Roy Baker was a pretty subtle director and most of the films he directed seem to passing into memory. The One That Got Away
(1957) is quite a film, very tautly directed. It was recently re-released in the UK by Network replacing the OOP Granada disc: Â£7.49
I haven't seen The October Man
(1947) for a few years, but I recall it as being very good.
He did a few films in America - The House in the Square
(1951) and Inferno
(1953), both for Fox, sound very interesting, but I have yet to see them. I'd particularly like to see Inferno
, which stars Robert Ryan as a man left for dead with a broken leg in the middle of the Mojave Desert by his wife and her lover. It was shot in 3-D with cinematography by the great Lucien Ballard, too boot! Robert Ryan is immensely strong-willed in most of his films and this one sounds like it is purely about
will-power - and revenge, with a great ending, apparently. The House in the Square
seems to be some kind of wistful time-travel fantasy with Tyrone Power about a scientist who is disaffected with the Modern Age and slips back to 18th Century London and falls in love. Sounds like a great sunday afternoon uplifter. Come on, Fox, get 'em out!
Quatermass and the Pit
is brilliantly executed. I haven't seen it for a long time, though. I have read that Anchor Bay (?) are planning a new edition, with a HD anamorphic transfer in the near future.
So, yeah, Baker was a pretty reliable craftsman and A Night to Remember
is subtly effective as Narshty points out, with some nice touches. Not bad for someone who started out as a teaboy! I don't own the film on DVD, although I'd like to see the film again. I am slowly trying to collect the best of Geoffrey Unsworth on DVD for studying purposes, although I'm not sure whether to just rent the UK disc or stump up for the Criterion, as the transfer seems to be the best (though non-progressive and non-anamorphic) and the commentary sounds interesting.