skip navigation
Frank Borzage

Frank Borzage

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (2)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Secrets DVD ... By 1933, silent star Mary Pickford was on her way out of the movie business, and... more info $19.95was $19.95 Buy Now

Mannequin DVD ... She’s the screen’s iconic working girl. He’s the screen’s legendary Everyman.... more info $17.99was $17.99 Buy Now

The Shining... When Joan Crawford saw The Shining Hour on stage, she pleaded with the studio to... more info $17.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Three Comrades... World War I is over, let the living begin. So three German soldiers open a... more info $17.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Flirtation... Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler play a cadet and general’s daughter who once shared... more info $17.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Shipmates... The story, much of it filmed in Annapolis at the historic United States Naval... more info $17.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: June 19, 1962
Born: April 23, 1894 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Profession: Director ...
RATE AND COMMENT

MILESTONES

1906:
At age 13, worked in a silver mine to pay for a correspondence course on acting (date approximate)
1906:
Joined a traveling troupe of actors as a prop man; eventually began acting with the company and was made a leading man before age 20
1912:
Joined Thomas Ince's film company as an actor
1912:
Short film acting debut in "When Lee Surrenders"
1913:
Medium-length film acting debut in "The Ambassador's Envoy"
1914:
Feature film acting debut in "The Battle of Gettysburg"
1915:
Film directorial debut, "The Pitch o' Chance"
1916:
Directed 15 films, nearly all distributed by American Mutual Company
1918:
Helmed nine films, most produced by Allan Dwan
1920:
Breakthrough feature as director, "Humoresque", scripted by Frances Marion; film no longer extant
1924:
Made silent version of "Secrets", starring Norma Talmadge
:
Directed seven films for Fox
1925:
Early surving feature, "Lazybones", scripted by Frances Marion
1927:
Helmed "Seventh Heaven"; won first of two Best Director Academy Awards; also first award presented in this category; paired Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell on screen
1928:
Reteamed Gaynor and Farrell in "Street Angel"
1929:
Third pairing of Gaynor and Farrell, "Lucky Star"
1929:
Made first talking picture, "They Had to See Paris"
1930:
Was director of "Liliom"
1932:
Helmed the adaptation of "A Farewell to Arms", starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes
1932:
Won second Oscar for directing "Bad Girl"
1933:
Guided Mary Pickford in her final screen appearance in remake of "Secrets"
:
Worked as a director for hire at various studios
1934:
First film with Margaret Sullavan, "Little Man, Now What?"
1936:
Directed Marlene Dietrich in "Desire"
:
Under contract with MGM, made 11 motion pictures
1938:
Helmed "Three Comrades", starring Margaret Sullavan
1938:
Made two films starring Joan Crawford, "Mannequin" and "The Shining Hour"
1940:
Last film with Sullavan, "The Mortal Storm", third in unofficial trilogy of films set in Germany
1940:
Third feature with Joan Crawford, "Strange Cargo"
1942:
Left MGM and worked freelance until after WWII
1946:
Steered David Niven and Ginger Rogers in the biopic of Dolly Madison, "The Magnificent Doll"
1946:
Signed six-film contract with Republic Pictures
1946:
Directed Republic's first Technicolor feature "I've Always Loved You"
1949:
Helmed "Moonrise"; last film for nearly a decade
1958:
Returned to feature directing with "China Doll"
1959:
Last film, "The Big Fisherman", a three-hour biblical epic based on Lloyd C Douglas' novel

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute