially seems to implicate his own daughter in a murder plot.
John Guillermin was a French-British film director, writer and producer who was most active in big budget, action adventure films throughout his lengthy career.
Edwin John Fancey (1902–1980) was a British film producer and distributor. He owned the production company E.J. Fancey Productions and the distribution company DUK. He specialised largely in producing supporting films and short subjects, often edited from or compiled from material appearing in earlier films produced by others, such as musical numbers or comedy routines.
James Wilson was a British cinematographer.
Little Red Monkey, released in the United States as Case of the Red Monkey, is a 1955 British crime film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Richard Conte, Rona Anderson and Russell Napier. Detectives from Scotland Yard investigate a series of murders of leading Nuclear scientists, and are intrigued by strange reports received about the crimes. The film was based on a popular BBC TV series of the same name, written by Eric Maschwitz and produced by Bill Lyon-Shaw, which ran for six 30-minute episodes in 1953.
George Maynard was a British film producer. During the 1950s and 1960s he produced a number of independent films. Maynard had earlier worked as a production manager at several British studios.
Edward J. Danziger (1909–1999) and Harry Lee Danziger (1913–2005) were American-born brothers who produced many British films and TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s.
Ernest G. Roy was a British film producer who was Managing Director of Kay Laboratories, Kay Carlton Hill Studios Ltd and Nettlefold Studios.
Night Was Our Friend is a 1951 British drama film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Elizabeth Sellars, Michael Gough and Ronald Howard. The title references a line from Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid.
Butcher's Film Service was a British film production and distribution company that specialised in low-budget productions. The company was founded by William Butcher, a chemist from Blackheath. During the Boer War, the company survived through several production slumps in the British film industry and two World Wars.
Roger Proudlock (1920–2003) was a British film producer associated with Vandyke Productions, which specialised in making low-budget second features during the late 1940s and 1950s.
The Six Men is a 1951 British crime film directed by Michael Law and starring Harold Warrender, Olga Edwardes and Peter Bull. It was made by the independent Vandyke Productions at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. It also used location shooting around London.
The Strangers Came is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Alfred Travers and starring Tommy Duggan, Shirl Conway and Shamus Locke. Some of the film was shot on location in Ireland. It was made as a second feature by the independent company Vandyke Productions.
To the Public Danger is a 1948 British drama short film directed by Terence Fisher and produced by John Croydon. It stars Dermot Walsh, Susan Shaw, Barry Letts, and Frederick Piper.