Sidney Lanfield

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
After a stint as a jazz musician and a vaudeville entertainer, Sidney Lanfield was hired by Fox Film Corp. in 1926 as a gag writer and brought to Hollywood. Making his debut as a director in 1930, he specialized in romances and light comedies, directing many of Bob Hope's films in the 1930s and 1940s. One of his most successful films, however, was also one of his most atypical: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), a brooding, atmospheric thriller that introduced Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. Read more...