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George Marshall

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Date of Birth:
29 December 1891Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Death:
17 February 1975Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia)

Short Biography:
George Marshall was a versatile American director who came to Hollywood to visit his mother and "have a bit of fun". Expelled from Chicago University in 1912, he was an unsettled young man, drifting from job to job, variously employed as a mechanic, newspaper reporter and lumberjack with a logging outfit in Washington state. Trying his luck in the emerging film industry, he got his start at Universal and was put to work as an extra. His powerful, six-foot frame served him well for doing stunt work in westerns, earning him a dollar every time he fell off a horse.

He was first glimpsed on-screen in a bit as a laundry delivery man in Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's The Waiters' Ball (1916). The acting gig wasn't to his taste, though, and, within a year he moved on to writing and directing. The majority of his early assignments were two-reel westerns and adventure serials, starring the popular Ruth Roland. A jack-of-all-trades, he was later prone to remark that in those days he often needed to double as cameraman and editor, too, often cutting his film with a pair of scissors and splicing it with cement. In the 1920's, Marshall worked with cowboy star Tom Mix and then became a comedy specialist for Mack Sennett, turning out as many as 60 one- or two-reelers per year. At Fox, he served as supervising director on all of the studio's comedic output between 1925 and 1930.

At the beginning of the sound era Marshall joined Hal Roach and directed comedies with Thelma Todd (Strictly Unreliable (1932)) and two of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's best shorts: Their First Mistake (1932) and Towed in a Hole (1932)). Always adept at visual comedy, Marshall directed (and also turned up to good effect in a cameo as a hard-boiled army cop in) Pack Up Your Troubles (1932). Economic conditions forced a downsizing at Roach, and Marshall returned to Fox in 1934, staying there for four years, then worked at Universal (1939-40) and Paramount (1942-50, and 1952-54). One of his biggest critical and financial successes was the classic western Destry Rides Again (1939), which re-invigorated the career of Marlene Dietrich and became Universal's top box-office hit for the year. He controlled the antics of W.C. Fields in You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939); helped Betty Hutton on her way to stardom with the biopics Incendiary Blonde (1945) and The Perils of Pauline (1947); and directed Alan Ladd in the film noir classic The Blue Dahlia (1946). There was also a fruitful association with Bob Hope, beginning with The Ghost Breakers (1940).

Freelancing over the next two decades, Marshall turned out three superior vehicles for Glenn Ford: a western (The Sheepman (1958)) and two comedies (The Gazebo (1959) and Advance to the Rear (1964)). He was one of three directors (the other two were John Ford and Henry Hathaway) assigned individual segments of the blockbuster How the West Was Won (1962). Towards the end of his long career he helmed several episodes of the Daniel Boone (1964) and Here's Lucy (1968) TV series.

With at least 185 directing credits to his name (there may have been as many as 400, given his prolific output of shorts during the 1910's), George Marshall retired from making films in 1972 and died three years later at the age of 83. He has a star on the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.

Advance to the Rear (1964)

# 12797 IMDb

Advance to the Rear (1964)

TaglineYou've heard of the Victors...Now see the Losers!!!!

By George Marshall

Comedy, War, Western (1h 40min)

USA USA

Rated 5.9 after 508 votes on 21-Nov-17.

A Union army outfit of misfits and rejects is sent to the Western territory. Southern spies try to figure out what they're up to.

Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)

# 13759 IMDb

Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)

TaglineFollow the Gay Parade!

By George Marshall

Comedy (1h 38min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 503 votes on 24-Jun-17.

Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination

If Jack Griffith's wife doesn't like the color of a neighbor's house, he'll arrange for it to be a house of a different color. If the owner of the ice cream parlor doesn't believe in selling triple banana splits for a penny, Jack will buy the establishment. And if Jack's little girl wants the pony in the circus parade, why not buy the entire circus! This last prank sends Amberlyn Griffith back to (...)

How the West Was Won (1962)

# 03423 IMDb

How the West Was Won (1962)

TaglineA FABULOUS ROMANTIC ADVENTURE

By John Ford (segment "The Civil War"), Henry Hathaway (segments "The Rivers", "The Plains", "The Outlaws"), George Marshall (segment "The Railroad"), Richard Thorpe (uncredited) (transitional historical sequences)

Western, Adventure, Drama (2h 42min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 16,293 votes on 12-Sep-18.

Won 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations

Sprawling epic which follows the Prescotts, an emigrant family through four generations, from the Erie Canal in the 1830's to their settled home in the West a half a century later. On the way they encounter river pirates, and escape with the help of fur trapper Linus Rawlings (James Stewart), who subsequently marries one of their daughters, Eve (Carroll Baker). The parents are drowned on a (...)

The Gazebo (1959)

# 13174 IMDb

The Gazebo (1959)

TaglineMURDER CAN BE FUN!

By George Marshall

Comedy, Crime, Thriller (1h 40min)

USA USA

Rated 6.9 after 1,378 votes on 04-Oct-18.

