John Cromwell

John Cromwell

Highest Rated: 100% The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Racket (1951)

Birthday: Dec 23, 1887

Birthplace: Not Available

American director John Cromwell spent the first phase of his career as a romantic stage leading man. As a theatrical director, he was spirited to Hollywood to "show" silent filmmakers how to do things right, but his cinematic flair in such early pictures as The Racket (1928), Close Harmony (1929) and Tom Sawyer (1931) indicate that Cromwell learned a lot from the Hollywood veterans. Film critic Andrew Sarris has summed up Cromwell's career as "cherchez la femme," meaning that he seemed to have a knack for drawing first-rate performances out of actresses. Directorial assignments like Ann Vickers (1933) starring Irene Dunne, Of Human Bondage (1934) starring Bette Davis, and I Dream Too Much (1935) starring Opera diva Lily Pons would appear to bear out Sarris' typecasting of Cromwell. Like most such auteurist theories, however, Sarris' assessment was limited: Cromwell was also capable of turning out male-dominated historical dramas like Prisoner of Zenda (1937) and Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940). Cromwell was additionally one of the prime contributors to the film noir genre, as witnessed by Dead Reckoning (1947), Night Song (1947) and Caged (1950); he was among Dead Reckoning star Humphrey Bogart's favorite directors. Long out of films, Cromwell made a return as an actor in his eighties, becoming one of director Robert Altman's inner circle in the films Three Women (1977) and A Wedding (1978). Despite his many cinematic accomplishments, Cromwell wasn't very fond of any of his films, and was given to responding to the queries of movie buffs over this or that movie by turning his thumbs down or holding his nose!

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Memorial Day Young Bud 2012
No Score Yet Mickey Rooney on Acting Director 1991
73% A Wedding Bishop Martin 1978
94% 3 Women Mr. Rose 1977
No Score Yet A Matter of Morals Director 1960
No Score Yet The Scavengers Director 1959
No Score Yet The Goddess Director 1958
No Score Yet Top Secret Affair Gen. Grimshaw 1957
33% The Racket Director 1951
No Score Yet Caged Director 1950
No Score Yet The Company She Keeps Director 1950
No Score Yet Night Song Director 1948
67% Dead Reckoning Director 1947
88% Anna and the King of Siam Director 1946
83% The Enchanted Cottage Director 1945
83% Since You Went Away Director 1944
No Score Yet Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake Director 1942
No Score Yet So Ends Our Night Director 1941
83% Abe Lincoln in Illinois Director John Brown 1940
No Score Yet In Name Only Director 1939
No Score Yet Made for Each Other Director 1939
No Score Yet Algiers Director 1938
100% The Prisoner of Zenda Director 1937
No Score Yet Banjo on My Knee Director 1936
88% Little Lord Fauntleroy Director 1936
No Score Yet To Mary---With Love Director 1936
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much Director 1935
83% Of Human Bondage Director 1934
No Score Yet Spitfire Director Producer 1934
No Score Yet This Man Is Mine Director 1934
No Score Yet Ann Vickers Director 1933
No Score Yet Double Harness Director 1933
No Score Yet The Silver Cord Director 1933
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet Director 1931
No Score Yet The Vice Squad Director 1931
No Score Yet Tom Sawyer Director 1930
No Score Yet Tol'able David Actor 1930
No Score Yet For the Defense Director 1930
No Score Yet Street of Chance Imbrie Director 1930
No Score Yet The Dance of Life Director Doorkeeper 1929


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