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Biographies Of Film Directors

ADOLFI, John G. E. New York City.

He has been in the film business for six years, dividing his time between stage and screen productions. He has established a great partnership with George Arliss and has directed the last four of that star’s films.

Directed : In the Headlines (War

ner), Evidence (Warner), Dumbbells in Ermine (Warner), Fame (Warner), Penny Arcade (Warner), Letters (Warner), College Lovers (F.N.), Recaptured Love (Warner), Sinner's Holiday (Warner), The Millionaire (Warner), Alexander Hamilton (Warner), The Silent Voice (Warner), Compromised (F.N.), A Successful Calamity (Warner), We Three (F.N.).

ARCHAINBAUD, George. B. Paris, France, May 7, 1890. Brown and grey hair, brown eyes. Ht 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. 13 st. Ed. University, Paris. M. Katherine R. Johnston.

Has been connected with the screen for seventeen years. Previously an actor and stage manager on the European stage. Became a film director in Hollywood in 1915 with World Films. Has also worked for Fox, First National, Tiffany and Columbia. Now has contract with Radio. One of his most notable works is The Lost Squadron (Radio, 1932).

Also Directed : Framed (Radio),

Silver Horde (Radio), Shooting Straight (Radio), Men of Chance (Radio), Broadway Hoofer (Col), Lawful Larceny (Radio), Lady Refuses (Radio), Three Who Loved (Radio), Cardigan's Last Case (Radio), Penguin Pool Mystery (Radio).

ARZNER, Dorothy. B. San Francisco, California, 1900. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 7 st. 4 lb. Ed. Westlake School for Girls ; University of Southern California.

Daughter of the proprietor of a small cafe in Hollywood. In her early days she used to wait on such people as Charlie Chaplin and David WTark Griffith. During the war she drove an ambulance, and afterwards decided to try for a job in motion pictures. In 1920 William de Mille got her a job as a script typist. She was soon promoted to the cutting department and was chief cutter on Blood and Sand (Para, 1922), one of Rudolph Valentino’s greatest films. She also did the cutting for the Covered Wagon (Para, 1923). It was her work then which took her straight to the director’s chair.

Directed : Fashions for Women (Para), Ten Modern Commandments (Para), Get, Your Matt (Para), Manhattan Cocktail (Para), Wild Party (Para), Anybody's' Woman (Para), Sarah and Son (Para),, Paramount on Parade (Para), Honour Among Lovers (Para), Working Girls (Para), Merrily we go to -/ (Para).

ASQUITH, Anthony. B. London, 1902. Fair hair, blue eyes. Son of the late Lord Oxford and Asquith, who wa3 Prime Minister, 1908-1916. Ed. Winchester ; Balliol College, Oxford.

Is one of the most far-seeing directorsi in British pictures. Joined British In-' structional Films in 1926. His first film for that company, Shooting Stars (1928),, created a sensation. Transferred to Gainsborough, 1932.

Also Directed : Underground (B.I.F.),

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Dance Pretty Lady (B.I.F.), Tell England (B.I.F.), A Kingdom for Five-and-Six (Gains).

BACON, Lloyd. B. San Jose, California, 1890. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. д ft. 10 in. Wt. 12 st. 2 lb. Ed. California schools ; Santa Clara College. Began his career on the stage, appearing in Oscar Wilde’s Salome. After service in the war, started in comedies with Lloyd Hamilton. In 1918 joined Chaplin as an actor with Mutual; with Triangle Comedies in 1919. His first directorial experience was in 1921 with Lloyd Hamilton again. Later he worked with Alack Sennett and Universal, before gaining a contract with Warner. His outstanding work was The Singing Fool (Warner, 1929), with A1 Jolson.

Also Directed : Private Izzy Murphy (Warner), White Flannels (Warner), The Heart of Maryland (Warner), A Sailor’s Sweetheart (Warner), Finger Prints (Warner), Brass Knuckles (Warner), Pay as You Enter (Warner), Women They Talk About (Warner), Say it with Songs (Warner), So Long Letty (Warner), Stark Mad (Warner), No Defense (Warner), Honky Tonk (Warner), Other To-morrow (F.N.), Moby Dick (Warner), Office Wife (Warner), Sit Tight (Warner), Fifty Million Frenchmen (Warner), Faithful (Patlffi), She Couldn’t Say No (Warner), A Notorious Affair (F.N.), Kept Husbands (Radio), Gold Dust Gertie (Warner), Honour of the Family (F.N.), Fireman, Save My Child (F.N.), Alias the Doctor (F.N.), Manhattan Parade (Warner), The Famous Ferguson Case (F.N.), Miss Pinkerton (Warner), Crooner (Warner), Forty-Second Street (Warner).

