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Louis J. Gasnier

  • Highest Rated: 42% Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth) (1936)
  • Lowest Rated: 42% Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth) (1936)
  • Birthday: Invalid date
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Apparently none of the studios in Hollywood cared if French-born director Louis Gasnier's work was consistently mediocre. For one thing, he had an excellent professional background: working at the Paris-based Pathé studios in 1905, he helped bring comedian Max Linder to prominence (though it's likely that Linder directed himself). Also, Gasnier had an excellent ability to spot talent, discovering leading French actor Jules Berry and American serial queen Pearl White. In charge of Pathé's American offices in 1914, Gasnier directed White's immortal The Perils of Pauline (1914); the results have prompted one influential film historian to tag Gasnier's direction as "appalling beyond belief." The director did a better job with the second White serial The Exploits of Elaine (1915) but still missed several opportunities to heighten tension through his lackadaisical pacing and staging. Throughout the '20s, Gasnier directed several major feature films, which nearly always drew praise for the stars and writing, but never for the directing (one fan wrote to a trade magazine complaining that Gasnier handled his actors like "wax dummies"). When talkies arrived, Gasnier's difficulties in grasping the English language relegated him to poverty-row productions. One glance at Gasnier's low-budget "masterpiece" Reefer Madness (1935) shows that the director's technique had not progressed one iota since the declamatory days of Max Linder. Louis Gasnier retired in 1942; subsequent records are hazy, and it isn't clear whether he died in 1948 or several years thereafter.

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No Score Yet Hollywood Murder Mystery Director 1941
No Score Yet Stolen Paradise Director 1941
No Score Yet Murder on the Yukon Director 1940
No Score Yet Sunset Murder Case Director 1938
No Score Yet Bank Alarm Director 1937
No Score Yet The Gold Racket Director 1937
42% Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth) Director 1936
No Score Yet The Last Outpost Director 1935
No Score Yet Topaze Director 1935
No Score Yet El Tango en Broadway Director 1934
No Score Yet Cuesta abajo Director 1934
No Score Yet Suburban Melody (Melodía de Arrabal) Director 1933
No Score Yet Parisian Love Director 1925
No Score Yet Kismet Director 1920
No Score Yet The Mystery of the Double Cross Director 1917
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline Director 1914
No Score Yet Le Duel d'un monsieur myope (A Short-Sighted Duellist) (Max Has Trouble with His Eyes) Director 1910
No Score Yet Poisoned Paradise (Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo) Director


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