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Mervyn LeRoy


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Director / Producer
1900 - 1987 
Born October 15, San Francisco, California, USA
Key Production Country: USA
Key Genres: Drama, Melodrama, Crime Drama
Key Collaborators: Cedric Gibbons (Production Designer), Herbert Stothart (Composer), Glenda Farrell (Leading Character Player), Sol Polito (Cinematographer), Greer Garson (Leading Player), Sidney Franklin (Producer), Hal Wallis (Producer), C. Aubrey Smith (Leading Character Player), Harold Rosson (Cinematographer), Joseph Ruttenberg (Cinematographer), Harold F. Kress (Editor)
Highly Recommended: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), They Won't Forget (1937)
Recommended: Little Caesar (1930), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Random Harvest (1942)
Worth a Look: Five Star Final (1931), Three on a Match (1932), Waterloo Bridge (1940), Johnny Eager (1941), Madame Curie (1943), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), East Side, West Side (1949), Mister Roberts (1955) [co-directed by John Ford], The Bad Seed (1956)
Links: [ IMDB ] [ All-Movie Guide ] [ Film Reference ] [ Films of the Golden Age Bio ] [ Classic Film and Television Home Page ] [ Bright Lights Film Journal: "The Bad Seed" ]
Books: [ Mervyn LeRoy: Take One ]  
DVD's: [ Amazon ]  
1,000 Greatest Films: Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)Little Caesar (1930)Random Harvest (1942)The Bad Seed (1956)
  "The career of Mervyn LeRoy, one of the most successful in the heyday of the studio system, is a reflection of that system...Prolific, versatile (at home in action films, women's films, musicals, historical spectacles), LeRoy's fluency marks him as the kind of director who validates collaborative creativity. Sensitive to the particular individuals with whom he works, and to the wide-ranging needs of the various materials he treats, LeRoy offers us an image of the Hollywood technique during the development of the classic Hollywood narrative." - Charles Affron (International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, 1991)  
  "From Little Caesar to Gypsy, Le Roy has converted his innate vulgarity into a personal style. As long as he is not mistaken for a serious artist, Le Roy can be delightfully entertaining." - Andrew Sarris (The American Cinema, 1968)  
  "LeRoy established his reputation in the 30s when he directed for Warner Bros. and their subsidiary First National several powerful social dramas...LeRoy's reputation declined somewhat after WWII, when he turned out a string of mediocre entertainment films, for MGM, but it revived when he returned to Warners in the mid-50s. He retired in the mid-60s, ending a long and on the whole distinguished career that was frequently studded with commercial and critical successes." - (The MacMillan International Film Encyclopedia, 1994)  
  "The story's the thing with LeRoy. The material dictates the style of this fine director, as exemplified by the grit of I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (32) and the romantic aura of Random Harvest (42)." - William R. Meyer (The Film Buff's Catalog, 1978)  

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