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Also Known As: Died: July 5, 1969
Born: October 3, 1898 Cause of Death: emphysema
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Director ...
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Born and raised in Los Angeles
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Fought as amateur middleweight boxer
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Invested $5000 compensation money (for falling down an elevator shaft) in copper mine; soon after company failed
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Legal representative for Montana Mining Company
1916:
Opened own law offices in Los Angeles; soon after, proved unsuccessful and closed down
1918:
After trying to sell songs, entered films (with help of friend David Butler); worked as assistant script supervisor to Tod Browning
1921:
Directed one sequence in "Outside the Law", helmed by Tod Browning
1921:
Isloated feature directing debut, "Society Secrets"
1923:
Joined Hal Roach studios, turning out numerous shorts beginning with "Publicity Pays" (1924)
1926:
Named vice president in charge of production at Roach
1929:
Left Roach to work freelance
1930:
Helmed first dramatic film "Wild Company"
1931:
Directed Gloria Swanson in "Indiscreet"; reportedly rewrote the script just ten days before filming
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Signed with Paramount; first film under new deal, "Duck Soup" (1933), starring the Marx Brothers
1934:
Guided an all-star cast including Burns and Allen, Charles Ruggles and W C Fields in "Six of a Kind"
1934:
Helmed "Belle of the Nineties", written and starring Mae West
1935:
Had success with "Ruggles of Red Gap", starring Charles Laughton
1936:
Continued with comedies, directing Harold LLoyd in "The Milky Way"
1937:
Offered to go off salary to be allowed to film "Make Way for Tomorrow"; when film proved a boxoffice failure, fired by Paramount
1937:
Hired by Columbia for one-shot directing gig; won first Best Director Oscar for the screwball comedy "The Awful Truth", starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant
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Signed contract with RKO
1939:
First film for RKO, "Love Affair", starring Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne
1939:
Injured in a car accident
1940:
Due to injuries, served as producer on "My Favorite Wife", reteaming Dunne and Grant
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Tied up in litigation with Howard Hughes over an aborted film project
1944:
Received second Best Director Oscar for "Going My Way", starring Bing Crosby
1945:
Named "top employee in the country," having earned in one year a salary of $1,113,035
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Formed Rainbow Productions with Bing Crosby, Hal Roach, Buddy De Sylva and David Butler; served as president; first Rainbow feature, "The Bells of St. Mary's" (1945), a sequel to "Going My Way"; company sold to Paramount in 1951
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Testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee
1952:
Helmed the anti-Communist propaganda film "My Son John", with Helen Hayes
1957:
Remade "Love Affair" as "An Affair to Remember", teaming Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
1962:
Final film, "Satan Never Sleeps"

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