Norman Z. Mcleod


Director
Norman Z. Mcleod

About

Also Known As
Norman Zenos Mcleod, Norman Mcleod
Birth Place
Grayling, Michigan, USA
Born
September 20, 1898
Died
January 27, 1964

Biography

Former animator who directed several memorable comedies, most notably the Marx Brothers classics "Monkey Business" (1931) and "Horse Feathers" (1932). "He was a very nice guy and a fairly good director," said Groucho Marx, "but no genius."...

Family & Companions

Evelyn McLeod
Wife
Survived him.

Biography

Former animator who directed several memorable comedies, most notably the Marx Brothers classics "Monkey Business" (1931) and "Horse Feathers" (1932). "He was a very nice guy and a fairly good director," said Groucho Marx, "but no genius."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Alias Jesse James (1959)
Director
Public Pigeon No. 1 (1957)
Director
Casanova's Big Night (1954)
Director
Never Wave at a WAC (1953)
Director
My Favorite Spy (1951)
Director
Let's Dance (1950)
Director
The Paleface (1948)
Director
Isn't It Romantic (1948)
Director
Road to Rio (1947)
Director
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Director
The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)
Director
The Canterville Ghost (1944)
Director
Swing Shift Maisie (1943)
Director
The Powers Girl (1943)
Director
Panama Hattie (1942)
Director
Jackass Mail (1942)
Director
Lady Be Good (1941)
Director
Little Men (1941)
Director
The Trial of Mary Dugan (1941)
Director
Topper Takes a Trip (1939)
Director
Remember? (1939)
Director
There Goes My Heart (1938)
Director
Topper (1937)
Director
Mind Your Own Business (1936)
Director
Pennies From Heaven (1936)
Director
Early to Bed (1936)
Director
The Milky Way (1936)
Fill-In Director
Here Comes Cookie (1935)
Director
Redheads on Parade (1935)
Director
Coronado (1935)
Director
Many Happy Returns (1934)
Director
Melody in Spring (1934)
Director
It's a Gift (1934)
Director
A Lady's Profession (1933)
Director
Alice in Wonderland (1933)
Director
Mama Loves Papa (1933)
Director
If I Had a Million (1932)
["China Shop" and "Road Hogs"]
Horse Feathers (1932)
Director
The Miracle Man (1932)
Director
Finn and Hattie (1931)
Director
Touchdown! (1931)
Director
Monkey Business (1931)
Director
Along Came Youth (1930)
Director
Taking a Chance (1928)
Director
Wings (1927)
Assistant Director

Writer (Feature Film)

Remember? (1939)
Original story and Screenplay
Skippy (1931)
Screenwriter
Sooky (1931)
Screenwriter
The Air Circus (1928)
Scen
The Play Girl (1928)
Titles
None But the Brave (1928)
Titles

Director (Special)

The Life of Vernon Hathaway (1955)
Director

Cast (Short)

