W.S. Van Dyke Movies List

W.S. Van Dyke
W.S. Van Dyke
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The Birth of a Nation

Director W.S. Van Dyke Filmography

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Showing 1 to 10 of 42 movies
Journey for Margaret
Journey for Margaret ( English )
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 17-12-1942
Cairo ( English )
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 17-08-1942
I Married an Angel
I Married an Angel ( English )
Director: W.S. Van Dyke , Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 09-07-1942
Shadow of the Thin Man
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 21-11-1941
The Feminine Touch
The Feminine Touch ( English )
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 01-10-1941
Rage in Heaven
Rage in Heaven ( English )
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Music Director: Bronislau Kaper
Release date: 07-03-1941
Bitter Sweet
Bitter Sweet ( English )
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 08-11-1940
I Love You Again
I Love You Again ( English )
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 09-08-1940
New Moon
New Moon ( English )
Director: Robert Z. Leonard , W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 28-06-1940
I Take This Woman
I Take This Woman ( English )
Director: W.S. Van Dyke , Frank Borzage , Josef von Sternberg , Lew Borzage , Hugh Boswell
Music Director: Artur Guttmann , Bronislau Kaper
Release date: 01-02-1940
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Showing 1 to 10 of 42 movies

W.S. Van Dyke Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Woodbridge Strong “W. S.” Van Dyke II (Woody) (March 21, 1889 – February 5, 1943) was an American film director and writer who made several successful early sound films, including Tarzan the Ape Man in 1932, The Thin Man in 1934, San Francisco in 1936, and six popular musicals with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. He received two Academy Award nominations for Best Director for The Thin Man and San Francisco, and directed four actors to Oscar nominations: William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Norma Shearer, and Robert Morley. Known as a reliable craftsman who made his films on schedule and under budget, he earned the name "One Take Woody" for his quick and efficient style of filming. Many of his films were huge hits and top box office in any given year. He received Academy Award for Best Director nominations for The Thin Man (1934) and San Francisco (1936). He also directed the Oscar-winning classic Eskimo (also known as Mala the Magnificent), in which he also has a featured acting role. His other films include the island adventure White Shadows in the South Seas (1928); its follow-up, The Pagan (1929); Trader Horn (1931), which was filmed almost entirely in Africa; Tarzan the Ape Man (1932); Manhattan Melodrama (1934); and Marie Antoinette (1938). He is perhaps best remembered, however, for directing Myrna Loy and William Powell in four Thin Man films: The Thin Man (1934), After the Thin Man (1936), Another Thin Man (1939), and Shadow of the Thin Man (1941); and Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in six of their greatest hits, Naughty Marietta (1935), Rose Marie (1936), Sweethearts (1938), New Moon (1940) (uncredited because halfway through filming Robert Z. Leonard took over), Bitter Sweet (1940), and I Married an Angel (1942). The earthquake sequence in San Francisco is considered one of the best special-effects sequences ever filmed. To help direct, Van Dyke called upon his early mentor, D. W. Griffith, who had fallen on hard times. Van Dyke was also known to hire old-time, out-of-work actors as extras. Because of his loyalty, he was much beloved and admired in the industry. Van Dyke was known for allowing ad-libbing (that remained in the film) and for coaxing natural performances from his actors. He made stars of Nelson Eddy, James Stewart, Myrna Loy, Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Eleanor Powell, Ilona Massey, and Margaret O'Brien. He was often called in to work a few days (or more), uncredited, on a film that was in trouble or had gone over production schedule. Promoted to the rank of major prior to World War II, the patriotic Van Dyke set up a Marine Corps recruiting center in his MGM office. He was one of the first Hollywood bigwigs to advocate early U.S. involvement, and he convinced stars like Clark Gable, James Stewart, Robert Taylor, and Nelson Eddy to become involved in the war effort.

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