Nominated for Oscar

Television writer and director Elliott Nash and his wife Nell have a happy marriage. One day a blackmailer informs Elliott that he has nude photos of his wife Nell, taken when she was only 18 years old. The blackmailer, a certain Dan Shelby, threatens to ruin Nell's reputation and her Broadway stage career if Elliott refuses to pay a ransom. Elliott agrees to pay the blackmailer but the demands (...)

The Sheepman (1958)

# 07790 IMDb

The Sheepman (1958)

TaglineThey called him the STRANGER WITH A GUN...

By George Marshall

Comedy, Western (1h 25min)

USA USA

Rated 6.9 after 1,992 votes on 30-May-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations

A stranger in a Western cattle-town behaves with remarkable self-assurance, establishing himself as a man to be reckoned with. The reason appears with his stock: a herd of sheep, which he intends to graze on the range. The horrified inhabitants decide to run him out at all costs.

The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)

# 13621 IMDb

The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)

TaglineGOOD WOMEN...BAD WOMEN...BRAWLING WOMEN...BRAVE WOMEN! They were all soldiers in skirts!

By George Marshall

Action, Romance, War, Western (1h 22min)

USA USA

Rated 6.3 after 873 votes on 19-Aug-18.

Lt. Frank Hewitt deserts the Union Army to warn former Texas neighbors of impending Indian attacks triggered by Army massacre. He overcomes initial distrust and convinces the homesteaders (all women whose men are away fighting in the Confederate Army) to take refuge in an abandoned mission. He trains them to fight and shoot in anticipation of the attack. The only other man at the mission runs (...)

Destry (1954)

# 14905 IMDb Approved | TV-PG 

Destry (1954)

TaglineFrom the roaring , raucous, rowdy pages of the best-loved legend of the West!

By George Marshall

Western (1h 35min)

USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 947 votes on 27-Sep-18.

In the old West, a small frontier town is being controlled by ruthless mob boss Decker and his cronies. After the local sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Decker arranges to have the town drunk appointed sheriff, thinking he will be ineffectual. But the new sheriff sends for Tom Destry, son of a famous two-fisted lawman, to be his deputy. When Tom arrives, he isn't exactly the (...)

Money from Home (1953)

# 14388 IMDb Approved 

Money from Home (1953)

By George Marshall

Comedy, Romance (1h 40min)

USA USA

Rated 6.3 after 607 votes on 18-Oct-18.

1 win

Herman owes a lot of gambling debts. To pay them off, he promises the mob he'll fix a horse, so that it does not run. He intends to trick his animal-loving cousin, Virgil, an apprentice veterinarian, into helping him. Of course, he doesn't tell Virgil what he is really up to. Mistaken identities are assumed, while along the way, Virgil meets a female vet and Herman falls for the owner of the (...)

Scared Stiff (1953)

# 07212 IMDb

Scared Stiff (1953)

TaglineThey're making a spook-tacle of themselves!

By George Marshall

Comedy, Horror, Musical, Mystery (1h 48min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 1,260 votes on 14-Jan-17.

Nightclub singer Larry Todd breaks off his romance with a beautiful showgirl when he realizes she's the girlfriend of a murderously jealous gangster. While on the run, Larry mistakenly believes he kills one of the mobsters and is helped to escape police by heiress Mary Carol, who smuggles Larry and partner Myron to Cuba. Mary has inherited a haunted castle on an isolated island and, ignoring (...)

Houdini (1953)

# 07184 IMDb

Houdini (1953)

By George Marshall

Biography, Drama (1h 46min)

USA USA

Rated 6.9 after 2,600 votes on 14-Oct-18.

The film depicts Houdini's memorable escape from any pair of handcuffs produced by the audience; the outdoor exhibition, when he allows himself to be hanged upside down from his ankles, suspended from the roof of a high building, in a strait jacket; and, the dramatic act, when he accepts to be shackled with irons and placed in a box that is locked, roped, and submerged in frozen waters...

The (...)

Fancy Pants (1950)

# 07059 IMDb

Fancy Pants (1950)

By George Marshall

Comedy, Western (1h 32min)

USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 1,008 votes on 13-Oct-18.

An American actor (Arthur Tyler) impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman (Effie Floud) from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter (Aggie). The complications increase when the town believes Arthur to be an Earl, and President Roosevelt decides to pay a visit.

My Friend Irma (1949)

# 12539 IMDb

My Friend Irma (1949)

TaglineThe Riotous Gal of Radio...NOW FUNNIER on the SCREEN!

By George Marshall

Comedy, Romance (1h 43min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 732 votes on 09-Feb-18.

Based on the long-running radio show. Irma is a likeable airhead who meddles in her roommate's love-life. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, in their first screen appearance, are juice-bar operators who are discovered when a self-proclaimed manager hears Martin's golden voice. Irma's roommate wants to marry her rich boss, but instead falls in love with Martin.

