Val Guest

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
British director Val Guest is the original multi-hyphenate entertainer; over the course of an incredibly eclectic and often low-budget career, Guest directed, produced, wrote, composed music for, and acted in almost 100 ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1911 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (26)

The Boys in Blue 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Space: 1999 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

The Persuaders! 1971 - 1972, 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

The Diamond Mercenaries 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Confessions of a Window Cleaner 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Toomorrow 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Assignment K 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Casino Royale 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Beauty Jungle 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Where the Spies Are 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Full Treatment 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Expresso Bongo 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Yesterday's Enemy 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Carry On, Admiral 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Enemy From Space 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Camp on Blood Island 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Up the Creek! 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Creeping Unknown 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Runaway Bus 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

It's a Wonderful World (Movie)

(Director)

Jigsaw (TV Show)

Director

Penny Princess (Movie)

(Director)

The Shillingbury Blowers (TV Show)

Director

The Weapon (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (23)

The Boys in Blue 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Diamond Mercenaries 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Confessions of a Window Cleaner 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Toomorrow 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Assignment K 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Beauty Jungle 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Where the Spies Are 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Full Treatment 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Carry On, Admiral 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Enemy From Space 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Camp on Blood Island 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Up the Creek! 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Creeping Unknown 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ghost Train 1940 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Another Man's Poison (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Happy Go Lovely (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

It's a Wonderful World (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

London Town (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Penny Princess (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Walking on Air (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Where There's a Will (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (6)

The Beauty Jungle 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Where the Spies Are 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Full Treatment 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Expresso Bongo 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Penny Princess (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

Penny Princess (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Biography

British director Val Guest is the original multi-hyphenate entertainer; over the course of an incredibly eclectic and often low-budget career, Guest directed, produced, wrote, composed music for, and acted in almost 100 films. He spent his early career acting in local London plays, transitioning to writing screenplays and directing after a brief stint as the London correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter. Guest freely admitted he had no formal training or experience in filmmaking, and it showed; many of his films, like the splashy "London Town", about a washed-up comedian looking for a second chance, and the supernatural smuggling mystery "The Ghost Train", were box office disasters. By the early '50s, he had formed a partnership with the highly influential British production studio Hammer Films, which specialized in high-impact, low-budget horror and science-fiction films. In 1955, Guest wrote and directed his most famous movie, "The Quatermass Experiment", about an astronaut who becomes possessed by an alien; the film was successful enough to spawn two sequels, "Quatermass II: Enemy from Space" and "Quatermass and the Pit", helping to usher in a golden age of"'Hammer Horror." In 1957, Guest scored his next hit with the adventure film "The Abominable Snowman", about an anthropological expedition to find the legendary Himalayan creature, featuring many of the actors who had appeared in the original BBC teleplay. He later wrote and directed the award-winning sci-fi disaster film "The Day the Earth Caught Fire", about the disastrous consequences of nuclear testing.

Relationships

Yolande Donlan Actor

Companion

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