Roland West Overview:

Director, Roland West, was born Roland Van Ziemer on Feb 20, 1885 in Cleveland, OH. West died at the age of 67 on Mar 31, 1952 in Santa Monica, CA .


West directed 14 films between 1916 and and 1931, most notably The Monster (1925) starring Lon Chaney, The Bat (1926) which was based on the 1920 series and play by Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Alibi (1929) for which Chester Morris was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award.

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).



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Was involved and living with actress Thelma Todd in Santa Monica at the time of her still-unsolved death in 1935. Neighbors heard them quarreling the night before she was found in her garage, overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning. Though a suspect, he was never arrested.

In 1952, allegedly made a deathbed confession to his friend, Chester Morris, for the murder of Thelma Todd in 1935.

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 1194-1197. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

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