Motion Picture Director. In Hollywood from 1924, he joined the newly-formed MGM as a bit player and worked his way up to directing short subjects. One of them, "Torture Money" from the "Crime Does Not Pay" series, won an Academy Award in 1937. The following year he was promoted to features. Bucquet's assignements were mostly B pictures but he was able to give them a high degree of visual polish. With "Young Dr. Kildare" (1938) he launched the popular "Dr. Kildare" series starring Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore, and went on to direct eight sequels; he also made a charming low-key fantasy, "On Borrowed Time" (1939). After taking over the direction of "Dragon Seed" (1944) on short notice, Bucquet finally achieved A status with the Tracy-Hepburn vehicle "Without Love" (1945). It was his last film. He fell ill early in the production of "The Green Years" (1946) and died soon afterward. Harold Spencer Bucquet was born in London. He became an American citizen in 1914 and served in the U. S. Army during World War I.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards