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Gregory La Cava

Highest Rated: 97% My Man Godfrey (1936)

Lowest Rated: 80% Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

Birthday: Mar 10, 1892

Birthplace: Towanda, Pennsylvania, USA

Often overshadowed by Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch and Preston Sturges, director Gregory La Cava was a fine practitioner of the screwball comedy while earning a reputation for drawing out the best from his leading performers, thanks to a penchant for on-set improvisation. He began his career as a cartoonist, making over 100 animated shorts during the silent era before making the switch to live-action features, collaborating with the likes of Richard Dix and W.C. Fields. He successfully transitioned to the sound era with "Laugh and Get Rich" (1931) and "What Every Woman Knows" (1934), while finding more critical success with "The Affairs of Cellini" (1934). He made occasional excursions into drama with "Symphony of Six Million" (1932) and the overtly political "Gabriel Over the White House" (1933), but often his more serious films failed to live up to even his more middling comedies. Meanwhile, La Cava was Oscar-nominated for directing "My Man Godfrey" (1936), starring William Powell and Carole Lombard, which was considered by many historians to be one of the greatest screwball comedies ever made. He followed that with another Academy Award-worthy comedy, "Stage Door" (1937), which marked the pinnacle of his career. From there, he hit a precipitous downward slide with a number of box office failures that basically ended his career in the early 1940s. Though he was often forgotten by later generations, La Cava no doubt left behind an inviting oeuvre of exceptional comedies that ranked alongside the works of better known directors.

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No Score Yet 34% One Touch of Venus Director - 1948
No Score Yet 56% Living in a Big Way Director - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady in a Jam Director - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unfinished Business Director,
Producer
- 1941
No Score Yet 59% Primrose Path Director,
Producer
- 1940
No Score Yet 55% Fifth Avenue Girl Director - 1939
96% 87% Stage Door Director - 1937
97% 90% My Man Godfrey Director - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Worlds Director - 1935
No Score Yet 50% She Married Her Boss Director - 1935
No Score Yet 29% The Affairs of Cellini Director - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet What Every Woman Knows Director - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gallant Lady Director - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bed of Roses Director - 1933
80% 54% Gabriel Over the White House Director - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Half-Naked Truth Director - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Symphony of Six Million Director - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Age of Consent Director - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Smart Woman Director - 1931
No Score Yet 40% Laugh and Get Rich Director,
Screenwriter
- 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big News Director - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Feel My Pulse Director,
Producer
- 1928
No Score Yet 40% Running Wild Director - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet So's Your Old Man Director - 1926

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