Hollywood Director (02:39)
Victor Fleming is the heart of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s; he introduces actors to the screen that become stars. See various clips of his films.
Fleming's Background (02:57)
Fleming is born in a tent city outside Pasadena, CA. His father dies when he is four and his mother remarries. He works in bicycle and automotive repair, chauffeurs Director Allan Dwan, and becomes a camera assistant for Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
Fleming's Early Career (05:22)
Fleming becomes the cinematographer for D.W. Griffith, shoots military training films, and documents peace talks at Versailles. He directs several silent films including "When the Clouds Roll By" before directing his first talkie "The Virginian."
"Red Dust" (05:29)
Fleming signs a contract with MGM in 1932 and works with screenwriter John Mahin for the first time. He directs Clark Gable in several films including "The White Sister."
Fleming directs Jean Harlow in the 1933 film based on the life of Clara Bow. He releases the challenging production of "Treasure Island" in 1934, "Reckless," and "The Farmer Takes a Wife" in 1935.
"Captains Courageous" (04:14)
Fleming releases the adventure film in 1936, earning Oscar nominations. He again directs Spencer Tracy and Gable in "Test Pilot."
Monumental Films (07:08)
Fleming becomes the third director on "The Wizard of Oz," finishing the film in 1939. He then helps producer David O. Selznick and directs "Gone With the Wind," winning several awards.
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (06:41)
Fleming directs the 1941 horror film, assembling a unique cast. He follows the film with "Tortilla Flat" in 1942 and "A Guy Named Joe" in 1943.
Fleming's Final Film (03:43)
Fleming releases "Joan of Arc" in 1948; he dies two weeks later. Experts reflect on Fleming's legacy.
Credits: Victor Fleming (00:40)
Credits: Victor Fleming
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