Director, Writer, Actor
Born: February 2, 1887 in Glasgow, Scotland
Died: August 10, 1960 Santa Monica, CA
An actor in British theater while still a teenager, Scottish-born Frank Lloyd came to Canada in 1910 then the U.S. in 1913, and after acting in films he turned to writing and directing. By the late teens he was helming a series of notable films starring William Farnum, ranging from historic adaptations (a seven-reel version of A Tale Of Two Cities  and a ten-reel Les Miserables ) to Zane Grey westerns (Riders of the Purple Sage , The Rainbow Trail ). Lloyd's notable films of the '20s include Oliver Twist (1922) with Lon Chaney as Fagin, the Milton Sills swashbuckler The Sea Hawk (1924), and his Academy Award-winning historical drama The Divine Lady (1929). A prolific and reliable craftsman, Lloyd's enduring popularity resides on his 1930s films: Cavalcade (1933), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), and the Preston Sturges-scripted If I Were King (1938). His '40s films — an episode of Forever and a Day (1943), the James Cagney actioner Blood on the Sun (1945) — are also admired. Lloyd also produced several films in the early '40s, most notably Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942). He was married to Alma Haller and had one child, Alma Katherine (Jimmie). He is survived by four grandchildren.
You can visit his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6669 Hollywood Blvd. (near Las Palmas).Right in front of Musso & Franks one of his favorite old haunts!
Some of his best known films, which survive today, are:
- • "Tale of Two Cities" (1917) with William Farnum playing the double role
- • "Oliver Twist" (1922), child sensation Jackie Coogan and his friend Lon Chaney
- • "Sea Hawk"(1924) Lloyd's first great epic, a passion for the Sea to continue all his career
- • "The Divine Lady" (1929) starring Corinne Griffith, his first Oscar for Best Direction,
- • "Cavalcade"(1933), Best Picture Oscar, another Oscar for Best Direction
- • "Mutiny on the Bounty"(1935), Best Picture Oscar, stunning ocean, island scenes
- • "Under Two Flags" (1936) Claudette Colbert and Ronald Colman, superb filming desert scenes
- • "If I Were King" (1938) with Colman and Rathbone, spicy script by Preston Sturges
- • "The Howards of Virginia" (1940) filmed on location in Williamsburg, with Cary Grant
- • "Blood on the Sun"(1945), with his friend James Cagney
- • "The Last Command" (1955), on location at The Alamo, with Sterling Hayden.
Author Anthony Slide has written a complete and fascinating biography entitled Frank Lloyd: Master of Screen Melodrama, available through Amazon.com. In a recent interview he elaborates on Frank Lloyd's career. Check it out.