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Also Known As: Died: March 1, 1952
Born: March 10, 1892 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Towanda, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Director ...
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Studied painting at the Chicago Art Institute and the Art Students League in New York City
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Because of financial considerations, abandoned art studies and took job as a newspaper reporter in Rochester, New York
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Began working as a newspaper cartoonist for the New York <i>Globe&</i> and the <i>Evening World</i>
1913:
Hired as an animator by Barre studios (date approximate)
1915:
Appointed editor-in-chief of an animation studio founded by William Randolph Hearst; worked with Walter Lantz on "The Katzenjammmer Kids" and "Silk Hat Harry"
1918:
Worked at Bray studio until it discontinued its animation unit
1921:
Moved to Los Angeles (date approximate)
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Hired as a gag writer on one- and two-reelers
1922:
First feature, "His Nibs"
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Helmed series of All-Star Comedy two-reelers starring Charlie Murray
1924:
Returned to feature filmmaking with "Restless Wives" and "The New School Teacher"; wrote screenplay for the latter
1925:
Signed to a four-year contract by Famous Players-Lasky Corportation; made 10 silent films, many starring Richard Dix
1926:
First film with W C Fields, "So's Your Old Man"
1927:
Helmed second Fields vehicle, "Running Wild"
1928:
Made what is arguably his best silent comedy "Feel My Pulse", with Bebe Daniels
1929:
Shot "Saturday's Children" as a silent; film reissued as a partial talkie
1931:
Put under contract at RKO; directed "Smart Woman"
1933:
Enjoyed a box-office hit with "Gabriel Over the White House" for MGM
1934:
Garnered praise for his direction of "The Affairs of Cellini"
1936:
Helmed the Claudette Colbert comic vehicle "She Married Her Boss"
1936:
Earned first Oscar nomination for Best Director for the screwball comedy "My Man Godfrey"
1937:
Received second Best Director Academy Award nomination for "Stage Door"; first of three films with Ginger Rogers
1940:
Co-wrote screenplay (with Allan Scott) and directed "The Primrose Path", featuring a strong performance from Ginger Rogers
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Directed Irene Dunne in two films, "Unfinished Business" and "Lady in a Jam"
1947:
Last directorial credit, "Living in a Big Way"
1948:
Began filming "One Touch of Venus"; reportedly walked off the set after 11 days of shooting and replaced by William A Seiter

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