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      Roy Del Ruth

      Roy Del Ruth

      Highest Rated: 100% Thanks a Million (1935)

      Lowest Rated: 67% Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

      Birthday: Oct 18, 1893

      Birthplace: Delaware, USA

      A capable director who made a number of competent musicals and crime dramas, Roy Del Ruth worked consistently throughout the 1930s and 1940s without ever distinguishing himself from his more famed contemporaries. Del Ruth began his career as a gag writer for Mack Sennett during the silent era and moved over to the director's chair in the early-1920s. After churning out numerous pictures, he began to find his footing with the James Cagney vehicle "Blonde Crazy" (1931), before directing what was considered his most popular and accomplished film, "The Maltese Falcon" (1931), the first adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's famed novel. From there, he directed Cagney in "Taxi!" (1932), Edward G. Robinson in "The Little Giant" (1933), and Ronald Colman in "Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back" (1934). Following several years of above average motion pictures, including the popular musical review "Ziegfeld Follies" (1946), Del Ruth directed one of his most charming and entertaining films, "It Happed on Fifth Avenue" (1947), a Christmas-themed film that some ranked alongside the more popular "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). But just as it seemed he was ready to advance, Del Ruth fell flat with the rather ridiculous biopic "The Babe Ruth Story" (1948), which ended any hope of a career rejuvenation. Though he ended his career on the low notes of "The Phantom of the Rue Morgue" (1954) and "The Alligator People" (1959), Del Ruth undoubtedly made significant contributions during the studio era that certainly bore re-examination.

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      No Score Yet No Score Yet Why Must I Die? Director - 1960
      No Score Yet 22% The Alligator People Director - 1959
      No Score Yet 29% Phantom of the Rue Morgue Director - 1954
      No Score Yet 0% Three Sailors and a Girl Director - 1953
      No Score Yet 33% About Face Director - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stop, You're Killing Me Director - 1952
      No Score Yet 27% Starlift Director - 1951
      100% 79% On Moonlight Bay Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 56% The West Point Story Director - 1950
      No Score Yet 35% Red Light Director,
      Producer
      - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing Director - 1949
      No Score Yet 67% The Babe Ruth Story Director,
      Producer
      - 1948
      No Score Yet 80% It Happened on 5th Avenue Director,
      Producer
      - 1947
      67% 59% Ziegfeld Follies Director - 1946
      No Score Yet 14% Broadway Rhythm Director - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 47% Du Barry Was a Lady Director - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Gets Her Man Director - 1942
      No Score Yet 29% The Chocolate Soldier Director - 1941
      89% 80% Topper Returns Director - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet He Married His Wife Director - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tail Spin Director - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here I Am a Stranger Director - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Star Maker Director - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Landing Director - 1938
      No Score Yet 20% My Lucky Star Director - 1938
      100% 61% Broadway Melody of 1938 Director - 1937
      No Score Yet 50% On the Avenue Director - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Number Director - 1936
      No Score Yet 51% Born to Dance Director - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It Had to Happen Director - 1936
      100% No Score Yet Thanks a Million Director - 1935
      89% 76% Broadway Melody of 1936 Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris Director - 1935
      No Score Yet 56% Kid Millions Director - 1934
      No Score Yet 38% Upperworld Director - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Director - 1934
      100% 78% Employees' Entrance Director - 1933
      No Score Yet 22% Bureau of Missing Persons Director - 1933
      No Score Yet 73% The Little Giant Director - 1933
      No Score Yet 70% Lady Killer Director - 1933
      No Score Yet 43% The Mind Reader Director - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captured Director - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winner Take All Director - 1932
      No Score Yet 75% Blessed Event Director - 1932
      No Score Yet 88% Taxi! Director - 1932
      No Score Yet 43% Beauty and the Boss Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Side Show Director - 1931
      No Score Yet 73% Blonde Crazy Director - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Past Director - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Divorce Among Friends Director - 1931
      71% 50% Dangerous Female Director - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Faces East Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life of the Party Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desert Song Director - 1929
      93% No Score Yet Gold Diggers of Broadway Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Terror Director - 1928
      No Score Yet 57% The First Auto Director - 1927
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Little Irish Girl Director - 1926
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan's Alley Director - 1925
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shanghaied Lovers Director - 1924
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hollywood Kid Director - 1924
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Skylarking Director - 1923
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Be Reasonable Director - 1921

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      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Director 1957