Showing 11 titles of total 11 (name Jack Conway). 

×

Jack Conway

IMDb

Date of Birth:
17 July 1887Graceville, Minnesota, USA

Date of Death:
11 October 1952Pacific Palisades, California, USA  (pulmonary disease)

Birth Name:
Hugh Ryan Conway

Short Biography:
Born Hugh Ryan Conway of Irish ancestry, Jack was one of a team of MGM contract directors (others included Sam Wood and Robert Z. Leonard), who forsook any pretense to a specific individual style in favour of working within the strictures set forth by studio management -- as embodied by Irving Thalberg and his production supervisors. The overall MGM strategy was to streamline efficiency and achieve tighter fiscal control by curbing the power of the director. Deeply suspicious of creative, individualistic film makers who would jeopardise the 'studio look', Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer hoped to prevent such budgetary excesses as had been perpetrated by directors like Erich von Stroheim during the 1920's. Jack Conway contented himself to working within these guidelines. A thoroughly competent craftsman, he delivered commercially successful entertainments, on time, and within budget.

Conway had started out in the industry as an actor, joining a repertory theatre group straight out of high school. He segued into film acting in 1909. Two years later, he became a member of D.W. Griffith's stock company, appearing primarily as a leading man in westerns. In 1913, he made his mark as a director and gained valuable experience at Universal (1916-17, 1921-23), before moving on to MGM in 1925. Conway directed the studio's first sound picture, Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928). He remained under contract until 1948, often in charge of prestige assignments featuring the studio's top male star, Clark Gable: Boom Town (1940), Honky Tonk (1941), The Hucksters (1947) -- all solid box office gold. For his most famous film, A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Conway utilised 17,000 extras in the Paris mob scenes alone. This spectacular adaptation of the classic novel by Charles Dickens is still regarded by many as the definitive screen version.

Another popular hit was the sophisticated all-star comedy Libeled Lady (1936), the New York Times reviewer commenting on Conway's "agile direction" (Oct.31, 1936). The journeyman director may not have achieved fame as a creative genius, yet the majority of his films remain eminently entertaining to this day. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Vine Street.

Love Crazy (1941)

# 11912 IMDb

Love Crazy (1941)

TaglineHearty laughers welcome! Come on over and HOWL!

By Jack Conway

Comedy, Romance (1h 39min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 2,302 votes on 25-Aug-18.

Steve and Susan Ireland are about to celebrate their 4th wedding anniversary by re-enacting their first date. When Susan's meddling mother interrupts and injures herself. Steve is left to take care of her and when he meets an old flame in the elevator--Susan's mother takes the opportunity to break-up their marriage. She convinces Susan that Steve is cheating on her-Susan files for divorce. Steve (...)

'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) (1940)

# 06651 IMDb

'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) (1940)

TaglineThe Big Picture that was made in our own Pacific Northwest

By King Vidor, Jack Conway (director: additional scenes) (uncredited), W.S. Van Dyke (background shots) (uncredited)

Adventure, Drama, History, Western (2h 06min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 2,822 votes on 24-Aug-18.

Nominated for Oscar

After being expelled from Harvard for criticising the food there, being jilted by his sweetheart's family, Langdon Towne gets drunk at the tavern and says some disrespectful things about the English in his old colonial hometown in New England, which is overheard and almost puts him in jail. So they decide to leave for the west. When they meet Ranger Major Rogers, he offers them a trip west with (...)

Too Hot to Handle (1938)

# 06582 IMDb

Too Hot to Handle (1938)

TaglineLove Scoops the world's hottest news . . . !

By Jack Conway

Comedy, Adventure, Romance, Drama (1h 47min)

USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 1,177 votes on 30-Jul-18.

Chris Hunter is a sly newsreel reporter. While in Shanghai doing reports on the Chinese-Japanese war, he meets pilot Alma Harding. At first she doesn't trust him, but by a trick he manages to get her hired as his assistant. During an adventurous expedition through the jungles of South America he manages to change her view of him.

A Yank at Oxford (1938)

# 02156 IMDb

A Yank at Oxford (1938)

TaglineHere's The Yankee Clipper Himself ! A two-fisted terror from the States . . . who landed in England with a chip on his shoulder . . . but let a blue-eyed beauty walk off with his heart ! Bob Taylor's Biggest Picture Hit !

By Jack Conway

Drama, Sport (1h 42min)

UK UK

Rated 6.7 after 904 votes on 30-Jul-18.

