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Willard Van Dyke (1906–1986)

Willard Van Dyke was born on December 5, 1906. He was a director and cinematographer, known for To Hear Your Banjo Play (1947), American Frontier (1953) and Valley Town (1940). He died on January 23, 1986. See full bio »



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"The Grand Tour: The Fall Guys"

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May try to find the fastest way from the Big Apple to Niagara Falls in Season 2, Episode 2 of "The Grand Tour." Episode 2 is available Friday, Dec. 15.

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Known For

To Hear Your Banjo Play
American Frontier
Valley Town
Valley Town Director
Journey Into Medicine


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 1955 Broken Appointment, Part 1 (Documentary short)
 1953 American Frontier (Short)
 1950 Choosing for Happiness (Short)
 1950 This Charming Couple (Short)
 1948 The Photographer (Documentary short)
 1947 Journey Into Medicine (Documentary)
 1947 To Hear Your Banjo Play (Short)
 1940 Design for Education (Documentary short)
 1940 New Hampshire's Heritage (Documentary short)
 1940 Tall Tales (Documentary short)
 1940 The Year's Work (Documentary short)
 1940 Valley Town (Documentary short)
 1940 The Children Must Learn (Documentary short)
 1939/I The City (Documentary short)
 1934 Hands (Short)
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Documentary filmmaker, graduate of the University of California. Collaborated as co-cinematographer with Pare Lorentz on The River (1938). Directed his first documentary, The City (1939), the following year. Subsequently spent the war years working for the overseas film department of the Office of War Information. Headed the Museum of Modern Art film department between 1965-73. See more »

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