Jack Conway


Director
Jack Conway

About

Also Known As
John Conway
Birth Place
Graceville, Minnesota, USA
Born
July 17, 1887
Died
October 11, 1952
Cause of Death
Pulmonary Ailment

Biography

Long-time MGM director of action films, occasional romantic comedies and dramas and a variety of sturdy if not outstanding star vehicles; began career acting in D.W. Griffith films....

Photos & Videos

Red-Headed Woman - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Libeled Lady - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Saratoga - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Family & Companions

Viola Barry
Wife
Actor. Married 1911.
Virginia Bushman
Wife
Actor. Married 1926; daughter of Francis X Bushman.

Biography

Long-time MGM director of action films, occasional romantic comedies and dramas and a variety of sturdy if not outstanding star vehicles; began career acting in D.W. Griffith films.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Julia Misbehaves (1948)
Director
The Hucksters (1947)
Director
High Barbaree (1947)
Director
Dragon Seed (1944)
Director
Assignment in Brittany (1943)
Director
Crossroads (1942)
Director
Love Crazy (1941)
Director
Honky Tonk (1941)
Director
Northwest Passage (Book I--Rogers' Rangers) (1940)
Director of addl scenes
Boom Town (1940)
Director
Lady of the Tropics (1939)
Director
Let Freedom Ring (1939)
Director
A Yank at Oxford (1938)
Director
Too Hot to Handle (1938)
Director
A Star Is Born (1937)
Fill-In Director
Captains Courageous (1937)
Fill-In Director
Saratoga (1937)
Director
Libeled Lady (1936)
Director
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
Director
One New York Night (1935)
Director
Stamboul Quest (1934)
Director of pick-ups
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Co-Director
The Girl from Missouri (1934)
Director
The Gay Bride (1934)
Director
Viva Villa (1934)
Director
The Solitaire Man (1933)
Director
The Nuisance (1933)
Director
Hell Below (1933)
Director
Arséne Lupin (1932)
Director
But the Flesh Is Weak (1932)
Director
Red-Headed Woman (1932)
Director
New Moon (1931)
Director
Just a Gigolo (1931)
Director
The Easiest Way (1931)
Director
The Unholy Three (1930)
Director
They Learned About Women (1930)
Director
Alias Jimmy Valentine (1929)
Director
Untamed (1929)
Director
Our Modern Maidens (1929)
Director
Bringing Up Father (1928)
Director
The Smart Set (1928)
Director
While the City Sleeps (1928)
Director
Twelve Miles Out (1927)
Director
The Understanding Heart (1927)
Director
Brown of Harvard (1926)
Director
Soul Mates (1925)
Director
The Hunted Woman (1925)
Director
The Only Thing (1925)
Director
The Trouble Shooter (1924)
Director
The Roughneck (1924)
Director
The Heart Buster (1924)
Director
Trimmed in Scarlet (1923)
Director
What Wives Want (1923)
Director
Lucretia Lombard (1923)
Director
Sawdust (1923)
Director
The Prisoner (1923)
Director
Quicksands (1923)
Director
Another Man's Shoes (1922)
Director
Don't Shoot (1922)
Director
Across the Dead-Line (1922)
Director
Step On It (1922)
Director
The Long Chance (1922)
Director
The Kiss (1921)
Director
The Millionaire (1921)
Director
A Daughter of the Law (1921)
Director
The Rage of Paris (1921)
Director
The Dwelling Place of Light (1920)
Director
The Money-Changers (1920)
Director
The Servant in the House (1920)
Director
The Spenders (1920)
Director
The U.P. Trail (1920)
Director
The Lure of the Orient (1920)
Director
Lombardi, Ltd. (1919)
Director
Her Decision (1918)
Director
You Can't Believe Everything (1918)
Director
Desert Law (1918)
Director
Little Red Decides (1918)
Director
A Diplomatic Mission (1918)
Director
Her Soul's Inspiration (1917)
Director
The Bond of Fear (1917)
Director
Polly Redhead (1917)
Director
The Charmer (1917)
Director
Because of a Woman (1917)
Director
The Little Orphan (1917)
Director
Come Through (1917)
Director
A Jewel in Pawn (1917)
Director
The Silent Battle (1916)
Director
The Social Buccaneer (1916)
Director
The Mainspring (1916)
Director
The Measure of a Man (1916)
Director
The Beckoning Trail (1916)
Director
Judgment of the Guilty (1916)
Director
Mary Keep Your Feet Still (1916)
Director
The Penitentes (1915)
Director
Captain McLean (1914)
Director
The Old Armchair (1913)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Killer (1921)
William Sanborn
The Lure of the Orient (1920)
A Royal Democrat (1919)
Lord Erstmere
Restless Souls (1919)
Hugh Gregory
The Little Orphan (1917)
David Clark
Macbeth (1916)
Lennox
The Outcast (1915)
Captain Macklin (1915)
Captain Royal Macklin
Burning Daylight: the Adventures of "Burning Daylight" in Alaska (1914)
Joe Hines
The Valley of the Moon (1914)
Billy Roberts
The Chechako (1914)
Smoke Bellew

