Archie Mayo


Director

About

Also Known As
Archibald L Mayo, Archie L. Mayo
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Died
December 04, 1968
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Competent technician who began his career in 1916 as a gagman and director of comedy shorts before making his first feature a decade later. A versatile director without a definitive style or stamp, Mayo flourished as a house director at Warner Bros. during the 1930s, where his finer works included "Svengali" (1931), "Ever in My Heart" (1933) and "The Petrified Forest" (1936). His freelan...

Family & Companions

Lucille Mayo
Wife
Died in 1945.

Biography

Competent technician who began his career in 1916 as a gagman and director of comedy shorts before making his first feature a decade later. A versatile director without a definitive style or stamp, Mayo flourished as a house director at Warner Bros. during the 1930s, where his finer works included "Svengali" (1931), "Ever in My Heart" (1933) and "The Petrified Forest" (1936). His freelance career through the 1940s was characterized by conventional, uninspired efforts for 20th Century-Fox and other studios; Mayo's better films from this period include "Charley's Aunt" (1941) and "Crash Dive" (1943).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Angel on My Shoulder (1946)
Director
A Night in Casablanca (1946)
Director
Sweet and Low-Down (1944)
Director
Wintertime (1943)
Fill-In Director
Crash Dive (1943)
Director
Moontide (1942)
Director
Orchestra Wives (1942)
Director
Confirm or Deny (1941)
Director
The Great American Broadcast (1941)
Director
Charley's Aunt (1941)
Director
Four Sons (1940)
Director
The House Across the Bay (1940)
Director
They Shall Have Music (1939)
Director
The Real Glory (1939)
2nd Unit Director
Youth Takes a Fling (1938)
Director
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)
Director
Call It a Day (1937)
Director
Black Legion (1937)
Director
It's Love I'm After (1937)
Director
I Married a Doctor (1936)
Director
Give Me Your Heart (1936)
Director
The Petrified Forest (1936)
Director
Bordertown (1935)
Director
The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)
Director
Go into Your Dance (1935)
Director
Gambling Lady (1934)
Director
The Man with Two Faces (1934)
Director
Desirable (1934)
Director
Convention City (1933)
Director
Ever in My Heart (1933)
Director
The Mayor of Hell (1933)
Director
The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)
Director
Two Against the World (1932)
Director
Night After Night (1932)
Director
The Expert (1932)
Director
Street of Women (1932)
Director
Under Eighteen (1932)
Director
Svengali (1931)
Director
Illicit (1931)
Director
Bought (1931)
Director
Vengeance (1930)
Director
Oh Sailor, Behave (1930)
Director
Courage (1930)
Director
The Doorway to Hell (1930)
Director
Wide Open (1930)
Director
The Sap (1929)
Director
Sonny Boy (1929)
Director
Is Everybody Happy? (1929)
Director
The Sacred Flame (1929)
Director
State Street Sadie (1928)
Director
On Trial (1928)
Director
My Man (1928)
Director
The Crimson City (1928)
Director
Beware of Married Men (1928)
Director
Quarantined Rivals (1927)
Director
Dearie (1927)
Director
Johnny Get Your Hair Cut (1927)
Director
Slightly Used (1927)
Director
The College Widow (1927)
Director
Unknown Treasures (1926)
Director
Money Talks (1926)
Director
Christine of the Big Tops (1926)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

Angel on My Shoulder (1980)
From Film ("Angel On My Shoulder")

Producer (Feature Film)

The Beast of Budapest (1958)
Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Tap (1989)
Other
Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Other

Director (Short)

Retribution (1928)
Director

Life Events

1915

First film experience as extra

1916

Gagman for Stern Brothers Productions and L-Ko Motion Pictures

1917

Film directing debut (for L-Ko), "The Nurse of an Aching Heart"

1917

Directed 19 shorts; no features

1923

First and only films as co-writer (also director), "The Imperfect Lover" and "A Man's Position"

1927

Began making films for Warner Bros.

1937

Association with Warner Bros. Ended

1946

Last films directed included "A Night in Casablanca" and "Angel on My Shoulder"

