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Also Known As: John Stahl Died: January 12, 1950
Born: January 21, 1886 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, actor

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Capable craftsman, in films from 1914, with a flair for lifting trite, sentimental material to higher ground. A master of the "woman's melodrama" and a director latterly acclaimed by film critics and historians for his use of the long take years before it became common after WWII, Stahl directed the original screen versions of several classic weepies, including "Back Street" (1932), "Imitation of Life" (1934) and "Magnificent Obsession" (1935). The latter two were remade in the 1950s, in more florid style, by Douglas Sirk.

Capable craftsman, in films from 1914, with a flair for lifting trite, sentimental material to higher ground. A master of the "woman's melodrama" and a director latterly acclaimed by film critics and historians for his use of the long take years before it became common after WWII, Stahl directed the original screen versions of several classic weepies, including "Back Street" (1932), "Imitation of Life" (1934) and "Magnificent Obsession" (1935). The latter two were remade in the 1950s, in more florid style, by Douglas Sirk.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Father Was a Fullback (1949) Director
2.
  Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949) Director
3.
  The Walls of Jericho (1948) Director
4.
  The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) Fill-In Director
5.
  The Foxes of Harrow (1947) Director
6.
  Leave Her to Heaven (1946) Director
7.
  The Keys of the Kingdom (1945) Director
8.
  The Eve of St. Mark (1944) Director
9.
  Holy Matrimony (1943) Director
10.
  Immortal Sergeant (1943) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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Ran away from home at 14 and joined a touring theater company
1901:
First stage appearance, in "Du Barry"
1913:
Entered film as bit player
1914:
Hired by Vitagraph Studios, Brooklyn NY
1914:
Directorial debut (no reliable record of early work)
1920:
Moved to Hollywood; joined Louis B. Mayer in independent production (date approximate)
1926:
Worked under Mayer at MGM
1927:
Became vice president and producer Tiffany-Stahl Studios
1930:
Returned to directing; joined Universal
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wife:
Roxana Wray. Married in 1932.

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