Born in Birmingham
, UK in 1896. Started in film as a regional distributor, and then founded a small film company making shorts for oil companies. Produced his first feature in 1923, Woman to Woman
, and employed Alfred Hitchcock
as art director and screenwriter. Later gave Hitchcock his first opportunity as a director.
Founded Gainsborough Pictures in 1924, and became production director for Gaumont-British in 1931 and MGM
-British in 1936, continuing to work with Hitchcock.
From 1937-59 was the director and chief of Ealing Films
. Died in 1977.