BANKS, Monty. Real name, Mario Bianchi. B. Italy, 1S97. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. M. Gladys Frazin ; dissolved, 1932. Appeared on New York stage as eccentric dancer. Film debut made in Fatty, Arbuckle comedies. This was followed by his appearance in many other American comedies, some of which he directed personally.

Played in : Atlantic (B.I.P.), Week-end Wives (B.I.P.).

Directed : Adam’s Apple (B.I.P.),

Compulsory Husband (B.I.P.), Almost a Honeymoon (B.I.P.), My Wife’s Family (B.I.P.), Money for Nothing (B.I.P.), For the Tmve of Mike (B.I.P.), What a Night (B.I.P.), To-night’s the Night (B.I.P.l, Why Sailors Leave Home (B.I.P.), Good Old Sergeant-Major (B.I.P.l.

BEAUDINE, William. B. New York City, Jan. 15, 1892. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 1¾ in. Wt. 11 st. 6 lb. Ed. Morris High School, New York City. M. Marguerite Fleischer ; 4 children.

William Beaudine has been in films since the earliest days. His very first work was with Biograph, whom he joined in 1904. He has been associated with nearly all the big companies.

Directed : Dark Swan (Warner),

Those Who Dance (F.N.), The Narrow Street (Warner), Boy of Mine (Warner), Little Heroes (Warner), Penrod and Sam (F.N.), The Life of Riley (F.N.), Heart to Heart (F.N.), Little Annie Rooney (U.A.), Sparrows (U.A.), That’s My Baby (Para), Hold that Lion (Para), The Canadian (Para), Frisco Sally Levy (M.G.M.), Too Many Women (Univ), The Irresistible Lover (Univ), Give and Take (Univ), Home James (Univ), Exiles (Fox), Hard to Get (Para), Fugitives (Fox), Two Weeks Off (F.N.), Oueen of Main Street (Para), Girl from Woolworth’s (F.N.), The Lady Who Dared (F.N.), Devil's Playground (Para), At Bay (Para), Read to Paradise (F.N.), Misbehaving Ladies (F.N.), Father’s Son (F.N.), Wedding Rings (Para), Do your Duty (F.N.) Mad Parade (Para), Penrod and Sam (F.N. talkie version), Men in Her Life (Col), Blonde Baby (Col), The Guilty Generation (Col), Three Wise Girls (Col), Make Me a Star (Para).

BEAUMONT, Harry. B. Abilene, Kansas. Ed. St. Joseph, Missouri. Left school at an early age and went to New York, gaining a big success in vaudeville. Although his official connection with the moving-picture business did not start until 1915 he actually made a film in 1913. This was an experimental talking picture made at the old Edison laboratory.

Directed : The Gold Diggers (Warner), Beau Brummel (Warner), Babbitt (Warner), Skinner’s Dress Suit (Univ), Brown of Harvard (M.G.M.), Main Street (M.G.M.), Forbidden Hours (M.G.M.), Our Dancing Daughters (M.G.M.), A Single Man (M.G.M.), Broadway Melody (M.G.M.), Speedway (ALGAL), Our Blushing Brides (ALGAL), The Gay Nineties (M.G.M.), Children of Pleasure (M.G.M.), Lord Byron of Broadway (M.G.M.), The Great Lover (M.G.M.), Those Three French Girls (AI.G.AI.), Dance, Fools, Dance (AI.G.Al.), Laughing Sinners (ALGAL), West of Broadway (ALGAL), Unashamed (ALGAL), Are You Listening ? {AI.G.AL), Tinfoil (AI.GAI.L

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BELL, Monta. B. Washington D.C.

Dark brown hair, blue eyes. Ht.

6 ft. 3 in. Wt. 12 st. 7 lb. Ed.

Eastern High School; public school.

