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Gordon Douglas is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Assistant Director American born on 15 december 1907 at New York City (USA)

Gordon Douglas

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Birth name Gordon Douglas Brickner
Nationality USA
Birth 15 december 1907 at New York City (USA)
Death 29 september 1993 (at 85 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Gordon Douglas (December 15, 1907 – September 29, 1993) was an American film director, who directed many different genres of films over the course of a five-decade career in motion pictures. He was a native of New York City.


Hal Roach and Our Gang
Born Gordon Douglas Brickner, he began his career as a child actor. As a teenager he worked at the Hal Roach Studios, working in the office and appearing in bit parts in various Hal Roach films. He made walk-on appearances in at least three Our Gang shorts: Teacher’s Pet, Big Ears and Birthday Blues. By 1934 Douglas was assistant to director Gus Meins, and served as assistant director on Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s 1934 film Babes in Toyland, and on the Our Gang comedies made between 1934 and mid-1936.

Beginning with Bored of Education in 1936, Our Gang moved from two-reel (20-minute) comedies to one-reel (10-minute) comedies, and Douglas became the senior director of the series. Bored of Education won the 1936 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film, and was the only Our Gang entry ever honored with the award. Douglas remained with the series as director for two years. His Our Gang shorts, featuring Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Porky, Buckwheat, Waldo, Butch and Woim, are the most familiar in the series’ 22-year canon.

Roach sold the Our Gang unit to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in May 1938. Douglas directed two MGM Our Gangs on loan from Roach before deciding that he could not get used to the more industrialized atmosphere at the larger studio. Returning to his home studio, Douglas directed Zenobia with Oliver Hardy and Harry Langdon, Saps at Sea with Laurel and Hardy, and All-American Co-Ed with former Our Gang member Johnny Downs.

Later years
Douglas' last picture for Roach was the Nazi satire The Devil with Hitler (1942). He might have stayed with Roach indefinitely, but Roach turned his studio over to the U.S. Army for the production of wartime training films. Douglas moved on to RKO Radio Pictures, where he directed low-budget entries in the studio's series featuring The Great Gildersleeve, Brown and Carney, The Falcon and Dick Tracy. He was sometimes billed as Gordon M. Douglas.

He migrated from RKO to Columbia Pictures in 1948, and then to Warner Bros. in 1950. At Warners Douglas directed a number of notable films, including the studio's contribution to the anti-Communist campaign, I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951), the 3-D western Charge at Feather River (1953), Liberace's box office failure Sincerely Yours (1955) and the 1954 sci-fi classic Them!. His three low-budget westerns starring Clint Walker -- Fort Dobbs (1958), Yellowstone Kelly (1959) and Gold of the Seven Saints (1961, from a screenplay by Leigh Brackett originally commissioned by Howard Hawks) -- have been compared to Budd Boetticher's contemporary minimalist westerns with Randolph Scott. Later films for other studios included Bob Hope's Call Me Bwana, Frank Sinatra's The Detective, Sidney Poitier's They Call Me Mister Tibbs! and Elvis Presley's Follow That Dream. Douglas returned to Warner Bros. for his final film, 1977's Viva Knievel! in which the stuntman Evel Knievel played himself in a fanciful biography.

Reportedly, Douglas was the only person to ever direct both Elvis and Sinatra on film.

Attempting to explain his prodigious directorial output, Douglas told Bertrand Tavernier:

I have a large family to feed, and it's only occasionally that I find a story that interests me."

Gordon Douglas died of cancer on September 29, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 85. He was survived by his wife Julia Mack Douglas, son Gary Douglas, daughter Cathie Graham, and a grandson.

