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 Roy Del Ruth

Roy Del Ruth

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 27 Apr 1961 (aged 67)
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section D, Lot 259, Grave 3
Memorial ID 2524 · View Source
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Motion-Picture Director. Born in Philadelphia, he was a journalist before entering films in 1915 as a screenwriter and gagman for Mack Sennett. Two years later he began directing two-reel comedies starring Billy Bevan and Harry Langdon, among others, and moved up to features in the mid-1920s. A versatile, efficient craftsman, Del Ruth adapted easily to the demands of the different Hollywood studios that employed him. At Warner Bros. in the early 1930s he turned out gritty, fast-paced films on topical subjects; later at MGM he directed glossy, escapist musicals. Overall his work is entertaining but routine, and he ended his career making Poverty Row quickies. Perhaps from a historical standpoint his most interesting film is "The Maltese Falcon" (1931), the first screen adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's novel, which served as the basis for the classic 1941 remake starring Humphrey Bogart. Del Ruth's 106 other credits include "Gold Diggers of Broadway" (1929), "Divorce Among Friends" (1930), "Blonde Crazy" (1931), "Taxi!" (1932), "Beauty and the Boss" (1932), "The Little Giant" (1933), "Lady Killer" (1933), "Kid Millions" (1934), "Broadway Melody of 1936" (1935), "Born to Dance" (1936), "Broadway Melody of 1938" (1937), "Topper Returns" (1940), "Du Barry Was a Lady" (1943), "The Babe Ruth Story" (1948), "Stop You're Killing Me" (1953), "Phantom of the Rue Morgue" (1954), and "Why Must I Die?" (1960). He was the brother of writer-director Hampton Del Ruth and husband of singer-actress Winnie Lightner.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2524
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Roy Del Ruth (18 Oct 1893–27 Apr 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2524, citing San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .