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Archie Mayo

Highest Rated:   100% The Petrified Forest (1936)
Lowest Rated:   57% A Night in Casablanca (1946)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Convention City
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Crash Dive
  • Director
1997
57% A Night in Casablanca
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder
  • Director
1946
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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