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Roy Del Ruth

Highest Rated: 100% Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)

Lowest Rated: 70% 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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Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Why Must I Die? Director - 1960
No Score Yet 21% The Alligator People Director - 1959
No Score Yet 18% 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% 81% On Moonlight Bay Director - 1951
No Score Yet 56% The West Point Story Director - 1950
No Score Yet 33% Red Light Director,
Producer
- 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing Director - 1949
No Score Yet 64% The Babe Ruth Story Director,
Producer
- 1948
No Score Yet 77% It Happened on 5th Avenue Director,
Producer
- 1947
70% 58% Ziegfeld Follies Director - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent Director - 1944
No Score Yet 14% Broadway Rhythm 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
89% 80% Topper Returns Director - 1941
No Score Yet 29% The Chocolate Soldier 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
No Score Yet 54% On the Avenue Director - 1937
100% 59% Broadway Melody of 1938 Director - 1937
No Score Yet 52% Born to Dance Director - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Number Director - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Had to Happen Director - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thanks a Million Director - 1935
89% 77% Broadway Melody of 1936 Director - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris Director - 1935
No Score Yet 38% Upperworld Director - 1934
No Score Yet 50% Kid Millions Director - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Director - 1934
No Score Yet 43% The Mind Reader Director - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captured Director - 1933
No Score Yet 70% Lady Killer Director - 1933
No Score Yet 73% The Little Giant Director - 1933
No Score Yet 22% Bureau of Missing Persons Director - 1933
100% 75% Employees' Entrance Director - 1933
No Score Yet 86% Blessed Event Director - 1932
No Score Yet 86% Taxi! Director - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Winner Take All 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 Divorce Among Friends Director - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Past Director - 1931
71% 48% Dangerous Female Director - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life of the Party Director - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Faces East Director - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desert Song Director - 1929
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 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

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Director 1957

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