Phil Brandon

Active - 1942 - 1974  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Crime

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Biography by Bruce Eder

Philip Brandon (also sometimes credited as Phil Brandon) was a production manager and assistant director in British pictures who subsequently became an associate producer after World War II on some important movies, with a short stint as a director during the war itself. His early credits as an assistant director include work on The Divorce of Lady X and Sidewalks of London, so obviously he had sufficient talent and ability to work for Alexander Korda's London Films. As a director, however, he was neither a notable stylist nor a terribly inventive talent. Brandon was simply efficient, based on the evidence, and his directorial efforts are easily overlooked -- apart from the wartime morale booster We'll Meet Again (1942), which proved a good vehicle for the talents of Vera Lynn. After the war, however, he moved back into Korda's orbit as an assistant director on Vacation From Marriage (1945), and an associate producer on An Ideal Husband (1947) and The Fallen Idol (1948). Brandon was also the production manager on the British RKO feature So Well Remembered (1947). At the end of his career, he had moved into second unit direction -- as part of a contingent of British crew members -- on the American-produced, partly African-photographed Tarzan's Peril (1951).