Best films

I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951)
Come Fill The Cup (1951)

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Filmography of Gordon Douglas (114 films)

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In Name Only, 1h34
Directed by John Cromwell
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson, Charles Coburn, Katharine Alexander
Roles Steward
Rating71% 3.5946753.5946753.5946753.5946753.594675
Alec Walker (Cary Grant) puts up with a loveless marriage to Maida (Kay Francis) until he meets widow Julie Eden (Carole Lombard). They fall in love and he asks his wife for a divorce. She refuses; as she goes on to tell him, she married him solely for his social position and wealth and won't give them up. She is such a skillful liar that she has Alec's parents (Charles Coburn, Nella Walker) convinced that Julie is out to destroy the marriage.
The Fatal Glass of Beer, 21minutes
Directed by Clyde Bruckman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors W. C. Fields, Rosemary Theby, George Chandler, Richard Cramer, Gordon Douglas, Marvin Loback
Roles Student Drinker (uncredited)
Rating68% 3.439063.439063.439063.439063.43906
Le film est une parodie d'un mélodrame intitulé Stolen Bonds.
Birthday Blues
Directed by Robert F. McGowan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Children's films
Actors Dickie Moore, George McFarland, Stymie Beard, Dorothy DeBorba, Kendall McComas, Bobbie Beard
Roles Delivery boy
Rating73% 3.6965353.6965353.6965353.6965353.696535
When their pennypinching father refuses to buy a birthday gift for their long-suffering mother, brothers Dickie and Spanky decide to purchase a gift for Mom on their own. Unfortunately, the "late 1922 model" dress they have selected is beyond their price range (a daunting $1.98); thus, acting upon the advice of Stymie, Dickie and Spanky decide to bake a cake with hidden prizes, then auction off the cake at ten cents a slice.
Beau Hunks
Beau Hunks (1931)
, 37minutes
Directed by James W. Horne
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes French war films, Military humor in film, Buddy films
Actors Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Harlow, James W. Horne, Charles Middleton, Tiny Sandford
Roles un légionnaire de Fort Arid
Rating74% 3.739143.739143.739143.739143.73914
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy join the French Foreign Legion after Ollie's sweetheart Jeanie-Weenie (only ever seen as a photograph) rejects him, as it is the only place where Ollie can forget her. When they arrive at the barracks in French Algeria, they discover that not only are the other soldiers trying to forget lost loves, their lost loves all happen to be the one and the same woman Ollie is trying to forget: Jeanie-Weenie!
One Good Turn, 20minutes
Directed by James W. Horne
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Mary Carr, Gordon Douglas, Billy Gilbert
Roles A Community player
Rating72% 3.644923.644923.644923.644923.64492
Stan and Ollie are suffering during the Great Depression and begging for food. A friendly old lady provides them with some sandwiches. Enjoying their meal they hear that the old lady will be thrown out of her house because she is robbed and cannot pay her mortgage. They don't know that the old lady is rehearsing a play. Stan and Ollie decide to repay the old lady by selling their car. During the auction a drunken man (Billy Gilbert) puts a wallet in Stan's pocket. Ollie accuses Stan of having robbed the old lady but when they return to the old lady's place they hear the truth. Stan takes revenge on Ollie.
On the Loose, 20minutes
Directed by Hal Roach
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Zasu Pitts, Thelma Todd, John Loder, Claud Allister, Billy Gilbert, Otto Fries
Roles Fun House Worker (uncredited)
Rating62% 3.1022553.1022553.1022553.1022553.102255
ZaSu and Thelma are two young women at home complaining about all of the dates they have been on. In every case they have been taken to Coney Island. The next day they are walking in the street when a car goes by and they are splashed with mud and water. The driver stops and offers to buy them some new clothes. They accept the offer and later agree to go on a date. The date happens to be at Coney Island once again. The date doesn't go very well and they are glad to go home.
Chickens Come Home, 30minutes
Directed by James W. Horne
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Mae Busch, Baldwin Cooke, Thelma Todd
Roles Passerby Outside Apartment
Rating74% 3.740973.740973.740973.740973.74097
Fertilizer dealer and mayoral candidate Ollie is confronted by an old flame (Mae Busch) at his office, threatening to publish an old photograph of the woman and Ollie riding piggyback on the beach if she is not paid off. Ollie agrees to meet her that evening to make a settlement, but Mrs. Hardy (Thelma Todd) arrives to remind him of a dinner party taking place at that same moment. Ollie recruits employee Stan to go to the woman's apartment while Ollie attends the party, a maneuver which does not please the woman, who demands Ollie's telephone number, touching off a variety of misunderstandings and suspicions of unfaithfulness between the boys, their wives, Ollie's butler and Mrs. Laurel's gossipy friend.
Pardon Us
Pardon Us (1931)

