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Name  Joseph McGrath
Role  Film director
Shows  Not Only... But Also

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Awards  British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Programme
Movies  Casino Royale, The Magic Christian, Digby - the Biggest Dog in th, The Bliss of Mrs Blossom, The Great McGonagall
Similar People  Ken Hughes, Robert Parrish, Richard Talmadge, Val Guest, John Bluthal

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Joseph McGrath (born 1930, Glasgow) is a Scottish film and television director and screenwriter. He studied at Glasgow School of Art in the late 1940s/early 1950s where his energy and talent was much admired by his contemporaries.


McGrath is best known for his collaborations with The Goon Show stars Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan. He directed the scenes with Sellers and Orson Welles in the multi-director James bond spoof Casino Royale (1967). He also directed Sellers and Spike Milligan in The Magic Christian (1969) and The Great McGonagall (1974).

McGrath also worked with director Richard Lester on the Beatles' musical-comedy films A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965). In November 1965, McGrath directed the Beatles' first-ever music videos (known at the time as "promo clips"), filming the band miming to five of their hit songs, including "Ticket to Ride", "Help!" and "Day Tripper".

In the 2004 film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Alan Williams plays the unnamed director of Casino Royale, whom Sellers (played by Geoffrey Rush) calls "Joe".


  • Justin Thyme (1964) (TV)
  • Casino Royale (1967)
  • 30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968)
  • The Goon Show (1968) (TV)
  • The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)
  • The Magic Christian (1969)
  • Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973)
  • The Great McGonagall (1974)
  • Girls Come First (1975)
  • I'm Not Feeling Myself Tonight (1976)
  • The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977)
  • The Losers (1978) (TV series)
  • Rising Damp (1980)
  • Night Train to Murder (TV 1983)
  • References

    Joseph McGrath (film director) Wikipedia