George Fitzmaurice


Director

About

Also Known As
Geo. Fitzmaurice
Birth Place
Paris, FR
Born
February 13, 1895
Died
June 13, 1941
Cause of Death
Acute Streptococcal Infection

Biography

Former screenwriter who turned to directing in 1914; noted for his lush visual style, innovative integration of newsreel material and astute direction of leading romantic stars such as Rudolph Valentino ("The Son of the Sheik" 1926), Vilma Banky and Ronald Colman ("The Dark Angel" 1925 and "The Night of Love" 1927) and Greta Garbo ("As You Desire Me" and "Mata Hari" both 1932)....

Family & Companions

Diane Kane
Wife
Actor.

Biography

Former screenwriter who turned to directing in 1914; noted for his lush visual style, innovative integration of newsreel material and astute direction of leading romantic stars such as Rudolph Valentino ("The Son of the Sheik" 1926), Vilma Banky and Ronald Colman ("The Dark Angel" 1925 and "The Night of Love" 1927) and Greta Garbo ("As You Desire Me" and "Mata Hari" both 1932).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Adventure in Diamonds (1940)
Director
Vacation from Love (1938)
Director
Arsene Lupin Returns (1938)
Director
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)
Fill-In Director
The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)
Director
Live, Love and Learn (1937)
Director
Petticoat Fever (1936)
Director
Suzy (1936)
Director
All Men Are Enemies (1934)
Director
As You Desire Me (1932)
Director
Mata Hari (1931)
Director
Strangers May Kiss (1931)
Director
The Unholy Garden (1931)
Director
One Heavenly Night (1931)
Director
Raffles (1930)
Director
The Devil to Pay (1930)
Director
The Bad One (1930)
Director
Tiger Rose (1929)
Director
His Captive Woman (1929)
Director
The Locked Door (1929)
Director
The Man and the Moment (1929)
Director
Lilac Time (1928)
Director
The Barker (1928)
Director
The Love Mart (1927)
Director
Rose of the Golden West (1927)
Director
The Tender Hour (1927)
Director
The Night of Love (1927)
Director
The Son of the Sheik (1926)
Director
The Dark Angel (1925)
Director
A Thief in Paradise (1925)
Director
His Supreme Moment (1925)
Director
Cytherea (1924)
Director
The Eternal City (1924)
Director
Tarnish (1924)
Director
Bella Donna (1923)
Director
Kick In (1923)
Director
The Cheat (1923)
Director
To Have and To Hold (1922)
Director
The Man From Home (1922)
Director
Three Live Ghosts (1922)
Director
Forever (1922)
Director
Paying the Piper (1921)
Director
Experience (1921)
Director
Idols of Clay (1920)
Director
On with the Dance (1920)
Director
The Right to Love (1920)
Director
The Avalanche (1919)
Director
Counterfeit (1919)
Director
Our Better Selves (1919)
Director
The Witness for the Defense (1919)
Director
A Society Exile (1919)
Director
Common Clay (1919)
Director
The Cry of the Weak (1919)
Director
The Profiteers (1919)
Director
The Narrow Path (1918)
Director
The Naulahka (1918)
Director
Innocent (1918)
Director
A Japanese Nightingale (1918)
Director
The Hillcrest Mystery (1918)
Director
The Iron Heart (1917)
Director
Sylvia of the Secret Service (1917)
Director
The Mark of Cain (1917)
Director
The Hunting of the Hawk (1917)
Director
The Recoil (1917)
Director
Blind Man's Luck (1917)
Director
Kick in (1917)
Director
The on-the-Square-Girl (1917)
Director
New York (1916)
Director
The Test (1916)
Director
Big Jim Garrity (1916)
Director
Arms and the Woman (1916)
Director
The Romantic Journey (1916)
Director
Via Wireless (1915)
Director
At Bay (1915)
Director
Who's Who in Society (1915)
Director
The Commuters (1915)
Director
The Money Master (1915)
Director
Stop Thief! (1915)
Director
Who's Who in Society (1915)
Director
When Rome Ruled (1914)
Director
The Quest of the Sacred Jewel (1914)
Director
The Quest of the Sacred Gem (1914)
Director
The Bomb Boy (1914)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

Who's Who in Society (1915)
Scen
The Corsair (1914)
Scen

Producer (Feature Film)

The Cheat (1923)
Producer
Paying the Piper (1921)
Producer
Vengeance Is Mine (1917)
Supervisor
New York (1916)
Producer

Art Department (Feature Film)

The Avalanche (1919)
Set Decoration

Production Companies (Feature Film)

