The Directors: William Wellman & Cecil B. DeMille

Another installment in the film directors series.  Two heavyweights of the Golden Days of Hollywood. William Wellman had a long and successful career in Hollywood after being a decorated flyer in World War I.  He tried acting, which he hated and became a director instead, with his first directing credit in 1923.  He directed Wings (1927), that … More The Directors: William Wellman & Cecil B. DeMille

The Directors: Mervyn LeRoy & George Cukor

Mervyn LeRoy and George Cukor are two of the pillars of the Hollywood Studio system. Both had long careers and worked well within the confines of the movie-making during the golden days of the studios.  Both worked with the greatest actors and were assigned the studios’ best scripts. Below, George Cukor with Katherine Hepburn; Mervyn … More The Directors: Mervyn LeRoy & George Cukor

Ida Lupino: Pioneer

If you grew up in the 1960s or 1970s you probably remember Ida Lupino as a television and sometimes film actress. Perhaps you did not know that in the late 1940s she began a successful career as a writer/producer/director in both television and films. She was one of the first female directors and had her … More Ida Lupino: Pioneer

The Directors: Robert Benton & Barry Levinson

Another in a series about film directors. Robert Benton and Barry Levinson both started as screenwriters who later moved into film direction, each winning Academy Awards for directing. Robert Benton has only directed 11 full-length films, and written or co-written 15 screenplays. He has collected three Academy Awards, two for writing, one for directing. Not … More The Directors: Robert Benton & Barry Levinson

The Directors: Richard Donner & Peter Hyams

Another installment in the directors series   Richard Donner started directing television Westerns with Zane Grey Theater. He directed many hours of television during the 1960s, Loretta Young Theater, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Route 66, Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Have Gun Will Travel, The Twilight Zone, The Man From UNCLE, The Wild Wild West, The … More The Directors: Richard Donner & Peter Hyams