Spent two years on the stage in a stock company before he went into motion pictures. Went to Paramount Long Island studios (1930).

Directed : The Bellamy Trial {M.G.M.), Young Man of Manhattan (Para), Behind the Makeup (Para), East is West (Univ), Fires of Youth (Univ), Up for Murder (Univ), Personal Maid (Para), Downstairs (M.G.M.).

BENTLEY, Thomas. B. London. Ed.

Westminster School.

Bentley, who is one of Britain’s leading directors, was originally intended for an engineer. Disliking machines he adopted a career on the variety stage, and eventually went into the film world. His first experience of direction was Oliver Twist (Lasky 1910). He is now under a contract to B.I.P.

Directed : David Copperfield, The Chimes, Hard Times, Barnaby Rudge (Hepworth), Beau Brocade, Milestones (Samuelson) The Labour Leader, Daddy (British Actors) Les Cloches de Cornsville, Once upon a Time (British Actors), The Divine Gift (British Actors), General Post (Ideal), Beyond the Dreams of Avarice (Ideal), A Master of Craft (Ideal), Adventures of Mr. Pickwick (Ideal), Old Curiosity Shop (Welsh-Pearson), Through Fire and Water (Ideal), Old Bill Through The Ages (Ideal), Money Isn’t Everything (Stoll), A Romance of Mayfair (Stoll), White Heat (B.I.P.), The Silver Lining (B.I.P.), Not Quite a Lady (B.I.F.), Young Woodley (B.I.P.), The American Prisoner (B.I.P.), Harmony Heaven (B.I.P.), Compromising Daphne (B.I.P.), Keepers of Youth (B.I.P.), Hobson's Choice (B.I.P.), After Office Hours (B.I.P.), Last Coupon (B.I.P.), London Wall (B.I.P.), Sleepless Nights (B.I.P.).

BERGER, Ludwig. B. Mainz, Germany.

Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 9 in.

Wt. 10 st. 10 lb. Ed. Hermanistsches

Gymnasium ; University of Munich ;


Is an accomplished musician, having composed numerous songs. Produced several plays in Germany, among them an adaption of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Having more than fifty plays to his credit he then turned his attention to motion pictures, one of his earliest successes being The Walt: Dream (U.F.A., 1926).

Three or four smaller pictures, however, preceded this but were not seen outside Germany, with the exception of Cinderella (Decla, 1923). American film debut, The Woman from Moscow (Para, 1928).

Directed : A Glass of Water (German), Master of Nurnburg (a version of the Meistersingers ; Phoebus, German), Sins of the Fathers (Para), Fighting the White Slave Traffic, Burning Heart, (German), Playboy of Paris (Para), Vagabond King (Para).

BERN, Paul. B. Wandsbeck, German}-, Dec. 3, 1889. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 6 in. Wt. 10 st. Ed. New York City public schools ; American Academy of Dramatic Art. M. Jean Harlow (1932). D. tragically September, 1932.

Was in the theatre from 1911 to 1915, working in all its branches as actor, stage manager, and producer. After that he broke into motion pictures, -working in various capacities until he became a director. He was quickly promoted to higher tasks, becoming an executive with M.G.M. in 1926. After a short time at the Pathe studios as a producer he rejoined M.G.M. in 1930 as production supervisor.

Directed : Open All Night (Para),

The Dressmaker from Paris (Para), The Flower of Night (Para).

BLYSTONE, John G. B. Rice Lake Wisconsin. Ed. University of Wisconsin.

Started his career in motion pictures in 1916 when he worked as property man. Most of his directing career has been spent with Fox.

Directed : The Family Upstairs (Fox). Slaves of Beauty (Fox), Pyjamas (Fox). Mother Knows Best (Fox), Captain Lash (Fox), Through Different Eyes (Fox'!, Big Party (Fox), The Sky Hawk (Fox), So This is London (Fox), Tol’able David (U.A.), Mr. Lemon of Orange (Fox), Men on Call (Fox), Young Sinners (Fox), She Wanted a Millionaire (Fox), Charlie Chan's Chance (Fox!, Amateur Daddv (Fox), Jubilo (Fox).

BORZAGE, Frank. B. Salt Lake City, Utah, 1894. Ed. Salt Lake City.

