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He was born as Hugh Ryan Conway, on July 17, 1887, in Graceville, Minnesota, US.

Conway started out as an actor, joining a repertory theater group straight out of high school. He then moved into films and, in 1911, became a member of D.W. Griffith's stock company, appearing primarily in westerns. Four years later, he made his mark as a director and gained valuable experience at Universal (1916–17 and 1921–23), before moving on to MGM in 1925. He remained there until 1948, often helming prestige assignments featuring the studio's top male star, Clark Gable: Boom Town (1940), Honky Tonk (1941), The Hucksters (1947) – all solid box office hits.

Conway was one of a team of MGM contract directors, who forsook any pretense to a specific individual style in favor of working within the strictures set forth by studio management. A thoroughly competent craftsman, he delivered commercially successful entertainments, on time, and within budget. Conway may not have achieved fame as a creative genius, but the majority of his films remain eminently entertaining to this day.

In his most famous film, A Tale of Two Cities (1935), he utilized 17,000 extras for the Paris mob scenes alone. This spectacular adaptation of the Dickens classic is still regarded by many as the definitive screen version. Another popular hit was the sophisticated all-star comedy Libeled Lady (1936), with the New York Times reviewer commenting on Conway's "agile direction". Conway also directed Viva Villa!, a hit MGM film starring Wallace Beery that was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Jack Conway (filmmaker), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

He was born as Hugh Ryan Conway, on July 17, 1887, in Graceville, Minnesota, US.

Conway started out as an actor, joining a repertory theater group straight out of high school. He then moved into films and, in 1911, became a member of D.W. Griffith's stock company, appearing primarily in westerns. Four years later, he made his mark as a director and gained valuable experience at Universal (1916–17 and 1921–23), before moving on to MGM in 1925. He remained there until 1948, often helming prestige assignments featuring the studio's top male star, Clark Gable: Boom Town (1940), Honky Tonk (1941), The Hucksters (1947) – all solid box office hits.

Conway was one of a team of MGM contract directors, who forsook any pretense to a specific individual style in favor of working within the strictures set forth by studio management. A thoroughly competent craftsman, he delivered commercially successful entertainments, on time, and within budget. Conway may not have achieved fame as a creative genius, but the majority of his films remain eminently entertaining to this day.

In his most famous film, A Tale of Two Cities (1935), he utilized 17,000 extras for the Paris mob scenes alone. This spectacular adaptation of the Dickens classic is still regarded by many as the definitive screen version. Another popular hit was the sophisticated all-star comedy Libeled Lady (1936), with the New York Times reviewer commenting on Conway's "agile direction". Conway also directed Viva Villa!, a hit MGM film starring Wallace Beery that was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Jack Conway (filmmaker), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 61

Birthday 1887-07-17

Day of Death 1952-10-11

Place of Birth Graceville, Minnesota, USA

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Also Known As

  • Hugh Ryan Conroy
  • John Conway

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1948 Julia Misbehaves Director
1947 Desire Me Director
1947 The Hucksters Director
1947 High Barbaree Director
1944 Dragon Seed Director
1943 Assignment in Brittany Director
1942 Crossroads Director
1941 Honky Tonk Director
1941 Love Crazy Director
1940 Boom Town Director
1939 Lady of the Tropics Director
1939 Let Freedom Ring Director
1938 Too Hot to Handle Director
1938 A Yank at Oxford Director
1937 Saratoga Director
1936 Libeled Lady Director
1935 A Tale of Two Cities Director
1935 One New York Night Director
1934 The Gay Bride Director
1934 The Girl from Missouri Director
1934 Viva Villa! Director
1933 The Solitaire Man Director
1933 Hell Below Director
1933 The Nuisance Director
1932 Red-Headed Woman Director
1932 But the Flesh is Weak Director
1932 Arsene Lupin Director
1931 Just A Gigolo Director
1931 The Easiest Way Director
1930 New Moon Director
1930 The Unholy Three Director
1930 They Learned About Women Director
1929 Untamed Director
1929 Our Modern Maidens Director
1928 Alias Jimmy Valentine Director
1928 The Smart Set Director
1928 Bringing Up Father Director
1928 While the City Sleeps Director
1927 Twelve Miles Out Director
1926 Brown of Harvard Director
1925 The Only Thing Director
1924 The Roughneck Director
1923 Lucretia Lombard Director
1921 The Millionaire Director
1921 A Daughter of the Law Director
1920 Riders of the Dawn Director
1917 Bond of Fear Director
1917 The Charmer Director
1917 The Little Orphan Director
1917 Polly Redhead Director
1917 Her Soul's Inspiration Director
1916 The Measure of a Man Director
1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages Second Assistant Director
1916 The Silent Battle Director
1915 The Birth of a Nation Assistant Director
1912 Her Indian Hero Director

Acting

2012 Old School vs. New School as Leon
1935 Roof Tops of Manhattan as Pa O'Shea
1917 The Little Orphan
1914 Burning Daylight: The Adventures of 'Burning Daylight' in Alaska as Joe Hines
1912 The Post Telegrapher
1912 Her Indian Hero as Hal Benton

Production

1934 The Girl from Missouri Producer
1928 The Smart Set Producer

Writing

2012 Tales from the Crypt: New Year's Shockin' Eve Writer

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