Anthony Nelson Keys

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Anthony Nelson Keys , initially Anthony Keys (* 13. November 1911 in St George's Hanover Square, London , United Kingdom ; † 19th March 1985 in Richmond ) was a British film producer , assistant director and manager , whose work closely with the specialist on horror films Hammer Film Productions is connected.

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The son of the theater and film actor Nelson Keys (1886-1939) began his active career in film in the early 1930s as an assistant director under the name Anthony Keys and moved a few years later to the production line. During the Second World War he served in the Film & Photographic Unit of the British Army (1940-1946), after which he returned to his civilian life. From 1947 Nelson-Keys worked again as a production manager, but soon became a production supervisor or production manager (1953).

In this position, the native of London was also involved in the most important works of Hammer Films, beginning in 1956 with Frankenstein's Curse . For the hammer film The Scarlet Blade , the horror film company let him work as the sole producer for the first time. Until the end of the 1960s, Anthony Nelson-Keys was responsible for a series of horror stories, some of which were quite effective, such as The Burning Eyes of Bartimore Castle and Blood for Dracula . Now and then he also made one or the other adventure and war film with a historical background. He took part in the script of The Pirates on the River of Death , anonymous, zu Frankenstein must die! , his last hammer film, Nelson Keys provided the story template. After the production of the horror story The Dark of the Night, commissioned by another company, with the two hammer film stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee , the Briton retired from the film business at the end of 1972.

Nelson Keys' brother a year and a half older was film director John Paddy Carstairs .


Until 1961 as production manager, then as producer

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