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  • Welcome to the official Film/Art Gallery collection of original Ken Annakin vintage movie posters from his critically acclaimed catalog of timeless cinematic creations.

    Kenneth Cooper ""Ken"" Annakin was an English film director. He worked first as a camera operator on propaganda films for the Ministry of Information and the British Council. When Carol Reed directed We Serve in 1942, a recruiting movie for women, he made Annakin his assistant director. Ken has directed many training films for Verity Films, an association led by Sydney Box, who soon become head of Gainsborough Pictures.

    His early documentary films include London 1942 released in 1943, A Ride with Uncle Joe in 1943, Make Fruitful the Land in 1945, We of the West Riding in 1945, English Criminal Justice in 1946, It Began on the Clyde in 1946, and Fenlands in 1946.

    When Sydney Box took over the head of Gainsborough Pictures, he assigned Ken Annakin his first film feature, Holiday Camp in 1947, where it was a solid hit and launched his career. Another film success was Miranda in 1948. His film in 1948 Quartet was also well-received. Annakin directed Here Come the Huggetts in 1948, and it was popular that it led to a sequel, Vote for Huggett in 1949, and the last sequel, The Higgetts Abroad in 1949.

    Ken Annakin received an offer from Walt Disney to create The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men in 1952. He directed the action film The Planters Wife in 1952 which was a big hit in Britain. He made a comedy film, You Know What Sailors Are, in 1954 and then The Seekers in 1954, an imperial adventure story. He then returned to comedy for Value for Money in 1955 and Loser Takes All in 1956.

    Annakin received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his comedy film Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes in 1965. He was made OBE in 2002.

    He made several movies in Hollywood, such as Cheaper to Keep Her in 1981, The Private Movie in 1982, and, his last film, The New Adventure of Pippi Longstocking in 1988.

    Ken Annakin was born on August 10, 1914, in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England and died on April 22, 2009, in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

    Film/Art Gallery’s collection of original Ken Annakin movie posters includes a 24x33 poster of Jungle Book, artwork by Aage Sikker-Hansen, for the first Danish release of 1942 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling book.

    Film/Art Gallery movie posters are original prints and film poster collectibles. These are original movie posters. We do not carry any movie poster reproductions or reprints of any kind.