Alfred J. Goulding (Alfred John Goulding)

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Australian-born Alf Goulding was a former vaudevillian who became a director specializing in comedy shorts. He directed Harold Lloyd comedies for Hal Roach, and in the early 1920s joined Mack Sennett, then turned out two-reelers at RKO and Columbia, sometimes featuring Edgar Kennedy. In England after World War II, he directed a slew of "quota quickies", low-budget films made to fulfill a government requirement that a certain percentage of films shown in England be produced in England. He was a close friend of Stan Laurel, and directed one of Laurel and Oliver Hardy's best features, A Chump at Oxford (1940). Read more...