John M Stahl

Director, Producer, Actor
Capable craftsman, in films from 1914, with a flair for lifting trite, sentimental material to higher ground. A master of the "woman's melodrama" and a director latterly acclaimed by film critics and historians for his ... Read more »
Born: 01/21/1886 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (16)

The Walls of Jericho 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

When Tomorrow Comes 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Imitation of Life 1933 (Movie)

(Director)

Strictly Dishonorable 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

A Lady Surrenders (Movie)

(Director)

Child Thou Gavest Me (Movie)

(Director)

Husbands and Lovers (Movie)

(Director)

In Old Kentucky (Movie)

(Director)

Leave Her to Heaven (Movie)

(Director)

Oh, You Beautiful Doll (Movie)

(Director)

Only Yesterday (Movie)

(Director)

Parnell (Movie)

(Director)

Suspicion (Movie)

(Director)

The Dangerous Age (Movie)

(Director)

The Foxes of Harrow (Movie)

(Director)

The Keys of the Kingdom (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

When Tomorrow Comes 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

Child Thou Gavest Me (Movie)

(Producer)

In Old Kentucky (Movie)

(Producer)

Parnell (Movie)

(Producer)

The Dangerous Age (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Capable craftsman, in films from 1914, with a flair for lifting trite, sentimental material to higher ground. A master of the "woman's melodrama" and a director latterly acclaimed by film critics and historians for his use of the long take years before it became common after WWII, Stahl directed the original screen versions of several classic weepies, including "Back Street" (1932), "Imitation of Life" (1934) and "Magnificent Obsession" (1935). The latter two were remade in the 1950s, in more florid style, by Douglas Sirk.

Relationships

Roxana Wray

Wife
married in 1932

EDUCATION

attended New York City public schools until the age of 14

Milestones

1930

Returned to directing; joined Universal

1927

Became vice president and producer Tiffany-Stahl Studios

1926

Worked under Mayer at MGM

1920

Moved to Hollywood; joined Louis B. Mayer in independent production (date approximate)

1914

Directorial debut (no reliable record of early work)

1914

Hired by Vitagraph Studios, Brooklyn NY

1913

Entered film as bit player

1901

First stage appearance, in "Du Barry"

Ran away from home at 14 and joined a touring theater company

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