Irving Cummings


Director

About

Also Known As
Irving Kaminski
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
October 09, 1888
Died
April 18, 1959
Cause of Death
Heart Ailment

Biography

Irving Cummings's amazing vision and attention to detail were the driving forces behind his success as a director. In 1952, he produced and hosted "Lux Radio Theater" for CBS radio. In 1926, he began his lengthy association with Fox Pictures (later to become 20th Century Fox), which lasted 20 years. Cummings kickstarted his acting career in various films such as "Everywoman" (1919), the...

Family & Companions

Ruth Cummings
Wife
Actor. Born in 1894; died on December 6, 1984 at age 90 90, in Woodland Hills, California; prominent in silent films of the 1910s and 20s; worked with Irving Cummings first when they acted together; she later played occasional character roles.

Biography

Irving Cummings's amazing vision and attention to detail were the driving forces behind his success as a director. In 1952, he produced and hosted "Lux Radio Theater" for CBS radio. In 1926, he began his lengthy association with Fox Pictures (later to become 20th Century Fox), which lasted 20 years. Cummings kickstarted his acting career in various films such as "Everywoman" (1919), the Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle adaptation "The Round-Up" (1920) and "The Man From Hell's River" (1922). He also appeared in "Rupert of Hentzau" (1923). Cummings was nominated for a Directing Academy Award for "In Old Arizona" in 1929. He continued to work in film in the thirties, directing motion pictures like the Warner Baxter western "The Cisco Kid" (1931), "Man Against Woman" (1932) and the action flick "The Woman I Stole" (1933) with Jack Holt. He also appeared in "The White Parade" (1934). Nearing the end of his career, Cummings directed the biopic "Lillian Russell" (1940) with Alice Faye, the Don Ameche musical "Down Argentine Way" (1940) and the Bob Hope comedy adaptation "Louisiana Purchase" (1941). He also appeared in the western "Belle Starr" (1941) with Randolph Scott and the Alice Faye musical "That Night in Rio" (1941). Cummings was most recently credited in "Tap" (1989) with Gregory Hines. Cummings passed away in April 1959 at the age of 71.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Double Dynamite (1951)
Director
The Dolly Sisters (1945)
Director
The Impatient Years (1944)
Director
What a Woman! (1943)
Director
Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)
Director
Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
Director
My Gal Sal (1942)
Director
Louisiana Purchase (1941)
Director
That Night in Rio (1941)
Director
Belle Starr (1941)
Director
Lillian Russell (1940)
Director
Down Argentine Way (1940)
Director
Jesse James (1939)
Fill-In Director
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)
Director
Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)
Director
Everything Happens at Night (1939)
Director
Just Around the Corner (1938)
Director
Little Miss Broadway (1938)
Director
Walter Wanger's Vogues of 1938 (1937)
Director
Merry-Go-Round of 1938 (1937)
Director
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
Director
Girls' Dormitory (1936)
Director
White Hunter (1936)
Director
Under Pressure (1935)
Director of revisions
It's a Small World (1935)
Director
Curly Top (1935)
Director
The White Parade (1934)
Director
I Believed in You (1934)
Director
Grand Canary (1934)
Director
The Mad Game (1933)
Director
The Woman I Stole (1933)
Director
Man Hunt (1933)
Director
Man Against Woman (1932)
Director
Attorney for the Defense (1932)
Director
The Night Club Lady (1932)
Director
The Cisco Kid (1931)
Director
A Holy Terror (1931)
Director
Cameo Kirby (1930)
Director
A Devil With Women (1930)
Director
On the Level (1930)
Director
In Old Arizona (1929)
Director
Behind That Curtain (1929)
Director
Not Quite Decent (1929)
Director
Romance of the Underworld (1928)
Director
The Port of Missing Girls (1928)
Director
Dressed To Kill (1928)
Director
The Brute (1927)
Director
Rustling for Cupid (1926)
Director
Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl (1926)
Director
The Midnight Kiss (1926)
Director
The Johnstown Flood (1926)
Director
The Country Beyond (1926)
Director
As Man Desires (1925)
Director
One Year To Live (1925)
Director
Just a Woman (1925)
Director
Infatuation (1925)
Director
The Desert Flower (1925)
Director
Fools' Highway (1924)
Director
The Rose of Paris (1924)
Director
The Dancing Cheat (1924)
Director
Stolen Secrets (1924)
Director
In Every Woman's Life (1924)
Director
Riders Up (1924)
Director
Broken Hearts of Broadway (1923)
Director
The Drug Traffic (1923)
Director
East Side--West Side (1923)
Director
Flesh and Blood (1922)
Director
The Man From Hell's River (1922)
Director
Broad Daylight (1922)
Director
The Jilt (1922)
Director
Environment (1922)
Director
Paid Back (1922)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

