|Film director Screenwriter|
|Date of birth||East Belfast|
|Date of death||Sep 26, 1986 London, Greater London, London, England|
|Authority||IMDB id VIAF id Library of congress id ISNI id|
The last version of Hurst's screenplay (co-written with Miles Malleson and Duncan Guthrie) dated 4 October 1938 is reprinted in "Filming TE Lawrence Korda's Lost Epic", pages 33 to 127. With its sustained doom-laden atmosphere, Krampf’s expressive cinematography, its adroit mixture of location shooting and Gothic compositions and Ralph Richardson’s wonderful performance as a lower middle class Everyman, On the Night of the Fire clearly shows that an achieved mastery of film noir existed in British cinema".
The review on imdb.com comments that "This first of its kind in propaganda films of World War II, shows the might of the British Empire and its eagerness to stand up to the oppressors of morality and free will. An interesting fact about Hurst's The Hundred Pound Window (1944) was that it featured a young Richard Attenborough obtaining his first credited role (playing Tommy Draper). "The combination of an A list cast, the portrayal of the iron reliance of the Maltese people, the gallantry of the RAF pilots and a tragic love story were the four components of its success".
The first three scriptwriting roles of later Bond director Terence Young were on the Hurst directed films On the Night of the Fire (1939), Dangerous Moonlight (1941) and A Letter From Ulster (1942). Released in hardback on 15 September 2016 with almost 400 pages and over 350 images "this book also shows why Hurst was an enigma, but a master of the genre, and at his very best when focusing on the vast canvas of film" (from dust jacket). Filmography Hangman's House (1928) Arrowsmith (1931) The Tell-Tale Heart (1934) Irish Hearts (1934) Riders to the Sea (1936) Ourselves Alone (1936) The Tenth Man (1936) Sensation (1936) Glamorous Night (1937) Prison Without Bars (1938) On the Night of the Fire (1939) The Lion Has Wings (1939) A Call For Arms (1940) Miss Grant Goes to the Door (1940) Dangerous Moonlight (1941) A Letter From Ulster (1942) Alibi (1942) Theirs is the Glory (1946) Hungry Hill (1947) The Mark of Cain (1947) Trottie True (1949) Scrooge (1951) Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951) as a producer Malta Story (1953) Simba (1955) The Black Tent (1956) Dangerous Exile (1957) Behind the Mask (1958) His and Hers (1961) Playboy of the Western World (1962)