Archie Mayo

Highest Rated: 100% The Petrified Forest (1936)
Birthday: Jan 29, 1891
Birthplace: Not Available
In films as a utility player and comedy gag man from the mid-teens, Archie Mayo's first directing assignments consisted of slapstick 2-reelers. He began making features at Warner Bros. in 1926, just in time for that studio's switchover to sound. An efficient craftsman during his talkie years with Warners, Goldwyn and 20th Century-Fox, Mayo's great talent lay in not putting his personal stamp on his films; instead he allowed the personalities of his stars to dictate his films' style and substance. John Barrymore was the dominant force in the Mayo-directed Svengali (1931), just as James Cagney dominated The Mayor of Hell (1933) and George Raft and Bette Davis did the same in Bordertown (1935). Curiously, when Mayo became a free-lancer in the mid-1940s, he began asserting himself on the set in a most unattractive and obstreperous fashion. He fought constantly with Paul Muni during filming of Angel on My Shoulder (1946), while his tiltings with the Marx Brothers during Night in Casablanca (1946) moved Groucho Marx to dash off impassioned letters to his children, bemoaning the "fat slob" in the director's chair who was ruining the picture. After 12 years away from the business, Archie L. Mayo produced the obscure 1958 melodrama The Beast of Budapest.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Convention City Director 2013
57% A Night in Casablanca Director 1946
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder Director 1946
No Score Yet Sweet and Lowdown Director 1944
No Score Yet Crash Dive Director 1943
No Score Yet Orchestra Wives Director 1942
No Score Yet Moontide Director 1942
No Score Yet Charley's Aunt Director 1941
No Score Yet The Great American Broadcast Director 1941
No Score Yet The House Across the Bay Director 1940
No Score Yet They Shall Have Music Director 1939
No Score Yet The Adventures of Marco Polo Director 1938
No Score Yet It's Love I'm After Director 1937
No Score Yet Black Legion Director 1937
100% The Petrified Forest Director 1936
No Score Yet The Case of the Lucky Legs Director 1935
No Score Yet Go Into Your Dance Director 1935
No Score Yet Bordertown Director 1935
No Score Yet The Man with Two Faces Director 1934
No Score Yet Gambling Lady Director Producer 1934
No Score Yet Ever in My Heart Director 1933
No Score Yet The Mayor of Hell Director 1933
No Score Yet Life of Jimmy Dolan Director 1933
No Score Yet Night After Night Director 1932
No Score Yet Street of Women Director 1932
No Score Yet Under Eighteen Director 1932
83% Svengali Director 1931
No Score Yet Illicit Director 1931
No Score Yet Doorway to Hell Producer Director 1930
No Score Yet Wide Open Director 1930

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