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John Cromwell



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!

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Vice Squad
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Memorial Day
  • Young Bud
2012
No Score Yet Mickey Rooney on Acting
  • Director
1991
78% A Wedding
  • Bishop Martin
1978
96% 3 Women
  • Mr. Rose
1977
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
67% Dead Reckoning
  • Director
1947
88% Anna and the King of Siam
  • Director
1946
75% 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
80% 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
83% Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much
  • Director
1935
78% Of Human Bondage
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Spitfire
  • Producer
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Ann Vickers
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Double Harness
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet
  • 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
83% The Enchanted Cottage
  • Director
1924

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