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W.S. Van Dyke (1889–1943)


For the better part of his career, Woodbridge Strong Van Dyke lived up to his sobriquet "One-Take Woody" by steadfastly adhering to his credo of shooting each scene as quickly and efficiently as possible. Over his 25-year career, he economically directed over 90 diverse entertainments, which not only saved the studios vast amounts of money but ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

The Thin Man Director
(1934)
Marie Antoinette Director
(1938)
Daredevil Jack Director
(1920)
Wyoming Director
(1928)

Filmography

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 1942 Journey for Margaret (as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1942 Cairo (as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1942 I Married an Angel (as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1942 Dr. Kildare's Victory (as Major W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1941 Shadow of the Thin Man (as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1941 The Feminine Touch (as Major W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1941 Rage in Heaven (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1940 Bitter Sweet (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1940 I Love You Again (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1940 New Moon (uncredited)
 1940 Northwest Passage (background shots, uncredited)
 1940 I Take This Woman (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1939 Another Thin Man (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1939 Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1939 It's a Wonderful World (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1939 Stand Up and Fight (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1938 Sweethearts (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1938 Marie Antoinette (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1937 Rosalie (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1937 The Prisoner of Zenda (reshoots, uncredited)
 1937 They Gave Him a Gun (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1937 Personal Property (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
 1936 San Francisco (uncredited)
 1936 Rose-Marie
 1935 Broadway Melody of 1936 (retakes, uncredited)
 1935 Naughty Marietta (uncredited)
 1934 Hide-Out
 1934 The Thin Man
 1934 Laughing Boy (uncredited)
 1933 Eskimo
 1933 Penthouse
 1932 Night Court
 1931 Guilty Hands
 1931 Trader Horn
 1929 The Pagan
 1928 White Shadows in the South Seas (under the direction of)
 1928 The Adventurer (uncredited)
 1928 Wyoming
 1927 California
 1926 War Paint
 1925 Ranger of the Big Pines (as William S. Van Dyke)
 1924 Gold Heels
 1924 The Battling Fool (Short)
 1924 Loving Lies
 1923 Ruth of the Range (: (uncredited; replaced by Frank Smith - uncredited)
 1922 Forget Me Not
 1922 The Milky Way
 1922 White Eagle
 1919 Fate's Frame-Up (Short)
 1917 Gift o' Gab
 1917 Open Places
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "Horning Into Africa, " California Graphic Press, 1931.

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II | Major W.S. Van Dyke II | W.S. Van Dyke II | William S. Van Dyke

Spouse:

Ruth Mannix  (his death)  (3 children) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on The Thin Man (1934)] We shot it in 16 days, retakes and all. And that sweet smell of success was in every frame.

Trivia:

He worked more with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy than any other stars, directing 6-1/2 of the eight MacDonald-Eddy films (the "half" was New Moon (1940), which was completed by Robert Z. Leonard, who received screen credit, when Van Dyke was called away in the middle of shooting for duty with the US Marine Corps). Van Dyke also directed Eddy's solo film, Rosalie (1937), and two other ... See more »

Nickname:

"One-Take Woody" See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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