Sidney Lanfield

Highest Rated: 100% My Favorite Blonde (1942)
Birthday: Apr 20, 1898
Birthplace: Not Available
From his first gagman job at the Fox Studios in 1926 to his last TV work in the 1960s, director Sidney Lanfield was one of Hollywood's premiere comedy men. A onetime musician, Lanfield earned his first directorial credit for the 1930 Fox programmer Cheer Up and Smile, remaining at the studio through its matriculation into 20th Century-Fox (among his many accomplishments at Fox, it was Lanfield who brought the Ritz Brothers to the studio, transforming an essentially "live" act into a major movie attraction). After megging the 1941 Fred Astaire vehicle You'll Never Get Rich at Columbia, Lanfield set up shop at Paramount, where among many other projects he guided Bob Hope through the comic complications of My Favorite Blonde (1942), Let's Face It (1943), Where There's Life (1947), and The Lemon Drop Kid (1951). Reportedly, Hope had originally balked at working with Lanfield because of the latter's rep as a strict taskmaster, but the two ex-vaudevillians got along famously. Considering his comedy credits, it's surprising to learn that Lanfield's most profitable film was the inaugural Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes film The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939). After his final big-screen directorial job in 1952, Sidney Lanfield turned to television, directing numerous episodes of such laughspinners as McHale's Navy.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Hat Check Girl Director 2014
No Score Yet Skirts Ahoy! Director 1952
No Score Yet Follow the Sun Director 1951
No Score Yet The Lemon Drop Kid Director 1951
No Score Yet Sorrowful Jones Director 1949
No Score Yet Station West Director 1948
No Score Yet Where There's Life Director 1947
No Score Yet Let's Face It Director 1943
No Score Yet The Meanest Man in the World Director 1943
100% My Favorite Blonde Director 1942
No Score Yet You'll Never Get Rich Director 1941
No Score Yet Second Fiddle Director 1939
91% The Hound of the Baskervilles Director 1939
No Score Yet Thin Ice Director 1937
No Score Yet One in a Million Director 1936
No Score Yet Red Salute Director 1935
No Score Yet The Last Gentleman Director 1934
No Score Yet Dance Team Director 1932
No Score Yet Hat Check Girl Director 1932
No Score Yet Three Girls Lost Director 1931
No Score Yet Cheer Up and Smile Director 1930


No Score Yet The New Addams Family
  • 1999
  • 1998
100% The Addams Family
Producer Director
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964


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