The twin brothers were born in Bray, Berkshire, England on November 21 1913 to Arthur Boulting and Rose Bennet. They worked together as producer and director whenever they could, and often alternated these duties depending on the nature of the film they were working on, although they also made films separately. The two worked as screenwriters on their own films.
They began with serious, tight, economical drama films such as Seven Days to Noon (1950) and Graham Greene's Brighton Rock (1947) (both with producer: Roy, director: John). They then became known for a series of satirical comedy films which are considered British classics today, such as Private's Progress (1956), Lucky Jim (1957) and I'm All Right Jack (1959), all with the same credits as above, and usually with John as co-writer. The comedies often starred Ian Carmichael as the lead, along with Richard Attenborough and Terry-Thomas; and often Dennis Price, John Le Mesurier, Irene Handl and Miles Malleson.
I'm All Right Jack also starred Peter Sellers and boosted his film career, winning him a BAFTA Best Actor Award. He also appeared in other Boulting brothers films later. The Family Way (1966) was a slightly controversial film about a young married couple and their down-to-earth family.
Roy Boulting did some work in British TV in the eighties including directing one of the popular BBC Miss Marple mysteries. He married Hayley Mills, whom he met on the set of The Family Way, in 1971, and they had a son, Crispian Mills. They divorced in 1977.
It's Curiously Appropriate Tony Died within Hours of Paul Newman, a Man Also Noted for His Enduring Qualities of Goodness and Modesty; Tony Whitehead, Film Programmer at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Has Died at the Age of 46 Following a Battle with Cancer. Here Dave Berry, a Film Historian and Critic and Author of Wales and Cinema: The First Hundred Years, Pays Tribute to Him
Oct 04, 2008; Byline: Dave Berry BRITISH screen comedy could have had few more affectionate and eloquent champions than Tony Whitehead. He will...