Walter Lang

Walter Lang

Highest Rated: 100% Desk Set (1957)

Lowest Rated: 67% There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)

Birthday: Aug 10, 1896

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

While many artists develop passion for their craft following years of work and dedication, influential director Walter Lang discovered filmmaking almost on a whim. After moving from his hometown of Memphis to New York City, he found a temporary office position in a film production company and became fascinated by the creative energy surrounding him. Lang learned all aspects of filmmaking by immersing himself in conversations with talented producers, writers and directors until he landed his first assistant directing job. Despite a quick career shift--he moved to Paris to try his hand at painting--Lang returned to the film industry and directed several silent films before being discovered by 20th Century Fox. Before becoming one of Hollywood's go-to directors for musicals, Lang directed pop-culture icon Shirley Temple in the 1939 boarding school drama "The Little Princess." His artistic eye helped him visualize elaborate sets and sequences for his large-scale directorial projects, including the acclaimed musicals "Tin Pan Alley" and "Coney Island" starring Betty Grable, who went on record calling Lang a true gentleman. Perhaps Lang's best-known film was the sweeping 1956 musical "The King and I," starring Yul Brynner in an Oscar-winning role and earning Lang his first and only Oscar nomination for Best Director.

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No Score Yet 50% Snow White and the Three Stooges Director - 1961
No Score Yet 47% Can-Can Director - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marriage-Go-Round Director - 1960
No Score Yet 71% But Not for Me Director - 1959
100% 84% Desk Set Director - 1957
96% 83% The King and I Director - 1956
67% 57% There's No Business Like Show Business Director - 1954
80% 66% Call Me Madam Director - 1953
67% 62% With a Song in My Heart Director - 1952
No Score Yet 56% On the Riviera Director - 1951
No Score Yet 62% The Jackpot Director - 1950
80% 66% Cheaper by the Dozen Director - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet You're My Everything Director - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet When My Baby Smiles at Me Director - 1948
No Score Yet 77% Sitting Pretty Director - 1948
No Score Yet 70% Mother Wore Tights Director - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Claudia and David Director - 1946
No Score Yet 38% Sentimental Journey Director - 1946
83% 78% State Fair Director - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greenwich Village Director - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coney Island Director - 1943
No Score Yet 43% Song of the Islands Director - 1942
No Score Yet 60% The Magnificent Dope Director - 1942
No Score Yet 67% Moon Over Miami Director - 1941
No Score Yet 59% Weekend in Havana Director - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Profile Director - 1940
No Score Yet 73% Star Dust Director - 1940
No Score Yet 72% The Blue Bird Director - 1940
No Score Yet 43% Tin Pan Alley Director - 1940
No Score Yet 66% Susannah of the Mounties Director - 1939
88% 80% The Little Princess Director - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Give a Million Director - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Baroness and the Butler Director - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wife, Doctor and Nurse Director - 1937
No Score Yet 33% Second Honeymoon Director - 1937
No Score Yet 55% Love Before Breakfast Director - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carnival Director - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hooray for Love Director - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Party's Over Director - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mighty Barnum Director - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Warrior's Husband Director,
Screenwriter
- 1933
No Score Yet 44% Meet the Baron Director - 1933
No Score Yet 43% No More Orchids Director - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell Bound Director - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brothers Director - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Fight Director - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Costello Case Director - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Kimono Director - 1925

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