Archie Mayo

Director, Extra, Gagman
Competent technician who began his career in 1916 as a gagman and director of comedy shorts before making his first feature a decade later. A versatile director without a definitive style or stamp, Mayo flourished as a ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1891 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (33)

They Shall Have Music 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Legion 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Go Into Your Dance 1934 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mayor of Hell 1933 (Movie)

(Director)

The Life of Jimmy Dolan 1932 (Movie)

(Director)

A Night in Casablanca (Movie)

(Director)

Angel on My Shoulder (Movie)

(Director)

Charley's Aunt (Movie)

(Director)

Confirm or Deny (Movie)

(Director)

Crash Dive (Movie)

(Director)

Dearie (Movie)

(Director)

Ever in My Heart (Movie)

(Director)

Four Sons (Movie)

(Director)

Gambling Lady (Movie)

(Director)

Give Me Your Heart (Movie)

(Director)

I Married a Doctor (Movie)

(Director)

Illicit (Movie)

(Director)

Is Everybody Happy? (Movie)

(Director)

Moontide (Movie)

(Director)

Night After Night (Movie)

(Director)

On Trial (Movie)

(Director)

Orchestra Wives (Movie)

(Director)

Slightly Used (Movie)

(Director)

State Street Sadie (Movie)

(Director)

Street of Women (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventures of Marco Polo (Movie)

(Director)

The Case of the Lucky Legs (Movie)

(Director)

The Doorway to Hell (Movie)

(Director)

The Great American Broadcast (Movie)

(Director)

The House Across the Bay (Movie)

(Director)

The Man with Two Faces (Movie)

(Director)

Under Eighteen (Movie)

(Director)

Youth Takes a Fling (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Gambling Lady (Movie)

(Producer)

The Doorway to Hell (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Angel on My Shoulder 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Story By
Other (1)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

film extract("Crash Dive" (1943)) (Other)

Biography

Competent technician who began his career in 1916 as a gagman and director of comedy shorts before making his first feature a decade later. A versatile director without a definitive style or stamp, Mayo flourished as a house director at Warner Bros. during the 1930s, where his finer works included "Svengali" (1931), "Ever in My Heart" (1933) and "The Petrified Forest" (1936). His freelance career through the 1940s was characterized by conventional, uninspired efforts for 20th Century-Fox and other studios; Mayo's better films from this period include "Charley's Aunt" (1941) and "Crash Dive" (1943).

Relationships

Lucille Wolf

Wife
Married until her death Feb. 24, 1945

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York
left to start theatrical career

Milestones

1958

Produced a feature, "The Beast of Budapest", directed by Harmon Jones

1946

Last films directed included "A Night in Casablanca" and "Angel on My Shoulder"

1937

Association with Warner Bros. Ended

1927

Began making films for Warner Bros.

1923

First and only films as co-writer (also director), "The Imperfect Lover" and "A Man's Position"

1917

Directed 19 shorts; no features

1917

Film directing debut (for L-Ko), "The Nurse of an Aching Heart"

1916

Gagman for Stern Brothers Productions and L-Ko Motion Pictures

1915

First film experience as extra

Toured in musicals in Europe, Australia and US

Worked primarily with 20th Century-Fox, but also freelanced with a number of studios

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