Leo McCarey

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
"I was a problem child, and problem children do the seemingly insane because they are trying to find out how to fit into the scheme of things," Leo McCarey once said. Born and raised in Los Angeles, this oldest son of a ... Read more »
Born: 10/02/1898 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Director (25)

The Poor Fish 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

His Wooden Wedding 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Satan Never Sleeps 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Rally Round the Flag, Boys! 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

An Affair to Remember 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (Tv Show)

Director

The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

Going My Way 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

Once Upon a Honeymoon 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

Love Affair 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

The Awful Truth 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

The Milky Way 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Belle of the Nineties 1933 (Movie)

(Director)

Duck Soup 1933 (Movie)

(Director)

The Kid From Spain 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

Bad Boy (Movie)

(Director)

Good Sam (Movie)

(Director)

Habeas Corpus (Movie)

(Director)

Let's Go Native (Movie)

(Director)

Make Way for Tomorrow (Movie)

(Director)

My Son, John (Movie)

(Director)

Part Time Wife (Movie)

(Director)

Ruggles of Red Gap (Movie)

(Director)

Six of a Kind (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Company (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (15)

Love Affair 1994 (Movie)

("Love Affair" (USA/1939)) (From Story)

Move Over, Darling 1962 (Movie)

("My Favorite Wife") (From Story)

Satan Never Sleeps 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rally Round the Flag, Boys! 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

An Affair to Remember 1957 (Movie)

(From Story)

An Affair to Remember 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Going My Way 1944 (Movie)

(From Story)

Once Upon a Honeymoon 1941 (Movie)

(From Story)

My Favorite Wife 1940 (Movie)

("My Favorite Wife") (From Story)

Love Affair 1938 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Cowboy and the Lady 1937 (Movie)

(From Story)

Brats (TV Show)

Screenwriter

Habeas Corpus (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

My Son, John (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Part Time Wife (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (12)

Satan Never Sleeps 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rally Round the Flag, Boys! 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

Going My Way 1944 (Movie)

(Producer)

Once Upon a Honeymoon 1941 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Favorite Wife 1940 (Movie)

(Producer)

Love Affair 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Awful Truth 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Good Sam (Movie)

(Producer)

Let's Go Native (Movie)

(Producer)

Make Way for Tomorrow (Movie)

(Producer)

My Son, John (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (5)

What Happens in Vegas 2008 (Movie)

("An Affair To Remember") (Song)

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

("An Affair To Remember") (Song)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

("An Affair to Remember") (Song)

Satan Never Sleeps 1961 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

An Affair to Remember 1957 (Movie)

songs (Song)
Actor (1)

Make Way for Tomorrow (Movie)

Carpet Sweeper (Actor)

Biography

"I was a problem child, and problem children do the seemingly insane because they are trying to find out how to fit into the scheme of things," Leo McCarey once said. Born and raised in Los Angeles, this oldest son of a sports promoter tried his hand at various jobs before finally finding his calling working in the then-fledgling motion picture industry. McCarey attended high school with future filmmakers Tay Garnett and David Butler and briefly had a career as an amateur middleweight boxer. While attending law school at USC, he was involved in a freak elevator accident. Taking the $5,000 he collected in damages, he invested in a copper mine that went bust. After graduating, McCarey worked in a law firm in San Francisco and then opened his own short-lived practice in his hometown. With the failure of his law practice, Leo McCarey turned to vaudeville, writing sketches and songs but that too proved futile. Old friend David Butler interceded and introduced him to Tod Browning. Browning hired him as an assistant and McCarey gradually worked his way up from "script boy" to assistant director. The veteran helmer even allowed him to direct Lon Chaney in one sequence of "Outside the Law" (1921) and was instrumental in his hiring to direct Universal's "Society Secrets" (1921). The results were less than stellar, however, and once again McCarey found himself considered a failure.

Relationships

Leona McCarey

Mother

Stella Martin

Wife
married in July 1920 high school sweetheart

Thomas McCarey

Father

Ray McCarey

Brother
born in 1904 died in 1948 directed comedy shorts starring Laurel and Hardy and the Three Stooges

EDUCATION

Los Angeles High School

Los Angeles , California
classmates included Tay Garnett and David Butler

School of Law, University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
graduated

Milestones

1962

Final film, "Satan Never Sleeps"

1957

Remade "Love Affair" as "An Affair to Remember", teaming Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr

1952

Helmed the anti-Communist propaganda film "My Son John", with Helen Hayes

1944

Named "top employee in the country," having earned in one year a salary of $1,113,035

1943

Received second Best Director Oscar for "Going My Way", starring Bing Crosby

1940

Due to injuries, served as producer on "My Favorite Wife", reteaming Dunne and Grant

1939

Injured in a car accident

1939

First film for RKO, "Love Affair", starring Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne

1937

Hired by Columbia for one-shot directing gig; won first Best Director Oscar for the screwball comedy "The Awful Truth", starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant

1937

Offered to go off salary to be allowed to film "Make Way for Tomorrow"; when film proved a boxoffice failure, fired by Paramount

1936

Continued with comedies, directing Harold LLoyd in "The Milky Way"

1935

Had success with "Ruggles of Red Gap", starring Charles Laughton

1934

Helmed "Belle of the Nineties", written and starring Mae West

1934

Guided an all-star cast including Burns and Allen, Charles Ruggles and W C Fields in "Six of a Kind"

1931

Directed Gloria Swanson in "Indiscreet"; reportedly rewrote the script just ten days before filming

1930

Helmed first dramatic film "Wild Company"

1929

Left Roach to work freelance

1926

Named vice president in charge of production at Roach

1923

Joined Hal Roach studios, turning out numerous shorts beginning with "Publicity Pays" (1924)

1921

Directed one sequence in "Outside the Law", helmed by Tod Browning

1921

Isloated feature directing debut, "Society Secrets"

1918

After trying to sell songs, entered films (with help of friend David Butler); worked as assistant script supervisor to Tod Browning

1916

Opened own law offices in Los Angeles; soon after, proved unsuccessful and closed down

Formed Rainbow Productions with Bing Crosby, Hal Roach, Buddy De Sylva and David Butler; served as president; first Rainbow feature, "The Bells of St. Mary's" (1945), a sequel to "Going My Way"; company sold to Paramount in 1951

Fought as amateur middleweight boxer

Legal representative for Montana Mining Company

Tied up in litigation with Howard Hughes over an aborted film project

Signed contract with RKO

Born and raised in Los Angeles

Invested $5000 compensation money (for falling down an elevator shaft) in copper mine; soon after company failed

Signed with Paramount; first film under new deal, "Duck Soup" (1933), starring the Marx Brothers

Testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee

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