Sidney Franklin


Director, Producer

About

Also Known As
Sidney A Franklin, Sidney Arnold Franklin
Birth Place
San Francisco, California, USA
Born
March 21, 1893
Died
May 18, 1972

Biography

In films from 1914, often sharing credit with his brother Chester. Franklin developed into a skilled, sensitive director in the 1930s with films such as "Private Lives" (1931) and "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" (1934) and began producing for MGM in 1939. He won the best picture Oscar for "Mrs. Miniver" (1942) and was responsible for Clarence Brown's "The Yearling" (1946) as well as fou...

Photos & Videos

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) - Movie Poster
The Good Earth - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Family & Companions

Enid Bennett
Wife
Actor. Died of a heart attack on May 14, 1969.

Biography

In films from 1914, often sharing credit with his brother Chester. Franklin developed into a skilled, sensitive director in the 1930s with films such as "Private Lives" (1931) and "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" (1934) and began producing for MGM in 1939. He won the best picture Oscar for "Mrs. Miniver" (1942) and was responsible for Clarence Brown's "The Yearling" (1946) as well as four Mervyn LeRoy movies. His final directing credit was for a remake of one of his own films ("The Barretts of Wimpole Street" 1956), something he had done earlier with "Smilin' Through" (1922 and 1932).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957)
Director
The Good Earth (1937)
Director
The Dark Angel (1935)
Director
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
Director
Reunion in Vienna (1933)
Director
Smilin' Through (1932)
Director
The Guardsman (1931)
Director
Private Lives (1931)
Director
The Lady of Scandal (1930)
Director
A Lady's Morals (1930)
Director
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929)
Director
Wild Orchids (1929)
Director
Devil-May-Care (1929)
Director
The Actress (1928)
Director
Quality Street (1927)
Director
Beverly of Graustark (1926)
Director
The Duchess of Buffalo (1926)
Director
Her Sister From Paris (1925)
Director
The Primitive Lover (1922)
Director
East Is West (1922)
Director
A Ten-Cent Adventure (1914)
Director

Assistant Direction (Feature Film)

Burning Daylight (1914)
Assistant Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Man at flower show
The Kid from Spain (1932)
Himself
Lummox (1930)
Mr. Meyerbogen
Puttin' on the Ritz (1930)
Schmidt
Wheel of Chance (1928)
Pa Berkowitz
The King of Kings (1927)
Colleen (1927)
Pawnbroker
The Fighting Failure (1926)
Rose of the Tenements (1926)
Abraham Kaminsky
Somebody's Mother (1926)
The Block Signal (1926)
"Roadhouse" Rosen
His People (1925)
Levensky
One of the Bravest (1925)
Morris Levin
The Texas Trail (1925)
Ike Collander
A Boy of Flanders (1924)
Herr Brinker
In Hollywood With Potash and Perlmutter (1924)
Fashion Row (1923)
Papa Levitzky
The Love Trap (1923)
Mr. Hawley
The Guttersnipe (1922)
Sam Rosen
The Vermilion Pencil (1922)
Fu Wong
Dusk to Dawn (1922)
Nadar Gungi
The Call of Home (1922)
Priest
Welcome Children (1921)
Isaac Cohen
Playing With Fire (1921)
Pat Isaacs
The Three Musketeers (1921)
Bonacieux
The Blue Moon (1920)
Louie Solomon
The Sleeping Lion (1919)
Her Father

Producer (Feature Film)

The Seventh Sin (1957)
Producer
The Story of Three Loves (1953)
Producer
Young Bess (1953)
Producer
The Miniver Story (1950)
Producer
Command Decision (1949)
Producer
Homecoming (1948)
Producer
The Yearling (1947)
Producer
Madame Curie (1944)
Producer
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
Producer
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Producer
Random Harvest (1942)
Producer
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Producer
On Borrowed Time (1939)
Producer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Prod preparation

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Reunion in Vienna (1933)
Company

Life Events

1913

Film actor

1913

Assistant cameraman

1914

Comedy short director

1915

Feature film director

Photo Collections

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Good Earth - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's The Good Earth (1937), starring Luise Rainer and Paul Muni, and directed by Sidney Franklin.

