Edmund Goulding


Director
Edmund Goulding

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
March 20, 1891
Died
December 24, 1959

Biography

In the US from 1919. Although his films perhaps lack a distinctive stamp, he is noted for his deft handling of actors and is probably best remembered for the swank, star-studded "Grand Hotel" (1932). A favored directors of Hollywood's top female stars (he worked with, among others, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Joan Fontaine, Ann Harding, Merle Oberon, Ginger Rogers, and Dor...

Family & Companions

Marjorie Moss
Wife
Dancer. Died in 1935.

Biography

In the US from 1919. Although his films perhaps lack a distinctive stamp, he is noted for his deft handling of actors and is probably best remembered for the swank, star-studded "Grand Hotel" (1932). A favored directors of Hollywood's top female stars (he worked with, among others, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Joan Fontaine, Ann Harding, Merle Oberon, Ginger Rogers, and Dorothy McGuire) Goulding enjoyed a particularly fruitful association with Bette Davis, directing her in "That Certain Woman" (1937), "Dark Victory," "The Old Maid" (both 1939) and "The Great Lie" (1941).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Mardi Gras (1958)
Director
Teenage Rebel (1956)
Director
Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1953)
Director
We're Not Married! (1952)
Director
Mister 880 (1950)
Director
Everybody Does It (1949)
Director
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
Fill-In Director
Nightmare Alley (1947)
Director
Of Human Bondage (1946)
Director
The Razor's Edge (1946)
Director
The Constant Nymph (1943)
Director
Claudia (1943)
Director
Forever and a Day (1943)
Director
The Great Lie (1941)
Director
'Til We Meet Again (1940)
Director
Dark Victory (1939)
Director
The Old Maid (1939)
Director
We Are Not Alone (1939)
Director
The Dawn Patrol (1938)
Director
White Banners (1938)
Director
That Certain Woman (1937)
Director
The Flame Within (1935)
Director
Riptide (1934)
Director
Blondie of the Follies (1932)
Director
Grand Hotel (1932)
Director
The Night Angel (1931)
Director
Reaching for the Moon (1931)
Director
Galas de la Paramount (1930)
Director
Paramount on Parade (1930)
Director
The Devil's Holiday (1930)
Director
The Trespasser (1929)
Director
Love (1927)
Director
Women Love Diamonds (1927)
Director
Paris (1926)
Director
Sally, Irene and Mary (1925)
Addl Director
Sun-Up (1925)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Paramount on Parade (1930)
Three Live Ghosts (1922)
Jimmy Gubbins
Life of a London Shopgirl (1914)
Henry VIII (1911)

Writer (Feature Film)

Claudia (1943)
Contract Writer
Old Acquaintance (1943)
Contr to Screenplay
Two Girls on Broadway (1940)
Story
That Certain Woman (1937)
Screenwriter
The Flame Within (1935)
Writer
Riptide (1934)
Writer
Flesh (1932)
Story
No Man of Her Own (1932)
Story
La fiesta del diablo (1931)
Original story and Screenplay
The Night Angel (1931)
Writer
Reaching for the Moon (1931)
Writer
Sonntag des Lebens (1931)
Original story and Screenplay
La vacanza del diavolo (1931)
Original Story
The Grand Parade (1930)
Writer
The Devil's Holiday (1930)
Scen
The Devil's Holiday (1930)
Story
The Trespasser (1929)
Story
The Broadway Melody (1929)
Story
The Trespasser (1929)
Dial
Happiness Ahead (1928)
Story
Women Love Diamonds (1927)
Story
Paris (1926)
Writer
Sun-Up (1925)
Adaptation
The Fool (1925)
Scen
Havoc (1925)
Scen
The Dancers (1925)
Scen
Sally, Irene and Mary (1925)
Scen
The Beautiful City (1925)
Writer
The Scarlet Honeymoon (1925)
Story
The Man Who Came Back (1924)
Scen
Gerald Cranston's Lady (1924)
Scen
Dante's Inferno (1924)
Adaptation
Dark Secrets (1923)
Scen
Fury (1923)
Story
Bright Lights of Broadway (1923)
Scen
Jazzmania (1923)
Adaptation
The Bright Shawl (1923)
Adaptation
Tiger Rose (1923)
Adaptation
Jazzmania (1923)
Story
Dark Secrets (1923)
Story
Peacock Alley (1922)
Scen
The Seventh Day (1922)
Scen
Till We Meet Again (1922)
Scen
Fascination (1922)
Scen
Heroes of the Street (1922)
Adaptation
Broadway Rose (1922)
Scen
Broadway Rose (1922)
Story
Fascination (1922)
Story
Dangerous Toys (1921)
Story
Tol'able David (1921)
Scen
The Devil (1921)
Scen
The Devil (1921)
Story
The Man of Stone (1921)
Story
The Dangerous Paradise (1920)
Story
The Sin That Was His (1920)
Scen
A Daughter of Two Worlds (1920)
Scen
Madonnas and Men (1920)
Story
The Perfect Lover (1919)
Scen
A Regular Girl (1919)
Scen
The Glorious Lady (1919)
Story
The Imp (1919)
Story
Sealed Hearts (1919)
Story
The Ordeal of Rosetta (1918)
Story
The Silent Partner (1917)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

The Flame Within (1935)
Producer
The Grand Parade (1930)
Producer
Love (1927)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Teenage Rebel (1956)
Composer
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Composer
The Razor's Edge (1946)
Composer
Claudia (1943)
Composer
Dark Victory (1939)
Composer
The Devil's Holiday (1930)
Music Score
The Grand Parade (1930)
Composer
The Devil's Holiday (1930)
Composer
The Trespasser (1929)
Composer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Man Who Envied Women (1986)
Other

Assistant Direction (Short)

Hollywood Party (1937)
Assistant Director

Cast (Short)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 1925 Studio Tour (1925)
Himself

Writer (Short)

Hollywood Party (1937)
Writer (Uncredited)

Life Events

1903

London stage actor

1921

Screenwriter

1922

Novelist, "Fury"

1925

Joined MGM as director-screenwriter

Photo Collections

Grand Hotel - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken during production of MGM's all-star film, Grand Hotel (1932).

Videos

Movie Clip

That Certain Woman (1937) - Nice Day For The Ducks Ian Hunter is lawyer Rogers, intervening to stop creepy reporter Whitaker (Hugh O’Connell) from printing a story about the personal history of his much valued secretary Mary (Bette Davis), when his friend, and her would-be boyfriend, Henry Fonda as playboy Jack, turns up, early in That Certain Woman, 1937.
That Certain Woman (1937) - Of Course It Hurts Better than an hour into proceedings, the first appearance for third-billed Anita Louise as “Flip,” the gracious disabled society-girl wife of Jack (Henry Fonda, not seen) visiting Bette Davis as his first wife, their marriage annulled, who just told him about their son, in writer-director Edmund Goulding’s That Certain Woman, 1937.
Nightmare Alley (1947) - My Scotch Blood Is Working Carnival boss Hoatley (James Flavin) receiving an affronted town marshal (James Burke), his new M-C and all purpose performer Stan (Tyrone Power), with an assist from Molly (Coleen Gray), laying down the charm to keep the show from being shut down, in Nightmare Alley, 1947.
Nightmare Alley (1947) - The Lady's Silence Now a big hit in Chicago, using the fortune telling code trick they stole from their ex-friends at the carnival, Stan (Tyrone Power) and his wife-assistant Molly (Colleen Gray) at work, Helen Walker as unannounced psychologist Dr. Ritter in the audience, in Nightmare Alley, 1947.
Nightmare Alley (1947) - They Look Plenty Weird The carnival crew splurging on a hotel stay, new man Stan (Tyrone Power) plotting with his lover, fortune teller Zeena (Joan Blondell), who’s still devoted to her alcoholic husband “Pete,” whom she plans to send to treatment, reading ominous tarot cards, in Nightmare Alley, 1947.
Nightmare Alley (1947) - Is A Guy Born That Way? From the top, Edmund Goulding directing, from the William Lindsay Gresham novel, we learn Stan (Tyrone Power) is the new general duty man at the carnival, querying the boss (James Flavin), and supporting the enamored fortune teller Zeena (Joan Blondell), in Nightmare Alley, 1947.
That Certain Woman (1937) - I Was Trying To Make You Famous Writer-Director Edmund Goulding opens his remake of his 1929 Gloria Swanson picture, directing Bette Davis for the first time as Mary Donnell, Mary Phillips her friend, Norman Willis accompanying them on a secret errand, craven reporter Whitaker (Hugh O’Connell) spying, in That Certain Woman, 1937, co-starring Henry Fonda.
Great Lie, The (1941) - He's A Gay Lad, Really Recovering from the week-long party after their impulsive wedding at her Park Avenue spread, flier Pete (George Brent) gets past agent Mason (Grant Mitchell) and friend James (Thurston Hall) to tell pianist Sandra (Mary Astor) that they're not legally married, early in The Great Lie, 1941.
Great Lie, The (1941) - News About Your Friends Aviator Pete (George Brent) swoops into the Maryland home of long-time girlfriend Maggie (Bette Davis), intercepted by maid Violet (Hattie McDaniel), he alone knowing that his much-publicized hasty marriage to a famous pianist is not legal after all, early in The Great Lie, 1941.
Dawn Patrol, The (1938) - Those Are The Orders Commander Brand (Basil Rathbone) interrupts his Royal Flying Corps unit, who party constantly to cope with stress, with chilling orders, top pilot Courtney (Errol Flynn) first defiant, then happy again with best pal Scotty (David Niven), in the 1938 version of the WWI drama, The Dawn Patrol.
Razor's Edge, The (1946) - She Asked For Her Husband Having left our hero Tyrone Power on his spiritual quest in India, back to Chicago where Gray (John Payne) is summoned to a hospital where, we learn, Sophie (Anne Baxter), injured in a car crash, doesn’t know her husband and child were killed, Isabel (Gene Tierney) appearing briefly, in The Razor’s Edge, 1946.
Razor's Edge, The (1946) - Mr. Maugham Herbert Marshall narrating as author W. Somerset Maughan, a device from the novel, visiting Templeton (Clifton Webb), and meeting his sister (Lucile Watson), her daughter Isabel (Gene Tierney) and friend Sophie (Anne Baxter), much talk about the unseen principal, Larry (Tyrone Power), opening The Razor's Edge, 1946.

