Mervyn LeRoy

Director, Producer, Actor
Former actor and comedy writer who began a prolific directing career in 1927. LeRoy did his best work at Warner Bros. in the 1930s, turning out a string of grittily realistic films which reflected the hardships of ... Read more »
Born: 10/15/1900 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Director (61)

Moment to Moment 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Gypsy 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Mary, Mary 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

A Majority of One 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Devil at 4 O'Clock 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Wake Me When It's Over 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Home Before Dark 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

No Time For Sergeants 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The F.B.I. Story 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bad Seed 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Toward the Unknown 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Mister Roberts 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Strange Lady in Town 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Rose Marie 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Latin Lovers 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Million Dollar Mermaid 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Lovely to Look At 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Quo Vadis 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Any Number Can Play 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Women 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Without Reservations 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

Anthony Adverse 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Gold Diggers of 1933 1932 (Movie)

(Director)

Three on a Match 1932 (Movie)

(Director)

Big City Blues 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

Tonight or Never 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

Too Young to Marry 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Caesar 1929 (Movie)

(Director)

Blossoms in the Dust (Movie)

(Director)

Broadway Babies (Movie)

(Director)

Desire Me (Movie)

(Director)

Elmer the Great (Movie)

(Director)

Escape (Movie)

(Director)

Five Star Final (Movie)

(Director)

Fools for Scandal (Movie)

(Director)

Gentleman's Fate (Movie)

(Director)

Happiness Ahead (Movie)

(Director)

Hard to Handle (Movie)

(Director)

Harold Teen (Movie)

(Director)

Hi, Nellie! (Movie)

(Director)

High Pressure (Movie)

(Director)

I Found Stella Parish (Movie)

(Director)

Johnny Eager (Movie)

(Director)

Little Johnny Jones (Movie)

(Director)

Madame Curie (Movie)

(Director)

Naughty Baby (Movie)

(Director)

Numbered Men (Movie)

(Director)

Oh, Kay (Movie)

(Director)

Oil for the Lamps of China (Movie)

(Director)

Random Harvest (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet Adeline (Movie)

(Director)

The King and the Chorus Girl (Movie)

(Director)

The World Changes (Movie)

(Director)

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (Movie)

(Director)

Three Men on a Horse (Movie)

(Director)

Top Speed (Movie)

(Director)

Tugboat Annie (Movie)

(Director)

Two Seconds (Movie)

(Director)

Unholy Partners (Movie)

(Director)

Waterloo Bridge (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (25)

Moment to Moment 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gypsy 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mary, Mary 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Majority of One 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Devil at 4 O'Clock 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wake Me When It's Over 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home Before Dark 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

No Time For Sergeants 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The F.B.I. Story 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bad Seed 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Toward the Unknown 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Strange Lady in Town 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rose Marie 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Little Women 1948 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wizard of Oz 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mr. Dodd Takes the Air 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

At the Circus (Movie)

(Producer)

Blossoms in the Dust (Movie)

(Producer)

Dramatic School (Movie)

(Producer)

Escape (Movie)

(Producer)

Fools for Scandal (Movie)

(Producer)

Harold Teen (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great Garrick (Movie)

(Producer)

The King and the Chorus Girl (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Men on a Horse (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

Broadway After Dark (Movie)

Carl Fisher (Actor)

Going Up (Movie)

Bellboy (Actor)

Little Johnny Jones (Movie)

His jockey (Actor)
Writer (2)

Ella Cinders (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Orchids and Ermine (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Production Management (1)

42nd Street 1932 (Movie)

(production number) (Assistant Director)
Other (2)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

film extract("30 Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944)) (Other)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 (Movie)

film extract("Johnny Eager" (1941)) (Other)

Biography

Former actor and comedy writer who began a prolific directing career in 1927. LeRoy did his best work at Warner Bros. in the 1930s, turning out a string of grittily realistic films which reflected the hardships of Depression-era America. His 1930 gangster film, "Little Caesar," launched Edward G. Robinson into stardom and inaugurated the genre with which Warners would make its name. In 1938 LeRoy switched to MGM and turned his hand to glossier and, for the most part, less satisfactory fare. His other achievements include producing "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), taking over the direction of "Mister Roberts" (1955) from an ailing John Ford and introducing Ronald Reagan to Nancy Davis.

Relationships

Warner LeRoy

Son
mother Doris Warner

Edna Murphy

Wife

Doris Warner

Wife
1932, divorced 1945 daughter of Harry M Warner

Milestones

1953

Returned to Warner Bros.

1944

Formed Arrowhead Productions

1940

Returned to directing

1938

Became MGM production executive

1927

Directorial debut

1922

Moved to Hollywood permanently after returning to vaudeville

1916

First stage act

1912

Stage debut San Francisco (date approximate)

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