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Also Known As: Lewis Milstein Died: September 25, 1980
Born: September 30, 1895 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Russia Profession: director, screenwriter, cutter, assistant director, salesman, sweeper

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Former assistant to cinematographer Lucien Andriot (with the US Army Signal Corps) who moved to Hollywood in 1919 and began working as an assistant cutter the following year. Milestone began directing in 1925 and assured himself a place in cinema history with "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930), a landmark anti-war work, and "The Front Page" (1931), still considered a yardstick of films about journalism. Milestone was one of Hollywood's most technically accomplished early directors and had a reputation for meticulous pre-production planning and preparation; he continued directing until the 1960s (mostly, by then, in TV), though he too frequently squandered his talents on inferior vehicles. Later works of note include: "The General Died at Dawn" (1936), a flawed but complex and visually compelling tale of spy intrigue; "Of Mice and Men" (1939), notable for a rare "straight" performance by Lon Chaney Jr; "Our Russian Front" (1941), a documentary co-directed with Joris Ivens; and "A Walk in the Sun" (1945), another poignant study of war. Married to actress Kendall Lee Glaezner from 1935 until her death in 1978.

Former assistant to cinematographer Lucien Andriot (with the US Army Signal Corps) who moved to Hollywood in 1919 and began working as an assistant cutter the following year. Milestone began directing in 1925 and assured himself a place in cinema history with "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930), a landmark anti-war work, and "The Front Page" (1931), still considered a yardstick of films about journalism. Milestone was one of Hollywood's most technically accomplished early directors and had a reputation for meticulous pre-production planning and preparation; he continued directing until the 1960s (mostly, by then, in TV), though he too frequently squandered his talents on inferior vehicles. Later works of note include: "The General Died at Dawn" (1936), a flawed but complex and visually compelling tale of spy intrigue; "Of Mice and Men" (1939), notable for a rare "straight" performance by Lon Chaney Jr; "Our Russian Front" (1941), a documentary co-directed with Joris Ivens; and "A Walk in the Sun" (1945), another poignant study of war. Married to actress Kendall Lee Glaezner from 1935 until her death in 1978.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) Director
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  Ocean's Eleven (1960) Director
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  Pork Chop Hill (1959) Director
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  Vedova X, La (1955) Director
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  They Who Dare (1954) Director
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  Melba (1953) Director
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  Kangaroo (1952) Director
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  Les Miserables (1952) Director
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  Halls of Montezuma (1951) Director
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  The Red Pony (1949) Director

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1913:
Immigrated to US
1917:
With US Army Signal Corps as assistant cameraman and cutter
1919:
Changed name to Milestone
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Worked in Hollywood as assistant cutter and gagman
1925:
Contracted to Warner Bros. as director
1932:
Made head of production at United Artists
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Education

University of Ghent: -

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wife:
Kendall Lee Glaezner. Actor. Married 1935 until her death in 1978.

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