Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Mini Tribute: W.S. Van Dyke at Work

Born March 21, 1889 Director W.S. Van Dyke! Woody Strong Van Dyke started his film career working as an assistant to the legendary D. W. Griffith. In 1917, he directed his first film, The Land of Long Shadows for Essanay Studios, followed by five … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Henry Hathaway at Work

Born March 13, 1898 Director Henry Hathaway! Henry Hathaway learned his directorial craft during the Silent Era working as an assistant to notable directors including Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg and Fred Niblo. He made his credited directorial debut in … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Joseph L. Mankiewicz at Work

Born February 11, in 1909, Director/Producer/Screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz! During his long Hollywood career, Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed, produced and/or wrote screenplays for some of the most beloved classic movies, among them The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (producer), A Letter to … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Hal B. Wallis at Work

Born September 14, 1898 (or 1899?) Producer Hal B. Wallis One of Hollywood’s most respected and honored producers, Hal B. Wallis started his entertainment career as a theater manager for a Warners-owned theater in LA. In 1923, after catching the … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Delmer Daves at Work

  Born July 24, 1904 Director Delmer Daves! Delmer Daves was a successful screenwriter in Hollywood, having co-penned Dames, The Petrified Forest, Love Affair and You Were Never Lovelier (among others), before making his directorial debut in 1943 with Destination Tokyo, for … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: James Whale at Work

  Born July 22, 1889 Director James Whale! James Whale directed over 20 feature films from 1930 through 1941, most notably three iconic horror classics: Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He also directed the … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Sam Wood at Work

  Born July 10, 1883 Director Sam Wood! Sam Wood directed over 80 films in his 30-year film career (1920-1950) including Goodbye Mr. Chips, Kitty Foyle, Kings Row, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, For Whom … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Mark Sandrich at Work

Born October 26, 1901 (?) Director Mark Sandrich! Director Mark Sandrich began his film career working in the prop department, then moved on to directing shorts, and finally to directing feature length films.  During his 20-year film career, he directed … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Jack Conway at Work

Born July 17, in 1887 Director Jack Conway! Jack Conway started out as an actor, first in theater, then in films in 1908 (mostly shorts).  By 1911 he was a member of D.W. Griffith’s stock company, appearing primarily in westerns.  … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Buddy Adler at Work

  Born June 22, 1909 Producer Buddy Adler! Buddy Adler produced 24 movies in a span of only ten years (1948-1958) including the classic films From Here to Eternity (for which he won the Best Picture Oscar), Love is a … Continue reading

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