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Also Known As: Chad Applegate, Samuel Grosvenor Wood Died: September 22, 1949
Born: July 10, 1883 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: director, producer, actor, real estate broker

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Began his career as an actor, moved behind the camera as assistant to Cecil B. DeMille in 1915 and made his directorial debut in 1920 with "Double Speed". Wood displayed a certain flair for complementing the talents of whatever stars he was handed, turning out a number of Gloria Swanson vehicles at Paramount in the early 1920s ("Bluebeard's Eight Wife" 1923 etc.), and hitting his modest stride at MGM in the 30s. His output includes two Marx Brothers films, the durable soap opera "Madame X" (1937), the unjustly overlooked "Lord Jeff" (1938) and "Ivy" (1947), the poignant dramas "Goodbye Mr. Chips" (1939) and "Kitty Foyle" (1940), and the literary adaptations "Our Town" (1940) and "Kings Row" (1942). A number of Wood's films stand largely on the strength of their casts and production crews, and he did occasionally have the out-and-out stinker (e.g., "For Whom the Bell Tolls" 1943). A conservative in politics as well as in film practice, Wood testified before HUAC in 1947. Father of actress K.T. (Katherine) Stevens (nee Gloria Wood), who played a supporting role in "Kitty Foyle" and enjoyed short-lived leading lady status in the 1940s.

Began his career as an actor, moved behind the camera as assistant to Cecil B. DeMille in 1915 and made his directorial debut in 1920 with "Double Speed". Wood displayed a certain flair for complementing the talents of whatever stars he was handed, turning out a number of Gloria Swanson vehicles at Paramount in the early 1920s ("Bluebeard's Eight Wife" 1923 etc.), and hitting his modest stride at MGM in the 30s. His output includes two Marx Brothers films, the durable soap opera "Madame X" (1937), the unjustly overlooked "Lord Jeff" (1938) and "Ivy" (1947), the poignant dramas "Goodbye Mr. Chips" (1939) and "Kitty Foyle" (1940), and the literary adaptations "Our Town" (1940) and "Kings Row" (1942). A number of Wood's films stand largely on the strength of their casts and production crews, and he did occasionally have the out-and-out stinker (e.g., "For Whom the Bell Tolls" 1943).

A conservative in politics as well as in film practice, Wood testified before HUAC in 1947. Father of actress K.T. (Katherine) Stevens (nee Gloria Wood), who played a supporting role in "Kitty Foyle" and enjoyed short-lived leading lady status in the 1940s.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Ambush (1950) Director
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  The Stratton Story (1949) Director
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  Command Decision (1949) Director
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  Ivy (1947) Director
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  Heartbeat (1946) Director
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  Saratoga Trunk (1946) Director
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  Guest Wife (1945) Director
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  Casanova Brown (1944) Director
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  For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Who Knows? (1917) Shed Applegate
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1908:
Film acting debut
1915:
Assistant director to Cecil B. DeMille
1920:
Directing debut at Paramount, "Double Speed"
1939:
Directed some scenes of "Gone With the Wind" when George Cukor was removed from the film and replacement Victor Fleming was taken ill
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President of Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals
1947:
Testified as a "friendly witness" before the House Un-American Activities Committee
1949:
Directed last films, "Ambush" and "The Stratton Story"
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Notes

Legend has it that one way to test Ernest Hemingway's reportedly awesome gift for profanity was to mention director Sam Wood; the author was known to have intensely disliked the bowdlerized 1943 film adaptation of his novel, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" as directed by Wood.

Received Oscar nominations for Best Director for "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939), "Kitty Foyle" (1940), and "Kings Row" (1942).

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wife:
Clara Wood.

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daughter:
K T Stevens. Actor. Born on July 19, 1919 appeared in her father's "Kitty Foyle" (1940); married and divorced actor Hugh Marlowe; died of lung cancer on June 13, 1994.

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