Edmund Goulding

Edmund Goulding

  • Highest Rated: 100% Nightmare Alley (1947)
  • Lowest Rated: 83% The Razor's Edge (1946)
  • Birthday: Mar 20, 1891
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Edmund Goulding started out as a child actor on the turn-of-the-century London stage. By the time he marched off to serve in World War I, he was enjoying a modestly successful career as an actor, writer and director. Invalided out of service, Goulding made his New York stage bow in 1915, then returned to the British Army for the balance of the war. It was back to the U.S. in 1919 and a career as a professional writer; in 1925, he joined the directing/screenwriting pool at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (both Goulding's novel Fury and his play Dancing Mothers would be adapted for the screen, though curiously not at Metro). Specializing in luminescent, star-studded dramas at MGM, Goulding reached an early career peak with his helming of the Oscar-winning Grand Hotel (1932). From 1936 through 1946, Goulding worked almost exclusively at Warner Bros., where he was one of Bette Davis' most frequent directors--though, judging by their well-publicized on-set tiffs during the filming of Dark Victory (1939), The Old Maid (1939) and The Great Lie (1941), neither Goulding nor Davis were particular favorites of one another. Joan Blondell, who appeared in Goulding's Nightmare Alley (1947) at 20th Century-Fox, characterized the director as "that nut," noting how he would floridly act out each scene before the cameras turned (as contrast, Nightmare Alley star Tyrone Power liked Goulding and delivered one of his finest performances in this film). For one of his last directorial efforts, Teenage Rebel (1956), Edmund Goulding also penned the musical score.

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No Score Yet Mardi Gras Director 1958
No Score Yet Teenage Rebel Screenwriter Director 1956
No Score Yet We're Not Married Director 1952
No Score Yet Mister 880 Director 1950
100% Nightmare Alley Director 1947
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage Director 1946
83% The Razor's Edge Director 1946
No Score Yet Claudia Director 1943
No Score Yet The Constant Nymph Director 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Actor Producer Director 1943
No Score Yet The Great Lie Director 1941
No Score Yet 'Til We Meet Again Director 1940
No Score Yet Two Girls on Broadway Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet We Are Not Alone Director 1939
No Score Yet The Old Maid Director 1939
86% Dark Victory Director 1939
No Score Yet The Dawn Patrol Director 1938
No Score Yet White Banners Director 1938
No Score Yet That Certain Woman Screenwriter Director 1937
No Score Yet The Flame Within Director Producer Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Hollywood Party Director 1934
No Score Yet Riptide Director Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Blondie of the Follies Director 1932
86% Grand Hotel Director 1932
No Score Yet Reaching for the Moon (1930) Screenwriter Director 1930
No Score Yet The Devil's Holiday Director Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Director 1930
No Score Yet The Trespasser Producer Director Screenwriter 1929
No Score Yet A Lady of Chance Screenwriter 1928
No Score Yet Love (Anna Karenina) Producer Director 1927
No Score Yet Sally, Irene and Mary Screenwriter Director Producer 1925
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno Screenwriter 1924
No Score Yet Bright Shawl Screenwriter 1923
No Score Yet Jazzmania Screenwriter 1923
No Score Yet Tol'able David Screenwriter 1921
No Score Yet The Perfect Lover Screenwriter 1919


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