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Rowland V. Lee

Highest Rated:   100% Captain Kidd (1945)
Lowest Rated:   91% Son of Frankenstein (1939)
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Because many of his films dealt with British themes or characters, some historians have incorrectly referred to Rowland V. Lee as a British director. In fact, he was born in Ohio, educated at Columbia University, and spent several of his early professional years as a Broadway actor. After a brief "intermission" as a Wall Street stockbroker, Lee entered films as a member of producer Thomas Ince's stock company. His showbiz career was interrupted again by World War I; afterwards, he returned to Ince, this time on the directorial staff. Lee's silent and sound output was varied if nothing else, embracing war melodramas, romances, musicals, westerns and horror films. He was obviously influenced by the "Germanic" school of the late 1920s, carrying over this impressionistic style into such sound films as Zoo in Budapest (1933), Love From a Stranger (1937) and Son of Frankenstein (1939). He functioned as producer on several of his films, notably the 1935 version of The Three Musketeers (a foredoomed effort, wherein Lee was denied the cast and production facilities he'd asked for), 1938's Service Deluxe, and 1939's The Sun Never Sets and Tower of London (the latter a marvelous example of how to do a Shakespearean film without one single word from Shakespeare). Inactive in films between 1945 and 1959, Rowland V. Lee made a comeback as producer of The Big Fisherman (1959), a splashy adaptation of Lloyd C. Douglas' book about Simon-Peter which suffered from threadbare production values, a largely uninspiring cast, and the blockbuster competition of another 1959 Biblical epic, Ben-Hur.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Zoo in Budapest
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet The Big Fisherman
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1959
No Score Yet Love from a Stranger
  • Director
1947
100% Captain Kidd
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Son of Monte Cristo
  • Director
  • Producer
1941
No Score Yet Tower of London
  • Producer
  • Director
1939
91% Son of Frankenstein
  • Producer
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Mother Carey's Chickens
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet The Toast of New York
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Love from a Stranger
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet One Rainy Afternoon
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Cardinal Richelieu
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet Zoo in Budapest
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet I Am Suzanne!
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case
  • Director
  • Producer
1932
No Score Yet The Guilty Generation
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade
  • Director
1930
No Score Yet Doomsday
  • Producer
  • Director
1928
No Score Yet Barbed Wire
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1927
No Score Yet The Sea Lion
  • Director
1921

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