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George Sidney

Highest Rated:   100% Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Lowest Rated:   62% Anchors Aweigh (1945)
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American director George Sidney was the nephew of the Jewish comic actor of the same name. After working as a child actor, Sidney received a messenger-boy position at MGM in 1933, through the auspices of another relative, Louis K. Sidney. Before long, the teenager was working as a film editor; he moved up to assistant director in 1935, and one year later was given an opportunity to direct a "Pete Smith Specialty" one-reel short. Sidney's extreme youth prompted MGM to hype the novice director as a "boy wonder," listing his age at 16 (a pretense Sidney himself would maintain for years afterward). He remained busy in the MGM short subjects department, even handling a few Our Gang shorts -- an experience which he'd later claim would condition him to hate all kids. After winning Oscars for two of the Pete Smith shorts, Sidney was promoted to "B" feature films. Under the aegis of producer Arthur Freed, Sidney became a top director of musical comedies; he also proved adept at such larger than life swashbucklers as Scaramouche (1953). After directing the disastrous Esther Williams vehicle Jupiter's Darling in 1955, Sidney decided it was high time to leave MGM. He became an independent producer for Columbia in the late 1950s, and at the same time became an executive of the fledgling Hanna-Barbera cartoon firm. Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera were old friends from the MGM days, who had contributed the "dancing mouse" sequence for Sidney's Anchors Aweigh; Sidney repaid the favor by helping to finance their new studio, and also smoothing the path for Hanna-Barbera's valuable distribution deal with Screen Gems, Columbia's TV division. After the success of 1963's Bye Bye Birdie, Sidney remained with musicals to the end of the 1960s as both producer and director. His last film was 1968's Half a Sixpence.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Swinger
  • Director
  • Producer
1966
85% Viva Las Vegas
  • Producer
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet A Ticklish Affair
  • Director
1963
92% Bye Bye Birdie
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet Pepe
  • Producer
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet Who Was That Lady?
  • Director
1960
75% Pal Joey
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet Jeanne Eagels
  • Producer
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet The Eddy Duchin Story
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet Jupiter's Darling
  • Director
1955
90% Kiss Me Kate
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet Young Bess
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet Scaramouche
  • Director
1952
89% Show Boat
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Key to the City
  • Director
1950
100% Annie Get Your Gun
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet The Red Danube
  • Director
1949
71% The Three Musketeers
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane
  • Director
1947
100% The Harvey Girls
  • Director
1946
75% Ziegfeld Follies
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Holiday in Mexico
  • Director
1946
62% Anchors Aweigh
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Bathing Beauty
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Pilot No. 5
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Third Dimensional Murder (Murder in 3-D)
  • Director
1941

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