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Maxwell Setton

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Maxwell Setton (born 24 October 1909, date of death unknown) was a British film producer, notably active in the 1950s.[1] He was born in Cairo[2] to British parents and studied law, becoming a barrister. In 1937 he became legal adviser to Mayflower Productions, the production company of Charles Laughton and Erich Pommer. After serving in the war, he became an assistant to Lord Archibald, who was managing Independent Producers Ltd.

After a few years, he set up as a producer with Aubrey Baring and they made movies for a newly organised Mayflower Productions, releasing through Rank.[3] They produced six films together, predominantly adventure films set outside Britain written by Robert Westerby.

Setton then set up his own company, Marksman Films, whose first film was Twist of Fate (1954).

In 1956 it was announced Setton would run the production company of Donna Reed and Tony Owen, Todon, to make six films, starting with The Nylon Web by Westerby. It ended up becoming Town on Trial.[4] However no films resulted. Neither did a proposed biopic of Joseph Conrad.[5]

He made a number of films for Mike Frankovitch's company, Frankovitch Productions, who released through Columbia Pictures. He worked with Ken Hughes and John Guillermin a number of times.[6]

He helped establish Bryanston Films.[7]

In 1964 he was appointed head of European production for Columbia. The following year he became a vice-president of Columbia as well.[8] In 1969 he resigned and announced he was returning to film production with three properties for Columbia: Caravan to Vaccarès by Alistair MacLean, Those Who Walk Away by Patricia Highsmith and Rosy is My Relative by Gerald Durrell.[9][10] In January 1970 he became Paramount's vice president in charge of foreign production.[11][12]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ McFarlane, Brian (28 February 2014). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Oxford University Press. pp. 688-689; ISBN 9781526111968
  2. ^ "Maxwell Setton: Interview notes". The History Project. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  3. ^ "British Company At Work Again". Weekly Times (4180). Victoria, Australia. 3 August 1949. p. 48. Retrieved 20 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Schallert, E. (1956, May 26). "Drama" Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ By A.H. WEILER. (1957, Dec 22). "BY WAY OF REPORT" New York Times
  6. ^ Vagg, Stephen (17 November 2020). "John Guillermin: Action Man". Filmink.
  7. ^ Harper, Sue; Porter, Vincent (2003). British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference. Oxford University Press. pp. 178–180. ISBN 9780198159346.
  8. ^ "Columbia pictures elects" (1965, Nov 08). New York Times
  9. ^ By, A. H. W. (1969, July 15). [ "Roth's 'letting go' heads for filming"] New York Times
  10. ^ Martin, B. (1969, Oct 31). "Stars announced for roles in 'El condor'" Los Angeles Times
  11. ^ "Italian honor presented to bluhdor" (1971, Jul 10). Los Angeles Times
  12. ^ By A.H. WEILER. (1970, Jan 02). "'69 a bad year for good films, Catholic movie office finds" New York Times
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