Gordon Douglas

Director, Actor, Casting director
Before he was a well-respected film director, Gordon Douglas was a lowly teenage production intern whose go-getter attitude convinced his boss, famed media mogul Hal Roach, to cast him in the youthfully mischievous ... Read more »
Born: 12/05/1909 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (61)

Viva Knievel! 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Nevada Smith 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

Slaughter's Big Rip-Off 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Barquero 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Skullduggery 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

They Call Me Mr. Tibbs 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Lady in Cement 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Detective 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

In Like Flint 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Tony Rome 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Chuka 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Stagecoach 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Sylvia 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Way... Way Out 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Rio Conchos 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Robin and the Seven Hoods 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Call Me Bwana 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Follow That Dream 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sins of Rachel Cade 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Claudelle Inglish 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Gold of the Seven Saints 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fiend Who Walked the West 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Up Periscope 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Yellowstone Kelly 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Bombers B-52 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Santiago 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Land 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Sincerely Yours 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The McConnell Story 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Them 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Young at Heart 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Charge at Feather River 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

The Nevadan 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Dick Tracy Vs. Cueball 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

General Spanky 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Between Midnight and Dawn (Movie)

(Director)

Broadway Limited (Movie)

(Director)

Come Fill the Cup (Movie)

(Director)

First Yank into Tokyo (Movie)

(Director)

Gildersleeve on Broadway (Movie)

(Director)

Gildersleeve's Bad Day (Movie)

(Director)

Gildersleeve's Ghost (Movie)

(Director)

If You Knew Susie (Movie)

(Director)

Mara Maru (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Soft Touch (Movie)

(Director)

Niagara Falls (Movie)

(Director)

Only the Valiant (Movie)

(Director)

Rogues of Sherwood Forest (Movie)

(Director)

Saps at Sea (Movie)

(Director)

She's Back on Broadway (Movie)

(Director)

So This Is Love? (Movie)

(Director)

The Black Arrow (Movie)

(Director)

The Devil with Hitler (Movie)

(Director)

The Falcon in Hollywood (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Gildersleeve (Movie)

(Director)

The Iron Mistress (Movie)

(Director)

Walk a Crooked Mile (Movie)

(Director)

Zenobia (Movie)

(Director)

Zombies on Broadway (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (4)

If You Knew Susie (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Kelly the Second (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Housekeeper's Daughter (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Topper Returns (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (2)

Santiago 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Falcon in Hollywood (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Before he was a well-respected film director, Gordon Douglas was a lowly teenage production intern whose go-getter attitude convinced his boss, famed media mogul Hal Roach, to cast him in the youthfully mischievous short-film series "Our Gang". Already too old to join the central Little Rascals, he was instead given a succession of bit parts. In short order, he gleaned a thorough enough sense of the series' ins and outs to take on writing and directing roles, eventually emerging as "Gang"'s most dedicated (and prosperous) overseer, even going so far as to follow the eternally celebrated franchise when it moved to MGM. He ultimately realized, however, that he much preferred the homespun stylings of Roach's studio, and he returned there, sans Rascals, to find further success as the director of such freewheeling comedies as the gleefully daft Laurel and Hardy adventure "Saps at Sea" (1940). A skilled features director by the time Hal Roach Studios folded altogether, he found a new permanent residence at Warner Bros. in 1950. Over the course of the following three decades, Douglas spread his wings as a multi-genre filmmaker, directing the quintessential atomic-age creeper "Them!" before making a distinct move toward savvier, more sophisticated projects such as the hard-edged detective dramas "They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!" and the forthrightly titled "The Detective". He retired from the business in 1977 and died of cancer years later at the age of 85.

Milestones

1939

First feature film as sole director

1936

Feature film co-directing debut with "General Spanky"

1936

First short film as director ("Our Gang" comedies)

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