Fred Newmeyer

Highest Rated: 97% Safety Last! (1923)
Birthday: Not Available
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Born and educated in Colorado, American director Fred Newmeyer was a professional baseball player from ages 21 through 24. He entered films as a Universal Studios extra in 1913, where he made the acquaintance of fellow extras Hal Roach and Harold Lloyd. When Roach set up his own studio with Lloyd as star in 1915, Newmeyer occasionally functioned as a writer and prop man, and eventually as director. He directed Lloyd's first 4-reeler, A Sailor Made Man (1921), then helmed the comedian's inaugural feature films Grandma's Boy (1922) and Doctor Jack (1922). In collaboration with Sam Taylor, Newmeyer went on to direct such Harold Lloyd moneyspinners as Safety Last (1923), Why Worry? (1923), Hot Water (1924), Girl Shy (1924) and The Freshman (1925). He also helmed several of Hal Roach's Our Gang silent shorts. Outside the Roach/Lloyd orbit, Newmeyer directed comedians Douglas MacLean, Larry Semon, W.C. Fields and Reginald Denny. Making the transition to sound with elan, Newmeyer remained a comedy specialist with such films as Queen High (1930) and Fast and Loose (1930). He made a brief return to Hal Roach in the mid '30s, where he codirected (with newcomer Gordon Douglas) the Our Gang feature General Spanky (1936). At this point, Fred Newmeyer's credits abruptly come to an end. Some sources list the year of his death at 1937; but according to the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital, where Fred Newmeyer spent his declining years, his undocumented death occured around 1970.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Rodeo Rhythm Director 1941
No Score Yet General Spanky Director 1936
No Score Yet Scream in the Night Director 1935
No Score Yet The Moth Director 1934
No Score Yet They Never Come Back Director 1932
No Score Yet Fast and Loose Director 1930
93% The Freshman (College Days) Director 1925
No Score Yet Perfect Clown Director 1925
No Score Yet Hot Water Director 1924
No Score Yet Girl Shy Director 1924
97% Safety Last! Director 1923
No Score Yet Why Worry? Director 1923
No Score Yet Dr. Jack Director 1922
No Score Yet Grandma's Boy Director 1922
No Score Yet Never Weaken Director 1921
No Score Yet Among Those Present Director 1921
No Score Yet A Sailor-Made Man Director 1921
No Score Yet Get Out and Get Under Director 1920


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