Mervyn LeRoy

Birthday:
10/15/1900
Place of birth:
San Francisco, California, USA:
Biography:
Mervyn LeRoy was an American film director, producer, and sometime actor. LeRoy worked in costumes, processing labs and as a camera assistant until he became a gag writer and actor in silent films, including The Ten Commandments in 1923. LeRoy credits Ten Commandments director, Cecil B. DeMille, for inspiring him to become a director: "As the top director of the era, DeMille had been the magnet that had drawn me to his set as often as I could go." LeRoy also credits DeMille for teaching him the directing techniques required to make his own films. His first directing job was with First National Pictures on 1927's No Place to Go. LeRoy ended up working at Warner Bros. after they took control of First National. When his movies made lots of money without costing too much, he became well received in the movie business. He directed two key films which launched Edward G. Robinson into major stardom, the Oscar-nominated critique of tabloid journalism Five Star Final, and the classic gangster film Little Caesar, which made his mark. From that point forward, LeRoy would be responsible for a diverse variety of films as a director and producer. The following year's I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang was also nominated for the Academy Award for Outstanding Production as was his Anthony Adverse. In 1938 he was chosen as head of production at MGM, where he was responsible for the decision to make The Wizard of Oz. He was responsible for discovering Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum, and Lana Turner. His 1941 film Blossoms in the Dust was nominated for the Academy Award for Outstanding Motion Picture. His first big hit as a director with MGM was 1942's Random Harvest which was their biggest of the season earning worldwide rentals of $8 million and for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Directing. The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Outstanding Motion Picture. He hit big again two years later with Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo with rentals of $6 million. In 1951, he scored his biggest hit with Quo Vadis earning worldwide rentals of $21 million as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. In the early 1950s, LeRoy directed such musicals as Lovely to Look At, Million Dollar Mermaid, Latin Lovers and Rose Marie. He returned to Warner Brothers in 1955, where he took over from John Ford as director on Mister Roberts, another big hit, which was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. He also directed films for Warners such as The Bad Seed, No Time for Sergeants, The FBI Story, and Gypsy. He received an honorary Oscar in 1946 for The House I Live In, "for tolerance short subject", and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1976. A total of eight movies Mervyn LeRoy directed or co-directed were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, one of the highest numbers among all directors.

Credits

Hollywood : la vie rêvée de Lana Turner (2019)
as (archive footage)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic (1990)
as Self (archive footage)
James Stewart's Wonderful Life (1988)
as (archive footage)
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988)
as (archive footage)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)
as Himself (archive footage)
Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963)
Rome, the Eternal City (1951)
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
as Himself
Broadway After Dark (1924)
as Carl Fisher
Going Up (1923)
as The Bellboy
Little Johnny Jones (1923)
as George Nelson, Jockey
Prodigal Daughters (1923)
as Newsboy
My American Wife (1922)
as Extra
Moment to Moment
Director
Mary, Mary
Director
Gypsy
Director
Gypsy
Producer
A Majority of One
Director
The Devil at 4 O'Clock
Director
Wake Me When It's Over
Director
The FBI Story
Director
Home Before Dark
Director
No Time for Sergeants
Director
Toward the Unknown
Director
The Bad Seed
Director
The Bad Seed
Producer
Mister Roberts
Director
Strange Lady in Town
Director
Strange Lady in Town
Producer
Rose Marie
Director
Latin Lovers
Director
Million Dollar Mermaid
Director
Lovely to Look At
Director
Quo Vadis
Director
East Side, West Side
Director
Any Number Can Play
Director
Little Women
Director
Little Women
Producer
Homecoming
Director
Desire Me
Director
Without Reservations
Director
The House I Live In
Director
The House I Live In
Producer
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Director
Madame Curie
Director
You, John Jones!
Director
Random Harvest
Director
Johnny Eager
Director
Johnny Eager
Producer
Unholy Partners
Director
Blossoms in the Dust
Director
Blossoms in the Dust
Producer
Escape
Director
Escape
Producer
Waterloo Bridge
Director
At the Circus
Producer
The Wizard of Oz
Producer
Stand Up and Fight
Producer
Dramatic School
Producer
Fools for Scandal
Director
Fools for Scandal
Producer
The Great Garrick
Producer
Mr. Dodd Takes the Air
Producer
They Won't Forget
Director
The King and the Chorus Girl
Director
Three Men on a Horse
Director
Anthony Adverse
Director
I Found Stella Parish
Director
Page Miss Glory
Director
Oil For The Lamps Of China
Director
Sweet Adeline
Director
Happiness Ahead
Director
Heat Lightning
Director
Hi, Nellie!
Director
The World Changes
Director
Tugboat Annie
Director
Gold Diggers of 1933
Director
Elmer, the Great
Director
Hard to Handle
Director
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Director
Three on a Match
Director
Big City Blues
Director
Two Seconds
Director
The Heart of New York
Director
High Pressure
Director
Local Boy Makes Good
Director
Five Star Final
Director
Broadminded
Director
Too Young to Marry
Director
Gentleman's Fate
Director
Little Caesar
Director
Tonight or Never
Director
Top Speed
Director
Numbered Men
Director
Show Girl in Hollywood
Director
Playing Around
Director
Little Johnny Jones
Director
Broadway Babies
Director
Hot Stuff
Director
Naughty Baby
Director
Oh Kay!
Director
Harold Teen
Director
Ella Cinders
Scenario Writer

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