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      Sidney Lanfield

      Sidney Lanfield

      Highest Rated: 100% My Favorite Blonde (1942)

      Lowest Rated: 80% You'll Never Get Rich (1941)

      Birthday: Apr 20, 1898

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      Once upon a time, future film and TV directors began their careers in Vaudeville rather than at film school or in a gopher role on a live set. Sidney Lanfield is part of that bygone era, graduating from the hallowed halls of anything goes nickel-and-dime entertainment to the job of Hollywood joke writer in 1926. The Chicago native finally got his shot at directing in 1930, just as the silent era was giving way to the talkies, and eventually hitched a ride on the Bob Hope caravan, collaborating numerous times with the master of the wise crack. However, one of Lanfield's most successful films was actually the 1939 feature "The Hound of the Baskervilles," starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. After World War II, Lanfield eventually shifted to TV directing, and all those years later, he was a proud member of the "McHale's Navy"production crew, directing 54 episodes from 1962 to 1964. He moved on to another successful series, "The Addams Family," before finally retiring in 1967. From 1927 until his death in 1972, Lanfield was married to film actress Shirley Mason.

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      WHERE THERE'S LIFE, Bob Hope, director Sidney Lanfield on set, 1947 WAKE UP AND LIVE, from left, Ben Bernie, director Sidney Lanfield, Walter Winchell, Jack Haley, 1937, ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 52% Skirts Ahoy! Director - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow the Sun Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 75% The Lemon Drop Kid Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 72% Sorrowful Jones Director - 1949
      No Score Yet 44% Station West Director - 1948
      No Score Yet 50% Where There's Life Director - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trouble With Women Director - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Well-Groomed Bride Director - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bring on the Girls Director - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Standing Room Only Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 20% The Meanest Man in the World Director - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Let's Face It Director - 1943
      100% 73% My Favorite Blonde Director - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lady Has Plans Director - 1942
      80% 59% You'll Never Get Rich Director - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Swanee River Director - 1939
      91% 83% The Hound of the Baskervilles Director - 1939
      No Score Yet 58% Second Fiddle Director - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Always Goodbye Director - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wake Up and Live Director - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love and Hisses Director - 1937
      No Score Yet 29% Thin Ice Director - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sing, Baby, Sing Director - 1936
      No Score Yet 0% One in a Million Director - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Half Angel Director - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King of Burlesque Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hold 'Em Yale Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Salute Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moulin Rouge Director - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Gentleman Director - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Broadway Bad Director - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hat Check Girl Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Girls Lost Director - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheer Up and Smile Director - 1930

      TV

      Credit
      100% 91% The Addams Family Director 1964-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Director 1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Director 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Whispering Smith Director 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Director 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bachelor Father Director 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet G.E. Theater Director 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Director 1957-1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fireside Theatre Director 1955