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A. Edward Sutherland

  • Highest Rated: 83% The Flying Deuces (1939)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Murders in the Zoo (1933)
  • Birthday: Jan 5, 1895
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Director A. Edward Sutherland was born in London to American parents. A vaudevillian from the time he was able to tie his shoes, Sutherland came to films in 1914 as an actor for Mack Sennett studios (he'd sometimes later claim to be one of the first Keysone Kops); within a year he was stunt man on the serials of Helen Holmes. He switched to the other side of the cameras as Charlas Chaplin's assistant on A Woman of Paris (1923) and The Gold Rush (1925), usually supervising the action whenever Chaplin himself was on-screen. Sutherland began flying solo as a director in 1925, displaying a fondness for comedy. While derided by some observers as merely a good-looking guy who had all the breaks, Sutherland displayed a keen talent for keeping the action lean and focused, and for injecting energy in scenes that didn't have any. He was briefly married to actress Louise Brooks, who in later years claimed that Sutherland was more interested in a good time than a good picture. With 1927's It's the Old Army Game, Sutherland inagurated a lifelong friendship with comedian W.C. Fields, a relationship predicated in great part on Sutherland's drinking capacity. While most directors despised Fields, Sutherland got along fine with the truculent comedian, guiding him through such films as Tillie's Punctured Romance (1927), International House (1933) and Mississippi (1935). Conversely, Sutherland had a great deal of trouble with another comedy giant, Stan Laurel; commenting on directing Laurel in The Flying Deuces (1939), Sutherland responded that he'd sooner direct a tarantula. Busiest at Paramount in the first decade of sound, Sutherland handled such money-spinning comedies as Fast Company (1929) and The Sap from Syracuse (1930); he also displayed a previously untapped talent for horror and melodrama with Secrets of the French Police (1932) and Murders in the Zoo (1933). Sutherland's career moved along smoothly into the '40s, during which time he directed Abbott and Costello, Bing Crosby, Carmen Miranda and many others. Then everything screeched to a halt with Abie's Irish Rose (1946), an excruciating adaptation of the 1928 Broadway hit which Sutherland both produced and directed. The film was such a disaster that, except for a 1957 B-picture, Sutherland never worked in Hollywood again; he moved to London, where in the '50s he produced and directed two TV series, International Detective and Exclusive. While never among the pantheon of Hollywood directors, Eddie Sutherland worked with virtually everyone of any importance in the business, making his latter-day reminiscences invaluable to such film historians as Kevin Brownlow and Garson Kanin.

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No Score Yet Having Wonderful Crime Director 1945
No Score Yet Secret Command Director 1944
No Score Yet Follow the Boys Director 1944
No Score Yet Dixie Director 1943
No Score Yet Sing Your Worries Away Director 1942
No Score Yet The Navy Comes Through Director 1942
No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough Director 1941
No Score Yet The Invisible Woman Director 1940
No Score Yet One Night in the Tropics Director 1940
No Score Yet Beyond Tomorrow (Beyond Christmas) Director 1940
No Score Yet The Boys from Syracuse Director 1940
83% The Flying Deuces Director 1939
No Score Yet Champagne Waltz Director 1937
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday Director 1937
No Score Yet Poppy Director 1936
No Score Yet Diamond Jim Director 1935
No Score Yet Mississippi Director 1935
No Score Yet International House Director 1933
60% Murders in the Zoo Director 1933
No Score Yet Mister Robinson Crusoe Director 1932
No Score Yet Mr. Robinson Crusoe Director 1932
No Score Yet Up Pops the Devil Director 1931
No Score Yet Palmy Days Director 1931
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Director 1930
No Score Yet Pointed Heels Director 1929
No Score Yet The Dance of Life Theater Attendant Director 1929
No Score Yet We're in the Navy Now Director 1927
No Score Yet It's the Old Army Game Director Producer 1926
No Score Yet Behind the Front Director 1926


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