Sidney Lanfield

Director, Screenwriter, Vaudevillian
Once upon a time, future film and TV directors began their careers in Vaudeville rather than at film school or in a gopher role on a live set. Sidney Lanfield is part of that bygone era, graduating from the hallowed ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1898 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (34)

Burke's Law 1959 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

M Squad 1957 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

McHale's Navy 1959 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

No Time For Sergeants 1960 - 1961, 1964 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

The Addams Family 1960 - 1961, 1964 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

The Deputy 1959 - 1961, 1964 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

Bringing Up Buddy 1960 - 1961 (Tv Show)

Director

The Lemon Drop Kid 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Sorrowful Jones 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Station West 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Where There's Life 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Bring on the Girls 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

My Favorite Blonde 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

Second Fiddle 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Swanee River 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Thin Ice 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

One in a Million 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Sing, Baby, Sing 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

King of Burlesque 1934 (Movie)

(Director)

Three Girls Lost 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

Always Goodbye (Movie)

(Director)

Broadway Bad (Movie)

(Director)

Follow the Sun (Movie)

(Director)

Half Angel (Movie)

(Director)

Hold 'em Yale (Movie)

(Director)

Love and Hisses (Movie)

(Director)

Skirts Ahoy! (Movie)

(Director)

Society Girl (Movie)

(Director)

Standing Room Only (Movie)

(Director)

The Lady Has Plans (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Gentleman (Movie)

(Director)

The Meanest Man in the World (Movie)

(Director)

The Well-Groomed Bride (Movie)

(Director)

Wake up and Live (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Happy Days 1930 (Movie)

(From Story)

Big Time (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Other (1)

Tap 1989 (Movie)

film extract("Wake Up and Live" (1937)) (Other)

Biography

Once upon a time, future film and TV directors began their careers in Vaudeville rather than at film school or in a gopher role on a live set. Sidney Lanfield is part of that bygone era, graduating from the hallowed halls of anything goes nickel-and-dime entertainment to the job of Hollywood joke writer in 1926. The Chicago native finally got his shot at directing in 1930, just as the silent era was giving way to the talkies, and eventually hitched a ride on the Bob Hope caravan, collaborating numerous times with the master of the wise crack. However, one of Lanfield's most successful films was actually the 1939 feature "The Hound of the Baskervilles", starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. After World War II, Lanfield eventually shifted to TV directing, and all those years later, he was a proud member of the "McHale's Navy"production crew, directing 54 episodes from 1962 to 1964. He moved on to another successful series, "The Addams Family", before finally retiring in 1967. From 1927 until his death in 1972, Lanfield was married to film actress Shirley Mason.

Relationships

Shirley Mason

Wife
died

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