Michael Gordon Overview:

Director, Michael Gordon, was born Irving Kunin Gordon on Sep 6, 1909 in Baltimore, MD. Gordon died at the age of 83 on Apr 23, 1993 in Century City, CA and was laid to rest in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


Michael Gordon was unlucky in that he fell foul of the McCarthy witch-hunt, but lucky in that he had a theatrical career to fall back on, and subsequently became one of the first un-repentent directors to regain favor, making some big box-office successes for the studio that employed him ten years earlier.

Gordon began acting while at Yale University, but turned to direction on the stage after working on Broadway for a couple of years as actor/assistant stage manager. Columbia gave him employment as dialogue director form 1939 and, in the war years, handed him a few second-feature thrillers to direct (which he did with some polish) before he returned to directing in the theater for four years. On his return to the cinema, he directed some dark dramas and thrillers, bits of which still stick in the mind despite un-sensational reviews. In addition, Gordon made some glossy comic battles-of-the-sexes for Universal when he returned to films in 1959 including Pillow Talk which was a box-office blockbuster.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Directors).



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