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Robert Stevenson is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Additional Dialogue British born on 31 march 1905 at Buxton (United-kingdom)

Robert Stevenson

Robert Stevenson
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 31 march 1905 at Buxton (United-kingdom)
Death 30 april 1986 (at 81 years) at Santa Barbara (USA)

Robert Stevenson (31 March 1905 – 30 April 1986) was an English film writer and director. He was educated at Cambridge University where he became the president of both the Liberal Club and the Cambridge Union Society.

He moved to California in the 1940s and ended up directing 19 films for The Walt Disney Company in the 1960s and 1970s. Stevenson is best remembered for directing the Julie Andrews musical Mary Poppins, for which Andrews won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Stevenson was nominated for Best Director.

Stevenson divorced his first wife Cecilie and married actress Anna Lee in 1934. They lived on London's Bankside for five years, moving to Hollywood in 1939, where he remained for many years. They had two daughters, Venetia and Caroline, before divorcing in March 1944.

He married Frances Holyoke Howard on October 8, 1944; they later divorced. They had one son, Hugh Howard Stevenson. Robert Stevenson's widow, Ursula Henderson, appeared as herself in the documentary Locked in the Tower: The Men behind Jane Eyre in 2007.

Biography

Robert Stevenson est né à Buxton, dans le Derbyshire, a fréquenté l'université de Cambridge University où il fut à la fois le président du « Liberal Club » et de la « Cambridge Union Society ». Il commence sa carrière au cours des années 1930, d'abord comme scénariste, puis comme réalisateur. Il dirige notamment le drame historique Marie Tudor et le film d'aventures Les Mines du roi Salomon, d'après le livre de H. Rider Haggard.

Dans les années 1940, il s'établit en Californie. Il y tourne notamment une adaptation du roman de Fannie Hurst Back Street, qui avait déjà été portée à l'écran en 1932 par John Stahl. Il signe aussi une version du classique de Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre dans laquelle on retrouve notamment Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine et une toute jeune Elizabeth Taylor.

Vers la fin des années 1950, il dirige un premier film pour les studios de Walt Disney, Johnny Tremain. Ce sera le début d'une longue collaboration : Stevenson devait tourner en tout 19 films pour Walt Disney dans les années 1960 et 1970. Stevenson reste aujourd'hui surtout connu pour avoir réalisé la comédie musicale avec Julie Andrews pour vedette, Mary Poppins, un film grâce auquel Andrews décrocha l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice et Stevenson reçut une nomination pour l'Oscar du meilleur réalisateur. Parmi les autres films tournés par Stevenson pour Disney, on peut citer Les Enfants du capitaine Grant, une adaptation du célèbre roman de Jules Verne avec notamment Maurice Chevalier, ainsi que Un amour de Coccinelle, premier d’une série de films présentant une voiture dotée d’une personnalité propre. Le succès de Un amour de Coccinelle entraina plusieurs suites.

En 1976, Stevenson signe son dernier film, toujours pour les studios Disney, Un candidat au poil.

Best films

Mary Poppins (1964)
(Director)
The Love Bug (1968)
(Director)
Herbie Rides Again (1974)
(Director)
That Darn Cat! (1965)
(Director)
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
(Director)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
(Director)

Usually with

Bill Walsh
Bill Walsh
(10 films)
Michael Balcon
Michael Balcon
(14 films)
Jack Hulbert
Jack Hulbert
(7 films)
Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(11 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Robert Stevenson (63 films)

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Actor

One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, 1h40
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Art Stevens, Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Spy films, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Children's films
Actors Peter Ustinov, Helen Hayes, Clive Revill, Derek Nimmo, Percy Herbert, Hugh Burden
Rating59% 2.999722.999722.999722.999722.99972
Escaping from China with a microfilm of the formula for the mysterious "Lotus X", Lord Southmere, a Queen's Messenger, is chased by a group of Chinese spies.
Have Rocket, Will Travel
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Buddy films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Anna-Lisa, Robert Colbert, Jerome Cowan
Roles Voice of The Thingtz
Rating58% 2.9025652.9025652.9025652.9025652.902565
The Stooges are janitors working at a space center who accidentally blast off to Venus. They encounter a talking unicorn, a giant fire breathing tarantula, and an alien computer who has destroyed all human life on the planet and creates three evil duplicates of the Stooges. When the boys return home triumphant, they are given a hero's welcome.
When Hell Broke Loose, 1h18
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films
Actors Charles Bronson, Robert Easton, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Stevenson
Rating57% 2.867522.867522.867522.867522.86752
Steve Boland (Charles Bronson) is a cynical minor criminal drafted into the US Army during World War II. He has an unspectacular military career with his criminal past getting him into trouble but he comes into his own when his criminal expertise gives him unparalleled opportunities during the American occupation of Germany.
Where Danger Lives, 1h22
Directed by John Farrow
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Psychologie
Actors Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, Claude Rains, Maureen O'Sullivan, Ralph Dumke, Charles Kemper
Roles Assistant Clerk (uncredited)
Rating67% 3.395773.395773.395773.395773.39577
Dr. Jeff Cameron (Mitchum) saves an attempted suicide victim (Domergue) brought to San Francisco General Hospital. She checks out, but sends a telegram telling him her name, Margo, and address. To his surprise, he finds she lives in a mansion. He breaks a date with his nurse girlfriend, Julie (Maureen O'Sullivan), because he is worried Margo may try to commit suicide again.

