Robert Stevenson

  • Robert Stevenson – Jane Eyre (1943)

    1941-1950DramaRobert StevensonRomanceUSA

    Who directed Jane Eyre? The credits clearly state Robert Stevenson, but a cult of sorts has sprung up over the decades since the film’s 1943 release to claim that it was really helmed—in spirit if not in letter-by its star Orson Welles. Stevenson’s wife and kids argue quite vociferously to the contrary, and certainly the public record, while tantalizingly ambiguous about what (if anything) Welles contributed, does not seem to support this thesis. But there is simply no denying that there is a huge Wellesian influence looming over the film like one of its intrinsically Gothic shadows. Stevens and cinematographer George Barnes often frame things in much the same way Welles and his cinematographer Gregg Toland did in Citizen Kane or how Welles and Stanley Cortez approached The Magnificent Ambersons. Read More »

  • Robert Stevenson – The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936)

    Robert Stevenson1931-1940ClassicsHorrorUnited Kingdom

    Dr. Laurence, a once-respectable scientist, begins to research the origin of the mind and the soul. The science community rejects him, and he risks losing everything for which he has worked. He begins to use his discoveries to save his research and further his own causes, thereby becoming… a Mad Scientist, almost unstoppable…Read More »

  • Robert Stevenson – Johnny Tremain (1957)

    1951-1960AdventureRobert StevensonUSAWar

    Plot: In colonial Boston, a young silversmith’s apprentice injures his hand, and finds himself befriended by the Sons of Liberty and caught up in events of the American Revolution.Read More »

  • Robert Stevenson – That Darn Cat! (1965)

    1961-1970ComedyMysteryRobert StevensonUSA

    When the irrepressible and always hungry D.C. (Darn Cat) turns up with a wristwatch for a collar, it becomes a tip-off to an unsolved robbery and kidnapping. You don’t know who’s tailing who as nosy neighbors, jealous boyfriends, and a highly allergic FBI agent play a game of cat and mouse to crack the baffling case.Read More »

  • Robert Stevenson – Mary Poppins [+commentary] (1964)

    1961-1970FantasyMysteryRobert StevensonUSA

    When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny’s sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents.Read More »

  • Robert Stevenson – The Woman on Pier 13 aka I Married A Communist (1949)

    1941-1950Film NoirRobert StevensonUSA

    Brad Collins, former stevedore, is rising fast in a shipping company when local communist agitators use his former Party affiliation to extort his help in stirring up trouble. When Brad resists, communist femme fatale Christine works through his brother-in-law Don. But Brad’s new wife Nan sees that her husband and brother are under pressure; when she investigates on her own, party boss Vanning takes ruthless action.Read More »

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