Mervyn LeRoy

Former actor and comedy writer who began a prolific directing career in 1927. LeRoy did his best work at Warner Bros. in the 1930s, turning out a string of grittily realistic films which reflected the hardships of Depression-era America. His 1930 gangster film, "Little Caesar", launched Edward G. Robinson into stardom and inaugurated the genre with which Warners would make its name. In 1938 LeRoy...