Directed by James Gibbons Parrott
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Prison films, Buddy films
Actors Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, Walter Long, June Marlowe, James Finlayson, Wilfred Lucas
Rating69% 3.497293.497293.497293.497293.49729
During Prohibition, beer barons Laurel and Hardy are sent to prison for concocting their own home brew. They are put in a cell with "Tiger" Long, the roughest, toughest and meanest of all inmates. Stan has a loose tooth that causes him to emit a razzberry at the end of every sentence; the inmate interprets this as a coolly defiant attitude and is impressed — nobody else ever stood up to him like that. He and Stan and Ollie become fast friends.
Come Clean
Come Clean (1931)
, 20minutes
Directed by James W. Horne
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Gertrude Astor, Linda Loredo, Mae Busch, Eddie Baker
Roles Hotel desk clerk
Rating73% 3.6912653.6912653.6912653.6912653.691265
Carton d'introduction : « Mr. Hardy holds that every husband should tell his wife the whole truth... Mr. Laurel is crazy too ! »
Big Ears
Big Ears (1931)

Directed by Robert F. McGowan
Origin USA
Themes Children's films
Actors Bobby Hutchins, Stymie Beard, Dorothy DeBorba, Sherwood Bailey, Donald Haines, Ann Christy
Roles Orderly
Rating64% 3.2333853.2333853.2333853.2333853.233385
Wheezer's mother and father continue to fight in an unconvincing and thoroughly hammy fashion over many different silly things, such as the coffee being too cold or the toast being burned. Wheezer overhears his father telling his mother that he is getting her a divorce. Not knowing what a divorce is, Wheezer tells Stymie, Dorothy, and Sherwood. They speculate on what a divorce means, at one point deciding it might be something good. Then Donald tells the gang what a divorce is, and people start sobbing. He even tells Wheezer that he will have no father anymore. His mother might either remarry and give him a stepfather and states that his step father beats him regularly. He also says that maybe his mother will throw him into an orphanage and not want him anymore.
Teacher's Pet, 20minutes
Directed by Robert F. McGowan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Children's films
Actors June Marlowe, Jackie Cooper, Allen Hoskins, Norman Chaney, Mary Ann Jackson, Bobby Hutchins
Roles Second caterer
Rating80% 4.0353554.0353554.0353554.0353554.035355
It is the first day of school, and the gang is less-than-happy about it. Their beloved teacher, Miss McGillicuddy, got married, and now the kids will have a new teacher for the upcoming school year. The kids know not what the new teacher will look like, only her name, a rather pungent moniker of "Miss Crabtree". They imagine this "Miss Crabtree" to be a dried-up old hag, and concoct a plan to disrupt the class with items such as a white mouse, red ants, and sneezing powder. Then, the kids are to have their younger siblings — Wheezer, Dorothy, and Hercules — come in and tell Miss Crabtree that they need to be excused to go home ..."and then, we're all goin' swimmin'!"


Viva Knievel!, 1h46
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Actors Evel Knievel, Gene Kelly, Lauren Hutton, Red Buttons, Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Mitchell
Rating28% 1.4308551.4308551.4308551.4308551.430855
Daredevil motorcycle rider Evel Knievel stars as himself in this fictional story. The film opens with Knievel sneaking into an orphanage late at night to deliver presents: Evel Knievel action figures. One of the boys casts away his crutches, telling Knievel that he'll walk after his accident just as Knievel had.
Nevada Smith, 1h14
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Cliff Potts, Adam West, Lorne Greene
Rating59% 2.988392.988392.988392.988392.98839