As You Desire Me (1932)
Company
Strangers May Kiss (1931)
Company
Mata Hari (1931)
Company
The Unholy Garden (1931)
Company
One Heavenly Night (1931)
Company
The Devil to Pay (1930)
Company

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Man You Loved To Hate (1979)
Other

Life Events

1907

After emigrating to USA, worked as set director and then set designer in the theater

1908

First film as screenwriter

1914

First film as director

Videos

Movie Clip

Arsene Lupin Returns (1938) - I'm Out Of Circulation Joining Melvyn Douglas, as gentleman farmer Farrand in France, though we suspect he’s the jewel-thief title character, visited by pals (Nat Pendleton as Joe, E.E. Clive as Alf) about a New York heist, then by the almost-victim, his neighbor-girlfriend Lorraine (Virginia Bruce) and her private sleuth pal Steve (Warren William), in MGM’s Arsene Lupin Returns, 1938.
Arsene Lupin Returns (1938) - The Gentleman With The Gun Hot-shot New York federal lawman Steve Emerson (Warren William), who just quit because he was getting too much publicity, attends to his first private client, Jack Norton the hotel manager, Virginia Bruce, Monty Woolley and John Halliday the bound crime victims, in Arsene Lupin Returns, 1938, starring Melvyn Douglas in the title role.
Arsene Lupin Returns (1938) - France Will Reward You Arriving in Paris, Virginia Bruce as Lorraine, Monty Woolley her cousin, John Halliday her uncle, and Warren William the private eye from New York brought to investigate the attempted theft of their major jewel, greeted by her beau, Melvyn Douglas as the title character, though that hasn’t been revealed, George Davis the guard restraining him, in Arsene Lupin Returns, 1938.
Rockabye (1932) - Practically Engaged After the opening with racy headlines, showgirl Judy (Constance Bennett) on the stand, grilled by the D-A (Charles Middleton), denies any crooked doings with accused politician Howard (Walter Pidgeon), who appreciates, in Rockabye, 1932, directed in part by George Cukor.
Mata Hari (1931) - Some Dance And Some Die Opening with a victim (Mischa Auer) of the title character (Greta Garbo, not seen here) and introducing key supporting men, C. Henry Gordon as the French spy catcher, Lionel Barrymore as Russian general Shubin, and Ramon Novarro as dashing flyer Alexis, in MGM’s Mata Hari, 1931.
Mata Hari (1931) - You Might Get Me Killed Title character Greta Garbo at a casino in WWI Paris, Ramon Novarro an amorous Russian pilot hoping to impress her, then she visits her controller Andriani (Lewis Stone), establishing their mistrust, in MGM’s Mata Hari, 1931.
Mata Hari (1931) - Well, That Was Last Night After a seductive rebuff the night before, lust-driven Russian pilot Alexis (Ramon Novarro) visits dancer and spy Greta Garbo (title character) at her rooms in wartime Paris, in MGM’s Mata Hari, 1931.
Mata Hari (1931) - Shiva, I Dance For You Russian pilot Alexis (Ramon Novarro) and general Shubin (Lionel Barrymore) are among the eager audience for the first appearance of the title character, Greta Garbo as the dancer and reputed spy in WWI Paris, Karen Morley her contact, C. Henry Gordon the French spy hunter, early in Mata Hari, 1931.
Suzy (1936) - Blondes Never Go Broke Opening scene, London 1914, title character Jean Harlow is a headliner in a London revue, which is closing, so she is quick to disrobe and discuss plans with friend Maisie (Inez Courtney), in her fourth-to-last picture, MGM's Suzy, 1936, with Cary Grant and Franchot Tone.
Suzy (1936) - Was I That Good? Jean Harlow (title character), American showgirl in London suddenly without a gig, rehearsing her scheme to land presumably wealthy Franchot Tone, whom she met the night before, has a confab with nosy landlady Una O'Connor until he arrives, confounding expectations, early in Suzy, 1936.
Suzy (1936) - There Isn't A Gentleman In Sight! The hand of Dorothy Parker, among three credited writers, seems apparent here, as American title character Jean Harlow, entertaining in France during WWI, has this crackling bit with playboy war hero Andre (Cary Grant), whom she's just met, in Suzy, 1936.
Rockabye (1932) - Scrambled Or Scrambled Toward the end of a night in which experienced actress Judy (Constance Bennett) has been proving to playwright Jake (Joel McCrea) that she's tough enough to play his lead role, a boisterous if under-written scene likely directed by George Cukor who re-shot much of the film, in Rockabye, 1932.

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Companions

Diane Kane
Wife
Actor.

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