Classic Movie Legend Tribute: W.S Van Dyke

 

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, W.S Van Dyke, born March 21st, 1889!

W.S. Van Dyke is a producer’s dream director. Not only was he capable of directing multiple genres, he had an unprecedented skill of finishing pictures on-time and under budget. He earned the nickname “One-take Woody,” due to his directing praxis of shooting each scene as quickly and efficiently as possible. During his 25-year tenure as a film director, he directed over 90 films.  In case crunching numbers isn’t your thing, I did it for you — that’s 3.6 films a year. To put that in perspective, during Quentin Tarantino’s 25 years as a director, he directed 9 films or .36 films a year with a couple of TV credits thrown in for good measure.

Of course, it’s not simply Van Dyke’s speed as a director that made him the toast of producers everywhere; it was his craft as well. Just because Woody liked to work fast does not mean he wasn’t dedicated to making the best picture possible. In a span of six years, he directed such classics as The Thin Man, Manhattan Melodrama, San Francisco, After the Thin Man, Marie Antoinette and I Love You Again. That’s a classic a year and that is simply amazing. So, to celebrate this speedy director, let us take a look at some of his most beloved films.

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Clark Gable in Manhattan Melodrama (1934, W.S Van Dyke director)

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Myrna Loy, The Thin Man, Classic Movie actress, W.S Van DykeWilliam Powell and Myrna Loy in The Thin Man (1934, W.S Van Dyke director)

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Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette (1938, W.S Van Dyke director)

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Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub

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