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Lewis Milestone DIRECTOR

Lewis Milestone was born September 30, 1895 in Kishinev, Russian Empire (now Chisinau, Moldava) to a Jewish family. From an early age, he had developed a liking for theatre. He started as a prop man and scenery artist before coming to the United States in his teenage years. Following a series of assorted jobs, Milestone enlisted in the Army Signal Corps, where he worked as an assistant director on training films during World War I. Such pictures include the oral hygiene promoting “The Toothbrush” (1918) and correct posture teaching “Posture” (1918).

After the war he travelled to Hollywood. Here he worked as an editor, writer, and assistant director. In 1925, famous producer Howard Hughes promoted Milestone to director. His debut was with “Seven Sinners” (1925). Four years later, the director won his first Academy Award for the comedy “Two Arabian Knights” (1927). He worked on the early gangster film “The Racket” (1928) before winning his second Oscar for the screen adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s antiwar novel, “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930).

In the 1930's, Milestone fared well in many genres. The 1931 screwball comedy “The Front Page”, which also included the director as producer, won him a third Academy Award nomination. This time, however, he did not win. He did keep directing and producing nevertheless. Following came the well done melodrama “Rain” (1932), successful musical “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum” (1933), and popular crime thrillerThe General Died at Dawn” (1936). In 1939, Milestone put out another true Hollywood classic: “Of Mice and Men”. The John Steinbeck adapted feature came out with four nominations at the Oscars.

The 1940's and 1950's brought some additional notable work, such as the war films “Edge of Darkness” (1943), “The Purple Heart” (1944), “A Walk in the Sun” (1945), and “Pork Chop Hill” (1959). As well, he put out the sophisticated film noir “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” (1946) and another Steinbeck revision, “The Red Pony” (1949). Also in the late 1950's, Milestone began working in television, beginning with “Schlitz Playhouse” (1958). He continued with four other shows, “Suspicion” (1958), “Have Gun – Will Travel” (1958), “The Richard Boone Show” (1964), and his last effort ever, “Arrest and Trial” (1963-64).

In the 1960's, the director only came out with two more films, the dramatically funny musical “Ocean’s Eleven” (1960), which featured Frank Sinatra, and the historical adventure “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1962), which starred Marlon Brandon. Milestone died on September 25, 1980 in Los Angeles, California after a surgery. Due to his impressive involvement in the motion pictures, his name was engraved on a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


1964       The Richard Boone Show 

1963       Arrest and Trial   

1962       Mutiny on the Bounty

1960       Ocean's Eleven

1959       The Widow

1959       Pork Chop Hil

1958       Have Gun - Will Travel

1958       Suspicion  

1958       Schlitz Playhouse 

1954       They Who Dare

1953       Melba

1952       Les Miserables

1952       Kangaroo

1950       Halls of Montezuma

1949       The Red Pony

1948       No Minor Vices

1948       Arch of Triumph

1946       The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

1945       A Walk in the Sun

1944       Guest in the House 

1944       The Purple Heart

1943       The North Star

1943       Edge of Darkness

1942       Our Russian Front  

1941       My Life with Caroline

1941       Know for Sure

1940       The Westerner 

1940       Lucky Partners

1939       Of Mice and Men

1939       The Night of Nights

1936       The General Died at Dawn

1936       Anything Goes

1935       Paris in Spring

1934       The Captain Hates the Sea

1933       Hallelujah I'm a Bum

1932       Cock of the Air

1932       Scarface

1932       Rain  

1931       The Front Page

1930       All Quiet on the Western Front

1929       New York Nights

1929       Betrayal

1928       The Racket

1928       Tempest  

1928       The Garden of Eden

1927       Two Arabian Knights

1927       The Kid Brother  

1926       Fine Manners  

1926       The New Klondike

1926       The Caveman

1925       Seven Sinners

1925       Bobbed Hair

1925       The Teaser 

1925       Dangerous Innocence

1925       The Mad Whirl

1924       Listen Lester 

1924       The Yankee Consul

1923       Where the North Begins

1923       Main Street 

1922       Up and at 'Em

1921       The Foolish Age  

1919       Fit to Win  

1918       The Toothbrush  

1918       Posture    

Matinee Classics - All Quiet on the Western Front starring Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy, Ben Alexander and Scott Kolk
Matinee Classics - The Strange Love of Martha Ivers starring Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Judith Anderson and Darryl Hickman
Matinee Classics - Two Arabian Nights starring William Boyd, Mary Astor, Louis Wolheim, Ian Keith, Michael Vavitch, Michael Visaroff, Boris Karloff, DeWitt Jennings, Nicholas Dunaew, Jean Vachon and David Cavendish
Matinee Classics - The Racket starring Thomas Meighan, Marie Prevost, Louis Wolheim, George E. Stone, John Darrow, Skeets Gallagher, Lee Moran, Lucien Prival, Tony Marlo, Henry Sedley, Sam De Grasse and Burr McIntosh
Matinee Classics - Mutiny on the Bounty starring Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith, Richard Haydn, Tarita, Percy Herbert, Duncan Lamont, Gordon Jackson, Chips Rafferty, Noel Purcell and Ashley Cowan
Matinee Classics - Ocean's Eleven starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Richard Conte, Joey Bishop, Henry Silva, Buddy Lester, Richard Benedict, Norman Fell, Clem Harvey, Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, Patrice Wymore, Akim Tamiroff, Ilka Chase, Jean Willes, Hank Henry, Lew Gallo and Robert Foulk
Matinee Classics - The Purple Heart starring Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Farley Granger, Kevin O'Shea, Don 'Red' Barry, Trudy Marshall, Sam Levene, Charles Russell, John Craven, Tala Birell, Richard Loo, Peter Chong, Gregory Gaye, Torben Meyer and Kurt Katch
Matinee Classics - Rain starring Frederic Howard, Ben Hendricks, William Gargan, Mary Shaw, Guy Kibbee, Kendall Lee, Beulah Bondi, Matt Moore, Walter Huston, Walter Catlett and Joan Crawford
Matinee Classics - The Front Page starring Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian, Edward Everett Horton, Walter Catlett, George E. Stone, Mae Clarke, Slim Summerville, Matt Moore, Frank McHugh, Clarence Wilson, Fred Howard, Phil Tead, Eugene Strong, Spencer Charters, Maurice Black, Effie Ellsler, Dorothea Wolbert and James Gordon

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