Leo McCarey

Leo McCarey

Highest Rated: 100% Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

Lowest Rated: 30% Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)

Birthday: Oct 03, 1898

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

"I was a problem child, and problem children do the seemingly insane because they are trying to find out how to fit into the scheme of things," Leo McCarey once said. Born and raised in Los Angeles, this oldest son of a sports promoter tried his hand at various jobs before finally finding his calling working in the then-fledgling motion picture industry. McCarey attended high school with future filmmakers Tay Garnett and David Butler and briefly had a career as an amateur middleweight boxer. While attending law school at USC, he was involved in a freak elevator accident. Taking the $5,000 he collected in damages, he invested in a copper mine that went bust. After graduating, McCarey worked in a law firm in San Francisco and then opened his own short-lived practice in his hometown. With the failure of his law practice, Leo McCarey turned to vaudeville, writing sketches and songs but that too proved futile. Old friend David Butler interceded and introduced him to Tod Browning. Browning hired him as an assistant and McCarey gradually worked his way up from "script boy" to assistant director. The veteran helmer even allowed him to direct Lon Chaney in one sequence of "Outside the Law" (1921) and was instrumental in his hiring to direct Universal's "Society Secrets" (1921). The results were less than stellar, however, and once again McCarey found himself considered a failure.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 33% Satan Never Sleeps Director - 1962
30% 49% Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1958
65% 87% An Affair to Remember Director,
Writer (Story),
Screenwriter
- 1957
43% 25% My Son John Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1952
60% 60% Good Sam Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1948
85% 77% The Bells of St. Mary's Director - 1945
81% 75% Going My Way Director,
Writer (Story),
Producer
- 1944
No Score Yet 59% Once Upon a Honeymoon Director,
Producer
- 1942
85% 82% My Favorite Wife Producer - 1940
86% 71% Love Affair Director,
Writer (Story),
Producer
- 1939
100% 93% Make Way for Tomorrow Director - 1937
93% 87% The Awful Truth Director,
Producer
- 1937
No Score Yet 61% The Milky Way Director - 1936
100% 89% Ruggles of Red Gap Director - 1935
83% 56% Belle of the Nineties Director - 1934
No Score Yet 38% Six of a Kind Director - 1934
92% 91% Duck Soup Director - 1933
No Score Yet 86% The Kid From Spain Director - 1932
No Score Yet 27% Indiscreet Director - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Below Zero Writer - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Company Director - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Let's Go Native Director - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Part Time Wife Director,
Screenwriter
- 1930
No Score Yet 86% The Finishing Touch Director - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Pair of Tights Screenwriter - 1929
No Score Yet 56% Wrong Again Director,
Screenwriter
- 1929
No Score Yet 75% Liberty Director,
Writer
- 1929
No Score Yet 80% That's My Wife Screenwriter - 1929
No Score Yet 81% Big Business Director,
Screenwriter
- 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pass the Gravy Director - 1928
No Score Yet 71% Two Tars Writer - 1928
No Score Yet 43% Should Married Men Go Home? Director,
Screenwriter
- 1928
No Score Yet 55% We Faw Down Director - 1928
No Score Yet 56% Habeas Corpus Director,
Screenwriter
- 1928
No Score Yet 20% Putting Pants on Philip Screenwriter - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Should Men Walk Home? Director - 1927
No Score Yet 50% Sugar Daddies Director - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jewish Prudence Director,
Screenwriter
- 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Long Fliv the King Director - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bromo and Juliet Director - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Be Your Age Director - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charley My Boy Director - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crazy Like a Fox Director - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dog Shy Director - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Caretaker's Daughter Director - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hello Baby! Director - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Innocent Husbands Director - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Red Riding Hood Director - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fighting Fluid Director - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Looking for Sally Director,
Screenwriter
- 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet His Wooden Wedding Director - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Father to Guide Him Director - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Oldfield Director - 1924

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Director,
Writer
1955

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