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Louis J. Gasnier (15 September 1875 - 15 February 1963) was a French film director.

Born in Paris, Gasnier was working in theatre when Pathé hired him to direct films in the earliest days of cinema. He directed comedian Max Linder in many of his early short comedies. In 1912 he emigrated to the United States, where he made his name working on several fairly prestigious productions, most notably the serial The Perils of Pauline starring Pearl White, with whom he made several other star vehicles.

Gasnier's career declined with the advent of sound, and he was later confined to making low-budget B movies. Arguably his most famous film, although not for artistic reasons, is the anti-marijuana opus Reefer Madness, made in 1936. The film's over-preachy, over-the-top propaganda message has earned it a dedicated cult following, which remains strong to the present day. It is widely available in the public domain and on DVD, and has been frequently shown on many terrestrial and cable TV channels, quite remarkable for an ultra cheap exploitation movie of the 1930s that apparently had very scant distribution when it was originally released. After Reefer Madness, Gasnier made an additional eight films before retiring in 1941. He died in Hollywood at the age of 87.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Louis J. Gasnier (15 September 1875 - 15 February 1963) was a French film director.

Born in Paris, Gasnier was working in theatre when Pathé hired him to direct films in the earliest days of cinema. He directed comedian Max Linder in many of his early short comedies. In 1912 he emigrated to the United States, where he made his name working on several fairly prestigious productions, most notably the serial The Perils of Pauline starring Pearl White, with whom he made several other star vehicles.

Gasnier's career declined with the advent of sound, and he was later confined to making low-budget B movies. Arguably his most famous film, although not for artistic reasons, is the anti-marijuana opus Reefer Madness, made in 1936. The film's over-preachy, over-the-top propaganda message has earned it a dedicated cult following, which remains strong to the present day. It is widely available in the public domain and on DVD, and has been frequently shown on many terrestrial and cable TV channels, quite remarkable for an ultra cheap exploitation movie of the 1930s that apparently had very scant distribution when it was originally released. After Reefer Madness, Gasnier made an additional eight films before retiring in 1941. He died in Hollywood at the age of 87.

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Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender -

Known Credits 48

Birthday 1875-09-15

Day of Death 1963-02-15

Place of Birth Paris, France

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Louis Joseph Gasnier
  • L.J. Gasnier
  • Louis Gasnier

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1940 Stolen Paradise Director
1940 John, the Soldier of Vengeance Director
1940 Murder on the Yukon Director
1938 Sunset Murder Case Director
1938 The Marines Come Thru Director
1937 Bank Alarm Director
1937 The Gold Racket Director
1936 Tell Your Children Director
1935 The Last Outpost Director
1935 Cuesta abajo Director
1934 El Tango en Broadway Director
1934 Fedora Director
1934 Iris perdue et retrouvée Director
1933 Gambling Ship Director
1933 Suburban Melody Director
1933 Topaze Director
1932 Forgotten Commandments Director
1932 The Strange Case of Clara Deane Director
1931 Silence Director
1931 The Lawyer's Secret Director
1930 The Virtuous Sin Director
1930 Mysterious Mr. Parkes Director
1930 Shadow of the Law Director
1930 Slightly Scarlet Director
1929 Darkened Rooms Director
1928 Should Tall Men Marry? Director
1926 That Model from Paris Director
1925 Parisian Love Director
1925 Faint Perfume Director
1924 White Man Director
1924 Poisoned Paradise Director
1923 Maytime Director
1920 Kismet Director
1920 The Butterfly Man Director
1919 The Tiger's Trail Director
1918 Hands Up Director
1917 The Mystery of the Double Cross Director
1914 The Exploits of Elaine Director
1914 The Perils of Pauline Director
1910 Max's First Job Director
1910 Max fait du ski Director
1910 A Short-Sighted Duellist Director
1910 Max Makes a Touch Director
1908 The Runaway Horse Director
1907 Max Learns to Skate Director
1906 Attempted Suicide Director
1906 His First Cigar Director

Writing

1933 Topaze Writer

Production

1917 The Fatal Ring Producer

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