Wesley Ruggles
Film director
Wesley Ruggles
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11 June 1889
08 January 1972
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Los Angeles, California
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the United States
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DVD Extra: Sony's MOD -- Madman, madwoman, musical remakes - New York Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
"Three for the Show'' (1955), filmed in handsome Technicolor and CinemaScope, is another musical remake, in this case of Wesley Ruggles' 1940 adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's "Too Many Husband'' (1940) which had starred Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray
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DVDS; Just Like the Ones You Used to Know
NYTimes - almost 6 years
BING CROSBY died in 1977, but that can seem hard to believe during the holiday season. This great singer -- one of the principal architects of American pop and very likely the most successful entertainer of the 20th century -- lives on during the four weeks from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Crooning ''White Christmas,''''Jingle Bells'' or ''Silent
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DVDS; Nutty Professor In Prime Time
NYTimes - about 7 years
The Jerry Lewis Show From his first live television appearances with Dean Martin on NBC's ''Colgate Comedy Hour'' in the early 1950s through his annual Labor Day muscular dystrophy telethons, television has played a crucial role in the life and art of Jerry Lewis. If his movies -- in particular those he has directed as well as starred in -- are his
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Critic's Notebook; Lombard's Madcap Recipe: Hauteur, Chic and Humor
NYTimes - over 24 years
THE initial setting in Howard Hawks's "Twentieth Century" (1934) is a bare Broadway stage where Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore), a theater impresario deferentially called "sire" by his press agent, is taking the first day of rehearsals of his new production. The show is a ghastly romance set in an antebellum South whose fictional apogee would be
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NYTimes - over 31 years
One old Hollywood movie on cable that goes down as gently as whipped cream is ''No Man of Her Own'' (1932), with Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. It's showing on Tuesday at 10:05 A.M. on WTBS. The film is as disarming as it is dated - a simple, straightforward love story about the marriage of a gambler and a small-town librarian. There are
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NYTimes - about 35 years
A Live Turkey Olympics are to be held at 1 P.M. today on the grounds of The Inn at Lake Waramaug, New Preston. An organizer of the event indicated that it was not known whether winners of the 50-foot race, the feed-eating contest, loudest gobble and largest turkey contest, and other competitions would receive Thanksgiving clemency as well as a
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wesley Ruggles
Born on June 11, 1889.
He was born in Los Angeles, a younger brother of actor Charles Ruggles. He began his career in 1915 as an actor, appearing in a dozen or so silent films, on occasion with Charles Chaplin.
In 1917, he turned his attention to directing, making more than 50 mostly forgettable films - including a silent film version of Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence (1924) - before he won acclaim with Cimarron in 1931.
The adaptation of Edna Ferber's novel Cimarron, about homesteaders settling in the prairies of Oklahoma, was the first Western to win an Academy Award as Best Picture. Although Ruggles followed this success with the light comedy No Man of Her Own (1932) with Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, the comedy I'm No Angel (1933) with Mae West and Cary Grant, College Humor (1933) with Bing Crosby, and Bolero (1934) with George Raft and Carole Lombard, few of his later films were in any way memorable (an exception is Arizona).
His career was on the downslide when he teamed with the Rank Organisation in 1946 to produce and direct London Town with Sid Field and Petula Clark, based on a story he wrote.
The film - British cinema's first attempt at a Technicolor musical extravaganza - is notable as being one of the biggest critical and commercial failures in that country's film history. Ironically, Ruggles had been hired to helm it because as an American, it was thought, he was better equipped to handle a musical - despite the fact that nothing in his past had prepared him to work in the genre. It was his last film. An abridged version was released in the U.S. under the title My Heart Goes Crazy by United Artists in 1953.
Ruggles died in 1972 in Santa Monica and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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