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      Wesley Ruggles

      Wesley Ruggles

      Highest Rated: 100% True Confession (1937)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Cimarron (1931)

      Birthday: Jun 11, 1889

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      The brother of comic actor Charles Ruggles, Wesley Ruggles briefly followed in his brother's onscreen footsteps before forging a lengthy career as a director for such features as the Oscar-winning "Cimarron" (1931), "I'm No Angel" (1932) and "Arizona" (1940). He began directing in 1917, overseeing dozens of short comedies and melodramas before hitting his stride with the sprawling Western "Cimarron," which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director. Ruggles would direct some fine Hollywood comedies during the 1930s, including "I'm No Angel" with Mae West, and several vehicles for Carole Lombard, including "No Man of Her Own" (1932). Though prolific, Ruggles' directorial efforts rarely evinced any particular style, save for a talent for maintaining the pace in lighthearted efforts. By the 1940s, his career had run aground, with the 1946 British musical comedy "London Town" serving as the costly epitaph for his tenure behind the camera. Upon his death in 1972, Ruggles was largely regarded as a hard-working if unremarkable filmmaker whose vast body of work included several sparkling high points in the comedy genre.


      YOU BELONG TO ME, (aka GOOD MORNING, DOCTOR), Wesley Ruggles, Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Edgar Buchanan, on-set 1941 TOO MANY HUSBANDS, Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray, director Wesley Ruggles, Melvyn Douglas in publicity shot, 1940 YOU BELONG TO ME, from left, director Wesley Ruggles, Barbara Stanwyck, on their lunch break, 1941 TRUE CONFESSION, Wesley Ruggles (in two-toned shoes), directing (from left), Carole Lombard, Una Merkel, 1937



      No Score Yet No Score Yet London Town Director,
      - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet See Here, Private Hargrove Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 73% Slightly Dangerous Director - 1943
      No Score Yet 67% Somewhere I'll Find You Director - 1942
      No Score Yet 33% You Belong to Me Director,
      - 1941
      No Score Yet 56% Arizona Director,
      - 1940
      No Score Yet 43% Too Many Husbands Director,
      - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Invitation to Happiness Director,
      - 1939
      No Score Yet 50% Sing You Sinners! Director - 1938
      No Score Yet 15% I Met Him in Paris Director - 1937
      100% 47% True Confession Director - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Valiant Is the Word for Carrie Director - 1936
      No Score Yet 71% The Gilded Lily Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bride Comes Home Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Accent on Youth Director - 1935
      No Score Yet 44% Bolero Director - 1934
      No Score Yet 62% College Humor Director - 1933
      93% 72% I'm No Angel Director - 1933
      91% 69% No Man of Her Own Director - 1932
      No Score Yet 33% Roar of the Dragon Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Are These Our Children? Director - 1932
      50% 25% Cimarron Director,
      - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Honey Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea Bat Director,
      - 1930
      No Score Yet 65% Condemned Director - 1929
      No Score Yet 83% Street Girl Director,
      - 1929
      No Score Yet 25% The Plastic Age Director - 1926
      No Score Yet 87% Police The Crook (Character) - 1916
      No Score Yet 41% A Night in the Show Second Man in Balcony Front Row (Character) - 1915
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Submarine Pirate The Inventor's Accomplice (Character) - 1915