As Man Desires (1925)
Major Singh
Rupert of Hentzau (1923)
Von Bernenstein
The Eternal Flame (1922)
Count de Marsay
The Man From Hell's River (1922)
Pierre de Barre
Cameron of the Royal Mounted (1921)
Harriet and the Piper (1920)
Anthony Pope
The Tree of Knowledge (1920)
Loftus Roupelle
Old Dad (1920)
Sheridan Kaire
The Thirteenth Commandment (1920)
Thomas Warwick Duane
Sex (1920)
Dick Wallace
Beautifully Trimmed (1920)
Count Bonzi
The Saphead (1920)
Mark Turner
The Round-Up (1920)
Dick Lane
The Ladder of Lies (1920)
Ralph Brent
Everywoman (1919)
Passion
Secret Service (1919)
Benton Arrelsford
The Better Wife (1919)
Comte de Cheveral
Men, Women and Money (1919)
Julian Chadwick
The Bluffer (1919)
Richard Vaughan
Some Bride (1919)
Henry Morley
Mandarin's Gold (1919)
Blair Cardon
The Scar (1919)
George Reynolds
Auction of Souls (1919)
Andranik
The Greater Sinner (1919)
What Every Woman Learns (1919)
Dick Gaylord
The Unveiling Hand (1919)
Philip Bellamy
Her Code of Honor (1919)
Jacques
The Million Dollar Mystery (1918)
The Heart of a Girl (1918)
Brandon Kent
The Woman Who Gave (1918)
Andrien Walcott
The Interloper (1918)
Paul Whitney
Merely Players (1918)
Rodney Gale
Toys of Fate (1918)
Greggo
The Debt of Honor (1918)
Chester Holbrooke
The Struggle Everlasting (1918)
Soul, also known as Dean
Rasputin, the Black Monk (1917)
Prince Felix
An American Widow (1917)
Jasper Mallory
A Man's Law (1917)
Jules La Clerc
The Whip (1917)
Herbert Brancaster
Wrath of Love (1917)
Bob Lawson
Royal Romance (1917)
Emperor Maximilian
Sister Against Sister (1917)
Dunsmore
The Gilded Cage (1916)
Prince Boris
The Feud Girl (1916)
Dave Bassett, alias Dave Rand
Pamela's Past (1916)
The Saleslady (1916)
Bruce
The World's Great Snare (1916)
Bryan
The Hidden Scar (1916)
Dale Overton
The Lure of the Mask (1915)
Prince Monte Bionca
The Diamond From the Sky (1915)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1914)
George Harris
The Three of Us (1914)
Louis Beresford
The Last Volunteer (1914)
Prince Ludwig

Writer (Feature Film)

Dressed To Kill (1928)
Story
The Country Beyond (1926)
Scen
The Man From Hell's River (1922)
Writer

Producer (Feature Film)

The Impatient Years (1944)
Producer
East Side--West Side (1923)
Presented By
Broken Hearts of Broadway (1923)
Producer
East Side--West Side (1923)
Producer
Flesh and Blood (1922)
Presented By
The Man From Hell's River (1922)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

A Holy Terror (1931)
Company
The Cisco Kid (1931)
Company

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Tap (1989)
Other

Life Events

1909

Film acting debut

1926

Began his lengthy association with Fox Pictures (later to become 20th Century Fox), which lasted 20 years

1944

Last producing credit, "The Impatient Years," which he also directed

1945

Last film for six years, "The Dolly Sisters," at Fox

1951

One-shot return to film directing and last credit, "Double Dynamite," produced by his son Irving Cummings Jr.

