Made in Manhattan: George Cukorby Ed_Jones_XLIX | created - 4 months ago | updated - 4 months ago | Public
120 Years ago, George Cukor was born July 7, 1899, in Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City. The only son of Hungarian-Jewish immigrants, he embraced the ways of the new world his parents came to and shunned the traditions of his family's past.
As a child, Cukor appeared in several amateur plays and at the age of seven he performed in a recital with David O. Selznick, who in later years became a mentor and friend. Infatuated with the theater, he often cut classes at DeWitt Clinton High School to attend afternoon matinees. Little did he know was, that it would be the path to the entertainment industry in California, where George would ultimately achieve success. Before that would happen however, Broadway was in his immediate future. He did well there and in late 1928 when Hollywood began to recruit New York theater talent for sound films, he would ultimately sign a contract with Paramount Pictures. He moved to California and worked as a dialogue coach along with other miscellaneous tasks for the studio.
After moving up the ranks and doing some directing work, Cukor eventually would end up in a legal dispute with Paramount Executives over an accreditation on a movie and left with a settlement in hand and a new position at RKO Pictures. That's where he started to shine.
From this list of approximately half of his directorial credits, which one is your favorite?
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1. A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
Passed | 70 min | Drama
A man, Hilary Fairfield returns home after fifteen years in a mental asylum. However, he finds things are not the way they were when he left.
Stars: John Barrymore, Katharine Hepburn, Billie Burke
2. Dinner at Eight (1933)
Passed | 111 min | Comedy, Drama
Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal.
Stars: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery
3. Little Women (1933)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance
A chronicle of the lives of a group of sisters growing up in nineteenth-century America.
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas
4. David Copperfield (1935)
Passed | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.
Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Frank Lawton, Edna May Oliver
5. Romeo and Juliet (1936)
Passed | 125 min | Drama, Romance
Young love is poisoned by a generations long feud between two noble families.
Stars: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore
6. Holiday (1938)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Romance
A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan
7. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.
Votes: 357,284 | Gross: $2.08M
Uncredited additional scenes.
Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
8. The Women (1939)
Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama
A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.
Votes: 11,773 | Gross: $2.27M
Stars: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell
9. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 269,509 | Gross: $198.68M
Uncredited additional scenes.
Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell
10. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.
Stars: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart
11. Gaslight (1944)
Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.
Stars: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten
12. Adam's Rib (1949)
Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday
13. Born Yesterday (1950)
Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette, with unexpected results.
Stars: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford
14. The Marrying Kind (1952)
92 min | Comedy, Drama
Florence and Chet Keefer have had a troublesome marriage. Whilst in the middle of a divorce hearing the judge encourages them to remember the good times they have had hoping that the ... See full summary »
Stars: Judy Holliday, Aldo Ray, Madge Kennedy
15. Pat and Mike (1952)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
Pat is a women's sports sensation unless her fiancé is around. Her new shady manager Mike keeps them apart and develops feelings for her.
Stars: Hepburn & Tracey
16. It Should Happen to You (1954)
Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Romance
When a young woman with dreams of fame rents a billboard to advertise herself, her life changes overnight.
Votes: 3,081 | Gross: $1.40M
Stars: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Peter Lawford
17. A Star Is Born (1954)
Passed | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.
Votes: 14,441 | Gross: $14.93M
Star: Judy Garland
18. Les Girls (1957)
Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Musical
After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele (Taina Elg). A Rashomon... See full summary »
Stars: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall
19. Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
Passed | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
Story of theatrical troupe that travels through the Old West.
Stars: Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn, Margaret O'Brien
20. Let's Make Love (1960)
Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.
Votes: 6,188 | Gross: $6.54M
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall
21. Camille (1936)
Passed | 109 min | Drama, Romance
A Parisian courtesan must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her, even as her own health begins to fail.
Votes: 6,823 | Gross: $1.15M
Stars: Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore
22. Girls About Town (1931)
80 min | Comedy
Two gold diggers prey on old rich men, but one of them falls in love with a young, rich man.
Stars: Kay Francis, Joel McCrea, Lilyan Tashman
23. Tarnished Lady (1931)
83 min | Drama
Tarnished Lady is a 1931 Pre-Code American drama film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart is based on his short story, A Story of a New York Lady.
Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Clive Brook, Phoebe Foster
24. The Chapman Report (1962)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance
Based on the best-selling novel by Irving Wallace that was inspired by the Kinsey Report on the sexual mores of suburban women, the film follows the personal (read sexual) lives of four ... See full summary »
Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Shelley Winters, Jane Fonda
25. My Fair Lady (1964)
G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical
Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins (Sir Rex Harrison) agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) presentable in high society.
Votes: 81,168 | Gross: $72.00M
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway
26. Rich and Famous (1981)
R | 117 min | Drama
Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist. Merry Noel marries, has a daughter and writes... See full summary »
Votes: 1,444 | Gross: $14.49M
Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Candice Bergen, David Selby
27. Wild Is the Wind (1957)
Not Rated | 114 min | Drama
An immigrant Nevada rancher brings a woman from Italy to be his second wife but when he neglects her, she becomes involved with his trusted assistant. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actor.
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Anthony Franciosa
28. Keeper of the Flame (1942)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Mystery
Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is.
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Richard Whorf
29. Her Cardboard Lover (1942)
Passed | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
A wealthy woman, trying to discourage a former boyfriend from pursuing her, hires a young songwriter who needs money to pay off his gambling debts to pretend to be her boyfriend. The ... See full summary »
Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, George Sanders
30. A Woman's Face (1941)
Passed | 106 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.
Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt