Marcel Varnel

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Marcel Varnel (16 October 1892 – 13 July 1947) was a film director. He was born Marcel Hyacinthe le Bozec in Paris, France.

Varnel started his working life on the Paris stage, soon becoming a director of musical comedies. In 1925 he moved to New York working as director in several Broadway operettas, musicals and dramas for the Shubert family. This was followed by a move to Hollywood where he directed three low budget thrillers.

In 1934 he moved to England and it was as director of British comedies initially working at British International Pictures, Elstree then in 1936 moving to Gainsborough Pictures where he produced his best films. In particular working with Will Hay, The Crazy Gang, Arthur Askey and George Formby.

He died in a car crash near Rake, West Sussex.

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