Robert Z. Leonard


Director
Robert Z. Leonard

About

Also Known As
Robert Zigler Leonard
Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
October 07, 1889
Died
August 27, 1968
Cause of Death
Aneurysm

Biography

Made his directorial debut in 1913 with "A Friend of the Family" and went on to helm over a hundred films, mostly glossy entertainments, through the 1950s. Married to actresses Mae Murray and Gertrude Olmstead, both of whom appeared in Leonard's films....

Family & Companions

Mae Murray
Wife
Actor. Starred in many of Leonard's films.
Gertrude Olmstead
Wife
Actor. Acted in Leonard's films; survived him.

Biography

Made his directorial debut in 1913 with "A Friend of the Family" and went on to helm over a hundred films, mostly glossy entertainments, through the 1950s. Married to actresses Mae Murray and Gertrude Olmstead, both of whom appeared in Leonard's films.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Kelly and Me (1957)
Director
The King's Thief (1955)
Director
La Donna piu bella del mondo (1955)
Director
The Great Diamond Robbery (1954)
Director
Her Twelve Men (1954)
Director
The Clown (1953)
Director
Everything I Have Is Yours (1952)
Director
Too Young to Kiss (1951)
Director
Grounds for Marriage (1951)
Director
Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
Director
Duchess of Idaho (1950)
Director
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
Director
The Bribe (1949)
Director
B. F.'s Daughter (1948)
Director
Cynthia (1947)
Director
The Secret Heart (1946)
Director
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
Director
Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)
Director
The Man from Down Under (1943)
Director
Stand by for Action (1943)
Director
We Were Dancing (1942)
Director
When Ladies Meet (1941)
Director
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Director
New Moon (1940)
Director
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Director
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
Director
Broadway Serenade (1939)
Director
Sweethearts (1938)
Fill-In Director
The Girl of the Golden West (1938)
Director
Maytime (1937)
Director
The Firefly (1937)
Director
Small Town Girl (1936)
Fill-In Director
Piccadilly Jim (1936)
Director
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Director
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
Fill-In Director
After Office Hours (1935)
Director
Escapade (1935)
Director
Riptide (1934)
Fill-In Director
Outcast Lady (1934)
Director
When Ladies Meet (1933)
Director of retakes
Peg O' My Heart (1933)
Director
Dancing Lady (1933)
Director
The Son-Daughter (1932)
Fill-In Director
Lovers Courageous (1932)
Director
Strange Interlude (1932)
Director
Five and Ten (1931)
Director
The Bachelor Father (1931)
Director
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931)
Director
It's a Wise Child (1931)
Director
The Divorcee (1930)
Director
Let Us Be Gay (1930)
Director
In Gay Madrid (1930)
Director
Marianne (1929)
Director
Baby Mine (1928)
Director
A Lady of Chance (1928)
Director
The Cardboard Lover (1928)
Director
The Demi-Bride (1927)
Director
Adam and Evil (1927)
Director
Tea for Three (1927)
Director
A Little Journey (1927)
Director
Mademoiselle Modiste (1926)
Director
The Waning Sex (1926)
Director
Dance Madness (1926)
Director
Bright Lights (1925)
Director
Time, the Comedian (1925)
Director
Cheaper To Marry (1925)
Director
Circe the Enchantress (1924)
Director
Mademoiselle Midnight (1924)
Director
Love's Wilderness (1924)
Director
Fashion Row (1923)
Director
Jazzmania (1923)
Director
The French Doll (1923)
Director
Peacock Alley (1922)
Director
Fascination (1922)
Director
Broadway Rose (1922)
Director
The Gilded Lily (1921)
Director
Heedless Moths (1921)
Director
The Restless Sex (1920)
Director
April Folly (1920)
Director
The Scarlet Shadow (1919)
Director
What Am I Bid? (1919)
Director
The Way of a Woman (1919)
Director
The Miracle of Love (1919)
Director
The Delicious Little Devil (1919)
Director
The Big Little Person (1919)
Director
The Bride's Awakening (1918)
Director
Face Value (1918)
Director
Princess Virtue (1917)
Director
At First Sight (1917)
Director
The Love Girl (1916)
Director
The Winning of Miss Construe (1916)
Director
Yust From Sweden (1916)
Director
Shattered Memories (1915)
Director
Christmas Memories (1915)
Director
Mavis of the Glen (1915)
Director
The Master Key (1914)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)
Film director
Married Flirts (1924)
The Winning of Miss Construe (1916)
Yust From Sweden (1916)
Shattered Memories (1915)
Mavis of the Glen (1915)
Christmas Memories (1915)
The Master Key (1914)

