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William Keighley

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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).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Rocky Mountain
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet The Street with No Name
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Honeymoon
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet George Washington Slept Here
  • Director
1942
80% 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
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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