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Leo McCarey Overview:

Legendary director, Leo McCarey, was born Thomas Leo McCarey on Oct 3, 1896 in Los Angeles, CA. McCarey died at the age of 72 on Jul 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Leo McCarey was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning three for Best Director for The Awful Truth and Going My Way in 1937 and 1944 respectively for Best Writing for Going My Way in 1944.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1937Best DirectorThe Awful Truth (1937)N/AWon
1939Best WritingLove Affair (1939)N/ANominated
1940Best WritingMy Favorite Wife (1940)N/ANominated
1944Best DirectorGoing My Way (1944)N/AWon
1944Best WritingGoing My Way (1944)N/AWon
1945Best DirectorThe Bells of St. Mary's (1945)N/ANominated
1952Best WritingMy Son John (1952)N/ANominated
1957Best Music - SongAn Affair to Remember (1957)N/ANominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Mini Tribute: at Work

By Annmarie Gatti on Oct 3, 2015 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

 Born October 3, 1896 (or 1898?) Director ! In a 41 year film career that spanned 1921-1962, directed over 100 films, most famously Duck Soup, The Awful Truth, Love Affair, Going My Way, The Bells of St. Mary’s, and An Affair To Remember. Not only a director however, McC... Read full article


Make Way for Tomorrow, 1937,

By Aaron West on Jun 28, 2015 From Criterion Blues

Jun 28 Posted by aaronwest “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother.” Aging is a not a sexy topic for Hollywood. Coming of age stories are different. Dealing with the adversity of adulthood is different. There are plenty of those movies, although not nearly as many that are simply about living life as an e... Read full article


Make Way for Tomorrow, 1937,

By Aaron West on Jun 28, 2015 From Criterion Blues

Jun 28 Posted by aaronwest “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother.” Aging is a not a sexy topic for Hollywood. Coming of age stories are different. Dealing with the adversity of adulthood is different. There are plenty of those movies, although not nearly as many that are simply about living life as an e... Read full article


Make Way for Tomorrow, 1937,

By Aaron West on Jun 28, 2015 From Criterion Blues

Jun 28 Posted by aaronwest “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother.” Aging is a not a sexy topic for Hollywood. Coming of age stories are different. Dealing with the adversity of adulthood is different. There are plenty of those movies, although not nearly as many that are simply about living life as an e... Read full article


Old Hollywood Auteurs:

By Amanda Garrett on Feb 11, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Add caption Director is not as well remembered as John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, but he was an influential old Hollywood auteur for more than three decades, making classics like Love Affair (1939), The Awful Truth (1937), Duck Soup (1933) and our movie of the month, An Af... Read full article


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Leo McCarey Facts
He is responsible for the original teaming of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, though Hal Roach claimed it later and is now sometimes erroneously given credit.

According to director Edward Dmytryk, who worked for him as an editor, McCarey never forgot a slight. He once told Dmytryk that early in his career Paramount had humiliated him by unceremoniously throwing him off the lot the moment a picture he was making for them was completed. After he became successful Paramount hired him for several more pictures, but McCarey got his revenge, he told Dmytryk, because "every picture I make for Paramount costs them a half-million more than it should".

It is widely believed that many aspects of McCarey's films were based on his personal history.

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