James Parrott

Highest Rated: 100% Way Out West (1937)
Lowest Rated: 60% Swiss Miss (1938)
Birthday: Aug 2, 1897
Birthplace: Not Available
The younger brother of film comedian Charley Chase, director/writer James Parrott got his own start at Chase's home turf, the Hal Roach Studios, in 1921. While there is still some debate on the subject, many film historians concur that the "Paul Parrott" one-reel comedies filmed at Roach in the early '20s starred James Parrott rather than brother Charley (as had long been assumed). In the late '20s, James followed Charley's lead by becoming a director, specializing in the two-reel misadventures of Laurel and Hardy. Parrott's best-known L&H vehicles include Perfect Day (1929), Brats (1930), The Music Box (1932), and the feature-length Pardon Us (1931). He also worked on the Boy Friends short subjects series at Roach, and was briefly a staff director at Columbia Pictures' two-reel unit. An unbilled contributor to several comedy screenplays, Parrott earned screen credit for his co-writing chores on the Laurel and Hardy features Way Out West (1937), Swiss Miss (1938), and Block-Heads (1938). James Parrott died at the age of 42; the official cause of death was heart failure, but Roach Studio insiders were of the opinion that Parrott committed suicide.

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Filmography

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CREDIT
No Score Yet Laurel & Hardy Director 1958
No Score Yet Block-Heads Screenwriter 1938
60% Swiss Miss Screenwriter 1938
100% Way Out West Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Washee Ironee Director 1934
No Score Yet Twice Two Director 1933
No Score Yet County Hospital Director 1932
No Score Yet The Chimp Director 1932
No Score Yet The Music Box Director 1932
No Score Yet Helpmates Director 1932
No Score Yet Pardon Us Prisoners Marching in Formation near Hardy Director 1931
No Score Yet The Panic Is On Director 1931
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy Director 1931
No Score Yet Another Fine Mess Director 1930
No Score Yet Blotto Director 1930
No Score Yet La Vida Nocturna Director 1930
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy Director 1930
No Score Yet Radiomanía Director 1930
No Score Yet Night Owls Director 1930
No Score Yet Brats Director 1930
No Score Yet Hog Wild Director 1930
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy Director Actor 1929
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy Director 1929
No Score Yet They Go Boom! Director 1929
No Score Yet Two Tars Director 1928
No Score Yet Should Married Men Go Home? Screenwriter Director 1928
No Score Yet Their Purple Moment Director 1928
No Score Yet Habeas Corpus Director 1928
No Score Yet Just Rambling Along Cook 1918

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