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Also Known As: Died: April 29, 1993
Born: September 6, 1909 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: director, film editor, actor, drama professor, dialogue director, stage manager, backstage technician

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Active with the Group Theater and such workers' filmmaking groups as Frontier Films during the 1930s and began in Hollywood as a dialogue director in 1940. Gordon's first films were insignificant B's, but he came into his own later in the decade with a series of taut melodramas and action pictures. "The Web" (1947) was a clever, strongly plotted film noir, "The Lady Gambles" (1949) gave Barbara Stanwyck a good emotional workout as a gambling addict, "Woman in Hiding" (1950) put Ida Lupino in edgy peril, and "I Can Get It for Your Wholesale" (1951) offered Susan Hayward a suitably aggressive showcase as a fashion entrepreneur.Unfortunately, Gordon fell prey to the paranoia-driven blacklisting of the era and did not return to feature films until the end of the decade. When he did come back, it was with one of his most popular and well-remembered efforts, "Pillow Talk" (1959), starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Gordon followed this enjoyable sex farce with increasingly strained and derivative imitations, however, including "Boys' Night Out" (1962), "Move Over, Darling" (1963) and "A Very Special Favor" (1965). His career as a director petered out around 1970, but he later distinguished himself as a...

Active with the Group Theater and such workers' filmmaking groups as Frontier Films during the 1930s and began in Hollywood as a dialogue director in 1940. Gordon's first films were insignificant B's, but he came into his own later in the decade with a series of taut melodramas and action pictures. "The Web" (1947) was a clever, strongly plotted film noir, "The Lady Gambles" (1949) gave Barbara Stanwyck a good emotional workout as a gambling addict, "Woman in Hiding" (1950) put Ida Lupino in edgy peril, and "I Can Get It for Your Wholesale" (1951) offered Susan Hayward a suitably aggressive showcase as a fashion entrepreneur.

Unfortunately, Gordon fell prey to the paranoia-driven blacklisting of the era and did not return to feature films until the end of the decade. When he did come back, it was with one of his most popular and well-remembered efforts, "Pillow Talk" (1959), starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Gordon followed this enjoyable sex farce with increasingly strained and derivative imitations, however, including "Boys' Night Out" (1962), "Move Over, Darling" (1963) and "A Very Special Favor" (1965). His career as a director petered out around 1970, but he later distinguished himself as a member of UCLA's theater arts faculty. The technical competence and smooth, intelligent control of Gordon's best films, though, made one wish that his professional peak had not been so abruptly interrupted.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  How Do I Love Thee? (1970) Director
2.
  The Impossible Years (1968) Director
3.
  Texas Across the River (1966) Director
4.
  A Very Special Favor (1965) Director
5.
  For Love or Money (1963) Director
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  Move Over, Darling (1963) Director
7.
  Boys' Night Out (1962) Director
8.
  Portrait in Black (1960) Director
9.
  Pillow Talk (1959) Director
10.
  Cyrano de Bergerac (1951) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Schindler's List (1993) Mr Nussbaum
2.
 Screamtime (1983) Video Watcher
3.
 The Idol (1966) Boy
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Gained experience in theater with various backstage positions include stage manager
1935:
Involved with New York's noted Group Theater
1940:
First film as dialogue director
1942:
Directed first feature films, "Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood" and "Underground Agent"
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Blacklisted during the early 1950s
1959:
Directed first film for eight years, "Pillow Talk"
1970:
Directed last film, "How Do I Love Thee?"
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Became a professor of theatre arts at UCLA; eventually retired as professor emeritus
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Education

Johns Hopkins University: Baltimore , Maryland -
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

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