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Also Known As: Frank W. Tuttle Died: January 6, 1963
Born: August 6, 1892 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, publicist, print assistant editor

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Former publicist who began his film career as a continuity writer for Paramount and began directing in the early 1920s, with occasional story and screenplay credits as well. A competent second-string talent long at Paramount from the mid-20s through the early 40s, Tuttle specialized in snappy comedies such as the Clara Bow vehicle "Kid Boots" (1927), the delightful semi-musical "This Is the Night" (1932), which was Cary Grant's feature debut, and "Lucky Jordan" (1942), a lighthearted WWII spy adventure with Alan Ladd. Perhaps his most notable sound film, "This Gun For Hire (1943), owes much of its success to Graham Greene's story, a terse screenplay and the interaction of Ladd's unexpressive mug and Veronica Lake's "peekaboo" hairdo.

Former publicist who began his film career as a continuity writer for Paramount and began directing in the early 1920s, with occasional story and screenplay credits as well. A competent second-string talent long at Paramount from the mid-20s through the early 40s, Tuttle specialized in snappy comedies such as the Clara Bow vehicle "Kid Boots" (1927), the delightful semi-musical "This Is the Night" (1932), which was Cary Grant's feature debut, and "Lucky Jordan" (1942), a lighthearted WWII spy adventure with Alan Ladd. Perhaps his most notable sound film, "This Gun For Hire (1943), owes much of its success to Graham Greene's story, a terse screenplay and the interaction of Ladd's unexpressive mug and Veronica Lake's "peekaboo" hairdo.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Island of Lost Women (1959) Director
2.
  A Cry in the Night (1956) Director
3.
  Hell on Frisco Bay (1956) Director
4.
  The Magic Face (1951) Director
5.
  Time Running Out (1950) Director
6.
  Swell Guy (1947) Director
7.
  Suspense (1946) Director
8.
  Don Juan Quilligan (1945) Director
9.
  The Great John L. (1945) Director
10.

CAST: (feature film)

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Worked as assistant editor on Vanity Fair magazine; then as publicity writer for Metropolitan Musical Bureau
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Entered film as screen continuity writer for Paramount in early 1920s; wrote screenplay for "The Kentuckians" and "The Conquest of Canaan"
1923:
Film directing debut, "The Cradle Buster" (also screenplay)
1924:
Began lengthy association with Paramount in capacity as director
1938:
Exclusive working relations with Paramount come to an end; begins working more at other studios
1944:
Last Paramount film, "The Hour Before the Dawn"
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Cooperative witness at HUAC hearings
1956:
Made several films in conjunction with Alan Ladd Productions
1959:
Last film, "The Island of Lost Women"
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

Notes

Not to be confused with set decorator Frank A. Tuttle, long with Columbia Pictures; this Tuttle has credits from the late 1940s into the early 70s.

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wife:
Fredericka Staats.
wife:
Carla Tuttle. Survived him.

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