Writer (Feature Film)

Heedless Moths (1921)
Writer
The Restless Sex (1920)
Scen
Face Value (1918)
Story
The Love Girl (1916)
Scen
Yust From Sweden (1916)
Screenwriter
Christmas Memories (1915)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Thrill of a Romance (1945)
Associate Producer
The Man from Down Under (1943)
Producer
Stand by for Action (1943)
Producer
We Were Dancing (1942)
Producer
When Ladies Meet (1941)
Producer
New Moon (1940)
Producer
Broadway Serenade (1939)
Producer
Mademoiselle Midnight (1924)
Presented By
Circe the Enchantress (1924)
Presented By
The French Doll (1923)
Presented By
Jazzmania (1923)
Presented By
The French Doll (1923)
Supervisor
Broadway Rose (1922)
Presented By
Peacock Alley (1922)
Supervisor
Fascination (1922)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Grounds for Marriage (1951)
Company
Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
Company
Duchess of Idaho (1950)
Company
The Bribe (1949)
Company
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
Company
B. F.'s Daughter (1948)
Company
Cynthia (1947)
Company
The Secret Heart (1946)
Company
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
Company
Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)
Company
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
Company
The Girl of the Golden West (1938)
Company
The Firefly (1937)
Company
Maytime (1937)
Company
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Company
Piccadilly Jim (1936)
Company
After Office Hours (1935)
Company
Outcast Lady (1934)
Company
Peg O' My Heart (1933)
Company
Strange Interlude (1932)
Company
Lovers Courageous (1932)
Company
Le père célibataire (1931)
Company
It's a Wise Child (1931)
Company
The Bachelor Father (1931)
Company

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Other

Life Events

1907

Moved to Hollywood with family

1916

Became a director

Videos

Movie Clip

Too Young To Kiss (1951) - In Winnipeg It Is Not Cold? After just a glance of co-star June Allyson in his waiting room, concert promoter Wainright (Van Johnson), blowing off a German tenor, makes excuses for French singer Denise (Paula, a.k.a. Rita, Corday) early in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951 from a Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett screenplay.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - There's No Room At The Top Having just realized she could fake being a teenager in order to get an audition, ambitious classical pianist Cynthia (June Allyson) is intercepted at home by her boyfriend John (Gig Young), early in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951, also starring Van Johnson.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - She's Box Office! Thinking he’s discovered a prodigy, concert promoter Wainright (Van Johnson) arrives with contracts at the apartment of pianist Cynthia (June Allyson) who, having posed at her audition as her fictional kid-sister Molly, takes a stab at making things right, in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - Revolutionary Etude Both billed above the title in their 4th picture starring together, June Allyson is twenty-something pianist Cynthia posing as her fictional kid sister Molly, and Van Johnson is Wainright, the impresario holding auditions for a youth orchestra, Hans Conreid introducing her, for the familiar Chopin composition, in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951, with impressive fake playing by June, who had some piano training as a child.
B.F.'s Daughter (1948) - Your Pretty Little Head Park Avenue, 1932, breakfasting with his wife (Spring Byington), industrialist B.F. Fulton (Charles Coburn) fumes over a radio commentator’s criticism as daughter Polly (Barbara Stanwyck) appears, sniffing a chance to help her fiancé (Richard Hart), opening MGM’s B.F.’s Daughter, 1948.
Duchess Of Idaho (1950) - Baby, Come Out Of The Clouds Second leads John Lund (as "Doug") and Paula Raymond (his secretary "Ellen") in the audience as Lena Horne is introduced, performing Baby, Come Out Of The Clouds by Henry Nemo and Lee Pearl, in MGM's Duchess Of Idaho, 1950.
After Office Hours (1935) - Where Do You Keep Your Airplane? Angry again with her high society friends, reluctant reporter Sharon (Constance Bennett) has escaped a chic New York riverside restaurant with her old school pal Tommy (Harvey Stephens), who himself is being drawn toward scandal, Robert Z. Leonard directing from Herman J. Mankiewicz’s script, in After Office Hours, 1935, starring Clark Gable.
After Office Hours (1935) - How Can I Get Drunk In Three Days? Pacey opening, Robert Z. Leonard directing from Herman J. Mankiewicz’s screenplay, introducing Connie (Constance) Bennett as columnist Sharon, entering a New York newsroom where we meet Stuart Erwin and Henry Travers, reporting to Clark Gable as editor Branch, the year after his reporter-turn in It Happened One Night, 1934, in After Office Hours, 1935.
After Office Hours (1935) - It's A Scroop! Put out because she was fired from her new job as music critic earlier that day, socialite Sharon (Constance Bennett) returns from the theater to find her mother (Billie Burke) being charmed by her editor Branch (Clark Gable), who also was there, and who now wants to hire her back for her society connections, in After Office Hours, 1935.
Great Ziegfeld, The (1936) - Split The Children At the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Flo (William Powell) with strong-man Sandow (Nat Pendleton) gets a derisive message from rival promoter Billings (Frank Morgan), who arrives with belly dancer "Little Egypt" (Suzanne Kaaren), early in The Great Ziegfeld, 1936.
Great Ziegfeld, The (1936) - Trying To Lose Weight Flo (William Powell, title character, who would become the legendary impresario) works a scam with a London doorman and beats rival Billings (Frank Morgan) to French singer Anna Held (Luise Rainer, her first scene), in MGM's The Great Ziegfeld, 1936.
New Moon (1940) - Stranger In Paris Opening scene on board a packet from Revolution-era France, introducing Jeanette MacDonald as Marianne (Mary Boland her associate), the ship’s captain (George Irving) requesting a song, with new lyrics from Sigmund Romberg’s 1928 operetta, in New Moon, 1940, MacDonald’s MGM reunion with Nelson Eddy.