The Blue Dahlia (1946)

# 06872 IMDb

The Blue Dahlia (1946)

TaglineTamed by a brunette - framed by a blonde - blamed by the cops!

By George Marshall

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller (1h 36min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 5,931 votes on 14-Jun-17.

Nominated for Oscar

Ex-bomber pilot Johnny Morrison and his buddies George and Buzz (who, with a metal plate in his head, can't stand "monkey music"), return from the war to their home town, Hollywood. In a rude homecoming, Johnny finds his wife Helen behaving like a tramp with oily nightclub owner Eddie Harwood. His marriage over, Johnny wanders off into the night, leaving his gun behind...and someone uses it to (...)

Murder, He Says (1945)

# 06839 IMDb

Murder, He Says (1945)

TaglineNUTTY...as a...FRUIT CAKE! (original poster)

By George Marshall

Comedy (1h 31min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.7 after 1,471 votes on 14-Oct-18.

Trotter pollster Pete Marshall is trying to find a missing coworker. In a rural town he stumbles onto the roughian Fleagle family. Bert and Mert would just as soon "splatter" snoopers with their rifles. However, Ma Johnson focuses the family energies on finding cousin Bonnie Fleagle's $70,000 bank job stash, somewhere around the large old rickety house. Claire Matthews, the daughter of a man (...)

When the Daltons Rode (1940)

# 14771 IMDb Approved | TV-PG 

When the Daltons Rode (1940)

TaglineWanted dead or alive screamed the nation when the Daltons rode.

By George Marshall

Western (1h 21min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 471 votes on 18-Oct-18.

Young lawyer Tod Jackson arrives in pioneer Kansas to visit his prosperous rancher friends the Daltons, just as the latter are in danger of losing their land to a crooked development company. When Tod tries to help them, a faked murder charge turns the Daltons into outlaws, but more victims than villains in this fictionalized version. Will Tod stay loyal to his friends despite falling in love (...)

The Ghost Breakers (1940)

# 11840 IMDb

The Ghost Breakers (1940)

TaglineThe two stars of "The Cat and the Canary" find love and laughter in a haunted house!

By George Marshall

Comedy, Horror, Mystery (1h 25min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 2,612 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Mary Carter inherits her family's ancestral home, located on a small island off Cuba, and, despite warnings and death threats, decides to take possession of the reputedly haunted castle. She is joined by radio broadcaster Larry Lawrence who, believing he has killed a mob gunman, flees New York with his butler, Alex. Once on the island the threesome enter the eerie castle and after viewing the (...)

You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

# 06617 IMDb

You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

By George Marshall, Edward F. Cline (uncredited)

Comedy (1h 16min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 1,392 votes on 12-Oct-18.

Larson E. Whipsnade runs a seedy circus which is perpetually in debt. His performers give him nothing but trouble, especially Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Meanwhile, Whipsnade's son and daughter, Phineas and Vicky, attend a posh college. Vicky turns down her caddish but rich suitor Roger Bel-Goodie, but changes her mind when she learns of her father's financial troubles. Will Vicky marry (...)

Destry Rides Again (1939)

# 04570 IMDb

Destry Rides Again (1939)

TaglineThey make the fighting sinful west blaze into action before your eyes!

By George Marshall

Comedy, Western (1h 34min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.7 after 8,758 votes on 01-Aug-18.

1 nomination

Kent, the unscrupulous boss of Bottleneck has Sheriff Keogh killed when he asks one too many questions about a rigged poker game that gives Kent a stranglehold over the local cattle rangers. The mayor, who is in cahoots with Kent appoints the town drunk, Washington Dimsdale, as the new sheriff assuming that he'll be easy to control. But what the mayor doesn't know is that Dimsdale was a deputy (...)

Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

# 13715 IMDb

Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

TaglineSTAN LAUREL - OLIVER HARDY open up their grandest bag of laughs!

By George Marshall, Ray McCarey (as Raymond McCarey), Harry Black (uncredited), Lloyd French (uncredited)

Comedy, War (1h 08min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 1,693 votes on 04-Oct-18.

The boys' Army buddy, Eddie Smith, is killed in the trenches in France, leaving his baby girl an orphan. Back home after Armistice, they try to find Eddie's father and turn the child over to him. Unfortunately, they keep coming up with the wrong Smiths, and in the process disrupt a wedding by proclaiming the baby to be the groom's child. To evade the Welfare Association, they try to skip town, (...)

Towed in a Hole (1932)

# 02028 IMDb

Towed in a Hole (1932)

By George Marshall

Comedy, Short (21min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.0 after 1,451 votes on 14-Oct-18.

Laurel and Hardy are in the fish business. They drive around town seeing if they can sell any. Stan suggests they catch their own fish and could keep all the profits when selling them to people. Ollie likes the idea so they buy a boat at the junk yard and try, sometimes unsuccessfully, to fix it up. When the boat is finally fixed up, the whole operation goes south.

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