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Clarence Brown

Highest Rated:   100% Intruder in the Dust (1949)
Lowest Rated:   11% Dead Heat (1988)
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The son of a cotton manufacturer, Clarence Brown moved from Massachusetts to the South when he was eleven. He attended the University of Tennessee, graduating at the age of 19 with two degrees in engineering. An early fascination in automobiles led Brown to a mechanics-expert post with the Stevens Duryea Company, then to his own Alabama-based Brown Motor Car Company. He abandoned this concern when a new interest in motion pictures began manifesting itself circa 1913. Hired by the Peerless Studio at Fort Lee, New Jersey, Brown became assistant to the great French-born director Maurice Tourneur. Until the day he died, Brown attributed his future success in films to what he had learned under Tourneur's tutelage. After World War I service, Brown was given his first co-directing credit (with Tourneur) for 1920's The Great Redeemer; that same year, he directed a goodly portion of The Last of the Mohicans when official director Tourneur was injured in a fall. Soloing for the first time with 1923's Don't Marry for Money, Brown went on to direct some of the best dramas of the silent era, among them Smouldering Fires (1924), The Goose Woman (1925), and Valentino's The Eagle. His most felicitous screen collaboration was with Greta Garbo. He became Garbo's favorite director, guiding her through such well-received productions as Flesh and the Devil (1927), A Woman of Affairs (1928), and the actress' first talkie, Anna Christie (1930). From 1925 through 1952, Brown worked exclusively at MGM, save for a loan-out to 20th Century-Fox for The Rains Came. He functioned as both producer and director for many of his later films, notably Intruder in the Dust (1949), Angels in the Outfield (1951) and Plymouth Adventure (1952), his last effort. He retired a wealthy man due to his real estate investments, refusing to see any new films for fear of being galvanized into jump-starting his career. In the 1970s, the octogenarian Clarence Brown became a much-sought-after guest lecturer on the film-festival circuit, thanks in great part to his Garbo films and to his many excursions into Americana (Ah, Wilderness, Of Human Hearts, The Human Comedy).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Signal Tower
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Clarence Gatemouth Brown: In Concert
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Guitar Heroes
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Clarence Gatemouth Brown: Live from Austin TX
  • Actor
1996
11% Dead Heat
  • Harry Latham
1988
No Score Yet Clarence Gatemouth Brown in New Orleans
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Canned Heat - Live at Montreux 1973
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Never Let Me Go
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet Plymouth Adventure
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet It's a Big Country
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Angels in the Outfield
  • Producer
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet To Please a Lady
  • Director
  • Producer
1950
100% Intruder in the Dust
  • Producer
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet The Secret Garden
  • Producer
1949
No Score Yet Song of Love
  • Director
  • Producer
1947
86% Possessed
  • Director
1947
100% The Yearling
  • Director
1946
100% National Velvet
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet The White Cliffs of Dover
  • Director
1944
80% The Human Comedy
  • Producer
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet They Met in Bombay
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Come Live with Me
  • Director
  • Producer
1941
80% Edison, the Man
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet The Rains Came
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Idiot's Delight
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Of Human Hearts
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Conquest
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Wife vs. Secretary
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Ah, Wilderness!
  • Director
1935
100% Anna Karenina
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Chained
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Sadie McKee
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Night Flight
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Looking Forward (The New Deal)
  • Producer
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Emma
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Possessed
  • Producer
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet A Free Soul
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet Inspiration
  • Producer
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet Romance
  • Director
  • Producer
1930
No Score Yet Anna Christie
  • Director
  • Producer
1930
No Score Yet Navy Blues
  • Producer
  • Director
1930
No Score Yet A Woman of Affairs
  • Director
1928
No Score Yet The Cossacks
  • Director
1928
No Score Yet The Trail of '98
  • Director
  • Producer
1928
92% Flesh and the Devil
  • Director
1926
No Score Yet Kiki
  • Director
1926
No Score Yet The Eagle
  • Director
1925
No Score Yet The Goose Woman
  • Director
1925
No Score Yet Smouldering Fires
  • Director
1925
No Score Yet The Light In The Dark
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1922
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans
  • Director
1920

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