David Butler


Director

About

Also Known As
David Wayne Butler
Birth Place
San Francisco, California, USA
Born
December 17, 1894
Died
June 14, 1979

Biography

Beginning his career as an actor onscreen and onstage, David Butler spent the majority of his four-decade career as a director, working in both television and film, most notably on the classic family comedy series "Leave It to Beaver." Butler often produced and wrote the scripts for his films and was considered a hard-working, blue collar-type director. While working under contract for F...

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Biography

Beginning his career as an actor onscreen and onstage, David Butler spent the majority of his four-decade career as a director, working in both television and film, most notably on the classic family comedy series "Leave It to Beaver." Butler often produced and wrote the scripts for his films and was considered a hard-working, blue collar-type director. While working under contract for Fox, Butler was prolific, directing over 30 films in a nine-year span, including the 1934 dramedy "Bright Eyes." Butler collaborated numerous times with actor Bing Crosby, including on the adventure film "Road to Morocco" and the musical "If I Had My Way." Late in his career Butler primarily worked directing television episodes, mainly for the classic family show "Leave It to Beaver" and the Western series "The Deputy." Through the 1920s Butler acted frequently, alternating between the stage and screen, appearing in two of legendary director D.W. Griffith's World War I dramas--"The Greatest Thing in Life" and "The Girl Who Stayed at Home"--as well as the Academy Award-winning romance "7th Heaven" in 1927. Butler died of heart failure at the age of 84.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

C'mon, Let's Live a Little (1967)
Director
The Right Approach (1961)
Director
Glory (1956)
Director
The Girl He Left Behind (1956)
Director
Jump into Hell (1955)
Director
The Command (1954)
Director
King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
Director
April in Paris (1953)
Director
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
Director
Calamity Jane (1953)
Director
Where's Charley? (1952)
Director
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951)
Director
Lullaby of Broadway (1951)
Director
Tea for Two (1950)
Director
The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950)
Director
It's a Great Feeling (1949)
Director
John Loves Mary (1949)
Director
Look for the Silver Lining (1949)
Director
The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)
Director
Two Guys from Texas (1948)
Director
My Wild Irish Rose (1947)
Director
Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946)
Director
The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946)
Director
San Antonio (1945)
Director
Shine on Harvest Moon (1944)
Director
The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
Director
They Got Me Covered (1943)
Director
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Director
Road to Morocco (1942)
Director
Playmates (1941)
Director
Caught in the Draft (1941)
Director
You'll Find Out (1940)
Director
If I Had My Way (1940)
Director
East Side of Heaven (1939)
Director
That's Right--You're Wrong (1939)
Director
Kentucky Moonshine (1938)
Director
Kentucky (1938)
Director
Straight Place and Show (1938)
Director
You're a Sweetheart (1937)
Director
Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)
Director
Pigskin Parade (1936)
Director
Captain January (1936)
Director
White Fang (1936)
Director
Doubting Thomas (1935)
Director
The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Director
The Little Colonel (1935)
Director
Handy Andy (1934)
Director
Bright Eyes (1934)
Director
Have a Heart (1934)
Director
Bottoms Up (1934)
Director
My Weakness (1933)
Director
Hold Me Tight (1933)
Director
Down to Earth (1932)
Director
Handle with Care (1932)
Director
Business and Pleasure (1932)
Director
A Connecticut Yankee (1931)
Director
Delicious (1931)
Director
High Society Blues (1930)
Director
Just Imagine (1930)
Director
Masked Emotions (1929)
Director
Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (1929)
Director
Sunnyside Up (1929)
Director
Chasing Through Europe (1929)
Director
Prep and Pep (1928)
Director
Win That Girl (1928)
Director
The News Parade (1928)
Director
High School Hero (1927)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Crucible of Horror (1971)
Gregson
It's a Great Feeling (1949)
Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Salute (1929)
Navy coach
7th Heaven (1927)
Gobin
Nobody's Widow (1927)
Ned Stevens
The Rush Hour (1927)
William Finch
Girl in the Rain (1927)
Oh, Baby (1927)
Jim Stone
The Sap (1926)
Vance
The Quarterback (1926)
"Lumpy" Goggins
Meet the Prince (1926)
Peter Paget
The Blue Eagle (1926)
Nick Galvani
Womanpower (1926)
Mallory, the Trainer
The People vs. Nancy Preston (1925)
Bill Preston
Private Affairs (1925)
Lee Cross
Tracked in the Snow Country (1925)
Terry Moulton
His Majesty, Bunker Bean (1925)
Bud Matthews
The Phantom Express (1925)
Jack Warren
The Gold Hunters (1925)
Roderick Drew
Code of the West (1925)
Bid Hatfield
The Man on the Box (1925)
Bob's brother-in-law
Wages for Wives (1925)
Chester Logan
Havoc (1925)
Smithy
The Plastic Age (1925)
Coach Henry
In Hollywood With Potash and Perlmutter (1924)
Crabbe
The Narrow Street (1924)
Ray Wyeth
The Arizona Express (1924)
Steve Butler
The Fog (1923)
Si Plumb
Mary of the Movies (1923)
Desire (1923)
Jerry Ryan
Hoodman Blind (1923)
Jack Yeulette
Cause for Divorce (1923)
Tom Parker
Poor Men's Wives (1923)
Jim Maberne
A Noise in Newboro (1923)
Ben Colwell
The Village Blacksmith (1923)
Bill, his son
The Temple of Venus (1923)
Nat Harper
The Hero (1923)
Bill Walters
According to Hoyle (1922)
"Boxcar" Simmons
Conquering the Woman (1922)
Larry Saunders
The Milky Way (1922)
Bing Bang Boom (1922)
Bertram Bancroft Boom
The Wise Kid (1922)
Freddie Smith
The Sky Pilot (1921)
Bill Hendricks
Girls Don't Gamble (1921)
Making the Grade (1921)
Eddie Ramson
Don't Ever Marry (1920)
Bill Fielding
The County Fair (1920)
Joel Bartlett
Fickle Women (1920)
Calvin Price
Smiling All the Way (1920)
Hannibal Pillsbury
Girls Don't Gamble (1920)
James Fisher
The Triflers (1920)
Cassidy
The Girl Who Stayed at Home (1919)
August Kant
Upstairs and Down (1919)
Tom Carey
The Other Half (1919)
Corporal Jimmy
The Pointing Finger (1919)
David
Bonnie, Bonnie Lassie (1919)
David
The Unpainted Woman (1919)
Charley Holt
Nugget Nell (1919)
Big Hearted Jim
Better Times (1919)
Peter Van Alstyne
The Petal on the Current (1919)
Editor Kinealy
The Greatest Thing in Life (1918)
Monsieur Le Bebe