Writer (Feature Film)

Flying Romeos (1928)
Titles for Variety numbers
Stocks and Blondes (1928)
Titles

Production Companies (Feature Film)

The Girl from Missouri (1934)
Company
Hell Below (1933)
Company

Cast (Short)

Rooftops of Manhattan (1935)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 1925 Studio Tour (1925)
Himself

Life Events

1907

Stage acting debut (stock)

1911

Entered films joining Bison company in January

1912

Began movie acting career appearing in some 18 shorts

1915

Short film directing debut, "The Old High Chair"; feature film directing debut, "The Penitentes"

Photo Collections

Red-Headed Woman - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Red-Headed Woman (1932), starring Jean Harlow and Chester Morris.
Libeled Lady - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes of MGM's Libeled Lady (1936), starring William Powell, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, and Myrna Loy.
Saratoga - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken during production of MGM's Saratoga (1937), starring Jean Harlow (her last film), Clark Gable, and Lionel Barrymore, and directed by Jack Conway.
Crossroads - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Here is a behind-the-scenes photo taken during production of MGM's Crossroads (1942), starring William Powell and directed by Jack Conway.
The Unholy Three (1930) - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters for the talkie version of The Unholy Three (1930), Lon Chaney's first and only talking picture.

Videos

Movie Clip

Unholy Three, The (1930) - You're Too Feminine It’s a little incoherent but Lon Chaney as “Professor Echo,” Harry Earles as “Willie” and Ivan Linow as “Hercules” have left the circus and formed a criminal band, now in disguise as they prevail on their ex-cohort Rosie (Lila Lee), who’s working a pet shop employee (co-writer Elliott Nugent), in The Unholy Three, 1930.
Viva Villa! (1934) - Fiction Woven Out Of Truth Commanding prologue and screenplay by Ben Hecht, directed by either ultimately-dismissed Howard Hawks or credited Jack Conway, with Phillip Cooper as the young title character and Frank Puglia his dad, from MGM’s hit Viva Villa!, 1934, starring Wallace Beery.
Viva Villa! (1934) - For The Gringo Paper? Taking a town as his notoriety grows, Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa browses females (C.B. DeMille's part-Italian adopted daughter Katherine as Rosita, in one of her earliest roles) then, with sidekick Sierra (Leo Carrillo), meets nervous American journalist Sykes (Stuart Erwin), in Viva Villa!, 1934.
Viva Villa! (1934) - This Is Your Country! Writer Ben Hecht never thought much of Hollywood or screenplays in general, but had few peers for this kind of scene, with Wallace Beery as the bandit title character meeting the scholarly revolutionary Madero (Henry B. Walthall), in MGM’s Viva Villa!, 1934.
Viva Villa! (1934) - Pancho Villa Sent For Me Some scale as the revolution gathers pace, Wallace Beery (title character) rallies volunteers, visits sympathetic aristocrat Teresa (Fay Wray) and reporter Sykes (Stuart Erwin), then a montage, with writer Ben Hecht more successful than the rear-screen process shots, David Durand the bugle boy, inViva Villa! , 1934.
Viva Villa! (1934) - The Law Of Pancho Villa's Court First appearance for Wallace Beery in the title role, his mob seizing a town after several peasants were convicted and hanged, with aide Sierra (Leo Carrillo), flipping the script on the ruling class (Nigel De Brulier the magistrate), in MGM’s Viva Villa!, 1934.
Hucksters, The (1947) - Your Toes Are Not Pointed Enough! Clinton Sundberg (delightful as photographer Michael Michaelson) receives dignified but insolvent war-widow socialite Mrs. Dorrance (Deborah Kerr), savvy Vic (Clark Gable) from the ad agency, who got her the lucrative photo gig, and stiff Miss Kennedy (Kathryn Card), representing the demanding sponsor, in The Hucksters, 1947.
Hucksters, The (1947) - Nobody's Anybody's Friend As singer Jean (Ava Gardner) joins the table after her number, she visits with old pal and ad-man Vic (Clark Gable) and his new maybe-flame, war widow Kay (Deborah Kerr), before Vic's intoxicated boss "Kim" (Adolphe Menjou, a one-time Ivy Leaguer, with Gloria Holden as his wife) takes a bitter turn, in The Hucksters, 1947.
Hucksters, The (1947) - Don't Disagree With Him! Spectacular entrance of soap tycoon Evan Llewellyn Evans (Sydney Greenstreet) with a tirade for ad men Kimberly (Adolphe Menjou), Cooke (Richard Gaines) and Norman (Clark Gable) in The Hucksters, 1947.
Hucksters, The (1947) - I'll Carry A Pipe New York agency boss Kimberly (Adolphe Menjou) and his old acquaintance and prospective hire Vic (Clark Gable) drop in on embattled Clarke (Richard Gaines) as he struggles with the prized "Beauty Soap" campaign and their intimidating client, in The Hucksters, 1947.
Hucksters, The (1947) - Not Needing A Job Opening scene from the MGM marquee productiuon of The Hucksters, 1947, sees Park Avenue hotel staffers Betty (Connie Gilchrist) and Glass (Aubrey Mather) thrilled at the return of war-veteran and ad man Victor Norman (Clark Gable), starlets Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner appearing soon.
Hucksters, The (1947) - Don't Tell Me 23-year old Ava Gardner (as singer "Jean Ogilvie," her voice dubbed by Cathy Lewis) performs Buddy Pepper's "Don't Tell Me" for an audience including Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Adolphe Menjou and Gloria Holden in director Jack Conway's The Hucksters, 1947.

