Don Chaffey


Director

About

Birth Place
Hastings, England, GB
Born
August 05, 1917
Died
November 13, 1990
Cause of Death
Heart Disease

Biography

Don Chaffey was a British feature film and television director. After World War II, he got his start working as an art director for an independent studio, then in the early 1950s, he started directing short films and B-movie crime productions that were not quite feature length and were usually paired with a main attraction. As the decade stretched on, Chaffey worked regularly in televisi...

Family & Companions

Paula Kelly
Wife
Actor, performer.

Biography

Don Chaffey was a British feature film and television director. After World War II, he got his start working as an art director for an independent studio, then in the early 1950s, he started directing short films and B-movie crime productions that were not quite feature length and were usually paired with a main attraction. As the decade stretched on, Chaffey worked regularly in television, including gigs directing episodes of "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "The New Adventures of Charlie Chan." In the 1960s, Chaffey would direct some of the most celebrated episodes for the cult television series "The Prisoner," starring Patrick McGoohan, as well as episodes for the swinging spy adventure show, "The Avengers," with Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg. Chaffey frequently worked in the fantasy genre on the big screen as well, and his work in the lavish mythological adventure film "Jason and the Argonauts," featuring the stop motion animation of Ray Harryhausen, is generally considered to be one of his best films. Harryhausen and Chaffey teamed up again a few years later for the prehistoric adventure film "One Million Years B.C.," starring Raquel Welch. "The Viking Queen" and "Creatures the World Forgot," two more pulpy adventure movies set in the far past, followed. But for many viewers, Chaffey's most notable work might be his work for Disney, including "The Three Lives of Thomasina" and the live action/animated musical "Pete's Dragon."

Life Events

1944

Made assistant in art department Gainsborough Pictures

1950

Moved to Gaumont where directed first documentary, "The Mysterious Poacher"

Videos

Movie Clip

Jason And The Argonauts (1963) - Man Of Bronze Working on a hot tip from a goddess, Jason (Todd Armstrong) has figured out that tech-wizard Ray Harryhausen's "Man of Bronze" is steam-powered, with a valve in his heel, in Jason and the Argonauts, 1963.
Jason And The Argonauts (1963) - Man With One Sandal Zeus (Niall MacGinnis) and Hera (Honor Blackman) settling trivial human matters, then observing a key encounter between Jason (Todd Armstrong) and Pelias (Douglas Wilmer) in Jason and the Argonauts, 1963.
Jason And The Argonauts (1963) - Open, Zeus, King Of The Gods Stately hieroglyphic-style credits and decadent Pelias (Douglas Wilmer) having his fortune told, the opening to the Ray Harryhausen Greek-myth special-effects landmark Jason and the Argonauts, 1963, starring Todd Armstrong.
Jason And The Argonauts (1963) - Shall We Compete? Greek athletes (Nando Poggi, Gary Raymond, others) winning spots on the ship Argo, before a special challenge between Hercules (Nigel Green) and Hylas (John Cairney), in Jason and the Argonauts, 1963, starring Todd Armstrong.
Viking Queen, The (1967) - This Was A Land The folks at Hammer are confident with this narrated framing, archaic maps and rampaging Romans, nice Irish countryside opening The Viking Queen, 1967, starring Don Murray and the little-seen Finnish model Carita (Järvinen), in her only lead role.
Viking Queen, The (1967) - I Must Name My Successor Dying king Priam (Wilfrid Lawson)of Britain's Iceni tribe, daughters Salina, Beatrice and Talia (Carita, Adrienne Cori, Nicola Pagett) standing by, deals with Druid priest Maelgan (Donald Houston), and chooses an unexpected successor, in The Viking Queen, 1967, from Hammer films.
Viking Queen, The (1967) - The Empire Needs Slaves! At her father's funeral, new tribal queen Salina (Carita) is not cool with rites overseen by Druid priest Maelgan (Donald Houston), when rowdy Roman occupiers ride up, their commander Justinian (Don Murray) soon persuading all to chill, in The Viking Queen, 1967, from Hammer Films.
Greyfriars Bobby (1961) - His Monument Stands In Scotland's Capital Opening narration from Walt Disney Pictures, with luxurious shooting in the Lammermuir hills near Edinburgh, where the true underlying story took place, introducing Alex Mackenzie as Jock, Gordon Jackson and Jennifer Nevinson as a farmer and daughter, in Greyfriars Bobby, 1961, starring Donald Crisp.
Greyfriars Bobby (1961) - His Wee Dog Was Here The (canine) title character working for Walt Disney presumably on the Shepperton Studios lot outside London, encounters a constable (Duncan Macrae), the innkeeper Traill (Laurence Naismith) who knows him, then his master Jock (Alex Mackenzie), the newly-unemployed shepherd he’s followed from the country, in Greyfriars Bobby, 1961.
Greyfriars Bobby (1961) - Our Mediator And Redeemer Skirting the funeral of his beloved master, the title character makes his way to what appears to be the real Greyfriars Churchyard, where we meet top-billed Donald Crisp, well into the third reel, in Walt Disney’s Greyfriars Bobby, 1961, shot largely on location in and around Edinburgh, Scotland.
Pete's Dragon (1977) - Happiest Home In These Hills The opening, in which one of the two title characters seems invisible, introducing Sean Marshall as Pete, and Shelley Winters, leading the Gogans (Charles Tyner, Gary Morgan and Jeff “Kenickie” Conaway!), his evil adoptive family, song by Al Kasha and Joel Hischhorn, in Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, 1977.
One Million Years B.C. (1967) - Rock Tribe Heavy narration and introduction of the royalty of the "Rock Tribe," John Richardson as favored son "Tumak," Percy Herbert as nastier "Sakana," Robert Brown their dad, fur bikinis yet to come, opening Hammer Films' One Million Years B.C., 1967.

Family

Nicolette Chaffey-Murray
Daughter
Producer. Owner-producer, Theater/Theatre in Los Angeles.

Companions

Paula Kelly
Wife
Actor, performer.

Bibliography