1952

Produced and hosted "Lux Radio Theater" for CBS radio

Photo Collections

The Impatient Years - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Impatient Years - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Videos

Movie Clip

Double Dynamite (1951) - He Graduated Magna Cum Nothing! Frank Sinatra (as bank teller Johnny) and pal Emil (Groucho Marx) are talking through walls with his neighbor, fianceè and co-worker “Mibs” (Jane Russell), who thinks he’s been embezzling, hoping to intercept the fur he sent her, and annoyed that she’s dating a rival for revenge, in Double Dynamite, 1951.
Little Miss Broadway (1938) - Be Optimistic Opening with Shirley Temple replacing the youngest of the Brian Sisters trio, with a tune by Harold Spina and Walter Bullock, then Jane Darwell confirming her usual status as an orphan, in this case just being adopted, in Little Miss Broadway, 1938, featuring George Murphy and Jimmy Durante.
Little Miss Broadway (1938) - How Can I Thank You? Shirley Temple relates to her new adoptive sister (Phyllis Brooks), who helps run the show-biz hotel, where Jimmy Durante is rehearsing his band, and the owner next door (Edna Mae Oliver, with brother Donald Meek) has a problem with noise, song by Harold Spina and Walter Bullock, in Little Miss Broadway, 1938.
Little Miss Broadway (1938) - We Should Be Together Shirley Temple, adopted by the operators of a showbiz hotel, hopes to persuade the owners not to shut it down, and happily meets their agreeable nephew, George Murphy, celebrating with another Harold Spina/Walter Bullock tune, choreographed by Nick Castle, in Little Miss Broadway, 1938.
Double Dynamite (1951) - On $42.50 A Week Opening introduces Jane Russell as bank teller Mildred and Don McGuire as Bob, the annoying son of the big boss, then Frank Sinatra as fellow teller (and her fianceè) Johnny, getting nowhere seeking a raise from the manager (Harry Hayden), in RKO’s Double Dynamite, 1951, also starring Groucho Marx.
Double Dynamite (1951) - Live Dangerously! Engaged bank tellers Johnny and “Mibs” (Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell) at lunch, just before Christmas, after he’s failed to get the raise he thinks they need to get married, and the first scene for Groucho Marx, who shared top billing, as waiter Emil, in Double Dynamite, 1951.
Double Dynamite (1951) - I Don't Wear Shirts At Christmas-time in Los Angeles, broke bank teller Johnny (Frank Sinatra) has just rescued Nestor Paiva (whom we’ll learn is Hot Horse Harris, a big time bookie) from muggers, and he insists on compensation, Lou Nova as Santa, Joe Devlin the muscle, in Double Dynamite, 1951, also starring Jane Russell and Groucho Marx.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Chica Chica Boom Chic Opening with an original song, by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, for Carmen Miranda and then Don Ameche, whom we will learn are "Carmen" and American Larry, performers in a Rio night club, in 20th Century-Fox's That Night In Rio, 1941, also starring Alice Faye.
That Night In Rio (1941) - They Met In Rio Still on that first night in the Rio night club, Don Ameche as American singer Larry meets Alice Faye as Brazilian baroness Cecilia, whose prominent husband he impersonates as part of his act, song by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in That Night In Rio, 1941.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Cai Cai Straight up number for Carmen Miranda, who plays an entertainer named Carmen, performing at a Brazilian society party, co-stars Don Ameche and Alice Faye in her audience, original song by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in 20th Century-Fox's That Night In Rio, 1941.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Are You Quite Yourself Now? Brazilians Penna and Salles (S.Z. Sakall, Curt Bois) can't let Baroness Cecilia (Alice Faye) tell American Larry (Don Ameche) that she knows they've hired him to impersonate her husband, their boss, the less charming Baron Manuel, for business reasons, in That Night In Rio, 1941.
My Gal Sal (1942) - We Thought You Were A Turkey Traveling minstrel Paul (Victor Mature) gets blamed for the scam run by a con man he just met, later rescued by Carole Landis as showgirl Mae, introduced in a manner usually reserved for leading ladies (in this instance Rita Hayworth, coming soon) early in My Gal Sal, 1942.

Family

Irving Cummings Jr
Son
Screenwriter.

Companions

Ruth Cummings
Wife
Actor. Born in 1894; died on December 6, 1984 at age 90 90, in Woodland Hills, California; prominent in silent films of the 1910s and 20s; worked with Irving Cummings first when they acted together; she later played occasional character roles.

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