Trailer

Tarzan And His Mate - (Original Trailer) Jane gives up friends, home...and most of her clothes in the sexy jungle adventure Tarzan and His Mate, 1934, with Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan.
Crossroads (1942) - (Original Trailer) A French diplomat (William Powell) who's recovered from amnesia is blackmailed over crimes he can't remember.
Tale of Two Cities, A (1935) - (Re-issue Trailer) Ronald Colman stars in A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Charles Dickens' classic story of two men in love with the same woman during the French Revolution.
Viva Villa! - (Original Trailer) Wallace Beery stars in Viva Villa! (1934), the story of the bandit chief who led the battle for Mexican independence.
Libeled Lady - (Original Trailer) When an heiress sues a newspaper, the editor hires a gigolo to compromise her in Libeled Lady, 1936, starring Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy and William Powell.
Captains Courageous - (Re-issue Trailer) A spoiled rich kid is lost at sea and rescued by a fishing boat, where hard work and responsibility help him become a man.
High Barbaree - (Original Trailer) As he awaits rescue in the South Pacific, a downed pilot (Van Johnson) tells his wounded companion the story of High Barbaree (1947).
Stamboul Quest - (Original Trailer) A notorious enemy spy (Myrna Loy) falls for an American medical student during World War I in Stamboul Quest (1934).
Yank At Oxford, A - (Original Trailer) Robert Taylor is a cocky American student who runs into trouble when he becomes A Yank At Oxford (1938) co-starring a young Vivien Leigh.
Lady of the Tropics - (Original Trailer) An American playboy (Robert Taylor) in Saigon has to fight to get his Eurasian wife (Hedy Lamarr) out of the country in Lady of the Tropics (1939).
Boom Town - (Re-issue Trailer) Friends become rivals when they strike it rich in oil in Boom Town (1940), starring Clark Gable & Spencer Tracy.
Assignment in Brittany - (Original Trailer) Jean-Pierre Aumont (Day For Night) made his U.S. movie debut playing a French Resistance fighter who's a dead ringer for a Nazi official in Assignment in Brittany (1943).

Family

Pat Conway
Son
Actor.

Companions

Viola Barry
Wife
Actor. Married 1911.
Virginia Bushman
Wife
Actor. Married 1926; daughter of Francis X Bushman.

Bibliography