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      Charles Crichton

      Charles Crichton

      Highest Rated: 100% The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

      Lowest Rated: 83% The Battle of the Sexes (1959)

      Birthday: Aug 6, 1910

      Birthplace: Wallasey, Cheshire, England, UK

      British director Charles Crichton entered the industry as an assistant editor for Alexander Korda's London Films, working on four pictures helmed by the Korda brothers (including "The Private Life of Henry VIII," which featured Charles Laughton's Oscar-winning performance) before earning his first credit as editor on Zoltan Korda's "Sanders of the River" (1935). He moved to Ealing Studios in 1940 and eventually made his feature directing debut with "For Those in Peril" (1944). Beginning with his breakthrough film , the delightful "Hue and Cry (1946), Crichton became established as a key architect (along with the likes of Alexander Mackendrick, Henry Cornelius and Robert Hammer) of the eccentric style of the Ealing comedies, sophisticated satires of the late 40s and 50s. His most remarkable effort was "The Lavender Hill Mob" (1951), with frequent Ealing headliner Alec Guinness as a bank clerk who plots a robbery. Both "The Titfield Thunderbolt" (1953) for Ealing and "The Battle of the Sexes" (1959), a non-Ealing movie starring Peter Sellers, were also first-rate.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      96% 84% A Fish Called Wanda Director $60.0M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alien Attack Director - 1976
      No Score Yet 6% The Cosmic Princess Director - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet He Who Rides a Tiger Director - 1965
      No Score Yet 50% The Third Secret Director - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Boy Who Stole a Million Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1960
      83% 40% The Battle of the Sexes Director - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Floods of Fear Director - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law and Disorder Director - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Decision Against Time Director - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Divided Heart Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Lottery Director - 1954
      No Score Yet 79% The Titfield Thunderbolt Director - 1953
      No Score Yet 62% Hunted Director - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Train of Events Director - 1952
      100% 86% The Lavender Hill Mob Director $15.4K 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dance Hall Director - 1950
      96% 84% Whisky Galore! Film Editing - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Shore Director - 1949
      No Score Yet 60% Against the Wind Director - 1948
      No Score Yet 73% Hue and Cry Director - 1946
      93% 86% Dead of Night Director - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Painted Boats Director - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Those in Peril Director - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nine Men Associate Producer - 1943
      100% 81% The Thief of Bagdad Film Editing - 1940
      91% 55% Things to Come Film Editing - 1936

      TV

      Credit
      66% 89% Space: 1999 Director 1975-1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Protectors Director 1973
      No Score Yet 86% The Avengers Director 1965-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Man in a Suitcase Director 1967-1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Danger Man Director 1964