You Can't Fool a Camera (1941)
Himself

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Horse Feathers (1932) - Anything Further Father? Maybe the best casting ever of Zeppo Marx, as a wayward college man and son of his older brother, the new president Wagstaff (Groucho Marx), conferring after induction ceremonies in Horse Feathers, 1932.
Horse Feathers (1932) - I'm Against It! Just sworn in as the new college president, Wagstaff (Groucho Marx) states his position, with Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby's "I"m Against It," early in Horse Feathers, 1932.
Horse Feathers (1932) - Swordfish "Swordfish" is the password as new college president Wagstaff (Groucho) comes to the speakeasy seeking student-athletes, meeting Baravelli (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo) in the Marx Brothers' Horse Feathers, 1932.
Topper (1937) - Stop Being A Mummy From the annual board meeting, top share-holder George (Cary Grant) is disruptive, his inhibited banker friend Roland Young (title character) grumbling afterward before he notices wife Marion (Constance Bennett), in the office, the pair then considering his prospects, in Topper, 1937.
Topper (1937) - Old Man Moon From the opening sequence, affluent George and Marion (Cary Grant, Constance Bennett) go night-clubbing before his morning bank-board meeting, finishing at a joint where they’re on first names with Hoagy Carmichael himself, joining him in an original tune, in the Hal Roach comedy Topper 1937.
Topper (1937) - I'm Probably Talking To Myself In a maybe mid-life crisis and mourning the loss of his client-friends the Kerby’s (Cary Grant and Constance Bennett), banker Roland Young (title character) crashes his new car (a customized 1936 Buick Roadmaster) at the same spot where they died, and is surprised, with lots of trick shots, from producer Hal Roach, in Topper, 1937.
Topper (1937) - What Good Deeds Have You Done? Socialites George and Marion (Cary Grant, Constance Bennett) get killed, motoring home to their posh suburb, first discussing their up-tight banker, the title character (Roland Young, not seen), then their own future, Norman Z. McLeod directing producer Hal Roach’s Topper, 1937.
It's A Gift (1934) - Your Uncle Bean It's actually big news arriving, as Bissonette (W.C. Fields) attempts to share the bathroom with his daughter Mildred (Jean Rouverol) while he's shaving, in Paramount's It's A Gift, 1934.
It's A Gift (1934) - I Want Ten Pounds Of Cumquats The second source of frustration in the life of New Jersey grocer Bissonette (W.C. Fields), where he has incompetent help (Tammany Young), a customer seeking cumquats (Morgan Wallace) and another who’s blind (Charles Sellon), in It’s A Gift, 1934, co-written by Fields as “Charles Bogle.”
It's A Gift (1934) - Sleigh Bells Just a portion of the epic back-porch sequence, as Bissonette (W.C. Fields) carries on his battle to get some sleep, in It's A Gift, 1934.
Remember? (1939) - Ho-Hum, Silver! Jeff (Robert Taylor), best pal of the groom-to-be (Lew Ayres), though not to the manor born, is clicking with bride to-be Linda (Greer Garson), but not her father (Reginald Owen) or mother (Billie Burke), at the prenuptial fox hunt, in MGM's Remember?, 1939.
Remember? (1939) - I'm Going To Marry Her Too! Sky (Lew Ayres), just returned from a cruise, is introducing his best bachelor pal Jeff (Robert Taylor) to his new girl Linda (Greer Garson), doing her best in MGM's box-office failure follow-up to her hit debut Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Remember?, 1939.

Trailer

Lady Be Good - (Original Trailer) None of the plot but all of the Gershwin songs like "Fascinatin' Rhythm" in MGM's version of Lady Be Good (1941).
Wings - (Re-issue Trailer) Wings (1927). the epic adventure of two American flyers in World War I, was the first Best Picture winner.
Topper (1937) - (Original Trailer) Cary Grant and Constance Bennett are a couple of playful ghosts adding new life to a stuffy bank president (Roland Young), called Topper (1937).
Alice in Wonderland (1933) - (Original Trailer) A trip through the looking glass and down a rabbit hole sends an English girl into a world of fantastic characters and strange potions in Alice in Wonderland (1933).
My Favorite Spy (1951) - (Original Trailer) A comedian poses as an international spy to recover mysterious microfilm in My Favorite Spy (1951) starring Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr.
There Goes My Heart (1938) -- (Original Trailer) One presumes the columnist Ed Sullivan, here long before his TV-star days, is sharing as opposed to taking credit, for his part in There Goes My Heart, 1938, starring Fredric March and Virginia Bruce.
Topper Takes a Trip - (Original Trailer) Topper (Roland Young) tries to patch up his marriage with a trip to France, where he's pursued by a glamorous ghost (Joan Bennett), in the first "Topper" sequel, Topper Takes A Trip, 1941.
Canterville Ghost, The - (Original Trailer) A ghost (Charles Laughton) who died a coward tries to inspire U.S. GIs to become heroes in The Canterville Ghost (1944), directed by Jules Dassin.
Jackass Mail - (Original Trailer) A horse thief married for profit, but doesn't reckon with his wife's determination to reform him in Jackass Mail (1942) starring Wallace Beery.
Monkey Business (1931) - (Original Trailer) The Four Marx Brothers stowaway on an ocean liner in route to America but never mind the plot, it's all Monkey Business (1931).
Remember? - (Original Trailer) A bickering couple takes an amnesia potion so they can re-discover each other in Remember? (1939) starring Robert Taylor and Greer Garson.
Paleface, The - (Original Trailer) An inept dentist (Bob Hope) must rescue his outlaw wife from the Indians in The Paleface (1948) co-starring Jane Russell.

Companions

Evelyn McLeod
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography