George Stevens

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Director • Producer • Writer • Cinematographer

Birth Date: December 18, 1904

Death Date: March 8, 1975

Birth Place: Oakland, California

Leading Hollywood craftsman, responsible for some fine films of the 1930s and 40s, but whose later output tended toward the over-ambitious and excessive.

The son of performers, Stevens entered films at age 17 as a cameraman and later worked for the Hal Roach company, where he directed his first shorts. He joined RKO in 1934 and proceeded to churn out a series of crafty comedies and light musicals, scoring his first major success with "Alice Adams" (1935), which was followed by the Astaire-Rogers classic "Swing Time" (1936), the action-packed "Gunga Din" and the brilliantly realized debut pairing of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, "Woman of the Year" (1941). After heading the Army Signal Corps Special Motion Picture Unit during WWII, Stevens re-entered civilian life in 1945 and hit his peak with "I Remember Mama" (1948) and "A Place in the Sun" (1951). His subsequent work, including "Shane" (1953) and "Giant" (1956), strove for epic status but came off as overblown and excessive. Stevens's final effort, "The Only Game in Town" (1970), was a refreshing, if flawed, return to his earlier, more modest, style. Son George Stevens, Jr., is a producer who made a well-received documentary on his father, "George Stevens, Filmmaker" (1984), served as chief of the United States Information Service's motion picture division from 1962-67 and was named the first head of the American Film Institute in 1977.

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ORF III Spezial zu Ostern

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D-Day to Germany

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2014

The Only Game in Town

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1970

The Greatest Story Ever ToldStream

Director
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1965
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The Greatest Story Ever ToldStream

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1965
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The Greatest Story Ever ToldStream

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1965
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The Diary of Anne FrankStream

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1959

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1959

GiantStream

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1956
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GiantStream

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1956
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ShaneStream

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1953
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ShaneStream

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1953
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Something to Live For

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1952

A Place in the SunStream

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1951
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A Place in the SunStream

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1951
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What's My Line?Stream

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Game Show
1950

I Remember MamaStream

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1948
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Nazi Concentration Camps

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1945

That Justice Be Done

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1945

The Nazi Plan

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1945

The More the MerrierStream

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1943
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The More the MerrierStream

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1943
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Woman of the YearStream

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1942
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The Talk of the Town

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1942

The Talk of the Town

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1942

Penny SerenadeStream

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1941
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1941
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Vigil in the Night

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1940

Vigil in the Night

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1940

Gunga DinStream

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1939
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Gunga DinStream

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1939
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Vivacious Lady

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1938
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Vivacious Lady

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1938
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A Damsel in Distress

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1937

Quality Street

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1937

Aces and Eights

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Captain Felipe de Lopez
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1936

Swing TimeStream

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1936
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Annie Oakley

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1935

Alice AdamsStream

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1935
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The Nitwits

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1935

Hollywood Party

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1934

Bachelor Bait

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1934

Kentucky Kernels

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1934

Bridal Bail

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1934

High Gear

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1931

Air-Tight

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1931

Call a Cop!

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1931

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case

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1930

The Laurel-Hardy Murder CaseStream

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1930

The Finishing Touch

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1929

They Go Boom!

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1929

That's My Wife

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1929

The Finishing Touch

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1929

Leave 'Em Laughing

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1928

Their Purple Moment

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1928

Pass the Gravy

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1928

We Faw Down

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1928

Should Married Men Go Home?

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1928

Leave 'Em Laughing

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1928

No Man's Law

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1927

The Valley of Hell

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1927

Hats Off

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1927

Putting Pants on Philip

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1927

The Devil Horse

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1926

Looking for Sally

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1925

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Poole (uncredited)
Movie
1920

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