Trailer

That Certain Woman - (Original Trailer) A gangster's widow (Bette Davis) fights for love despite society's disapproval in That Certain Woman (1937) co-starring Henry Fonda.
Constant Nymph, The - (Original Trailer) A composer (Charles Boyer) marries a rich woman rather than her young cousin (Joan Fontaine) who loves him in The Constant Nymph (1943).
Of Human Bondage (1946) - (Original Trailer) Paul Henreid is the medical student in love with Eleanor Parker's Cockney waitress in the second version of Of Human Bondage (1946).
Mister 880 - (Original Trailer) A beloved old man is secretly Mister 880, an amateurish counterfeiter in Mister 880 (1950) starring Burt Lancaster as the agent out to get him.
Nightmare Alley - (Textless Trailer) An ambitious carnival worker (Tyrone Power) attempts to scam his way out of the carnival in the brutal noir Nightmare Alley (1947).
White Banners - (Original Trailer graphics) A mysterious woman tries to help her son's foster family without revealing her true identity in White Banners (1938) starring Fay Bainter.
Grand Hotel - (Re-issue Trailer) Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandal and heartache in Grand Hotel (1932) starring Greta Garbo.
Dawn Patrol, The (1938) - (Original Trailer) A flight commander in France almost cracks under the pressure of sending men to their deaths in The Dawn Patrol (1938) starring Errol Flynn.
Dark Victory - (Original Trailer) Bette Davis stars in the ultimate weepie, Dark Victory (1939) as a flighty heiress who is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Great Lie, The -- (Original Trailer) Bette Davis, believing her husband to be dead, bargains with his former love to adopt the woman's baby in The Great Lie (1941).
Flame Within, The - (Original Trailer) Ann Harding is a psychiatrist who thinks she is remote from her patients' problems until she falls in love with one of them.
Two Girls On Broadway - (Original Trailer) Lana Turner and Joan Blondell star in Two Girls On Broadway (1940), a remake of the Oscar-winning Best Picture The Broadway Melody (1929).

Companions

Marjorie Moss
Wife
Dancer. Died in 1935.

Bibliography