Chester M. Franklin

American film director Chester M. Franklin developed a reputation early on as a "children's" director. At Fox studios in the years between 1917 and 1919, Franklin was prime mover of the "Fox Kiddies" series, a group of ... Read more »
Born: 08/31/1890 in San Francisco, CA

Filmography

other (7)

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Movie)

(Director)

Behind That Curtain (Movie)

(Director)

Private Scandal (Movie)

(Director)

The Painted Hills (Movie)

(Producer)

The Toll of the Sea (Movie)

(Director)

Where the North Begins (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Justice (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

American film director Chester M. Franklin developed a reputation early on as a "children's" director. At Fox studios in the years between 1917 and 1919, Franklin was prime mover of the "Fox Kiddies" series, a group of feature-length pastiches of famous literary properties (Alladin's Lamp, Jack and the Beanstalk etc.) with all-moppet casts. He abandoned this sort of fare in favor of grown-up projects in the 1920s, starring such certified adults as Bebe Daniels, Norma Talmadge and Betty Bronson. Though Chester M. Franklin had difficulty re-establishing himself in the talkie era, he finished on a high note with the 1935 "great outdoors" endeavor Sequoia, and the 1936 MGM programmer Tough Guy, a lightning-paced melodrama co-starring Jackie Cooper and Rin Tin Tin Jr. Bizarrely, the sources that list Franklin's death date vary by as much as 8 years, veering between 1948, 1949 and 1956; the year listed in our main record was taken from the British Film Institute database.

~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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