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Frank Borzage (/bɔːrˈzeɪɡi/; April 23, 1894 – June 19, 1962) was an American film director and actor, most remembered for directing 7th Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1928), Man's Castle (1933), and The Mortal Storm (1940). Borzage was a successful director throughout the 1920s but reached his peak in the late silent and early sound era. Absorbing visual influences from the German director F.W. Murnau, who was also resident at Fox at this time, he developed his own style of lushly visual romanticism in a hugely successful series of films starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, including 7th Heaven (1927), for which he won the first Academy Award for Best Director, Street Angel (1928) and Lucky Star (1929). He won a second Oscar for 1931's Bad Girl.

He directed 14 films between 1917 and 1919 alone, his greatest success in the silent era was with Humoresque, a box office winner starring Vera Gordon.

Borzage's trademark was intense identification with the feelings of young lovers in the face of adversity, with love in his films triumphing over such trials as World War I (7th Heaven and A Farewell to Arms), disability (Lucky Star), the Depression (Man's Castle), a thinly disguised version of the Titanic disaster in History Is Made at Night, and the rise of Nazism, a theme which Borzage had virtually to himself among Hollywood filmmakers from Little Man, What Now? (1933) to Three Comrades (1938) and The Mortal Storm (1940).

His work took a turn to religiosity in such films as Green Light (1937), Strange Cargo (1940) and The Big Fisherman (1959). Of his later work only the film noir Moonrise (1948) has enjoyed much critical acclaim.

After 1948, his output was sporadic. He was the original director of Journey Beneath the Desert (1961), but was too sick to continue, and Edgar G. Ulmer took over. Borzage was uncredited for the sequences he did direct.

In 1955 and 1957, Borzage was awarded The George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Frank Borzage, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Frank Borzage (/bɔːrˈzeɪɡi/; April 23, 1894 – June 19, 1962) was an American film director and actor, most remembered for directing 7th Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1928), Man's Castle (1933), and The Mortal Storm (1940). Borzage was a successful director throughout the 1920s but reached his peak in the late silent and early sound era. Absorbing visual influences from the German director F.W. Murnau, who was also resident at Fox at this time, he developed his own style of lushly visual romanticism in a hugely successful series of films starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, including 7th Heaven (1927), for which he won the first Academy Award for Best Director, Street Angel (1928) and Lucky Star (1929). He won a second Oscar for 1931's Bad Girl.

He directed 14 films between 1917 and 1919 alone, his greatest success in the silent era was with Humoresque, a box office winner starring Vera Gordon.

Borzage's trademark was intense identification with the feelings of young lovers in the face of adversity, with love in his films triumphing over such trials as World War I (7th Heaven and A Farewell to Arms), disability (Lucky Star), the Depression (Man's Castle), a thinly disguised version of the Titanic disaster in History Is Made at Night, and the rise of Nazism, a theme which Borzage had virtually to himself among Hollywood filmmakers from Little Man, What Now? (1933) to Three Comrades (1938) and The Mortal Storm (1940).

His work took a turn to religiosity in such films as Green Light (1937), Strange Cargo (1940) and The Big Fisherman (1959). Of his later work only the film noir Moonrise (1948) has enjoyed much critical acclaim.

After 1948, his output was sporadic. He was the original director of Journey Beneath the Desert (1961), but was too sick to continue, and Edgar G. Ulmer took over. Borzage was uncredited for the sequences he did direct.

In 1955 and 1957, Borzage was awarded The George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Frank Borzage, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 82

Birthday 1894-04-23

Day of Death 1962-06-19

Place of Birth Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

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Also Known As

  • Mr. Borzage

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1961 Journey Beneath the Desert Director
1959 The Big Fisherman Director
1958 China Doll Director
1948 Moonrise Director
1947 That's My Man Director
1946 Magnificent Doll Director
1946 I've Always Loved You Director
1945 The Spanish Main Director
1944 Till We Meet Again Director
1943 His Butler's Sister Director
1943 Stage Door Canteen Director
1942 Seven Sweethearts Director
1942 The Vanishing Virginian Director
1941 Smilin' Through Director
1941 Billy the Kid Director
1940 Flight Command Director
1940 The Mortal Storm Director
1940 Strange Cargo Director
1940 I Take This Woman Director
1939 Disputed Passage Director
1938 The Shining Hour Director
1938 Three Comrades Director
1938 Mannequin Director
1937 Big City Director
1937 History Is Made at Night Director
1937 Green Light Director
1936 Hearts Divided Director
1936 Desire Director
1935 Shipmates Forever Director
1935 Stranded Director
1935 Living on Velvet Director
1934 Flirtation Walk Director
1934 Little Man, What Now? Director
1934 No Greater Glory Director
1933 Man's Castle Director
1933 Secrets Director
1932 A Farewell to Arms Director
1932 Young America Director
1932 After Tomorrow Director
1931 Bad Girl Director
1931 Young as You Feel Director
1931 Doctors' Wives Director
1930 Liliom Director
1930 Song o' My Heart Director
1929 The River Director
1929 They Had to See Paris Director
1929 Lucky Star Director
1928 Street Angel Director
1927 7th Heaven Director
1926 The First Year Director
1925 Lazybones Director
1925 The Circle Director
1925 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting Director
1925 The Lady Director
1924 Secrets Director
1923 The Age of Desire Director
1923 The Nth Commandment Director
1922 The Pride of Palomar Director
1922 Billy Jim Director
1922 Back Pay Director
1920 Humoresque Director
1918 Society for Sale Director
1918 The Gun Woman Director
1917 Until They Get Me Director
1916 Nugget Jim's Pardner Director
1916 The Pilgrim Director
1916 Life's Harmony Director
1915 The Pitch o' Chance Director

Production

1947 That's My Man Producer
1946 I've Always Loved You Producer
1945 The Spanish Main Producer
1943 Stage Door Canteen Producer
1942 Seven Sweethearts Producer
1941 Smilin' Through Producer
1940 The Mortal Storm Producer
1940 Strange Cargo Producer
1938 The Shining Hour Producer
1938 Mannequin Producer
1937 Green Light Producer
1936 Hearts Divided Producer
1936 Desire Producer
1935 Stranded Producer
1935 Living on Velvet Producer
1934 No Greater Glory Producer
1933 Man's Castle Producer
1932 A Farewell to Arms Producer
1930 Song o' My Heart Producer
1925 Lazybones Producer
1923 The Nth Commandment Producer

Acting

2008 Murnau, Borzage and Fox as Himself (archival footage) (uncredited)
1957 Jeanne Eagels as Director Frank Borzage (uncredited)
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1917 A Mormon Maid as Tom Rigdon
1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages as Extra (uncredited)
1916 Nugget Jim's Pardner as Hal
1916 The Pilgrim as The Pilgrim
1915 The Pitch o' Chance as Rocky Scott
1915 Knight of the Trail as Bill Carey
1915 In the Switch Tower as Joel Wharton
1914 The Typhoon as Renard Bernisky
1914 The Wrath of the Gods as Tom Wilson
1913 Silent Heroes
1913 Granddad as Mildred's Father
1913 The Drummer of the 8th as Jack Durand
1912 On Secret Service

Writing

1938 Mannequin Screenplay
1916 Nugget Jim's Pardner Writer

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