Videos

Movie Clip

Random Harvest (1942) - Down This Shadowed Path Director Mervyn Leroy’s opening, narration by James Hilton, author of the novel, we meet psychiatrist Dr. Benet (Philip Dorn), Arthur Space as patient Trempitt, and Ronald Colman as Smith, surely the handsomest amnesiac on the ward, in MGM’s Random Harvest, 1942, also starring Greer Garson.
Random Harvest (1942) - You Are From The Asylum! In a fictional English town on the day of the armistice ending the the First World War, amnesiac soldier Ronald Colman has wandered free from the local psychiatric hospital, meeting shopkeeper Una O’Connor, then friendly co-star Greer Garson, her first scene, in MGM’s Random Harvest, 1942.
Random Harvest (1942) - My Life Began With You Enjoying life in the English countryside, ex-showgirl Paula (Greer Garson) brings news to the amnesiac-soldier husband she calls “Smithy” (Ronald Colman) of his first payment for his experiments in journalism, Mervyn LeRoy directing from the James Hilton novel, in Random Harvest, 1942.
Story Of Three Loves, The (1953) - Equilibrium In the Equilibrium piece directed by Gottfried Reinhardt from a story by Jacques Maret, resurgent aerialist Pierre (Kirk Douglas) explains to Nina (Pier Angeli), whom he rescued from suicide, why he wants her to be his new partner, in the anthology The Story Of Three Loves, 1953.
Random Harvest (1942) - She's Ma Daisy Situating Ronald Colman, the amnesiac hospital escapee-soldier she’s adopted on the day of the armistice ending World War One, Irish Greer Garson as showgirl Paula, in an immodest tartan outfit, with a bawdy Scottish song for rowdy English soldiers, in MGM’s Random Harvest, 1942.
Random Harvest (1942) - I Don't Suppose Keats Was Very Dressy Still an amnesiac due to World War One injuries, but now a father and headed to Liverpool to accept a newspaper job, “Smithy” (Ronald Colman) reassures wife Paula (Greer Garson) that he’ll be okay, then an accident transpires, the plot swirling again, in MGM’s Random Harvest, 1942.
Barretts Of Wimpole Street, The (1934) -- This Amazing Imprudence! Suitor Robert Browning (Fredric March) encourages heretofore invalid fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett (Norma Shearer) in making her way around her London home until her father (Charles Laughton), less supportive of her recovery, interrupts, in The Barretts Of Wimpole Street, 1934.
Barretts Of Wimpole Street, The (1934) -- Your Brave And Lovely Verses London, 1845, Anabel and Henrietta (Katharine Alexander, Maureen O’Sullivan) persuade their invalid poet sister Elizabeth Barrett (Norma Shearer) to receive admiring fellow poet Robert Browning (Fredric March), calling for the first time, in MGM’s The Barretts Of Wimpole Street, 1934.
Smilin' Through (1932) - Rather Sweet Of Me MGM travels through time, as Carteret (Leslie Howard) and Owen (O.P. Heggie) join Kathleen (first Cora Sue Collins then Norma Shearer) for her 5th and 21st birthdays, then with suitor Willie (Ralph Forbes), in director Sidney Franklin's Smilin' Through, 1932.
Smilin' Through (1932) - Just Ghastly Stuffy boyfriend Willie (Ralph Forbes) and Kathleen (Norma Shearer) have been hiding from a storm in the old mansion, not realizing that the guy who just turned up (Fredric March) is rightful owner Kenneth, in MGM's Smilin' Through, 1932.
Last Of Mrs. Cheyney, The (1929) - The Widow Of A Rich Australian Joining the first scene, a garden outside a London charity concert, Lord Dilling (Basil Rathbone) with stuffier Lord Elton (Herbert Bunston) and Maria (Hedda Hopper) discuss the hostess (Norma Shearer, title character) until she appears, George Barraud the butler, in The Last Of Mrs. Cheyney, 1929.
Last Of Mrs. Cheyney, The (1929) - Carefree And Happy Big reveal, after the charity concert, as we learn that footman George (George K. Arthur), hostess Fay (Norma Shearer, title character), and others apparently led by Charles (George Barraud), who posed as the butler, are cohorts in some elaborate scam, early in The Last Of Mrs. Cheyney, 1929.

Trailer

Guardsman, The - (Original Trailer) Stage stars Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne filmed in their biggest hit, the classic farce The Guardsman (1931).
Yearling, The - (Re-issue Trailer) A Florida boy's pet deer threatens the family farm in The Yearling (1948), starring Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman.
Waterloo Bridge (1940) - (Re-issue Trailer) Vivien Leigh is the ballerina-turned-streetwalker after her fiance Robert Taylor is apparently killed in World War I in Waterloo Bridge (1940), directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
Good Earth, The - (Wide release trailer) The Good Earth (1937) is an epic adaptation of the Pearl Buck classic about Chinese farmers battling the elements and stars Luise Rainer & Paul Muni.
On Borrowed Time - (Original Trailer) Old Gramps (Lionel Barrymore) traps Death (Cedric Hardwicke) in a tree in MGM's fantasy On Borrowed Time (1939).
Reunion in Vienna - (Original Trailer) A woman is tempted to betray her husband with an old flame (John Barrymore) during a Reunion in Vienna (1933).
Seventh Sin, The - (Original Trailer) Eleanor Parker stars in The Seventh Sin (1957) based on Somerset Maugham's The Painted Veil.
Barretts of Wimpole Street, The (1957) - (Original Trailer) Poet Elizabeth Barrett defies her tyrannical father for the love of Robert Browning in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957).
Story Of Three Loves, The - (Original Trailer) A all-star cast on an ocean liner finding and remembering love in The Story Of Three Loves (1953).
Command Decision - (Original Trailer) A senior officer faces the horror of sending his men on suicide missions over Germany during the last days of WW II in Command Decision (1948).
Young Bess - (Original Trailer) Jean Simmons plays the daughter of King Henry VIII (Charles Laughton) destined to become Queen Elizabeth I in Young Bess (1953).
Miniver Story, The - (Original Trailer) Life in post-war England is the subject of The Miniver Story (1950), the sequel to the Best Picture winner Mrs. Miniver (1942).

Family

Chester Franklin
Brother
Director.
Sidney Franklin Jr
Son
Producer, director. Born in 1924.

Companions

Enid Bennett
Wife
Actor. Died of a heart attack on May 14, 1969.

Bibliography