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Malcolm St. Clair (1897–1952)

The son of a famous architect, California-born and -educated Mal St.Clair worked as a cartoonist for the Los Angeles Express before his first movie job as an extra and gagman at Keystone in 1915. After service in World War I, he returned to the film business, this time as a director alternating between Fox and Mack Sennett. He proved to have a ... See full bio »

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Known For

Side Street Director
Beau Broadway Director
Crack-Up Director


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 1948 Fighting Back (as Mal St. Clair)
 1948 Arthur Takes Over (as Mal St. Clair)
 1945 The Bullfighters (as Mal St. Clair)
 1944 The Big Noise (as Mal St. Clair)
 1943 The Dancing Masters (as Mal St. Clair)
 1943 Jitterbugs (as Mal St. Clair)
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade (silent film sequences, uncredited)
 1937 Born Reckless
 1936 Crack-Up
 1930 Montana Moon
 1929 Night Parade
 1929 Welcome Danger (uncredited)
 1929 Side Street
 1928 Beau Broadway
 1926 The Show-Off
 1925 On Thin Ice (as Mal St. Clair)
 1924 Find Your Man
 1924 Bee's Knees (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1924 The Square Sex (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1924 For the Love of Mike (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1924 Sherlock's Home (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1924 William Tells (Short)
 1924 King Leary (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1924 Money to Burns (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1924 When Knighthood Was in Tower (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1924 Julius Sees Her (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1924 George Washington, Jr. (as Mal St. Clair)
 1923 Judy Punch (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1923 The End of a Perfect Fray (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1923 A Grim Fairy Tale (Short)
 1923 Rice and Old Shoes (Short)
 1923 Christopher of Columbus (Short)
 1923 The Knight That Failed (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1923 Gall of the Wild (Short)
 1923 Some Punches and Judy (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1923 Two Stones with One Bird (Short)
 1923 Six Second Smith (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1923 The Knight in Gale (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1923/II Fighting Blood (Short)
 1923/I Fighting Blood
 1923 Christmas (Short)
 1922 Keep 'Em Home (Short)
 1922 Entertaining the Boss (Short)
 1922 Twin Husbands (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1922 Their First Vacation (Short)
 1922 The Blacksmith (Short) (as Mal. St. Clair)
 1922 Wedding Dumb Bells (Short)
 1922/II Don't Be Foolish (Short)
 1922 You'd Be Surprised (Short)
 1921 Bright Eyes (Short)
 1921 Call a Cop (Short)
 1921 The Night Before (Short)
 1921 The Goat (Short) (as Mal. St. Clair)
 1921 Sweetheart Days (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1921 Wedding Bells Out of Tune (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1920 A Kitchen Cinderella (Short)
 1920 Welcome Home (Short)
 1920 Don't Weaken! (Short)
 1920 His Youthful Fancy (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1920 He Loved Like He Lied (Short)
 1920 Hungry Lions and Tender Hearts (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
 1919 No Mother to Guide Him (Short)
 1919 The Little Widow (Short)
 1919 Rip & Stitch: Tailors (Short) (as Mal St. Clair)
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Personal Details

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1 Print Biography | 13 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Rene Du Plesses | Mal. St. Clair | Mal St. Clair | Slim St. Clair | Mal St. Claire


6' 3" (1.91 m)


Margaret Murray Holt  (his death) | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on working for Mack Sennett] I've been the most fired director in pictures . . . I was hired and fired, two fires to every hire. Finally they ran out of directors. So they let me be one. I got fired some more. Then Gilbert Seldes, when I was quite permanently fired, wrote a blurb in which he referred to one of my pictures as a "subtle achievement". Sennett saw it, found out what it meant and ... See more »


Former member of the Keystone Kops. See more »

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