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1890 - 1987
The director Clarence Brown earned his first money as a car dealer and even founded his own company called "Brown Motor Car Company". His interested into the film business grew over the next years and in 1915 he went to the film where he first worked as a cutter and assistant director for Maurice Tourneur.
His breakthrough came when Tourneur fell ill during a shooting and Clarence Brown was able to finish the movie "The Last of the Mohicans".
Since then he worked himself as a director, first for Universal, later for MGM and enjoyed the reputation to know his craft very well.
He directed some great productions in the next years - among them milestones of the romantic film - among them "The Light in the Dark" (22), "Butterfly" (24), "The Eagle" (25) with Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky, "Flesh and the Devil" (26) witht Greta Garbo and John Gilbert as well as "A Woman of Affairs" (28) - again with the new dream couple of Hollywood Garbo/Gilbert.
The 30's turned out to be as successful as the 20's and he worked again
with Greta Garbo and he soon was called "Garbo's Director".
Clarence Brown realised his last cinematical works as a director in the 40's and 50's with well-known productions like "Edison, the Man" (40), "The Human Comedy" (43), "The White Cliffs of Dover" (44), "National Velvet" (44) - with this movie became Elizabeth Taylor a star, "The Yearling" (46), "Song of Love" (47), "Intruder in the Dust" (49) and "It's a Big Country" (51).
Besides his activity as a director he also worked as a producer, cutter and screen writer.
To his numerous awards belong six Oscar nomination, unfortunately he
never won one.
Other movies from Clarence Brown