Edward Sedgwick

Highest Rated: 100% Spite Marriage (1929)
Birthday: Nov 7, 1892
Birthplace: Not Available
The son of actors Edward Sedgwick Sr. and Josephine Walker, Edward Sedgwick made his own show business entree as one of the Five Sedgwicks, a circus and vaudeville acrobatic act. Two of the "other" Sedgwicks were Edward's twin sisters Eileen and Josie, who later pursued successful silent-movie acting careers. In 1915, Sedgwick broke into films as a comedian, frequently cast as a zany baseball player. He became a serial director in 1921, then moved on to the Tom Mix western unit. Sedgwick's lifelong love of baseball came in handy as he helmed the ballpark sequences of Mix's Stepping Out (1923), Buck Jones' Hit and Run (1924), William Haines Slide, Kelly, Slide (1927), Buster Keatons The Cameraman (1928) and the 1934 mystery Death on the Diamond. While at MGM in the late 1920s, Sedgwick found a kindred spirit in fellow baseball buff Buster Keaton. At Keaton's insistence, Sedgwick directed all of Keaton's silent and sound MGM features, including the aforementioned The Cameraman. Spite Marriage (1929), Free and Easy (1930), Dough Boys (1930), Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931), Speak Easily (1932), Sidewalks of New York (1933) and What, No Beer? (1933). This proved a mixed blessing: though the MGMs were, as a group, Keatons most profitable features, they also contained some of his worst moments on screen. In the mid-1930s, Sedgwick was briefly a producer/director at Hal Roach Studios, responsible for the Jack Haley vehicles Mister Cinderella (1936) and Pick a Star (1937). The latter film featured a guest appearance by Laurel & Hardy. who in 1943 reteamed with Sedgwick for the MGM feature Air Raid Wardens. Considered a relic of a bygone era by the 1940s, Sedgwick sat out the waning years of his MGM contract, chumming around with such old cronies as Buster Keaton. In 1948, Keaton, employed as a gag man for Red Skelton, suggested that Sedgwick would be an ideal director for the upcoming Skelton vehicle A Southern Yankee. Alas, Sedgwick was not up to the challenge: though he receives solo directorial credit on Southern Yankee, the film was directed in its entirety by S. Sylvan Simon. Edward Sedgwick's final film was Universal's Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm Director 1951
No Score Yet A Southern Yankee Director 1948
No Score Yet Air Raid Wardens Director 1943
No Score Yet The Gladiator Director Producer 1938
No Score Yet Fit for a King Director 1937
No Score Yet Riding on Air Director 1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star Director 1937
No Score Yet Mister Cinderella Director 1936
No Score Yet Murder in the Fleet Director 1935
No Score Yet What! No Beer? Director 1933
No Score Yet Speak Easily Director 1932
No Score Yet The Passionate Plumber Director 1932
No Score Yet Maker of Men (Yellow) Director 1931
No Score Yet Parlor, Bedroom and Bath Director 1931
No Score Yet Remote Control Producer 1930
No Score Yet Doughboys Guggleheimer, Camp Cook Director 1930
No Score Yet Free and Easy (Easy Go) Director Producer 1930
100% Spite Marriage Producer Director 1929
No Score Yet West Point Producer Director 1928
100% The Cameraman Director 1928
No Score Yet Spring Fever Director 1927
91% Phantom Of The Opera Director 1925


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