Robert Z. Leonard

Robert Z. Leonard

Highest Rated: 100% Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Lowest Rated: 62% The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Birthday: Oct 7, 1889

Birthplace: Not Available

Auteur theory advocate Andrew Sarris once cited the prolific director Robert Z. Leonard as one of the few refutations of auteurism, pointing out that the success of Leonard's films was due more to the stars and screenwriters than the director, concluding that "the weak director allows the personalities of others to run rampant." It might be true that Leonard's films were usually only as good as their stars and scripts, but any man who could turn out such tightly-controlled entertainments as The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Pride and Prejudice (1940), The Bribe (1948) and In the Good Old Summertime (1949) cannot be dismissed as "weak." An actor since the age of 14, Leonard was in his younger days strictly matinee-idol material, invoking female swoons in both his stage work and in such films as Robinson Crusoe (1911). He began his four-decade directing career with 1914's The Master Key, a serial in which he also starred. Many of his best early directorial works starred his first wife, the irrepressible Mae Murray; Leonard and Murray eventually opened their own studio, Tiffany Productions. In 1924 Leonard came to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to direct his wife in Mademoiselle Midnight, thereby kicking off an association with MGM that would endure until Leonard's last film for the studio in 1955, The King's Thief. During the late silent era, Leonard and Murray parted company, whereupon the director married MGM-starlet Gertrude Olmstead. After closing out his 31-year stay at MGM, Robert Z. Leonard directed two more films before retiring in 1957.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The King's Thief Director 1955
No Score Yet Beautiful But Dangerous (La Donna Piu Bella del Mondo) Director 1955
No Score Yet Her Twelve Men (Miss Baker's Dozen) Director 1954
No Score Yet The Clown Director 1953
No Score Yet The Great Diamond Robbery Director 1953
No Score Yet Everything I Have Is Yours Director 1952
No Score Yet Too Young to Kiss Director 1952
No Score Yet Duchess of Idaho Director 1950
No Score Yet Nancy Goes to Rio Director 1950
No Score Yet The Bribe Director 1949
64% In the Good Old Summertime Director 1949
No Score Yet B.F.'S Daughter Director 1948
No Score Yet Cynthia Director 1947
No Score Yet The Secret Heart Director 1946
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Himself 1945
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf Producer Director 1945
No Score Yet Marriage Is a Private Affair Director 1944
No Score Yet The Man From Down Under Producer Director 1943
No Score Yet We Were Dancing Director Producer 1942
No Score Yet Stand By for Action Producer Director 1942
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl Director 1941
No Score Yet When Ladies Meet Producer Director 1941
No Score Yet Third Finger, Left Hand Director 1940
100% Pride and Prejudice Director 1940
No Score Yet New Moon Director Producer 1940
No Score Yet Broadway Serenade Producer Director 1939
No Score Yet The Girl of the Golden West Director 1938
No Score Yet The Firefly Bayonne Cafe Extra Producer Director 1937
100% Maytime Producer Director 1937
No Score Yet Piccadilly Jim Director 1936
62% The Great Ziegfeld Producer 1936
No Score Yet After Office Hours Director 1935
80% Dancing Lady Director 1933
No Score Yet Peg o' My Heart Producer Director 1933
No Score Yet Strange Interlude Director 1932
No Score Yet Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise Producer Director 1931
No Score Yet Five and Ten Producer Director 1931
No Score Yet The Bachelor Father Director Producer 1931
No Score Yet Let Us Be Gay Director Producer 1930
75% The Divorcée Producer Director 1930
No Score Yet In Gay Madrid Director Producer 1930
No Score Yet Marianne Producer Director 1929
No Score Yet A Lady of Chance Producer Director 1928
No Score Yet The Cardboard Lover Director 1928
No Score Yet Mademoiselle Midnight Producer Director 1924
No Score Yet Fashion Row Director Producer 1923
No Score Yet Jazzmania Director 1923
No Score Yet The Delicious Little Devil Director 1919
No Score Yet Way of a Woman Director 1919
No Score Yet A Mormon Maid Director 1917
No Score Yet The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Scarecrow 1910


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