Trailer

We Were Dancing - (Original Trailer) A Polish princess gives up society for the love of a gigolo in We Were Dancing (1942) starring Norma Shearer and Melvyn Douglas.
Firefly, The - (Original Trailer) A Spanish spy (Jeanette MacDonald) masquerades as a singer to sabotage Napoleon's forces in this MGM adaptation of the Rudolf Friml operetta.
Cynthia -- (Original Trailer) 15-year old Elizabeth Taylor receives her first screen kiss in Cynthia (1947).
Broadway Serenade - (Original Trailer) Career conflicts threaten the marriage of a singer (Jeanette MacDonald) to a young composer (Lew Ayres) in this MGM musical.
Her Twelve Men - (Original Trailer) A dedicated teacher turns around the troublesome students at a boy's school in Her Twelve Men (1954) starring Greer Garson.
Duchess of Idaho - (Original Trailer) During a Sun Valley vacation, a woman tries to solve her roommate's romantic problems in Duchess of Idaho (1950), starring Esther Williams.
Everything I Have Is Yours - (Original Trailer) On the eve of her big Broadway break, a dancer discovers she's pregnant in Everything I Have Is Yours (1952).
Great Ziegfeld, The - (Wide Release Trailer) William Powell stars as Flo Ziegfeld, the producer who became Broadway's biggest starmaker, in The Great Ziegfeld 1936, featuring Luise Rainer in her Academy Award winning role.
King's Thief, The - (Original Trailer) David Niven takes a rare villainous role in the swashbuckling adventure The King's Thief (1955) co-starring George Sanders and Roger Moore.
When Ladies Meet (1941) - (Original Trailer) A female novelist doesn't realize her new friend is the wife whose husband she's trying to steal in When Ladies Meet (1941).
Man from Down Under, The - (Original Trailer) A World War I veteran (Charles Laughton) sneaks two orphans back to his native Australia in The Man From Down Under (1943).
Third Finger, Left Hand - (Original Trailer) A man-shy fashion editor (Myrna Loy) pretends to be married, until a suitor claims to be her husband in Third Finger, Left Hand (1940).

Companions

Mae Murray
Wife
Actor. Starred in many of Leonard's films.
Gertrude Olmstead
Wife
Actor. Acted in Leonard's films; survived him.

Bibliography