Lee Sheridan, a young American comes to study at Oxford University, but is instantly disliked by the other students, because of his brash and big-headed attitude. After several scrapes with the college professors, and the wife of the local book seller, he becomes a hero when he joins the rowing club, and coxes the boat crew to beat Cambridge, in the annual boat race.

Saratoga (1937)

# 06524 IMDb

Saratoga (1937)

TaglineA Tribute and a Triumph that the world demanded to see . . . ! !

By Jack Conway

Drama, Comedy, Romance (1h 32min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 1,284 votes on 25-Aug-18.

Brookdale horse farm, in the Clayton family for generations, is broke because of Frank Clayton's gambling, when news comes that Frank's daughter Carol plans to marry millionaire Hartley Madison. But matters are complicated because bookie Duke Bradley holds the deed to Brookdale, and Carol is determined to pay him off with no help from Hartley. And don't the sparks fly between Duke and Carol! The (...)

A Star Is Born (1937)

# 06513 IMDb

A Star Is Born (1937)

TaglineFate Raised Her To Fame - and killed the man she loved !

By William A. Wellman, Jack Conway (uncredited)

Drama (1h 51min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.6 after 6,368 votes on 07-Oct-18.

Won Oscar. Another 8 nominations

Esther Blodgett is just another starry-eyed farm kid trying to break into the movies. Waitressing at a Hollywood party, she catches the eye of alcoholic star Norman Maine, is given a test, and is caught up in the Hollywood glamor machine (ruthlessly satirized). She and her idol Norman marry; but his career abruptly dwindles to nothing.

Libeled Lady (1936)

# 02379 IMDb

Libeled Lady (1936)

By Jack Conway

Comedy, Romance (1h 38min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.9 after 5,981 votes on 23-Mar-18.

Nominated for Oscar

Warren Haggerty is the chief editor of the New York Evening Star. He keeps on delaying his marriage with Gladys because of problems his newspapers must face. When it is filed a 5 million dollars claim by Connie Allenbury for having printed she is a marriage-breaker, he organizes the unconsummated marriage of Gladys and the don Juan Bill Chandler. The goal is to catch Connie alone with a married (...)

A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

# 06290 IMDb

A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

TaglineThe most dramatic love story in the history of literature!

By Jack Conway, Robert Z. Leonard (fill-in director) (uncredited)

Drama (2h 08min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 4,455 votes on 10-Aug-18.

Nominated for 2 Oscars

An elaborate adaptation of Dickens' classic tale of the French Revolution. Dissipated lawyer Sydney Carton defends emigre Charles Darnay from charges of spying against England. He becomes enamored of Darnay's fiancée, Lucie Manette, and agrees to help her save Darnay from the guillotine when he is captured by Revolutionaries in Paris.

Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

# 03220 IMDb

Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

TaglineJohnny Weismuller is back again!

By Cedric Gibbons, Jack Conway (co-director) (uncredited), James C. McKay (uncredited)

Action, Adventure (1h 44min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.6 after 4,338 votes on 18-Oct-18.

1 nomination

In the first sequel to Tarzan, the Ape Man, Harry Holt returns to Africa to head up a large ivory expedition. This time he brings his womanizing friend Marlin Arlington. Holt also harbors ideas about convincing Jane to return to London. When Holt and Arlington show Jane some of the modern clothes and perfumes they brought from civilization, she is impressed but not enough to return. Tarzan (...)

Arsène Lupin (1932)

# 14781 IMDb

Arsène Lupin (1932)

By Jack Conway

Crime, Mystery, Romance (1h 24min)

USA USA

Rated 7.0 after 732 votes on 03-Oct-18.

A charming and very daring thief known as Arsene Lupin is terrorizing the wealthy of Paris, he even goes so far as to threaten the Mona Lisa. But the police, led by the great Guerchard, think they know Arsene Lupin's identity, and they have a secret weapon to catch him.

Red-Headed Woman (1932)

# 06361 IMDb

Red-Headed Woman (1932)

By Jack Conway

Comedy, Romance (1h 19min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 2,209 votes on 27-May-18.

Lil works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair with businessman Gaerste and uses him to force society to pay attention to her. She has another affair with the chauffeur Albert.

15,001 movies | 9,017 in HiDef | 250 of TOP#250 | 15,001 posters | 77,522 photos | 170,199 biographies