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Fred M. Wilcox is a Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Assistant Director American born on 22 december 1907 at Tazewell (USA)

Fred M. Wilcox

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Birth name Fred McLeod Wilcox
Nationality USA
Birth 22 december 1907 at Tazewell (USA)
Death 23 september 1964 (at 56 years) at Beverly Hills (USA)

Fred McLeod Wilcox (December 22, 1907 – September 23, 1964) was an American motion picture director. He worked for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for many years, directed the science fiction classic Forbidden Planet (1956) as well as the classic family film Lassie Come Home which was enshrined on the National Film Preservation Board's National Film Registry in 1993.

Biography

Fred M. Wilcox est d'abord assistant-réalisateur de 1929 (débutant sur Hallelujah ! de King Vidor) à 1934, avant de passer à la réalisation en 1938 sur deux films (pour l'un, il est réalisateur de seconde équipe ; l'autre est un court métrage). Il réalise ensuite dix longs métrages entre 1943 et 1960, étant également scénariste et producteur de son dernier.

Il est surtout connu pour avoir réalisé trois films de la série cinématographique consacrée à la chienne Lassie (ex. : Le Courage de Lassie en 1946, avec Elizabeth Taylor et Frank Morgan), ainsi que le classique de la science-fiction Planète interdite (1956), avec Leslie Nielsen et Anne Francis.

Il est le frère de l'actrice Ruth Selwyn (1905-1954), née Ruth Wilcox, épouse du réalisateur Edgar Selwyn.

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Filmography of Fred M. Wilcox (12 films)

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Director

I Passed for White, 1h33
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors James Franciscus, Edgar Ray Kellogg, Jimmy Lydon, Maila Nurmi
Rating61% 3.0548453.0548453.0548453.0548453.054845
Bernice Lee (Sonya Wilde) is a young woman of mixed African and European ancestry, living in Chicago with her family, who is mistaken for a purely white woman by a white man, who tries to hit on her repeatedly. Her brother, more obviously of mixed heritage, fights off the man. Bernice's grandmother consoles her when she confides her troubles.
Forbidden Planet, 1h38
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Théâtre, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films set in the future, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films, Invisibilité
Actors Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson
Rating75% 3.7979653.7979653.7979653.7979653.797965
In the 23rd century, to discover the fate of an expedition sent 20 years earlier, starship C-57D reaches the distant planet Altair IV. Dr. Edward Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), one of the expedition's scientists, contacts the starship. He states no assistance is required, warning the Earth ship away, saying he cannot guarantee their safety. Commander John Adams (Leslie Nielsen) insists on landing.
Tennessee Champ, 1h13
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Boxing films, Le boxe anglaise
Actors Dewey Martin, Shelley Winters, Keenan Wynn, Charles Bronson, Earl Holliman, Dave O'Brien
Rating58% 2.915482.915482.915482.915482.91548
Sarah Wurble's husband Willy is the larceny-inclined manager of an illiterate, and very religious boxer from Tennessee named Danny. Gifted with a powerful punch and a nickname that gives the film its title, Danny mistakenly believes he killed a man defending himself in a street brawl, and goes on the lam as a prizefighter.
Code Two
Code Two (1953)

Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Ralph Meeker, Elaine Stewart, Chuck Connors, Sally Forrest, Keenan Wynn, Robert Horton
Rating63% 3.197353.197353.197353.197353.19735
Classmates at the Los Angeles police academy, Chuck O'Fair, Russ Hartley and Harry Whenlon bond as friends. When they socialize at one's house, Russ and his wife, Mary, observe as the extroverted Chuck expresses an interest in Mary's sister, Jane, who seems to prefer the shy Harry instead.
Shadow in the Sky
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Ralph Meeker, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Eduard Franz, John Rollin Lupton, Edward Clark
Rating67% 3.3863653.3863653.3863653.3863653.386365
Lou and Betty Hopke, who own a gas station in California, feel they owe help to Burt, an ex-Marine who has been confined to a veteran's hospital since the war. Lou is indebted for Burt's having saved his life in combat, and Burt is also Betty's brother.
The Secret Garden, 1h32
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about children, Children's films
Actors Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall, Gladys Cooper, Dean Stockwell, Elsa Lanchester, Brian Roper
Rating74% 3.745693.745693.745693.745693.74569
When tempestuous Mary Lennox (Margaret O'Brien), born in India to wealthy parents, is orphaned by a cholera epidemic, she is sent to live with her reclusive and embittered Uncle Archibald Craven (Herbert Marshall) and her ill-behaved, bedridden cousin Colin (Dean Stockwell) at their desolate and decaying estate known as Misselthwaite Manor. Dickon (Brian Roper), the brother of one of the house maids, tells her of a garden secreted behind a hidden door in a vine-covered wall. When a raven unearths the key, the two enter and discover the garden is overgrown from neglect since Craven's wife died there in an accident. They decide to keep their discovery a secret, and begin to restore it to its original grandeur. Under the influence of the Secret Garden, Mary becomes less self-absorbed, Colin's health steadily improves, and Archibald's curmudgeonly personality fades away.
Hills of Home, 1h37
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Edmund Gwenn, Pal, Donald Crisp, Tom Drake, Janet Leigh, Rhys Williams
Rating66% 3.3429553.3429553.3429553.3429553.342955
Dr. William MacLure (Edmund Gwenn) a Scottish doctor, adopts Lassie, who has an unnatural aversion to water. The Dr. tries to cure Lassie of her fears, but she remains water-shy.
Three Daring Daughters, 1h55
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Jeanette MacDonald, José Iturbi, Jane Powell, Edward Arnold, Harry Davenport, Ann E. Todd
Rating62% 3.1494253.1494253.1494253.1494253.149425
It's Tess' graduation day from "Miss Drakes School for Girls". During the choir's performance at the ceremony, Tess notices that her beautiful, divorcee mother, Louise Rayton Morgan isn't there. Louise, an editor for Modern Design Publication, is lying in Dr. Cannon's office from fainting due to being over-worked and stressed-out. At home after the graduation ceremony, Dr. Cannon has a talk with Louise's three daughters, Tess, Ilka and Alix. He tells them that their mother needs a vacation badly, but the only way she can relax is if she goes without the girls. The girls agree, but Louise is reluctant; however, the girls convince her to go. The girls see their mother off on her one month Cuban cruise. When the girls get home they discuss their mother, and believe if they bring their father back home it will make their mom happy and healthy again. In reality, Louise has kept the truth about their father from them. Their father was actually a very uncaring man, who left them and left Louise to raise the girls on her own. The girls go to see their father's boss, Robert Nelson to locate their father and bring him home. Meanwhile on Louise's Cuban cruise, she meets famed pianist and conductor, Jose Iturbi. Jose is immediately taken by Louise, but she plays hard to get, while having the time of her life. When Louise finally returns home, she has a secret to tell the girls, but, the girls have a secret too.
Courage of Lassie, 1h32
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Pal, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Harry Davenport, Selena Royle, Tom Drake
Rating63% 3.1927453.1927453.1927453.1927453.192745
A collie pup is separated from his mother and grows to young adulthood in the forest. After being swept away in a torrent and then shot by a young hunter, he is found by Kathie Merrick (Elizabeth Taylor) and carried to her home. With the help of a kindly shepherd, Mr. MacBain (Frank Morgan), she tends him back to health, names him Bill, and teaches him to herd sheep.
Lassie Come Home, 1h29
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Films about dogs, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Pal, Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn, Elizabeth Taylor
Rating70% 3.546173.546173.546173.546173.54617
Set in Depression-era Yorkshire, England, Mr. and Mrs. Carraclough (Donald Crisp and Elsa Lanchester) are hit by hard times and forced to sell their collie, Lassie (Pal), to the rich Duke of Rudling (Nigel Bruce), who has always admired her. Young Joe Carraclough (Roddy McDowall) grows despondent at the loss of his companion.
Turn Back the Clock, 1h19
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox, Edgar Selwyn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Lee Tracy, Mae Clarke, Otto Kruger, George Barbier, Peggy Shannon, C. Henry Gordon
Rating66% 3.33893.33893.33893.33893.3389
On March 23, 1933, Joe Gimlet (Lee Tracy) is a middle-aged cigar store owner, runs into his childhood friend, banker Ted Wright. While having dinner, with Joe and his wife Mary, Ted requests that Joe and Mary invest $4,000 in savings in Ted's company. Joe is excited by the idea, but Mary refuses to part with their savings. Angered by her reluctance, Joe gets drunk and declares to Mary that he should have married the wealthy Elvina. After drunkenly leaving the apartment, he is hit by a car. He is brought to hospital, to have a surgery.

Scriptwriter

I Passed for White, 1h33
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors James Franciscus, Edgar Ray Kellogg, Jimmy Lydon, Maila Nurmi
Rating61% 3.0548453.0548453.0548453.0548453.054845
Bernice Lee (Sonya Wilde) is a young woman of mixed African and European ancestry, living in Chicago with her family, who is mistaken for a purely white woman by a white man, who tries to hit on her repeatedly. Her brother, more obviously of mixed heritage, fights off the man. Bernice's grandmother consoles her when she confides her troubles.

Producer

I Passed for White, 1h33
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors James Franciscus, Edgar Ray Kellogg, Jimmy Lydon, Maila Nurmi
Roles Producer
Rating61% 3.0548453.0548453.0548453.0548453.054845
Bernice Lee (Sonya Wilde) is a young woman of mixed African and European ancestry, living in Chicago with her family, who is mistaken for a purely white woman by a white man, who tries to hit on her repeatedly. Her brother, more obviously of mixed heritage, fights off the man. Bernice's grandmother consoles her when she confides her troubles.

Director

The Solitaire Man, 1h7
Directed by Jack Conway
Origin USA
Genres Crime, Romance
Actors Herbert Marshall, Mary Boland, Lionel Atwill, May Robson, Elizabeth Allan, Ralph Forbes
Roles Assistant Director
Rating64% 3.2403953.2403953.2403953.2403953.240395
After a job in Monte Carlo, an English jewel theft ring returns to Paris. Suave cat burglar Oliver Lane (Herbert Marshall), fashioned the "Solitaire Man" in the newspapers after seven years of eluding Scotland Yard, proposes marriage to his lovely accomplice Helen (Elizabeth Allan) and informs her he has bought a country house in Devonshire to which they can all retire. However unstable Robert Bascom (Ralph Forbes), drug-addicted after his experiences in the World War, also loves Helen and wants to continue on his own. He presents Oliver with the "Brewster necklace" that he burgled from the British Embassy while he dined there with his former colonel. Realizing Bascom would be the only suspect and his arrest would lead back to all of them, Oliver returns the Brewster necklace to the safe just as an inspector from Scotland Yard tracking the Solitaire Man arrives at the embassy. Before Oliver can make his escape, a second man sneaks in and steals the necklace but is interrupted by the inspector, who recognizes the thief but is shot and killed by him. Oliver struggles in the dark with the killer during his getaway and grabs the necklace and part of the killer's watch chain.