Born in London, in 1908, Alfred worked in the film industry as a film editor on the 1932 British comedy film "Thark". He went on to edit mostly comedies over the next forty years including many of the Aldwych Farces films, and Will Hay films such as "Boys will be Boys"
He directed the crime film "My Brother's Keeper"( 1948) and comedy film "It's Not Cricket" (1949).
In the latter years of his career he edited the Carry On series of films alongside the director, Gerald Thomas. He retired in 1975 after editing "Carry On Behind".