Henry Cass

Henry Cass (24 June 1903[1] – 15 March 1989) was a British director, particularly prolific in film in the horror and comedy genres.[2][1] Previously an actor, he was also a prolific stage director of classical theatre at the Old Vic in the 1930s.[3][4]

Henry Cass
Born(1903-06-24)24 June 1903
London, England, United Kingdom
Died15 March 1989(1989-03-15) (aged 85)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Spouse(s)Joan Hopkins

In 1923, Lee DeForest filmed Cass for a short film Henry Cass Demonstration Film made in DeForest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process. The film was previewed at the Engineers Society of New York on 12 April 1923, and premiered at the Rivoli Theatre in New York on 15 April 1923 with 17 other short Phonofilms.[5]

He was married to the actress Joan Hopkins.[6]



  • Brian McFarlane & Anthony Slide. The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth Edition. Oxford University Press, 2013.


  1. ^ a b "Henry Cass". BFI.
  2. ^ "Henry Cass | Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  3. ^ "Henry Cass — RADA". www.rada.ac.uk.
  4. ^ "Henry Cass | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  5. ^ "Silent Era : Progressive Silent Film List". www.silentera.com.
  6. ^ McFarlane & Slide p.125

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