Roy Ward Baker (born 19 December, 1916) is an English film director born in London. His best known film is A Night to Remember (1958) which won a Golden Globe for best foreign English language film in 1959. His later career included many horror films and television shows.
From 1934 to 1939, Baker was with Gainsborough Pictures, a British film production company based in Islington, North London. His first jobs were menial, making tea for crew members, for example, but by 1938 he had risen to the level of as assistant director on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes (1938).
He served in the Army during World War II, until transferring to the Army Kinematograph Unit in 1943 in order to make better use of skills developed in his pre-war career producing documentaries and teaching materials for troops. One of his superiors at the time was novelist Eric Ambler, who gave Baker his first big break directing The October Man, from an Ambler screenplay, in 1947. Ambler also adapted… read more