Entered industry as assistant editor at Alexander Korda's London Films
First credit as assistant editor, "Men of Tomorrow"
First film as editor, "Sanders of the River"
Edited Ludwig Berger's lush version of "The Thief of Bagdad"
Joined Michael Balcon's Ealing Studios; initially editing documentary films for Albert Cavalcanti
Directorial debut, the short "The Young Veterans"; often attributed to Crichton although on-screen credits list Albert Cavalcanti as director with Crichton as editor
First producing credit as associate producer on "Find Fix and Strike"
Feature directorial debut, "For Those in Peril"
Breakthrough film, "Hue and Cry", regarded as the forerunner of the Ealing comedy cult; written by T E B Clarke
Reteamed with Clarke for the drama "Against the Wind"
Directed landmark Ealing comedy, "The Lavender Hill Mob", starring Alec Guinness; film received an Oscar for Clarke's screenplay
Helmed "The Titfield Thunderbolt", another Ealing comedy scripted by Clarke
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
Last film for Ealing, "The Man in the Sky"
Final collaboration with Clarke, "Law and Disorder"
First screenwriting credit, "Floods of Fear"
Began first Hollywood film, "Birdman of Alcatraz," but left soon after shooting commenced due to conflicts with producer-star Burt Lancaster
During the 1960s, directed episodes of such British TV series as "The Avengers", "Danger Man", "The Man in the Suitcase" and "Strange Report"
Attempted to collaborate on a film with John Cleese, but project never got off the ground
Made many documentaries for Cleese's industrial training film company, Video Arts
Helmed episodes of "Shirley's World" (ABC), starring Shirley MacLaine; series filmed on location in England, Scotland, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and other locales
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)
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