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Van Dyke began his career as an assistant director, notably under D.W. Griffith on "Intolerance" (1916). He took over the direction of "White Shadows of the South Seas" from Robert Flaherty in 1928 and, by the 1930s, had developed into one of MGM's most reliable directors. Van Dyke was a capable craftsman whose nonchalant approach to filming earned him the nickname 'One-Shot Woody'; it also brought him success at the box-office, particularly with the "Thin Man" series, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. His deft touch is evident in films such as "Trader Horn" (1930), "Manhattan Melodrama" (1934), "Sweethearts" and "Marie Antoinette" (both 1938).
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Made stage debut in "Damon and Pythias" at age three
Joined mother's company, Laura Winston Players
With wife, toured with various theater companies until a Pantages tour took them to Los Angeles; became involved with film
First film job, as assistant director to Charles Brabin on "The Raven"
Wrote numerous screenplays for directors Lawrence Windom and Arthur Berthelet
Employed by D.W. Griffith as actor and assistant director on "Intolerance"
First film as director, "Her Good Name"
Signed by Thalberg for MGM
Helmed the classic detective comedy-drama "The Thin Man"
Last film, "Dragon Seed" (completed by Jack Conway and Harold S Bucquet)