John Lee Thompson (born Bristol, England, 1914) was a stage actor turned playwright turned scriptwriter turned WWII tailgunner turned film director. Nicknamed “Mighty Mouse” by Gregory Peck for his ability to restore order, he brought a lifetime of experience directing gritty British kitchen sink/petty crime dramas to his first Hollywood gig, the mega production Guns of Navaronne (1961). Cape Fear (1962) followed after that, after which he entered two decades of well compensated work as a widely ridiculed hack.
Please don’t write to me asking whose hand Thompson appears to be holding in the above photo. Alternatively, please do send in your thoughts -perhaps we can clear this matter up.
J. Lee Thompson came to Oregon to make (the watery parts of) MacKenna’s Gold in 1969.