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Simon, King of the Witches (1971)
Photography
The Christian Licorice Store (1971)
Director of Photography

Writer (Feature Film)

The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
Screenwriter
From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II (1981)
Screenwriter
You'll Find Out (1940)
Story
If I Had My Way (1940)
Original Story
That's Right--You're Wrong (1939)
Story
East Side of Heaven (1939)
Original Story
The Little Colonel (1935)
Contr to Screenplay constr
Bright Eyes (1934)
Story
Bottoms Up (1934)
Story and Screenplay
Have a Heart (1934)
Story
My Weakness (1933)
Cont
Handle with Care (1932)
Story
Just Imagine (1930)
Cont
Sunnyside Up (1929)
Adaptation
Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (1929)
Story
The News Parade (1928)
Story
High School Hero (1927)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Glory (1956)
Producer
Playmates (1941)
Producer
If I Had My Way (1940)
Producer
You'll Find Out (1940)
Producer
That's Right--You're Wrong (1939)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

A Connecticut Yankee (1931)
Company

Director (Special)

Way of the West (1958)
Director

Life Events

1918

Film acting debut in "The Greatest Thing in Life"

1927

First film as director "High School Hero"

Photo Collections

The Story of Seabiscuit - Movie Poster
Here is an original release American movie poster for The Story of Seabiscuit (1949), starring Shirley Temple and Barry Fitzgerald. This is a Half-sheet poster measuring 22" x 28".
Girl He Left Behind (1956) - Final Draft Screenplay
This is a 'Final" draft version screenplay for the 1956 WB title "The Girl He Left Behind" starring Tab Hunter. This screenplay contains some colored pages indicating that there were likely last minute changes, and that this version may still deviate slightly from the finished film.

