Frank Tuttle


Director

About

Also Known As
Frank W. Tuttle
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
August 06, 1892
Died
January 06, 1963
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Former publicist who began his film career as a continuity writer for Paramount and began directing in the early 1920s, with occasional story and screenplay credits as well. A competent second-string talent long at Paramount from the mid-20s through the early 40s, Tuttle specialized in snappy comedies such as the Clara Bow vehicle "Kid Boots" (1927), the delightful semi-musical "This Is ...

Family & Companions

Fredericka Staats
Wife
Carla Tuttle
Wife
Survived him.

Notes

Not to be confused with set decorator Frank A. Tuttle, long with Columbia Pictures; this Tuttle has credits from the late 1940s into the early 70s.

Biography

Former publicist who began his film career as a continuity writer for Paramount and began directing in the early 1920s, with occasional story and screenplay credits as well. A competent second-string talent long at Paramount from the mid-20s through the early 40s, Tuttle specialized in snappy comedies such as the Clara Bow vehicle "Kid Boots" (1927), the delightful semi-musical "This Is the Night" (1932), which was Cary Grant's feature debut, and "Lucky Jordan" (1942), a lighthearted WWII spy adventure with Alan Ladd. Perhaps his most notable sound film, "This Gun For Hire (1943), owes much of its success to Graham Greene's story, a terse screenplay and the interaction of Ladd's unexpressive mug and Veronica Lake's "peekaboo" hairdo.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Island of Lost Women (1959)
Director
A Cry in the Night (1956)
Director
Hell on Frisco Bay (1956)
Director
The Magic Face (1951)
Director
Gunman in the Streets (1950)
Director
Swell Guy (1947)
Director
Suspense (1946)
Director
Don Juan Quilligan (1945)
Director
The Great John L. (1945)
Director
Rainbow Island (1944)
Director
The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
Director
Hostages (1943)
Director
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943)
Contr Director
This Gun for Hire (1942)
Director
Lucky Jordan (1942)
Director
I Stole a Million (1939)
Director
Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939)
Director
Paris Honeymoon (1939)
Director
Doctor Rhythm (1938)
Director
Dr. Rhythm (1938)
Director
Waikiki Wedding (1937)
Director
College Holiday (1936)
Director
All the King's Horses (1935)
Director
The Glass Key (1935)
Director
Two for Tonight (1935)
Director
Springtime for Henry (1934)
Director
Here Is My Heart (1934)
Director
Ladies Should Listen (1934)
Director
Dangerously Yours (1933)
Director
Roman Scandals (1933)
Director
Pleasure Cruise (1933)
Director
This Is the Night (1932)
Director
This Reckless Age (1932)
Director
The Big Broadcast (1932)
Director
Dude Ranch (1931)
Director
It Pays to Advertise (1931)
Director
No Limit (1931)
Director
True to the Navy (1930)
Director
Men Are Like That (1930)
Director
Love Among the Millionaires (1930)
Director
Only the Brave (1930)
Director
Her Wedding Night (1930)
Director
The Benson Murder Case (1930)
Director
Paramount on Parade (1930)
Director
Galas de la Paramount (1930)
Director
The Greene Murder Case (1929)
Director
Sweetie (1929)
Director
Marquis Preferred (1929)
Director
The Studio Murder Mystery (1929)
Director
Love and Learn (1928)
Director
His Private Life (1928)
Director
Something Always Happens (1928)
Director
Varsity (1928)
Director
Easy Come, Easy Go (1928)
Director
The Spotlight (1927)
Director
One Woman to Another (1927)
Director
Time To Love (1927)
Director
Blind Alleys (1927)
Director
Kid Boots (1926)
Director
Love 'Em and Leave 'Em (1926)
Director
The Untamed Lady (1926)
Director
Miss Bluebeard (1925)
Director
Lovers in Quarantine (1925)
Director
A Kiss in the Dark (1925)
Director
Lucky Devil (1925)
Director
The Manicure Girl (1925)
Director
Grit (1924)
Director
Dangerous Money (1924)
Director
Puritan Passions (1923)
Director
Youthful Cheaters (1923)
Director
Second Fiddle (1923)
Director
The Cradle Buster (1922)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

This Gun for Hire (1991)
Story By
This Gun for Hire (1942)
Contract Writer
All the King's Horses (1935)
Screenwriter
Springtime for Henry (1934)
Screenwriter
This Reckless Age (1932)
Adaptation
Something Always Happens (1928)
Writer
Her Love Story (1924)
Scen
Manhandled (1924)
Scen
Manhattan (1924)
Screenwriter
Puritan Passions (1923)
Scen
Second Fiddle (1923)
Story
The Cradle Buster (1922)
Story
The Cradle Buster (1922)
Scen
The Conquest of Canaan (1921)
Scen
The Kentuckians (1921)
Scen