At thirteen decided on a stage career and spent all his savings on tuition. Later he joined a touring company, and eventually, at the age of nineteen, went to Hollywood. Played as an extra for some time and was then awarded featured roles by Thomas Ince. Borzage then ran his own company for a short time, playing

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lead iu eight Western pictures before he became a director.

Directed : Humoresque (Para),

Seventh Heaven (Fox), The River (Fox), Street Angel (Fox), True Heaven (Fox), Lucky Star (Fox), They Had to See Paris (Fox), Sung o’ my Heart (Fox), Devil with the Women (Fox), Liliom (Fox), Doctors’ Wives (Fox), Young as You Feel (Fox), Dad Girl (Fox), After To-morrow (Fox), Young America (Fox), We Humans (Fox), Farewell to Arms (Para).

В RABIN, Charles. B. Liverpool, England, 1S83. Ed. St. Francis Xavier College. M. Theda Bara ^veil-known British screen star of earlier days). His stage experience started in America. In 1908 took his first film job with the Edison company. He directed his wife in most of her pictures. Has also worked for Vitagrapli, Essanay, Metro, Fox, Goldwyn, Universal, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and First National.

Directed : Stella Maris (Univ), Mis-mates (F.N.), Twinkle Toes (F.N.), Framed (Radio), The Valley of Giants (F.N.), Burning Daylight (F.N.), The Whip (F.N.), The Bridge of San L.uis Rey (M.G.M.), Ship From Shanghai (M.G.M.), Call of the Flesh (M.G.M.), Great Meadow (M.G.M.), Sporting Blood (M.G.M.), Beast of the City (M.G.M.), New Morals for Old (M.G.M.), The Mad Masquerade (M.G.M ), Rasputin (M.G.M.), Mask of Fu Mancha (M.G.M.).

BRENON, Herbert. B. Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 13, 1SS0. Grey hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5ft. Sin. Wt. 11st. 11 lb. Ed. St. Paul’s School ; King’s College, London. M. Helen Oberg.

Began his career in pictures while running a small cinema in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Soon went to New York, and in a short time was given a chance as a director. This was given liim with the Imperial Company in 1909 by Carl Laemmle. One of his most notable films was Peter Pan (Para, 1924).

Also Directed : Neptune’s Daughter

(Univ), Daughter of the Gods (Fox), War Brides (Selznick), A Kiss for Cinderella (Para), Beau Geste (Para), Sorrell and Son (U.A.), The Case of Sergeant Grischa (Radio), Lummox (U.A.), Beau Ideal (Radio), Transgression (Radio), The Dove (Radio), Laugh, Clown, Laugh ! (M.G.M ).

BROWN, Clarence. B. Clinton, Mass., May 10, 1890. Ed. Knoxville, Tennessee High School; University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Brown deserted an engineering career to study motion pictures. His chief fame

has been won in directing Greta Garbo’s films, which he began to do in the silent days.

Directed : The Acquittal (Univ),

The Signal Tower (Univ), Butterfly (Univ), Smouldering Fires (Univ), The Goose Woman (Univ), The Eagle (U.A.), Kiki (F.N.), Flesh and the Devil (M.G.M.), The Trail of ’98 (M.G.M.), A Woman of Affairs (M.G.M.), Wonder of Women (M.G.M.l, Anna Christie (M.G.M), Romance (M.G.M), Navy Blues (M.G.M), Inspiration (M.G.M), A Free Soul (M.G.M.), Emma (M.G.M.), Possessed (M.G.M.), Letty Lynton (M.G.M.).

BURTON, David. B. Odessa, Russia,

May 22, 1890. Ed. Philadelphia, Pa.

Ht. 5 ft. 6 in.

Is considered one of the most distinguished men to have left the stage for talking pictures. Worked for many years in New York as stage director of the Charles Frohman productions. Has travelled all over the world in the course of his theatrical work.

Directed : The Bishop Murder Case

(co-directed with Nicholas Grinde, M.G.M.), Fighting Caravans (Para, codirected), Skippy (Para, co-directed), The Spoilers (Para, co-directed), Strictly Unconventional (M.G.M.), Confessions of a Co-Ed (Para), Her Dilemma (Para), Dancers in the Dark (Para), Sinners in the Sun (Para).

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