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Walter Lang (I) (1896–1972)

Walter Lang entered the film industry in New York when he got a job as a clerk in the office of a film production company. He worked his way up to assistant director, and directed his first film in 1926. By the time sound arrived Lang was already a well-regarded director, but he left the business at that time to try his hand as an artist in Paris. ... See full bio »

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 1960 Can-Can
 1957 Desk Set
 1953 Call Me Madam
 1950 The Jackpot
 1945 State Fair
 1943 Coney Island
 1940 Tin Pan Alley
 1940 Star Dust
 1940 The Blue Bird
 1939 Susannah of the Mounties (uncredited)
 1937 Top of the Town (uncredited)
 1935 Carnival
 1931 Hell Bound
 1930 Brothers
 1930 The Big Fight
 1930 Hello Sister
 1927 The Ladybird
 1926 Money to Burn
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[on Alice Faye] Alice had a quality, a feminine warmth that none of the other girls seemed to have at the time, not Betty Grable or any of them; and for that reason I think she was a star. There was a certain warmth to her, a simplicity that made her very valuable, I think. See more »


According to an interview and article in the Summer 1974 edition of "Focus on Film" Darryl Zanucvk reportedly offered Lang "The Sound of Music," but the director opted to retire. According to Lang, the gangster picture he made with Leo Carillo, "Hell Bound" became the first independent film to play at the Radio City Music Hall. See more »

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