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The following five lots are sold on behalf of a member of the Balcon Family
Sir Michael Balcon (1896-1977) regarded as one of the most significant figures in British Cinema, began his cinematic career as a distributor, then a producer from the early 1920s. He launched Alfred Hitchcock's career and built up a big annual production programme of sound films for Gainsborough and Gaumont British, during which time he was behind the production of several important British films including Hitchcock's early masterpieces. In 1936 production at Gaumont ceased and he became head of MGM British for whom he produced one film A Yank at Oxford wih Robert Taylor, he prepared Goodbye Mr. Chips and was then summarily dismissed by Louis B. Mayer after a disagreement. Between 1937-1959 he acted as director and chief of production for Ealing Studios and was responsible for the famous Ealing comedies of the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1959 he helped form Bryanston Films, a group of independent film-makers including several ex-Ealing colleagues. After a frustrating period as Chairman of British Lion, 1964-1968, he became Chairman of the British Film Institute's Experimental Film Fund. He was knighted in 1948 and was also Knight first class order of St. Olaf (Norway) & Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (France). He retired in 1972.