A Tribute to Victor Saville











Wednesday, September 13 – 7:00 PM

One of the founding fathers of British cinema in the 1920’s and 1930’s, Victor Saville (1897 – 1979) was a wonderfully gifted and urbane director and producer who helped launch the careers of Vivien Leigh, Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Jessie Matthews and Alfred Hitchcock (who had his first professional film job working for Saville.) Saville’s career as a director included such delightful, quintessentially British films as I WAS A SPY, EVERGREEN, FIRST A GIRL and IT’S LOVE AGAIN, while his acclaimed work as a producer included classics such as GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS, DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (1941), THE CITADEL, and KISS ME DEADLY.

To celebrate the publication of the new book Victor Saville In His Own Words by longtime Saville friend Roy Moseley, we’re pleased to present the screening of two of Saville’s best-loved films:

EVERGREEN, 1934, 90 min., dir. Victor Saville, starring the irresistible, elastic Jesse Matthews as a British music-hall performer who masquerades as her famous mother.

GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS, 1939, MGM (Warner Classics), 114 min., dir. Sam Wood, with Robert Donat in his Oscar-winning role as a devoted British schoolteacher who blossoms when he meets the love of his life, Greer Garson.


Author Roy Moseley will join us in-person to sign copies of his new book, Victor Saville In His Own Words, published by Southern Illinois University Press.