Gregory La Cava

Highest Rated: 100% My Man Godfrey (1936)
Birthday: Mar 10, 1892
Birthplace: Not Available
Although former cartoonist Gregory La Cava's comedies earned him a notable reputation behind the camera, he also crafted remarkable dramas like Gabriel Over the White House (1933) and The Affairs of Cellini (1934), both testaments to the director's largely underappreciated diversity. La Cava was born in Towanda, PA, in 1892, and his early work with Woody Woodpecker creator Walter Lantz on The Katzenjammer Kids and Mutt and Jeff caught the attention of the Hearst Corp. Subsequently hired as the editor-in-chief for the company's International Comic Films division, La Cava served as the producer/director of such animated shorts as 20,000 Legs Under the Sea (1917) and How Could William Tell? (1919). After making more than 100 successful animated shorts, La Cava graduated to live-action films with a series of successful comedy shorts. A few short years later, he was directing such luminaries as Doris Kenyon, Richard Dix, and W.C. Fields in feature films. He put his name on the map with Womanhandled (1925), So's Your Old Man (1926), and Feel My Pulse (1928), and the advent of sound found La Cava segueing to drama with The Age of Consent (1932) and Private Worlds (1935). The director never truly abandoned the genre on which his career was founded, and, in 1936, he paired William Powell and Carole Lombard for the enduring 1936 comedy My Man Godfrey (the first film to receive four acting nominations at the Academy Awards). Quickly following with the memorable drama Stage Door 1937, La Cava was at the peak of his career when he received Best Director nominations from the Academy for both features. By this point, he had earned something of reputation as an actor's director, and though he continued working behind the camera throughout the '40s, his output ceased following uncredited work on 1948's One Touch of Venus. La Cava died of a heart attack four years later in Malibu, CA.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Gregory La Cava: Director 1999
No Score Yet Unfinished Business Director 1984
No Score Yet Living in a Big Way Screenwriter Director 1947
No Score Yet Primrose Path Director Producer Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Fifth Avenue Girl Director Producer 1939
95% Stage Door Director 1937
100% My Man Godfrey Screenwriter Producer Director 1936
No Score Yet Private Worlds Screenwriter Director 1935
No Score Yet She Married Her Boss Director 1935
No Score Yet What Every Woman Knows Producer Director 1934
No Score Yet The Affairs of Cellini Director 1934
No Score Yet Bed of Roses Director Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Bed Of Roses Director Screenwriter 1933
86% Gabriel over the White House Director 1933
No Score Yet The Half-Naked Truth Screenwriter Director 1932
No Score Yet Smart Woman Director 1931
No Score Yet Laugh and Get Rich Screenwriter Director 1931
No Score Yet Big News Director 1929
No Score Yet His First Command Screenwriter Director 1929
No Score Yet Feel My Pulse Director 1928
No Score Yet Running Wild Screenwriter Director 1927
No Score Yet So's Your Old Man Producer Director 1926
No Score Yet Let's Get Married Director 1926
No Score Yet New School Teacher Director 1923
No Score Yet His Nibs Director 1921


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