James W. Horne

James W. Horne

San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 29 Jun 1942 (aged 60)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Vesperland, L-844, space 2
Memorial ID 12354 · View Source
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Motion Picture Director. A comedy specialist, he is best-known for his work with Laurel and Hardy. Horne directed the duo in several shorts, including "Big Business" (1929), "One Good Turn" (1931), and "Beau Hunks" (1931), and the features "Bonnie Scotland" (1935), "The Bohemian Girl" (1936), and the classic "Way Out West" (1937). He was also the credited director of Buster Keaton's "College" (1927). The serials he made for Columbia at the end of his career, among them "The Spider's Web" (1938), "The Iron Claw" (1941), "Holt of the Secret Service" (1941), and "Captain Midnight" (1942), are marked by the same slapstick sensibility as his comedies, with results so campy they verge on the surreal. They are highly regarded today by fans of the genre. James Wesley Horne was born in San Francisco. After some stage experience as an actor he joined the Kalem film studio in 1911. He was the husband of silent screen star Cleo Ridgely, father of actress Victoria Horne, and uncle of Oscar-winning director George Stevens. Had he lived he would also have been the father-in-law of actor Jackie Cooper, who married his daughter June in 1944.

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