Elmer Clifton Movies List

Elmer Clifton
Elmer Clifton
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Birth of a Nation

Director Elmer Clifton Filmography

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Not Wanted
Not Wanted ( English )
Director: Elmer Clifton , Ida Lupino
Music Director: Leith Stevens
Release date: 24-06-1949
The Judge
The Judge ( English )
Director: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 31-01-1949
Sunset Carson Rides Again
Director: Oliver Drake
Music Director: Frank Sanucci
Release date: 10-09-1948
Youth Aflame
Youth Aflame ( English )
Artist: Joy Reese , Warren Burr , Kay Morley , Michael Owen , Rod Rogers
Director: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 10-10-1944
Gangsters of the Frontier
Director: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 22-09-1944
Seven Doors to Death
Seven Doors to Death ( English )
Director: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 16-08-1944
Captain America
Captain America ( English )
Director: Elmer Clifton , John English
Release date: 05-02-1944
Hard Guy
Hard Guy ( English )
Artist: Jack La Rue , Mary Healy , Kane Richmond , Iris Adrian , Gayle Mellott
Director: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 17-10-1941
City of Missing Girls
City of Missing Girls ( English )
Director: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 27-03-1941
West of Pinto Basin
West of Pinto Basin ( English )
Director: S. Roy Luby
Release date: 25-11-1940
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Elmer Clifton Biography

Born in Chicago, he was an actor in touring stock companies before making his screen debut in 1912. Joining D.W. Griffith's Fine Arts Studio in 1914, he was cast as Union officer Phil Stoneman in "The Birth of a Nation" (1915) and as The Rhapsodie in the Babylonian story of "Intolerance" (1916). He was also a second-unit director for those films. Promoted to director in 1917, Clifton supervised several successful Fine Arts comedies starring Dorothy Gish while continuing to serve as Griffith's assistant. Their association culminated with the blockbuster "Way Down East" (1920). Clifton shot much of its famous "Rescue from the ice" sequence and doubled for star Richard Barthelmess in the riskier scenes. He then left Griffith to form his own production company and had a smash hit with "Down to the Sea in Ships" (1922), a colorful whaling saga made on location in New England. It made a star of future "It Girl" Clara Bow, who appeared as a cross-dressing stowaway. In 1923 Clifton signed a lucrative seven-year contract with Fox and was poised to become one of Hollywood's major directors. Then tragedy struck. He was filming "The Warrens of Virginia" in Texas when his lead actress died from burns in an accident on the set. Although Clifton was blameless in the incident, he was fired by Fox and his career never regained its momentum.

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