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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.

BlogHub Articles:

Duck Soup (1933, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on May 29, 2017 From The Stop Button

Duck Soup is madness. It’s not divine madness or sublime madness. It’s comedic madness, which is fine, but it’s a tad frantic and a tad distracted. The film opens with Margaret Dumont’s wealthy widow getting Groucho Marx installed as a head of state. Turns out evil Louis Calhern–a neighboring countr... Read full article


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


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Leo McCarey Facts
Biography in: "American National Biography." Supplement 1, pp. 392-393. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

He was a practicing criminal defense attorney for a short time in Los Angeles and San Francisco. McCarey often told a story about his last case when he was conned into defending a wife-beater, who chased him out of court and down the street. That incident was the conclusion of his legal career. McCarey would later claim that he never won a single case.

He is the first director to win three major categories at the Academy Awards--Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing, Original Story, for Going My Way (1944).

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