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Chester M. Franklin

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Birthday: Sep 1, 1890

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American film director Chester M. Franklin developed a reputation early on as a "children's" director. At Fox studios in the years between 1917 and 1919, Franklin was prime mover of the "Fox Kiddies" series, a group of feature-length pastiches of famous literary properties (Alladin's Lamp, Jack and the Beanstalk etc.) with all-moppet casts. He abandoned this sort of fare in favor of grown-up projects in the 1920s, starring such certified adults as Bebe Daniels, Norma Talmadge and Betty Bronson. Though Chester M. Franklin had difficulty re-establishing himself in the talkie era, he finished on a high note with the 1935 "great outdoors" endeavor Sequoia, and the 1936 MGM programmer Tough Guy, a lightning-paced melodrama co-starring Jackie Cooper and Rin Tin Tin Jr. Bizarrely, the sources that list Franklin's death date vary by as much as 8 years, veering between 1948, 1949 and 1956; the year listed in our main record was taken from the British Film Institute database.



No Score Yet The Painted Hills (Lassie's Adventures in the Goldrush) (Lassie's Christmas Story) Producer 1951
No Score Yet Sequoia, (Malibu) Director 1934
No Score Yet Vanity Fair Director 1932
No Score Yet The Stoker Director 1932
No Score Yet A Parisian Romance Director 1932
No Score Yet The Toll of the Sea Director 1922
No Score Yet Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp Director 1917
No Score Yet Babes in the Woods Director 1917
No Score Yet Gretchen, the Greenhorn Director 1916


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