1958

Produced a feature, "The Beast of Budapest", directed by Harmon Jones

Photo Collections

Under Eighteen - Lobby Cards
Here are a few lobby cards from the Pre-Code film Under Eighteen (1932). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Black Legion (1936) — (Movie Clip) How’d You Like The Picture Betty (Ann Sheridan) after the movies steamrolls factory worker Ed (Dick Foran) into the proposal for which she’s been angling, at the soda shop, Pat C. Flick the proprietor Nick, and Helen Flint as the brassy widow at the counter, in the progressive Warner Bros. melodrama Black Legion, 1937.
Black Legion (1936) - Do I Have To Say This? Xenophobic factory worker Frank (Humphrey Bogart) hesitates a little, being sworn into his new anti-immigrant club, hooded Hargrave (Alonzo Price) officiating, in Warner Bros.' Black Legion, 1936.
Wide Open (1930) - It Isn't Gentile Timid bachelor bookkeeper Simon (Edward Everett Horton) is already under assault, by happenstance in the phonograph company’s recording studio, from amorous stenographer Agatha (Louis Fazenda), when the boss, a client and the star salesman (E.J. Ratcliffe, Vincent Barnett, T. Roy Barnes) intrude, in Warner Bros. and director Archie Mayo’s Wide Open, 1930.
Wide Open (1930) - Stop Deluding Yourself! Opening with star Edward Everett Horton embarrassed on his front step, and Louise Beavers as his sensible servant Easter, in the pre-code talkie from Warner Bros. and director Archie Mayo, co-starring Patsy Ruth Miller, Wide Open, 1930.
Ever In My Heart (1933) - Two Little German Puppies Fairly newly married Mary (Barbara Stanwyck) and her German immigrant professor husband Hugo (Otto Kruger) settle on a dachshund then welcome a baby, sometime around 1910, in director Archie Mayo's semi-political melodrama Ever In My Heart, 1933.
Ever In My Heart (1933) - United We Stand Proud wife Mary (Barbara Stanwyck) and buddy Jeff (Ralph Bellamy) remarking as all celebrate the citizenship of German immigrant Hugo (Otto Kruger), his boss Hoffman (Frank Reicher) especially pleased, everything okay so far, in Ever In My Heart, 1933, directed by Archie Mayo.
Illicit (1931) - I Believe I Was His Inspiration Wedding shower scene introducing friends including glowing Joan Blondell as Duckie, and Charles Butterworth as Georgie with another comic routine, before liberated New York socialite Anne (Barbara Stanwyck) assures betrothed Dick (James Rennie) that a telegram from her ex-lover is no biggie, early in Illicit, 1931.
Illicit (1931) - About To Spill Cocktails New Yorker Anne (Barbara Stanwyck) has been off the social circuit so she’s pleased to receive Margie (Natalie Moorhead), who’s always had a thing for her husband, clever Georgie (Charles Butterworth) and honest chum Duckie (Joan Blondell), intense events ensuing , direction by Archie Mayo, in the pre-Code melodrama Illicit. 1931.
Illicit (1931) - Dubious Connecticut Resorts Worth noting terrific dialogue from the underlying un-produced play by Edith Fitzgerald and Robert Riskin, boozy Georgie (Charles Butterworth) drops in on Dick (James Rennie) and his unabashed intimate girlfriend Anne (Barbara Stanwyck), in the pre-Code drama Illicit, 1932.
Illicit (1931) - Must It Be Puffy? First scene for Barbara Stanwyck, age 24, in her first starring role, uninhibited in the apartment of her boyfriend Dick (James Rennie), in the provocative pre-Code Warner Bros. drama Illicit, 1931.
Mayor Of Hell, The (1933) - You're In Reform School Now We’ve followed Frankie Darro (as Jimmy) and company through committing crimes and being convicted, and now they meet Dudley Digges as the reform school warden, and Madge Evans as Dorothy, the relatively kind nurse, in Warner Bros.’ The Mayor Of Hell,1933, starring James Cagney.
Mayor Of Hell, The (1933) - You'd Better Take A Vacation Cruel reform school chief Thompson (Dudley Digges) doesn’t yet know that Patsy (James Cagney), the gangster who got a plum job as a do-nothing commissioner, has gotten himself put in charge, out of concern for kids like Jimmy (Frankie Darro), in Warner Bros.’ The Mayor Of Hell, 1933.

Trailer

Under Eighteen - (Original Trailer) Is there no end to Warren William's perfidy? Now he's a theatrical producer after a girl who's Under Eighteen (1932).
Man With Two Faces, The - (Original Trailer) Edward G. Robinson plays a ham actor in the film version of a George S. Kaufman - Alexander Wolcott play.
Go Into Your Dance - (Original Trailer) Real-life husband and wife Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler star in the musical melodrama Go Into Your Dance (1935).
Gambling Lady - (Original Trailer) Barbara Stanwyck is Lady Lee, Gambling Lady (1934), in love with accused murderer Joel McCrea.
Expert, The - (Original Trailer) An elderly man (Chic Sale) complicates his married son's life when he moves in in The Expert (1932).
Ever In My Heart - (Original Trailer) During World War I, a woman (Barbara Stanwyck) suspects her husband of being a German spy in Ever In My Heart (1933).
Desirable - (Original Trailer) An aging actress tries to keep her teen-aged daughter out of the public eye in Desirable (1934).
Call It a Day - (Original Trailer) An average day brings a variety of comic problems to members of a British family in Call It A Day (1937) starring Olivia de Havilland.
Petrified Forest, The - (Original Trailer) An escaped convict holds the customers at a remote desert cantina hostage in The Petrified Forest (1936) starring Leslie Howard, Bette Davis & Humphrey Bogart.
Illicit - (Original Trailer) Young free-thinkers turn conventionally jealous when they marry in the pre-code drama Illicit (1931) starring Barbara Stanwyck.
Case Of The Lucky Legs, The - (Original Trailer) Warner Brothers' bad boy Warren William stars in his second Perry Mason mystery, The Case Of The Lucky Legs (1935).
Black Legion - (Original Trailer) A disgruntled factory worker is lured into joining a secret society out to terrorize foreigners in Black Legion (1936) starring Humphrey Bogart.

Companions

Lucille Mayo
Wife
Died in 1945.

Bibliography