Director

The Shaggy D.A., 1h31
Directed by Robert Stevenson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about dogs, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Tim Conway, Keenan Wynn, Dick Van Patten, Jo Anne Worley
Rating58% 2.9497252.9497252.9497252.9497252.949725
Wilby Daniels (Dean Jones) is now a successful attorney who is married to Betty (Suzanne Pleshette), and they have a son named Brian (Shane Sinutko). Returning to the town of Medfield from a vacation, the family discovers that they have been robbed of almost all their possessions, and Wilby blames the local district attorney John Slade (Keenan Wynn), who is reputed to have connections with organized crime, particularly with warehouse owner Edward "Fast Eddie" Roshak (Vic Tayback). After being robbed a second time later that night (along with their Navy admiral neighbor, Gordon C. Brenner), Wilby vows to run for district attorney to make his town safe again.
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, 1h40
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Art Stevens, Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Spy films, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Children's films
Actors Peter Ustinov, Helen Hayes, Clive Revill, Derek Nimmo, Percy Herbert, Hugh Burden
Rating59% 2.999722.999722.999722.999722.99972
Escaping from China with a microfilm of the formula for the mysterious "Lotus X", Lord Southmere, a Queen's Messenger, is chased by a group of Chinese spies.
The Island at the Top of the World, 1h34
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Cétacé, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the Viking Age, Steampunk films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un cétacé
Actors Donald Sinden, David Hartman, Jacques Marin, Mako Iwamatsu, David Gwillim, Lasse Kolstad
Rating62% 3.1482553.1482553.1482553.1482553.148255
In London in the year 1907, a British aristocrat named Sir Anthony Ross (Donald Sinden) hastily arranges an expedition to the Arctic to search for his lost son Donald. Donald had become lost on a whaling expedition to find the fabled island where whales go to die.
Herbie Rides Again, 1h28
Directed by Robert Stevenson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Road movies, Children's films
Actors Helen Hayes, Ken Berry, Stefanie Powers, Keenan Wynn, John McIntire, Liam Dunn
Rating57% 2.853622.853622.853622.853622.85362
Ruthless real estate magnate Alonzo Hawk (Keenan Wynn) is pursuing his newest indoor shopping center, the 130-story Hawk Plaza. His only obstacle is an archaic firehouse inhabited by "Grandma" Steinmetz (Helen Hayes), widow of its former owner, Fire Captain Steinmetz, and aunt of mechanic Tennessee Steinmetz who appeared in The Love Bug; her displaced neighbor, flight attendant Nicole Harris (Stefanie Powers); and their sentient machines: Herbie the Love Bug, an orchestrion that chooses its own songs, and a retired cable car known as "Old No. 22". It is explained that Tennessee has gone to Tibet to visit his ailing philosophy teacher, while Herbie's former owner, Jim Douglas, has gone to Europe.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1h53
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Sports films, Transport films, Aviation films, Association football films, Witches in film, Musical films, Political films, Children's films
Actors Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson
Rating70% 3.5488053.5488053.5488053.5488053.548805
The three Rawlins children, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul are evacuated from London during The Blitz to the remote village of Pepperinge Eye. They are placed in the reluctant care of Miss Eglantine Price, a reclusive woman who agrees to the arrangement temporarily. The children attempt to run away back to London, but change their minds after observing Miss Price attempting to fly on a broomstick. Miss Price reveals she is learning witchcraft through a correspondence school with hopes of using her spells in the British war effort, and offers the children a transportation spell in exchange for their silence. Miss Price casts the spell on a knob that the youngest child, Paul, has removed from the bed in the children’s shared bedroom, and she adds that only Paul can activate the spell.
Blackbeard's Ghost, 1h46
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Paul Cameron, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films, Ghost films, Children's films
Actors Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Elsa Lanchester, Richard Deacon, Elliott Reid
Rating68% 3.448023.448023.448023.448023.44802
