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John G. Blystone

  • Highest Rated: 96% Our Hospitality (1923)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Swiss Miss (1938)
  • Birthday: Dec 2, 1892
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Trying his luck as an actor after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, John G. Blystone turned to writing and directing in 1923. One of his first films as director was Buster Keaton's Our Hospitality (1923), though it's a safe bet that Keaton did most of the directing himself. Through his copacetic working relationship with western star Tom Mix, Blystone earned a lucrative contract at Fox Studios. Unobtrusive and easygoing, Blystone worked best with actors and screenwriters who tended to dominate their productions: the aforementioned Keaton and comedian Will Rogers both appreciated Blystone's willingness not to get in their way. In this same "power behind the throne" spirit, Laurel and Hardy engaged Blystone to direct two of their feature films, Swiss Miss (1938) and Block-Heads (1938), with the understanding that Blystone would merely yell "action" and "cut", then leave the comedians to their own devices in-between. Less than a month after completing Block-Heads, the 45-year-old Blystone died of a heart attack. John G. Blystone was the brother of prolific character actor Stanley Blystone and 20th Century-Fox assistant director Jasper Blystone.

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No Score Yet Kiss Me Quick Director 2011
No Score Yet Great Guy Director 1942
No Score Yet Block-Heads Director 1938
60% Swiss Miss Director 1938
No Score Yet Music for Madame Director 1937
No Score Yet Woman Chases Man Director 1937
No Score Yet The County Chairman Director 1935
No Score Yet Change of Heart Director 1934
No Score Yet Coming Out Party Director 1934
No Score Yet Hot Pepper Director 1933
No Score Yet Too Busy To Work Director 1932
No Score Yet She Wanted a Millionaire Director 1932
No Score Yet Mr. Lemon of Orange Director 1931
No Score Yet Princess and the Plumber Director 1930
No Score Yet Tol'able David Director 1930
No Score Yet So This Is London Director 1930
No Score Yet Dick Turpin Director 1925
No Score Yet The Last Man on Earth Director 1924
96% Our Hospitality Director 1923


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