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Charles Lamont

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Descended from a theatrical family, Charles Lamont entered films as a prop man in 1919. During the 1920s and early 1930s, Lamont directed dozens of 2-reel comedies for Mack Sennett, Al Christie and Educational Studios. In contrast to most comedy directors, Lamont believed in strictly adhering to the script, allowing no ad-libbing from his stars, be they 5-year-old Shirley Temple or the Three Stooges. He also directed inveterate improviser Buster Keaton in a group of talkie comedy shorts at Educational in the mid-1930s (he was reunited with Keaton on the set of the 1945 Universal feature That's the Spirit). Even after directing his first feature-length film in 1934, Lamont kept busy in the short-subject field, helming such funsters as Harry Langdon, Polly Moran and Charley Chase. After six years at Columbia, Lamont moved to Universal in 1940, launching a 16-year association with that studio. While at Universal he directed some of Abbott & Costello's best films--and not a few of their worst. He also called the shots on two fondly remembered Yvonne DeCarlo/Rod Cameron features: the ultracampy Salome Where She Danced (1945) and Frontier Gal (1945), the latter described by the late historian William K. Everson as one of Hollywood's few screwball westerns. Before his retirement in 1956, Charles Lamont directed an abundance of Universal programmers, including five of the studio's profitable Ma and Pa Kettle entries.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Chip Off The Old Block
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Francis in the Haunted House
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet The Kettles in the Ozarks
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet Lay That Rifle Down
  • Director
1955
27% Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
  • Director
1954
63% Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Director
1953
33% Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain
  • Director
1951
80% Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Flame of Araby
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Bagdad
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Salome, Where She Danced
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet The Merry Monahans
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Hit the Ice
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Mister Big
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Get Hep to Love
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet San Antonio Rose
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Love, Honor & Oh-Baby!
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Love, Honor, & Oh Baby
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Panama Patrol
  • Director
  • Producer
1939
No Score Yet A Doggone Mixup
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Shadows over Shanghai
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet International Crime
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Wallaby Jim of the Islands
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Bulldog Edition
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet The Dark Hour
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Below the Deadline
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Lady Luck
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet The Little Red Schoolhouse
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet August Week-End
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet False Pretenses
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Lady in Scarlet
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet A Shot in the Dark
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet The World Accuses
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Sons of Steel
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Allez Oop
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Merrily Yours
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Fire Proof
  • Director
1929

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