Lewis Milestone

Director, Screenwriter, Assistant director
Former assistant to cinematographer Lucien Andriot (with the US Army Signal Corps) who moved to Hollywood in 1919 and began working as an assistant cutter the following year. Milestone began directing in 1925 and ... Read more »
Born: 09/30/1895 in Russia

Filmography

Director (23)

Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Pork Chop Hill 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

They Who Dare 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Halls of Montezuma 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

Of Mice and Men 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

The General Died at Dawn 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

The Front Page 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

Two Arabian Knights 1926 (Movie)

(Director)

A Walk in the Sun (Movie)

(Director)

Anything Goes (Movie)

(Director)

Arch of Triumph (Movie)

(Director)

Lucky Partners (Movie)

(Director)

My Life with Caroline (Movie)

(Director)

New York Nights (Movie)

(Director)

No Minor Vices (Movie)

(Director)

Paris in Spring (Movie)

(Director)

The North Star (Movie)

(Director)

The Purple Heart (Movie)

(Director)

The Racket (Movie)

(Director)

The Red Pony (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (6)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Walk in the Sun (Movie)

(Producer)

Arch of Triumph (Movie)

(Producer)

My Life with Caroline (Movie)

(Producer)

No Minor Vices (Movie)

(Producer)

The Red Pony (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

Arch of Triumph (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Bobbed Hair (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Editor (1)

The Home Stretch (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

Former assistant to cinematographer Lucien Andriot (with the US Army Signal Corps) who moved to Hollywood in 1919 and began working as an assistant cutter the following year. Milestone began directing in 1925 and assured himself a place in cinema history with "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930), a landmark anti-war work, and "The Front Page" (1931), still considered a yardstick of films about journalism. Milestone was one of Hollywood's most technically accomplished early directors and had a reputation for meticulous pre-production planning and preparation; he continued directing until the 1960s (mostly, by then, in TV), though he too frequently squandered his talents on inferior vehicles. Later works of note include: "The General Died at Dawn" (1936), a flawed but complex and visually compelling tale of spy intrigue; "Of Mice and Men" (1939), notable for a rare "straight" performance by Lon Chaney Jr; "Our Russian Front" (1941), a documentary co-directed with Joris Ivens; and "A Walk in the Sun" (1945), another poignant study of war. Married to actress Kendall Lee Glaezner from 1935 until her death in 1978.

Relationships

Kendall Glaezner

Wife
married 1935 until her death in 1978

EDUCATION

University of Ghent

Milestones

1932

Made head of production at United Artists

1925

Contracted to Warner Bros. as director

1919

Changed name to Milestone

1917

With US Army Signal Corps as assistant cameraman and cutter

1913

Immigrated to US

Worked in Hollywood as assistant cutter and gagman

SIMILAR ARTICLES