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      Mervyn LeRoy

      Mervyn LeRoy

      Highest Rated: 100% Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

      Lowest Rated: 14% Any Number Can Play (1949)

      Birthday: Oct 15, 1900

      Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

      Former actor and comedy writer who began a prolific directing career in 1927. LeRoy did his best work at Warner Bros. in the 1930s, turning out a string of grittily realistic films which reflected the hardships of Depression-era America. His 1930 gangster film, "Little Caesar," launched Edward G. Robinson into stardom and inaugurated the genre with which Warners would make its name. In 1938 LeRoy switched to MGM and turned his hand to glossier and, for the most part, less satisfactory fare. His other achievements include producing "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), taking over the direction of "Mister Roberts" (1955) from an ailing John Ford and introducing Ronald Reagan to Nancy Davis.

      Photos

      EAST SIDE WEST SIDE, director Mervyn Le Roy, Barbara Stanwyck, on-set, 1949 ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY, Frank Morgan, Alexis Smith, director Mervyn LeRoy, on set, 1949 QUO VADIS, director Mervyn LeRoy on set, 1951 QUO VADIS, director Mervyn LeRoy (left) with visitor Elizabeth Taylor (center) on set, 1951 HARD TO HANDLE, director Mervyn LeRoy, James Cagney on set, 1933 THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO, Robert Bice, Bill Williams, Van Johnson, Tim Murdock, (in cockpit), director Mervyn LeRoy, (beneath camera), 1944 MADAME CURIE, director Mervyn LeRoy, cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg on set, 1943 MADAME CURIE, Greer Garson, director Mervyn LeRoy, 1943 THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO, director Mervyn LeRoy, Phyllis Thaxter, Van Johnson, on-set, 1944 UNHOLY PARTNERS, from left: Edward G. Robinson, director Mervyn LeRoy, on set, 1941 THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO, Van Johnson, director Mervyn LeRoy, Robert Walker, Major Dean Davenport, on-set, 1944 WITHOUT RESERVATIONS, director Mervyn LeRoy, Claudette Colbert on set, 1946 LITTLE WOMEN, from left: technicolor color director Natalie Kalmus, producer/director Mervyn LeRoy examining sketches, 1949, littlewomen1948-fsct08, Photo by: (littlewomen1948-fsct08) MADAME CURIE, Walter Pidgeon, Greer Garson, director Mervyn LeRoy, relax between takes, 1943 JOHNNY EAGER, Robert Taylor, director Mervyn LeRoy on set, 1942 MADAME CURIE, Greer Garson, director Mervyn LeRoy on set, 1943 JOHNNY EAGER, from left, director Meryn LeRoy, Robert Taylor, Edward Arnold, on-set, October 1941 JOHNNY EAGER, from left, director Mervyn LeRoy, Henry O'Neill, Glenda Farrell, on-set, October 1941 JOHNNY EAGER, from left, costume designer Robert Kalloch, director Mervyn LeRoy, Lana Turner, poring over costume sketches, September 1941 RANDOM HARVEST, director Mervyn LeRoy, Susan Peters, Gilbert Roland, on set, 1942

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moment to Moment Director - 1966
      No Score Yet 33% Mary, Mary Director,
      Producer
      - 1963
      64% 74% Gypsy Director,
      Producer
      - 1962
      67% 62% A Majority of One Director - 1961
      80% 55% The Devil at 4 O'Clock Director - 1961
      No Score Yet 40% Wake Me When It's Over Director,
      Producer
      - 1960
      60% 46% The FBI Story Director - 1959
      No Score Yet 85% Home Before Dark Director,
      Producer
      - 1958
      60% 80% No Time for Sergeants Director,
      Producer
      - 1958
      63% 82% The Bad Seed Director,
      Producer
      - 1956
      No Score Yet 44% Toward the Unknown Director,
      Producer
      - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Lady in Town Director,
      Producer
      - 1955
      93% 85% Mister Roberts Director - 1955
      No Score Yet 30% Rose Marie Director - 1954
      No Score Yet 33% Latin Lovers Director - 1953
      No Score Yet 33% Lovely to Look At Director - 1952
      86% 69% Million Dollar Mermaid Director - 1952
      84% 73% Quo Vadis? Director - 1951
      14% 67% Any Number Can Play Director - 1949
      75% 83% Little Women Director,
      Producer
      - 1949
      43% 74% East Side, West Side Director - 1949
      No Score Yet 88% Homecoming Director - 1948
      No Score Yet 42% Desire Me Director - 1947
      No Score Yet 54% Without Reservations Director - 1946
      No Score Yet 67% The House I Live In Director - 1945
      100% 75% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Director - 1944
      88% 68% Madame Curie Director - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You, John Jones! Director - 1943
      No Score Yet 77% Johnny Eager Director,
      Producer
      - 1942
      82% 89% Random Harvest Director - 1942
      33% 70% Blossoms in the Dust Director - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can't Fool a Camera Self - 1941
      No Score Yet 83% Unholy Partners Director,
      Producer
      - 1941
      83% 88% Waterloo Bridge Director - 1940
      60% 57% Escape Director - 1940
      100% 63% At the Circus Producer - 1939
      98% 89% The Wizard of Oz Producer $5.5M 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stand Up and Fight Producer - 1939
      No Score Yet 54% Fools for Scandal Director,
      Producer
      - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dramatic School Producer - 1938
      No Score Yet 84% They Won't Forget Director,
      Producer
      - 1937
      No Score Yet 82% The Great Garrick Producer - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The King and the Chorus Girl Director - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marry the Girl Producer - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Dodd Takes the Air Producer - 1937
      No Score Yet 57% Three Men on a Horse Director - 1936
      20% 48% Anthony Adverse Director - 1936
      No Score Yet 22% I Found Stella Parish Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Oil for the Lamps of China Director - 1935
      No Score Yet 33% Page Miss Glory Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hi, Nellie Director - 1934
      No Score Yet 85% Heat Lightning Director - 1934
      No Score Yet 43% Happiness Ahead Director - 1934
      No Score Yet 43% Sweet Adeline Director - 1934
      No Score Yet 44% Hard to Handle Director - 1933
      No Score Yet 71% Tugboat Annie Director - 1933
      100% 86% Gold Diggers of 1933 Director - 1933
      No Score Yet 55% Elmer the Great Director - 1933
      No Score Yet 20% The World Changes Director - 1933
      96% 91% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang Director - 1932
      No Score Yet 70% Two Seconds Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Heart of New York Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Big City Blues Director,
      Producer
      - 1932
      83% 72% Three on a Match Director - 1932
      No Score Yet 25% High Pressure Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gentleman's Fate Director - 1931
      91% 79% Five Star Final Director - 1931
      No Score Yet 40% Tonight or Never Director - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Young to Marry Director - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Broadminded Director - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Local Boy Makes Good Director - 1931
      92% 75% Little Caesar Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Numbered Men Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Playing Around Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Top Speed Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Show Girl in Hollywood Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Broadway Babies Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harold Teen Director - 1928
      No Score Yet 60% Ella Cinders Writer - 1926

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1970