William Keighley

Birthday: Aug 4, 1889
Birthplace: Not Available
After working his way through the Ludlum School of Dramatic Art, William Keighley inaugurated his acting career at the age of 23. Keighley spent the teens and twenties as a Broadway actor/director, travelling west to Hollywood when the call went out for dialogue experts during the early-talkie era. Signing on at Warner Bros., Keighley directed his first film, The Match King, in collaboration with Howard Bretherton in 1932. A good team player, Keighley was up to the challenge of any type of film his studio assigned him: gangster pictures (G-Men, Each Dawn I Die), musicals (The Singing Kid), costume epics (The Prince and the Pauper), war flicks (The Fighting 69th) and screwball comedy (The Bride Came COD, The Man Who Came to Dinner). He was also an able studio troubleshooter, helping Broadway director Marc Connelly over the cinematic rough spots in the 1936 filmization of Connelly's play The Green Pastures. Keighley left Warners in 1942 to supervise the Army Signal Corps' motion picture unit; during this time he directed the still-potent British documentary Target for Tonight (1943). Upon his return to Hollywood, Keighley free-lanced at Warners, RKO and 20th Century-Fox, and also replaced Cecil B. DeMille as host of radio's Lux Theatre. After retiring from films in 1953, Keighley pursued a fruitful second career as an award-winning, internationally heralded still photographer. William Keighley was the husband of actress Genevieve Tobin, whom he frequently directed in such pictures as No Time for Comedy (1940) and Torrid Zone (1940).

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CREDIT
No Score Yet God's Little Acre Director 1958
No Score Yet The Master of Ballantrae Director 1953
No Score Yet Close To My Heart Director Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Rocky Mountain Director 1950
100% The Street with No Name Director 1948
No Score Yet Honeymoon Director 1947
No Score Yet George Washington Slept Here Director 1942
83% The Man Who Came to Dinner Director 1942
No Score Yet Four Mothers Director 1941
No Score Yet The Bride Came C.O.D. Director 1941
No Score Yet No Time for Comedy Director 1940
No Score Yet Torrid Zone Director 1940
No Score Yet 'Til We Meet Again Director 1940
No Score Yet The Fighting 69th Director 1940
No Score Yet Each Dawn I Die Director 1939
No Score Yet Brother Rat Director 1938
No Score Yet Secrets of an Actress Director 1938
100% The Adventures of Robin Hood Director 1938
No Score Yet Varsity Show Director 1937
No Score Yet The Prince and the Pauper Director 1937
86% The Green Pastures Director 1936
No Score Yet Bullets or Ballots Director 1936
No Score Yet The Singing Kid Director 1936
No Score Yet Special Agent Director 1935
No Score Yet G-Men Director 1935
No Score Yet Babbitt Director 1934
No Score Yet Kansas City Princess Director 1934
No Score Yet Doctor Monica Director 1934
No Score Yet Picture Snatcher Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Ladies They Talk About Man getting a shoeshine Director 1933
No Score Yet The House on 56th Street Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet The Match King Director 1932

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