JACK WHITTINGHAM

Jack as young man

2nd August 1910

Born Heaton, Yorkshire.

1919-1924

Educated at Aysgarth Preparatory School, North Yorkshire

1922

Kenwood Estate in London saved for nation due to Father William Whittingham’s largest (50,000) donation to Kenwood Preservation Council.

1924-1929

Educated at Charterhouse School, Godalming – Gownboys House

1928-1934

Lt in Territorial Army

1929-1931

Lincoln College, Oxford University –– read law – goalkeeper for Oxford.

1929-1930

Year in Tours & Baden-Baden studying French
(Meant to be! –met Betty).

1930-31

Betty Wrigley Offield & Jack

Became briefly engaged to Wrigley chewing gum heiress Betty Offield (Wrigley)
Adventure–Catalina Island–another story!!

 

Betty Wrigley Offield & Jack

1932-1937

Worked as Journalist - Reporter, Assistant News Editor & Film Critic for Morning Post. Contributor to Evening News, Sunday Times & Daily Express etc. Also wrote & Produced Plays for "The White Rose Players" Harrogate.

1937

Left Fleet Street for writing contract with Alexander Korda

1939-1942

Sept 1st – 2nd WORLD WAR Royal Artillery Captain 69th Field Regiment, R.A. July 1940 Defending Iceland.

1942

Married Margot Isobel Gough, youngest daughter Professor William Gough (Leeds Royal Infirmary) & Agnes Crane Fraser (Sister). 2 children, Suilven (Sylvan) and Jonathan. Margot’s 1st cousin - Lord Fraser of Kilmorach was created a life peer due to work under 6 Prime Ministers in research department of the Home office, and as Deputy Chairman Conservative Party).

1942

Jack's book "Sabu of the Elephants" published.

1937-1948

Wrote 14 first feature films for London Films,
RKO, Ealing, ABPC & British National

1948:

Joined EALING STUDIOS

Sir Michael Balcon, Basil Deardon & Jack - Cage of Gold.
Sir Michael Balcon, Basil Deardon
& Jack "Cage of Gold"

Jack Whittingham & Charles Crichton
Jack & Charles Crichton

Basil Deardon & Jack- Pool of London
Basil Deardon & Jack
"Pool of London"

And wrote:  CAGE OF GOLD    Original story and screenplay   Jean Simmons

POOL OF LONDON    Original story and screenplay

        HUNTED    Original story and screenplay    Dirk Bogarde

I BELIEVE IN YOU   Screenplay from novel for Ealing Studios (1st film role) Joan Collins

MANDY   Screenplay Starring Mandy Miller & Jack Hawkins

WEST OF ZANZIBAR   Screenplay Starring Anthony Steel

THE DIVIDED HEART   Original story and screenplay

Directed by Charles Crichton

Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Won David Selznick Golden Laurel Award.

1956-1957   

Wrote and Produced with British Lion

THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT   Original story and screenplay Tony Britton & Sylvia Syms

Dad in Jag
Dad in Jag - Ealing Studios

Jack in 1953 aged 43
Jack in 1953 aged 43

Me and my Dad
Me and my Dad

1959-1963    SEE Part Two - THUNDERBALL YEARS

 

 

 

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