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Val Guest (1911–2006)

Val Guest began his career as an actor on the British stage and in early sound films. He ran the one-man London office of "The Hollywood Reporter" until an encounter with director Marcel Varnel led to a screen writing job at Gainsborough Studios. Guest's directing career began in the early 1940s with a Ministry of Information short about the perils... See full bio »

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 1982 The Boys in Blue (screenplay)
 1981 Birds of Paradise (screenplay)
 1981 Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective (TV Movie) (screenplay)
 1976 Killer Force
 1974 Confessions of a Window Cleaner (screenplay)
 1972 Au Pair Girls (screenplay)
 1971 The Persuaders! (TV Series) (screenplay by - 1 episode)
- The Gold Napoleon (1971) ... (screenplay by)
 1970 When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (written for the screen by)
 1970 Toomorrow (written by)
 1968 Assignment K (screenplay)
 1967 Casino Royale (additional dialogue - uncredited)
 1966 Where the Spies Are (screenplay)
 1964 Contest Girl (written for the screen by)
 1963 80,000 Suspects (writer)
 1962 Jigsaw (screenplay)
 1961 The Day the Earth Caught Fire (written for the screen by)
 1960 Stop Me Before I Kill! (screenplay)
 1960 Dentist in the Chair (screenplay)
 1960 Hell Is a City (screenplay)
 1960 Life Is a Circus (writer)
 1958 Further Up the Creek (writer)
 1958 Up the Creek (screenplay) / (story)
 1958 The Camp on Blood Island (screenplay)
 1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1957 The Abominable Snowman (uncredited)
 1957 Enemy from Space (screenplay)
 1957 The Ship Was Loaded (screenplay)
 1956 It's a Wonderful World (original story) / (screen play)
 1956 Women Without Men (uncredited)
 1955 They Can't Hang Me (screenplay)
 1955 The Quatermass Xperiment (screenplay)
 1954 Family Affair (screenplay)
 1954 The Runaway Bus (written by)
 1953 Top of the Form (based on a screenplay by - uncredited)
 1952 Penny Princess (written by)
 1951 Another Man's Poison (screenplay)
 1951 Happy Go Lovely (screen-play)
 1949 Paper Orchid (screenplay)
 1949 Mystery at the Burlesque (original screenplay)
 1949 Once Upon a Dream (original story)
 1948 William Comes to Town (writer)
 1948 Just William's Luck (original screenplay)
 1946 London Town (additional dialogue)
 1945 I'll Be Your Sweetheart (screenplay)
 1944 Give Us the Moon (written by)
 1944 Bees in Paradise (original story and screenplay)
 1943 Miss London Ltd. (original story) / (screenplay)
 1942 Back-Room Boy (original story and screenplay)
 1941 Hi Gang! (original story) / (screenplay)
 1941 I Thank You (screenplay)
 1941 Mail Train
 1941 The Ghost Train (dialogue)
 1941 Gasbags (screenplay)
 1940 Goofer Trouble (Short)
 1940 Band Waggon (written and devised by)
 1939 The Frozen Limits (dialogue)
 1939 Ask a Policeman (screenplay)
 1938 Hey! Hey! USA (additional dialogue)
 1938 Old Bones of the River (writer)
 1938 Alf's Button Afloat (scenario)
 1938 Convict 99 (scenario)
 1937 Oh, Mr. Porter! (screenplay)
 1937 O-Kay for Sound (adaptation)
 1936 All In
 1936 A Star Fell from Heaven (screenplay - uncredited)
 1936 Public Nuisance No. 1 (dialogue) / (scenario)
 1935 No Monkey Business (dialogue)
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Stage: Wrote "Red Headed Blonde," performed at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, England, with Arthur Lovegrove, Jerry Desmonde, Naunton Wayne, Yolande Donlan, Lionel Blair and Margot Lister in the cast. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »
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I never had enough money to make any of my films. I just had to use my wits. I came on the set and I was expected to have "instant genius." Over the years of battling against all odds I learned what I could get away with. I've spent my career trying to make inexpensive pictures look more expensive by using "tricks." See more »

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Directed Sam Kydd ten times. See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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