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 Jules J. White

Jules J. White

Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Death 30 Apr 1985 (aged 84)
Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Beth Olam Mausoleum, M-7, #1377
Memorial ID 8782 · View Source
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Actor, director, and producer. His career in show business began in 1910, when he became a child actor at Pathé Films, although more often than not he played in uncredited extra roles. Among the films he appeared in were 'The Birth of a Nation' (1915) and 'The Spoilers' (1914). During this time he was helped and mentored by James Youngdeer, a motion picture director. Youngdeer was impressed by the singing voice of the young Jules, and began paying him fifty cents every time he serenaded the cast and crew on their way to and from a movie shoot. If Jules happened to be acting in the movie, he was paid a dollar. Under Youngdeer's guidance and assistance, he moved from an uncredited extra to a credited bit player. However, he was to achieve his greatest fame as a director and producer. In 1920, after having gotten a lot of experience in all of the different aspects of the motion picture business, he began working at Educational Pictures Studio, where he edited comedies directed and produced by his brother Jack White. Within the span of five years, Jules was a director himself, and over the following five years he worked at both Educational Pictures and Fox. In the early Thirties he worked as a director at MGM, where the pictures he worked on included the Buster Keaton feature 'Sidewalks of New York' (1931), sports shorts, and a series of comedy shorts spoofing popular movies of the time and featuring dogs dressed up in human clothes and with human voices dubbed in. During the year of 1933, he served as a director at Paramount Studios, and the following year moved to Columbia Pictures, where he would remain until 1959. At Columbia, White was the head of the short subjects department, and was involved in directing and producing hundreds of comedies from people such as Buster Keaton, Vera Vague, the Three Stooges, Charley Chase, Leon Errol, Andy Clyde, Harry Langdon, and Hugh Herbert. Of all of the hundreds of comedies he directed at Columbia, he is best-remembered for having produced and directed the majority of the Three Stooges' shorts, such as 'Pop Goes the Easel' (1935), 'Disorder in the Court' (1936), 'Three Missing Links' (1938), 'You Nazty Spy!' (1940), 'Idiots Deluxe' (1945), 'Shivering Sherlocks' (1948), and 'Corny Casanovas' (1952). He soon hired his brother Jack to come to work as one of his directors in the short subjects department, along with James Horne and Del Lord. Although he had many talented and capable people working for him, White still directed and produced the majority of Columbia's short subjects. In the late Thirties he split his production duties with Hugh McCollum, but even though the two had their own production units, they had frequent clashes that eventually became so hostile and violent that a showdown occured in the early Fifties, after which McCollum was fired and White was made the sole head of the short subjects department. Though all other movie studios had disbanded their shorts departments by this time, White's department was kept on because Harry Cohn, the head of Columbia Pictures, had always enjoyed a cordial relationship with White. From this point on, the short subjects department became largely a family affair, as Jack White wrote many of the scripts, Jules White produced and directed almost all of them, and his son Harold edited them. White left Columbia in 1959 after the short subjects department had finally closed. He tried his hand at television production with a series entitled 'Oh, Those Bells,' which was done under the auspices of Screen Gems, Columbia's television department, but decided that television wasn't for him, and retired from directing and producing. After retiring, he lived in the San Fernando Valley with his wife Judy.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jules J. White (17 Sep 1900–30 Apr 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8782, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .