Sam Wood

Director, Producer, Actor
Began his career as an actor, moved behind the camera as assistant to Cecil B. DeMille in 1915 and made his directorial debut in 1920 with "Double Speed". Wood displayed a certain flair for complementing the talents of ... Read more »
Born: 07/10/1883 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (8)

Beyond the Rocks 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Command Decision 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pride of the Yankees 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

Kings Row 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

The Devil and Miss Jones 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

A Day at the Races 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

A Night at the Opera 1934 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

A Day at the Races 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Began his career as an actor, moved behind the camera as assistant to Cecil B. DeMille in 1915 and made his directorial debut in 1920 with "Double Speed". Wood displayed a certain flair for complementing the talents of whatever stars he was handed, turning out a number of Gloria Swanson vehicles at Paramount in the early 1920s ("Bluebeard's Eight Wife" 1923 etc.), and hitting his modest stride at MGM in the 30s. His output includes two Marx Brothers films, the durable soap opera "Madame X" (1937), the unjustly overlooked "Lord Jeff" (1938) and "Ivy" (1947), the poignant dramas "Goodbye Mr. Chips" (1939) and "Kitty Foyle" (1940), and the literary adaptations "Our Town" (1940) and "Kings Row" (1942). A number of Wood's films stand largely on the strength of their casts and production crews, and he did occasionally have the out-and-out stinker (e.g., "For Whom the Bell Tolls" 1943).

A conservative in politics as well as in film practice, Wood testified before HUAC in 1947. Father of actress K.T. (Katherine) Stevens (nee Gloria Wood), who played a supporting role in "Kitty Foyle" and enjoyed short-lived leading lady status in the 1940s.

Relationships

Clara Wood

Wife

K Stevens

Daughter
born on July 19, 1919 appeared in her father's "Kitty Foyle" (1940) married and divorced actor Hugh Marlowe died of lung cancer on June 13, 1994

Milestones

1949

Directed last films, "Ambush" and "The Stratton Story"

1947

Testified as a "friendly witness" before the House Un-American Activities Committee

1939

Directed some scenes of "Gone With the Wind" when George Cukor was removed from the film and replacement Victor Fleming was taken ill

1920

Directing debut at Paramount, "Double Speed"

1915

Assistant director to Cecil B. DeMille

1908

Film acting debut

President of Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals

Bonus Trivia

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Legend has it that one way to test Ernest Hemingway's reportedly awesome gift for profanity was to mention director Sam Wood; the author was known to have intensely disliked the bowdlerized 1943 film adaptation of his novel, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" as directed by Wood.

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Received Oscar nominations for Best Director for "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939), "Kitty Foyle" (1940), and "Kings Row" (1942).

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