Steve Walker (Dean Jones) arrives in a North Carolina seacoast town to take the position of track coach at Godolphin College. The night of his arrival coincides with a charity bazaar at the hotel where he will be boarding — Blackbeard's Inn, named after the notorious English pirate Captain Edward Teach and now run by the Daughters of the Buccaneers, elderly descendants of the pirate's crew. The owners are attempting to pay off their mortgage to keep the inn from being bought by the local crime boss, Silky Seymour (Joby Baker), who wants to build a casino on the land. Steve quickly discovers his track team's shortcomings and runs afoul of the dean of Godolphin College, its football coach, and Seymour. He also makes the acquaintance of attractive Godolphin professor Jo Anne Baker (Suzanne Pleshette), who is anxious to help the elderly ladies save Blackbeard's Inn.
The Love Bug, 1h48
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Road movies, Children's films
Actors Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett, Johnny Flynn, Joe Flynn
Rating64% 3.248643.248643.248643.248643.24864
In 1968, Jim Douglas is a down-on-his luck racing driver, reduced to competing in demolition derby races against drivers half his age. Jim lives in an old fire house overlooking San Francisco Bay with his friend and mechanic, Tennessee Steinmetz, a jolly Brooklynite who constantly extols the virtues of spiritual enlightenment, having spent time amongst Buddhist monks in Tibet, and builds "art" from car parts. After yet another race ends in a crash (and Tennessee turns his Edsel into a sculpture), Jim finds himself without a car and heads into town in search of some cheap wheels. He is enticed into an upmarket European car showroom after setting eyes on an attractive sales assistant, Carole Bennett. Jim witnesses the dealership's British owner, Peter Thorndyke, being unnecessarily abusive towards a white Volkswagen Beetle that rolls into the showroom, and defends the car's honor, much to Thorndyke's displeasure. The following morning Jim is shocked to find that the car is parked outside his house and that Thorndyke is pressing charges for grand theft. A heated argument between Jim and Thorndyke is settled when Carole persuades Thorndyke to drop the charges if Jim buys the car on a system of monthly payments.
The Gnome-Mobile, 1h30
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Paul Cameron, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Children's films
Actors Walter Brennan, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice, Ed Wynn, Richard Deacon, Charles Lane
Rating65% 3.2956853.2956853.2956853.2956853.295685
The story opens with the children's grandfather, D.J. Mulrooney (Walter Brennan), a well-known executive officer of a vast timber-trading company. D.J. is an eccentric and passionate man with a distinctive snore, as well as vast dedication and determination. D.J. is going to Seattle to sell 50,000 acres of timberland. D.J. takes his personal, customized 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II on the trip. In a brief conversation with his Company Head of Security, Ralph Yarby (Richard Deacon), we learn that the car was purchased after D.J. earned his first US$1 million. His first stop is The Airport where he picks up his grandchildren Elizabeth (Karen Dotrice) and Rodney (Matthew Garber) who are to accompany D.J. on his trip to Seattle. The children ask about the Rolls, to them an unusual car, and D.J. compares the Rolls with his first car back in Ireland, a one horsepower "Jaunty Car".
That Darn Cat!, 1h56
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Joseph L. McEveety, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Spy, Crime
Themes Films about animals, Films about cats, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Neville Brand, Frank Gorshin
Rating67% 3.3971853.3971853.3971853.3971853.397185
"Darn Cat" or "DC" is a wily, adventurous Siamese tomcat who lives with two young women, suburbanite sisters Ingrid "Inkie" (Dorothy Provine) and Patricia "Patti" Randall (Hayley Mills), whose parents are traveling abroad at the time of the story.
The Monkey's Uncle, 1h27
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Joseph L. McEveety, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Children's films
Actors Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Leon Ames, Frank Faylen, Arthur O'Connell, Alan Hewitt
Rating61% 3.05373.05373.05373.05373.0537
Midvale College is told that a wealthy man, Mr. Astorbilt (Arthur O'Connell), will give a large donation, but he has a strange request — he challenges the school to build a man-powered flying machine. If they succeed by a certain date, they get the donation, otherwise it will go to a rival school.