Roy Del Ruth

Director, Screenwriter, Gagman
A capable director who made a number of competent musicals and crime dramas, Roy Del Ruth worked consistently throughout the 1930s and 1940s without ever distinguishing himself from his more famed contemporaries. Del ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1893 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (46)

The Alligator People 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Phantom of the Rue Morgue 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Always Leave Them Laughing 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

It Happened on Fifth Avenue 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Broadway Rhythm 1943 (Movie)

(Director)

Born to Dance 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Broadway Melody of 1936 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Folies Bergere 1934 (Movie)

(Director)

Thanks a Million 1934 (Movie)

(Director)

About Face (Movie)

(Director)

Beauty and the Boss (Movie)

(Director)

Blessed Event (Movie)

(Director)

Blonde Crazy (Movie)

(Director)

Broadway Melody of 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (Movie)

(Director)

Bureau of Missing Persons (Movie)

(Director)

Du Barry Was a Lady (Movie)

(Director)

Employees' Entrance (Movie)

(Director)

Gold Diggers of Broadway (Movie)

(Director)

Happy Landing (Movie)

(Director)

He Married His Wife (Movie)

(Director)

Here I Am a Stranger (Movie)

(Director)

Hogan's Alley (Movie)

(Director)

Hold Everything (Movie)

(Director)

If I Were Single (Movie)

(Director)

It Had to Happen (Movie)

(Director)

Kid Millions (Movie)

(Director)

Lady Killer (Movie)

(Director)

Maisie Gets Her Man (Movie)

(Director)

My Past (Movie)

(Director)

On Moonlight Bay (Movie)

(Director)

On the Avenue (Movie)

(Director)

Private Number (Movie)

(Director)

Red Light (Movie)

(Director)

Starlift (Movie)

(Director)

Tail Spin (Movie)

(Director)

The Babe Ruth Story (Movie)

(Director)

The Chocolate Soldier (Movie)

(Director)

The First Auto (Movie)

(Director)

The Little Giant (Movie)

(Director)

The Mind Reader (Movie)

(Director)

The West Point Story (Movie)

(Director)

Three Faces East (Movie)

(Director)

Topper Returns (Movie)

(Director)

Winner Take All (Movie)

(Director)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

It Happened on Fifth Avenue 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)

Red Light (Movie)

(Producer)

Winner Take All (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A capable director who made a number of competent musicals and crime dramas, Roy Del Ruth worked consistently throughout the 1930s and 1940s without ever distinguishing himself from his more famed contemporaries. Del Ruth began his career as a gag writer for Mack Sennett during the silent era and moved over to the director's chair in the early-1920s. After churning out numerous pictures, he began to find his footing with the James Cagney vehicle "Blonde Crazy" (1931), before directing what was considered his most popular and accomplished film, "The Maltese Falcon" (1931), the first adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's famed novel. From there, he directed Cagney in "Taxi!" (1932), Edward G. Robinson in "The Little Giant" (1933), and Ronald Colman in "Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back" (1934). Following several years of above average motion pictures, including the popular musical review "Ziegfeld Follies" (1946), Del Ruth directed one of his most charming and entertaining films, "It Happed on Fifth Avenue" (1947), a Christmas-themed film that some ranked alongside the more popular "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). But just as it seemed he was ready to advance, Del Ruth fell flat with the rather ridiculous biopic "The Babe Ruth Story" (1948), which ended any hope of a career rejuvenation. Though he ended his career on the low notes of "The Phantom of the Rue Morgue" (1954) and "The Alligator People" (1959), Del Ruth undoubtedly made significant contributions during the studio era that certainly bore re-examination.

Relationships

Winnie Lightner

Wife
survived him

Thomas Ruth

Son
survived him

Hampton Ruth

Brother

Milestones

1917

First short film as director

1915

Wrote first screenplay

1915

Gagman for Mack Sennett

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