Videos

Movie Clip

Little Colonel, The (1935) - I Ought To Kill You After a mild opening scene establishing Kentucky “in the 70’s,” just about the whole premise, Elizabeth (Evelyn Venable) aided by Hattie McDaniel wants to elope with yankee Jack (John Lodge) who seems decent but her grandfather the colonel (Lionel Barrymore) doesn’t care, in Shirley Temple’s first film with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, The Little Colonel, 1935.
Little Colonel, The (1935) - You've Captured An Entire Regiment After the marriage of her yankee father (John Lodge) and rebel mom in the 1870’s we leap forward to introduce the star, (Shirley Temple as young Lloyd Sherman, in the year she turned 7) at a U.S. Army outpost where Robert Warwick oversees her honorary investiture, in Fox Films’ The Little Colonel, 1935.
Little Colonel, The (1935) - My Dream Of Life (a.k.a Love's Young Dream) Shirley Temple as young Lloyd has conspired with servants Hattie McDaniel and Bill Robinson to assume a dress and bonnet that belonged to her mother, and advances her scheme to soften up her grouchy ex-Confederate grandfather the colonel (Lionel Barrymore), in The Little Colonel, 1935.
Little Colonel, The (1935) - My Old Kentucky Home Widely remarked upon especially decades later, the first inter-racial dancing couple in a Hollywood film, and Shirley Temple’s first number with her great friend Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, featuring the stair-dancing for which he nearly won a legal patent, The Little Colonel, 1935.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - Blues In The Night, John Garfield Dinah Shore has just opened with the the title song, as radio host Don Wilson helps her segue to top-billed Eddie Cantor and the first big cameo, John Garfield (who co-founded the armed services pro-bono entertainment club the Hollywood Canteen, to which all the stars donated their salaries), with the Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer tune, in one of the funniest bits in the bulky Warner Bros. wartime propaganda showcase, Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - They're Either Too Young Or Too Old Bette Davis (like all the Warner Bros. stars, donating her salary to the Hollywood Canteen she co-founded), delivers an original by Arthur Schwartz and Frank Loesser which earned an Academy Award nomination and became a widely recorded hit, in the variety propaganda effort Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943, Conrad Wiedell her dance partner.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - That's What You Jolly Well Get The schtick for Errol Flynn (who like the other big names, donated his $50,000 salary to the armed services benefit Hollywood Canteen) for the wartime fundraiser show-within-a-show premise of the Warner Bros. propaganda feature is an original by Arthur Schwartz and Frank Loesser, staged by Leroy Prinz, in Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - You Know Who You're Talking To? S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall is the promoter with Edward Everett Horton of a fictional wartime benefit show, and they’re being driven nuts by (pretending) egomaniac star Eddie Cantor, so he doesn’t recognize Humphrey Bogart, maybe because of the impressive scruffy beard, in the Warner Bros. morale-Musical variety hit Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943.
Tea For Two (1950) - I Know That You Know First scene for the star, Doris Day as heiress "Nanette," with pals Jimmy (Gordon MacRae) on piano and Tommy (Gene Nelson), dance instructor, song by Jimmy Van Heusen and Irving Caesar, from Tea For Two, 1950.
You'll Find Out (1940) - College Of Musical Knowledge Introductory schtick after a couple of staged scenes with radio listeners, RKO contract players Jeff Corey and Eleanor Lawson are the contestants as bandleader Kay Kyser does his bit based on the NBC radio hit, in the comedy-musical-horror-hybrid vehicle You'll Find Out, 1940, with Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Peter Lorre.
You'll Find Out (1940) - The Spirits Are Strongly Displeased Horror cameos and lingerie, Bela Lugosi with no prologue appears in the guest room of band leader and star Kay Kyser, then Peter Lorre lurks as New York society hostess Janis (Helen Parrish) and singer Ginny Simms take turns being disrobed, in the musical-horror-comedy You’ll Find Out, 1940.
Straight Place And Show (1938) - With You On My Mind In the opening scenes no trace of the stars (The Ritz Brothers) but we’ve met “society horsewoman” Barbara (Phyllis Brooks) who was late for her own engagement party, and her fiancè (Richard Arlen) and his discarded admirer, Broadway’s Ethel Merman, with an original by Lew Pollack and Lew Brown, in Straight Place And Show, 1938.

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