Fred Guiol

Highest Rated: 95% Giant (1956)
Lowest Rated: 92% Gunga Din (1939)
Birthday: Feb 17, 1898
Birthplace: Not Available
Launching his career as a prop boy for D.W. Griffith, Fred L. Guiol joined the Hal Roach studio in the same capacity in 1917. Guiol worked his way up to photographer and then director, forming a strong lifelong friendship with another Roach cameraman/director, George Stevens. Under the supervision of Roach's right-hand man Leo McCarey, Guiol directed several of Laurel & Hardy's earliest joint efforts, including Sugar Daddies, Do Detectives Think? and The Second Hundred Years (all 1927). He remained with Roach until the early-talkie era; when his friend George Stevens moved to RKO, Guiol went along. He wrote and directed a number of RKO short subjects until, at Stevens' urging, he was promoted to feature films. Guiol helmed three Wheeler and Woolsey features (The Rainmakers, Silly Billies, Mummy's Boys) which unfortunately ran over budget and emerged as the team's weakest efforts, thus ending Guiol's directorial career at RKO (he would later direct a handful of 45-minute "streamliners" for his old boss Hal Roach). After the Wheeler-Woolsey debacle, George Stevens came to Guiol's rescue, engaging his services as a screenwriter for Stevens' 1939 classic Gunga Din. Guiol continued his association with Stevens as associate producer of Penny Serenade (1941) and The More the Merrier (1943), producer of Talk of the Town (1944), and associate director of A Place in the Sun (1952) and Shane (1953). In 1956, Fred L. Guiol shared an Academy Award nomination for his scriptwork on Stevens' Giant.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Limousine Love Director 2012
95% Giant Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Here Comes Trouble Director 1948
No Score Yet Hay Foot Producer Director 1942
No Score Yet Two Mugs from Brooklyn Producer 1942
No Score Yet Niagara Falls Producer 1941
No Score Yet Tanks a Million Director 1941
No Score Yet Vigil in the Night Screenwriter 1940
92% Gunga Din Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet The Rainmakers Director 1935
No Score Yet The Nitwits Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Kentucky Kernels Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet The Second Hundred Years Director 1927
No Score Yet Why Girls Love Sailors Director 1927
No Score Yet Love 'Em and Weep Director 1927
No Score Yet Slipping Wives Director 1927
No Score Yet Sugar Daddies Director 1927
No Score Yet Do Detectives Think? Director 1927
No Score Yet Duck Soup Director 1927
No Score Yet Battling Orioles Director 1924
No Score Yet A Sailor-Made Man Entistee 1921
No Score Yet The Second 100 Years Director


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