Michael Winner and Harold Baim

Michael Winner and Harold Baim

BAIM, Harold (b Leeds 1914 d 1996)

Director, producer, writer. Prolific producer of 'quota-quickies' and 'short features'. Early films featured variety acts such as Wilson Kepple and Betty. His later films were mainly colourful widescreen travelogues filmed in England, Europe the Middle East and Asia with commentaries by famous actors and broadcasters such as Nicholas Parsons and Terry Wogan. Harold Baim's main claim to fame is that he 'discovered' Michael Winner who directed and scripted some early films. Baim also produced three of the earliest historically valuable 'music videos'; 30-minute colour compilations of 1964/65 music acts including Lulu, The Hollies, Millie, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Joe Loss. His longer feature productions include the ghostly chillier The Night Comes Too Soon (a.k.a. The Ghost of Rashmon Hall) (1947), and The Cool Mikado (d Winner, 1963).

OTHER BRITISH FILMS INCLUDE (shorts, d p unless noted): Playtime For Workers (1943), A Circus Story (1946), Belle Of Kent (1959), Floating Fortress (1959), It's Magic (1961), Swinging UK, UK Swings Again (1964, p), Victims Of Terror (1967), Telly Savalas Looks at Birmingham (1981, p).