Stars of Slapstick #44: George Marshall

19237_125826397909[1]

Today is the birthday of Hollywood director (not the U.S. general) George Marshall (1891-1975). He’d gotten his start in a bit part in Roscoe Arbuckle’s The Waiter’s Ball (1916). Then he began directing westerns with the likes of Tom Mix and Harry Carey and comedy shorts for Fox, Mack Sennett, RKO, and Hal Roach (including several Laurel & Hardy and Thelma Todd-Zasu Pitts classics). From there he went on to helm sound features. Notable among his works are Destry Rides Again (1939), W.C. Fields’ You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939) and several Bob Hope and Martin & Lewis vehicles (in addition to many westerns and crime dramas). In latter years he also worked directing television westerns and situation comedies like Here’s Lucy and The Odd Couple.

For more on silent and slapstick film, don’t  miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc

chain%20of%20fools%20cvr%20front%20only-500x500

To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

safe_image

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,403 other followers

%d bloggers like this: