David Butler

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
Beginning his career as an actor onscreen and onstage, David Butler spent the majority of his four-decade career as a director, working in both television and film, most notably on the classic family comedy series ... Read more »
Born: 12/17/1894 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Director (54)

Russian Roulette 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Director

Leave It to Beaver 1957 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

M Squad 1957 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

Bringing Up Buddy 1959 - 1961 (Tv Show)

Director

The Deputy 1959 - 1961 (Tv Show)

Director

Way of the West 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Director

The Girl He Left Behind 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

King Richard and the Crusaders 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

By the Light of the Silvery Moon 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Calamity Jane 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

John Loves Mary 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

The Story of Seabiscuit 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Two Guys From Milwaukee 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

The Princess and the Pirate 1943 (Movie)

(Director)

Thank Your Lucky Stars 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

They Got Me Covered 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

Road to Morocco 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

Caught in the Draft 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

If I Had My Way 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

You'll Find Out 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

Kentucky 1937 (Movie)

(Director)

Ali Baba Goes to Town 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Pigskin Parade 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Just Imagine 1929 (Movie)

(Director)

April in Paris (Movie)

(Director)

Bright Eyes (Movie)

(Director)

Business and Pleasure (Movie)

(Director)

Captain January (Movie)

(Director)

Chasing through Europe (Movie)

(Director)

Delicious (Movie)

(Director)

Doubting Thomas (Movie)

(Director)

East Side of Heaven (Movie)

(Director)

Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (Movie)

(Director)

Handy Andy (Movie)

(Director)

High School Hero (Movie)

(Director)

High Society Blues (Movie)

(Director)

It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

(Director)

Kentucky Moonshine (Movie)

(Director)

Look for the Silver Lining (Movie)

(Director)

My Wild Irish Rose (Movie)

(Director)

Playmates (Movie)

(Director)

Shine On, Harvest Moon (Movie)

(Director)

Straight, Place and Show (Movie)

(Director)

Sunny Side Up (Movie)

(Director)

Tea for Two (Movie)

(Director)

The Command (TV Show)

Director

The Little Colonel (Movie)

(Director)

The Littlest Rebel (Movie)

(Director)

The Lullaby of Broadway (Movie)

(Director)

Two Guys from Texas (Movie)

(Director)

Where's Charley? (Movie)

(Director)

Win That Girl (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (20)

Partners in Crime, Series II 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer

Partners in Crime, Series I 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Writer

From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Marco Polo 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Bear Island 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Voyage of the Damned 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Strauss Family 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Writer

If I Had My Way 1939 (Movie)

(From Story)

You'll Find Out 1939 (Movie)

(From Story)

Just Imagine 1929 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bright Eyes (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Disraeli (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

East Side of Heaven (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

High School Hero (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Jesus of Nazareth (TV Show)

Writer (dialogue)

Playmates (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Sunny Side Up (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Scarlet and the Black (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (16)

Salute 1928 (Movie)

Navy Coach (Actor)

Seventh Heaven 1926 (Movie)

Gobin (Actor)

Oh, Baby! 1925 (Movie)

(Actor)

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Chasing through Europe (Movie)

(Actor)

County Fair (Movie)

(Actor)

Hoodman Blind (Movie)

Jack Yeulette (Actor)

It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Greatest Thing in Life (Movie)

Mons. Le Bebe (Actor)

The Man on the Box (Movie)

Bob's Brother In Low (Actor)

The Plastic Age (Movie)

Coach Henley (Actor)

The Quarterback (Movie)

"Lumpy" Goggins (Actor)

The Rush Hour (Movie)

William Finch (Actor)

Tracked in the Snow Country (Movie)

Terry Moulton (Actor)

Village Blacksmith (Movie)

Bill Hammond (Actor)

Wages for Wives (Movie)

Chester Logan (Actor)
Producer (4)

If I Had My Way 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

You'll Find Out 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

Playmates (Movie)

(Producer)

Sunny Side Up (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (1)

Marco Polo (TV Show)

Teleplay By

Biography

Beginning his career as an actor onscreen and onstage, David Butler spent the majority of his four-decade career as a director, working in both television and film, most notably on the classic family comedy series "Leave It to Beaver". Butler often produced and wrote the scripts for his films and was considered a hard-working, blue collar-type director. While working under contract for Fox, Butler was prolific, directing over 30 films in a nine-year span, including the 1934 dramedy "Bright Eyes". Butler collaborated numerous times with actor Bing Crosby, including on the adventure film "Road to Morocco" and the musical "If I Had My Way". Late in his career Butler primarily worked directing television episodes, mainly for the classic family show "Leave It to Beaver" and the Western series "The Deputy". Through the 1920s Butler acted frequently, alternating between the stage and screen, appearing in two of legendary director D.W. Griffith's World War I dramas--"The Greatest Thing in Life" and "The Girl Who Stayed at Home"--as well as the Academy Award-winning romance "7th Heaven" in 1927. Butler died of heart failure at the age of 84.

Milestones

1927

First film as director "High School Hero"

1918

Film acting debut in "The Greatest Thing in Life"

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