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Also Known As: Died: September 14, 1999
Born: August 6, 1910 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cheshire, England, GB Profession: Director ...
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1931:
Entered industry as assistant editor at Alexander Korda's London Films
1932:
First credit as assistant editor, "Men of Tomorrow"
1935:
First film as editor, "Sanders of the River"
1940:
Edited Ludwig Berger's lush version of "The Thief of Bagdad"
1940:
Joined Michael Balcon's Ealing Studios; initially editing documentary films for Albert Cavalcanti
1941:
Directorial debut, the short "The Young Veterans"; often attributed to Crichton although on-screen credits list Albert Cavalcanti as director with Crichton as editor
1941:
First producing credit as associate producer on "Find Fix and Strike"
1944:
Feature directorial debut, "For Those in Peril"
1946:
Breakthrough film, "Hue and Cry", regarded as the forerunner of the Ealing comedy cult; written by T E B Clarke
1948:
Reteamed with Clarke for the drama "Against the Wind"
1951:
Directed landmark Ealing comedy, "The Lavender Hill Mob", starring Alec Guinness; film received an Oscar for Clarke's screenplay
1953:
Helmed "The Titfield Thunderbolt", another Ealing comedy scripted by Clarke
1954:
Returned to drama for "The Divided Heart", an intelligent study of the dilemma faced by parents of foster child when real mother, thought dead, surfaces to claim son; winner of three British Film Academy Awards
1956:
Last film for Ealing, "The Man in the Sky"
1958:
Final collaboration with Clarke, "Law and Disorder"
1958:
First screenwriting credit, "Floods of Fear"
1961:
Began first Hollywood film, "Birdman of Alcatraz," but left soon after shooting commenced due to conflicts with producer-star Burt Lancaster
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During the 1960s, directed episodes of such British TV series as "The Avengers", "Danger Man", "The Man in the Suitcase" and "Strange Report"
1969:
Attempted to collaborate on a film with John Cleese, but project never got off the ground
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Made many documentaries for Cleese's industrial training film company, Video Arts
1971:
Helmed episodes of "Shirley's World" (ABC), starring Shirley MacLaine; series filmed on location in England, Scotland, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and other locales
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Showed his sci-fi chops helming episodes of British TV series, "Space: 1999"
:
Directed episodes of "The Return of the Saint" (airing in the USA on CBS)
1988:
Made triumphant return to features, directing Cleese in "A Fish Called Wanda"; earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay (co-written with Cleese); Kevin Kline walked off with Oscar as Best Supporting Actor

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