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James Cruze

  • Highest Rated: 67% The Great Gabbo (1929)
  • Lowest Rated: 67% The Great Gabbo (1929)
  • Birthday: Mar 27, 1884
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Stagestruck from childhood, James Cruze was 16 when he began his acting training at the F. Cooke Caldwell dramatic school. He barnstormed with a medicine show, then organized his own San Francisco stock company in 1903. Three years later he was accepted into the lofty Belasco company in New York. In 1911, Cruze entered films as an actor; his most frequent co-star was serial queen Marguerite Snow, who became his first wife in 1913. Cruze's first film as a director was Too Many Millions (1918). Cruze rapidly rose to the uppermost ranks of Hollywood directors in the 1920s. In 1927, he was the most popular and highest-salaried director in the business, pulling down $7000 per week. Many film historians credit Cruze's success to his uncanny knack for choosing surefire moneymaking properties and his gift for loud self-promotion. His own producer from 1927 on, Cruze made his talkie bow with The Great Gabbo (1929), a bizarre backstage melodrama starring Erich Von Stroheim and Cruze's second wife Betty Compson. This film and his subsequent talkies were box-office disappointments, irreparably damaging Cruze's vaunted reputation. He exhibited an unexpected visual flair in his best and most successful sound effort, I Cover the Waterfront (1933), though by this time Cruze had surrendered his independence and was a "hired hand" for other producers. His Waterloo was the costly Universal flop Sutter's Gold (1936), which, though massive in scope, demonstrated that Cruze's simplistic technique had not matured much since his silent days. James Cruze ended his career with a trio of Republic "B" pictures in 1938; he died four years later.

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No Score Yet Prison Nurse Director 1938
No Score Yet The Wrong Road Director 1937
No Score Yet I Cover the Waterfront Director 1933
No Score Yet Mr. Skitch Director 1933
No Score Yet Washington Merry-Go-Round Executive Producer Director 1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Director 1932
67% The Great Gabbo Director Producer 1929
No Score Yet The Night Flyer Producer 1928
No Score Yet The Mating Call Director 1928
No Score Yet Old Ironsides Producer Director 1926
No Score Yet Beggar on Horseback Director 1925
No Score Yet The Goose Hangs High Director Producer 1925
No Score Yet The Pony Express Producer Director 1925
No Score Yet Welcome Home Director Producer 1925
No Score Yet Leap Year Director 1924
No Score Yet The Fighting Coward Producer Director 1924
No Score Yet The Covered Wagon Producer Director 1923
No Score Yet Thirty Days Director 1922
No Score Yet One Glorious Day Director 1922
No Score Yet Terror Island Director 1920
No Score Yet Johnny Get Your Gun Count Bullion-nia, a Fortune Hunter 1919
No Score Yet The Roaring Road Director 1919
No Score Yet Hawthorne of the USA Director 1919
No Score Yet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Actor 1912
No Score Yet She Actor Director 1911


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