Robert Florey

Director, Screenwriter, Author
French screenwriter, director of short films and actor who moved to Hollywood in 1921. Florey worked as assistant director to Josef von Sternberg, Frank Borzage and Victor Fleming before making his feature directing ... Read more »
Born: 09/13/1900 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Director (48)

Alcoa Premiere 1953 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director

The Dick Powell Show 1953 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director

The Outer Limits 1953 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director

The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

The Untouchables 1953 - 1955, 1957 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

Thriller 1953 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

The Barbara Stanwyck Theater 1953 - 1954, 1957 - 1958, 1960 - 1961 (Tv Show)

Director

A Letter to Loretta 1953 - 1954, 1957 - 1958 (Tv Show)

Director

Turn of Fate 1957 - 1958 (Tv Show)

Director

The Restless Gun 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Director

God Is My Co-Pilot 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

Roger Touhy, Gangster 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

Parole Fixer 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

Dangerous to Know 1937 (Movie)

(Director)

King of Alcatraz 1937 (Movie)

(Director)

Daughter of Shanghai 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Anna Christie 1929 (Movie)

(exteriors) (Director)

Bedside (Movie)

(Director)

Dangerously They Live (Movie)

(Director)

Death of a Champion (Movie)

(Director)

Ex-Lady (Movie)

(Director)

Face Value (Movie)

(Director)

Going Highbrow (Movie)

(Director)

Hotel Imperial (Movie)

(Director)

King of Gamblers (Movie)

(Director)

Lady Gangster (Movie)

(Director)

Meet Boston Blackie (Movie)

(Director)

Mountain Music (Movie)

(Director)

Outpost in Morocco (Movie)

(Director)

Registered Nurse (Movie)

(Director)

Ship Cafe (Movie)

(Director)

Smarty (Movie)

(Director)

Tarzan and the Mermaids (Movie)

(Director)

The Battle of Paris (Movie)

(Director)

The Beast with Five Fingers (Movie)

(Director)

The Cocoanuts (Movie)

(Director)

The Crooked Way (Movie)

(Director)

The Face Behind the Mask (Movie)

(Director)

The Florentine Dagger (Movie)

(Director)

The House on 56th Street (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Called Back (Movie)

(Director)

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Movie)

(Director)

The Outcast (Movie)

(Director)

The Pay Off (Movie)

(Director)

Those We Love (Movie)

(Director)

Till We Meet Again (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (4)

Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra 1926 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Study in Scarlet (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Man Called Back (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Wagon Train (TV Show)

Writer
Production Management (1)

Magic Flame 1926 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Actor (1)
Producer (1)
other (1)

The Cocoanuts (Movie)

(Choreography)

Biography

French screenwriter, director of short films and actor who moved to Hollywood in 1921. Florey worked as assistant director to Josef von Sternberg, Frank Borzage and Victor Fleming before making his feature directing debut in 1926. He turned out more than 50 movies over the next 23 years, ranging from the first Marx brothers vehicle, "The Cocoanuts" (1929), to skillful low-budget crime programmers like "The Crooked Way" (1949). For many historians some of Florey's finest work is to be found in these lower-budget programmers and B films; he hit a peak at Paramount in the late 30s with films including "Hollywood Boulevard" (1936), "King of Gamblers" (1937) and "Dangerous to Know" (1938), all distinguished by their fast pace, cynical tone and striking use of moody, semi-expressionistic camera angles and lighting effects. Other notable films include the experimental short "Life and Death of 9413, A Hollywood Extra" (1927) and the creepy horror classic "The Beast with Five Fingers" (1946).

Florey was one of the first seasoned feature directors to turn to TV in the 1950s, working in the new medium for over a decade. He also wrote a number of books including "Pola Negri", "Charlie Chaplin" (both 1927), "Hollywood d'hier et d'aujord'hui" (1948), "La Lanterne magique" (1966) and "Hollywood annee zero" (1972).

EDUCATION

attended private schools in France and Switzerland

Milestones

1950

Directed last features "The Vicious Years" and "Johnny One Eye"

1932

Removed as director of "Frankenstein" after doing preliminary work on the project; assigned to "Murders in the Rue Morgue" as compensation

1929

Directed the almost-feature length musical picture, "Night Club"

1929

First full-length talkie, "The Hole in the Wall"

1926

Feature film directing debut with "One Hour of Love"

1923

First short film as director in America "Fifty-Fifty"

1922

First film as technical director "Monte Cristo"

Worked mostly at Paramount and Warner Bros from mid-1930s on

Bonus Trivia

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Received the French Legion d'Honneur in 1950.

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