Charles Crichton

06.08.1910, Wallasey, Engleska - 14.09.1999, London, Engleska



Charles Crichton started his film career in the 30’s – as an editor (The Thief of Bagdad). He makes his first feature film in 1941, a combination of documentary and feature film – For Those in
Peril. He directs Hue and Cry, considered to be the first in the
series of Ealing comedies. From mid 60’s works on television, making many cult series, like The Avengers. His last film A Fish Called Wanda achieves great success.


A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
He Who Rides a Tiger (1966)
Third Secret, The (1964)
The Boy Who Stole a Million (1961)
The Battle of the Sexes (1959)
Floods of Fear (1959)
Law and Disorder (1958)
The Man in the Sky (1957)
The Divided Heart (1954)
The Love Lottery (1954)
The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)
Hunted (1952)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
Dance Hall (1950)
Train of Events (1949) (segment The Composer)
Against the Wind (1948)
Another Shore (1948)
Hue and Cry (1947)
Dead of Night (1945) (segment Golfing Story)
Painted Boats (1945)
For Those in Peril (1944)

Films by this director

The Lavender Hill Mob


Directed by: Charles Crichton
PHOTOGRAPHY: Douglas Slocombe

Holland is a shy man about to retire and dreams of a careless life as a rich man. For twenty years he has been working as a bank agent and transports gold plates, and when he meets Pendlebury, souvenir maker, he gets an idea to make souvenirs of Eiffel tower from the gold plates and in that way smuggle them to France. Soon, Holland and Pendlebury engage two professional criminals, Lackey and Shorty, but not everything goes as planned…

black and white, 78 min.

The Titfield Thunderbolt


Directed by: Charles Crichton
PHOTOGRAPHY: Douglas Slocombe

A group of villagers tries to stand up to bureaucrats who plan to close down the local railroad line (in reality the railroad where the film was shot disappeared a few years later after the rationalization plan of the British railroad).

black and white, 84 min

Hue and Cry


Directed by: Charles Crichton

Joe Kirby is convinced that local criminals use the comic book he reads for exchange of coded messages. It takes some time until he persuades his friend that he is right and after he succeeds, the kids become unstoppable. They set traps, but the police fall in them instead of the criminals, and they turn to the secretary who works in the newspapers that publishes the comic.

black and white, 82 min
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