Producer (Feature Film)

Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939)
Producer
The Cradle Buster (1922)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938)
Composer
Springtime for Henry (1934)
Composer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Midnight (1934)
Prod crew

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Other
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Other
The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
Double for John Sutton

Director (Short)

The American Venus (1926)
Director

Life Events

1923

Film directing debut, "The Cradle Buster" (also screenplay)

1924

Began lengthy association with Paramount in capacity as director

1938

Exclusive working relations with Paramount come to an end; begins working more at other studios

1944

Last Paramount film, "The Hour Before the Dawn"

1956

Made several films in conjunction with Alan Ladd Productions

1959

Last film, "The Island of Lost Women"

Videos

Movie Clip

This Gun For Hire (1942) - Are You That Broke? Boyfriend cop Mike (Robert Preston) seeing off singing magician and under-cover operative Ellen (Veronica Lake), who by chance meets Alan Ladd (as fugitive "Raven,") their first scene in their first movie together, in This Gun For Hire, 1942.
This Gun For Hire (1942) - Now You See It... First appearance by Veronica Lake as singer-magician "Ellen," auditioning for night club operator and industrial spy Gates (Laird Cregar), song by Jacques Press and Frank Loesser, in This Gun For Hire, 1942.
Cry In The Night, A (1956) - What's There To Worry About? The voice is Brian Donlevy, who soon appears as a gritty cop, and Natalie Wood, fresh from Rebel Without A Cause, as "Liz," Richard Anderson her beau and Raymond Burr, then known for Rear Window, in the bushes, in the crime thriller A Cry In The Dark, 1956.
Cry In The Night, A (1956) - No Use Screaming At once considerate and brutal, Raymond Burr as maybe mentally-ill Harold has abducted under-age Liz (Natalie Wood) after not-meaning-to knock out her boyfriend at the local lover’s lane, moving to his hide-out, early in A Cry In The Night, 1956, from producer Alan Ladd’s Jaguar Productions and frequent partner, director Frank Tuttle.
Cry In The Night, A (1956) - She's Been Trained To Know Better! Cop Bates (Brian Donlevy) visits colleague Taggart (Edmond O’Brien) to inform him of his daughter’s abduction, Mom (Irene Hervey) alarmed, the boyfriend (Richard Anderson), unknown to the parents, concussed, and the police doc (Peter Hanson) seeking calm, in A Cry In The Night, 1956.
Cry In The Night, A (1956) - They'll Never Find Us Engaging something like the Stockholm Syndrome, abducted Liz (Natalie Wood) learns much about her captor (Raymond Burr) at an abandoned warehouse, the movie very buzzy because of a rumored romance between the two actors, in A Cry In The Night, 1956.
Battle Zone (1952) - Odor Of Sour Grapes Monogram pictures getting their money's worth, on location at Camp Pendleton, CA, as rival Korean War Marine photographers Danny (John Hodiak) and Mitch (Stephen McNally) get more action than expected, in Battle Zone, 1952.
College Holiday (1936) - Love In Bloom The ever-game Marsha Hunt has just the guile to carry this off, beating out creditors looking for Jack Benny, the madcap promoter who has almost bankrupted her father's hotel, the two then suddenly in league for a rescue, early in Paramount's College Holiday, 1936.
College Holiday (1936) - Rhyme For Love Bouncy number, composed by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger, staged by Leroy Prinz, for Eleanore Whitney and Johnny Downs, who are among the college kids recruited by Jack Benny for what they think is a dance competition, early in Paramount's College Holiday, 1936.
College Holiday (1936) - Call Me By My Greek Name! Blowsy Mary Boland and her buffoon spouse (Etienne Girardot) are trying to explain their daffy Eugenics plan to promoter Jack Benny, when we cut to her daughter, who is Gracie Allen, believing she has found the perfect man, in George Burns, in Paramount's College Holiday, 1936.
This Gun For Hire (1942) - At Home Alone Opening scene, Raven (Alan Ladd) arises and checks his assignment, tangles with the maid (Pamela Blake) then visits blackmailer Baker (Frank Ferguson) and his secretary (Bernadene Hayes), in This Gun For Hire, 1942, from a Graham Greene novel.
Lucky Jordan - He's Uglier Than Me Henchman Slip (Sheldon Leonard) discovers he's failed to kill his boss Lucky (Alan Ladd), who's busy hiring a new double (Dave Willock), then jousting with lawyer Higgins (Lloyd Corrigan), setting premises in Paramount's Lucky Jordan, 1942.

Trailer

Companions

Fredericka Staats
Wife
Carla Tuttle
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography

Notes

Not to be confused with set decorator Frank A. Tuttle, long with Columbia Pictures; this Tuttle has credits from the late 1940s into the early 70s.