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Lloyd Bacon

Highest Rated:   100% It Happens Every Spring (1949)
Lowest Rated:   67% Boy Meets Girl (1938)
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Born into an American theatrical family, Lloyd Bacon was the son of Frank Bacon, the actor who made the stage play Lightnin' virtually his life's work. Lloyd pursued the family business early in life, appearing in stock companies and touring shows, before entering films as a small-part player at Essanay Studios, where he worked with pioneer western star Broncho Billy Anderson. Another Essanay player, Charlie Chaplin, continued employing Lloyd as an actor and production assistant long after both had moved to other studios. Never comfortable as a performer, Bacon followed Chaplin's lead by becoming a director himself. His first directorial assignment was Private Izzy Murphy (1926), which starred Broadway entertainer George Jessel. The film inaugurated Bacon's long association with Warner Bros., where over the next two decades he would direct such notables as James Cagney, Bette Davis, Edward G. Robinson John Barrymore, Joe E. Brown, Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan. Most of Bacon's assignments came his way not because he was uniquely talented but because he was quick and efficient; while many stars welcomed this businesslike approach, others were unhappy that the Bacon technique left no time to properly "develop" a performance or to experiment with new ideas. But since producers and not actors make the final decisions, and since producers like to have craftsmen around who save time and money, Bacon worked steadily throughout the 1940s and 1950s. After leaving Warners, the director spent some time at 20th Century-Fox, where he made one of his best films, It Happens Every Spring (1949). Slapstick comedy fans especially enjoy Bacon's collaborations with screenwriter Frank Tashlin at both Columbia and MGM, notably the Red Skelton vehicle The Good Humor Man (1950) and the baseball farce Kill the Umpire (1950). Just before his death, Lloyd Bacon directed a pair of Howard Hughes-produced comedies for RKO, The French Line (1954) and She Couldn't Say No (1954). The Bacon family tradition was carried on by Lloyd's younger brother, ubiquitous character actor Irving Bacon.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet She Couldn't Say No
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet The French Line
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet The Great Sioux Uprising
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet The Frogmen
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet The Fuller Brush Girl
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Kill the Umpire
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet The Good Humor Man
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Miss Grant Takes Richmond
  • Director
1949
100% It Happens Every Spring
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet You Were Meant for Me
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Sunday Dinner For A Soldier
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet The Fighting Sullivans
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Silver Queen
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc.
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Affectionately Yours
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Dark
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Honeymoon for Three
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Brother Orchid
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Irish
  • Director
1940
83% Knute Rockne---All American
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Invisible Stripes
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Espionage Agent
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Wings of the Navy
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet The Oklahoma Kid
  • Director
1939
67% Boy Meets Girl
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Cowboy from Brooklyn
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Racket Busters
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Submarine D-1
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet San Quentin
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Ever Since Eve
  • Director
1937
100% Marked Woman
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Gold Diggers of 1937
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Cain and Mabel
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Frisco Kid
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet The Irish in Us
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet In Caliente
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Devil Dogs of the Air
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Here Comes the Navy
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet A Very Honorable Guy
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet He Was Her Man
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar
  • Director
1934
100% Footlight Parade
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Picture Snatcher
  • Director
1933
95% 42nd Street
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet You Said a Mouthful
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Crooner
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Miss Pinkerton
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Fireman, Save My Child
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Alias The Doctor
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Kept Husbands
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet Sit Tight
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet Moby Dick
  • Director
1930
No Score Yet Say It with Songs
  • Director
1929
No Score Yet So Long Letty
  • Director
1929
No Score Yet The Singing Fool
  • Director
1928
No Score Yet Wagon Tracks
  • Actor
1919
No Score Yet The Grave Undertaking
  • Actor
1917
No Score Yet The Rink
  • Guest
1916
No Score Yet Behind the Screen
  • Director of Comedies
1916
No Score Yet The Vagabond
  • Artist
1916
No Score Yet The Fireman
  • Her Father
1916
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin
  • Assistant Manager
1916
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin
  • Drug Addict
1916
No Score Yet The Bank
  • Bank Robber
1915
No Score Yet The Tramp
  • Edna's Fiance
1915
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin
  • Butler
1915
No Score Yet The Champion
  • Trainer
1915

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