Cat no. 226489

British Cinema History Research Project Oral Histories: Maurice Elvey (film director)


Maurice Elvey (11 November 1887 - 28 August 1967).

Maurice Elvey is one of the most prolific directors in British cinema. In this brief interview he talks to Ralph Bond about his early life working in London, his early career as a stage director with the Adelphi Play Society, and his conversion to film on a trip to America in 1912. Elvey talks about some of the high points of his career as a silent film director, particularly the making of 'The Flag Lieutenant' (1926) and 'High Treason' (1929). He talks about working conditions within the 'quota quickie' section of the industry, offering memories of figures like Julius Hagen. Elvey muses interestingly on the changes in working conditions which he has observed during his extaordinary long career in British film.

(Lawrence Napper, BCHRP)