Hollywood seems to be running low on genuine characters and today we lost one more. To most ill informed people Michael Winner is just that silver haired "Calm down dear" chap off the tele. To those of us that have actually read a book Michael Winner is one of Britains most underrated filmmakers
An early career in journalism found the London born Winner mingling in the same circles as notable stars of the fifties such as James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, and from those lofty beginnings he slowly worked his way behind a film camera. Early projects saw him directing programs for the BBC and cheap cinema shorts, but he gradually graduated to full length movies with a series of cheaply made but money spinning B-movies, Shoot To Kill (1960), Some Like It Cool (1961), Out Of The Shadow (1961).
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