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Gregory La Cava

Highest Rated:   100% My Man Godfrey (1936)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
92% 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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