Del Lord

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Del Lord
Born
Delmer Lord

(1894-10-07)October 7, 1894
DiedMarch 23, 1970(1970-03-23) (aged 75)
Calabasas, California, United States
Occupation Film director, actor

Delmar "Del" Lord (October 7, 1894 March 23, 1970) was a Canadian film director and actor best known as a director of Three Stooges films.

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Career

Delmer Lord was born in the small town of Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. [1] Interested in the theatre, he traveled to New York City, then when fellow Canadian Mack Sennett offered him a job at his new Keystone Studios, Lord went on to work in Hollywood, California. There he played the driver of the Keystone Cops police van, appearing in many of the Kops' successful films.

Given a chance to direct, Del Lord became a specialist in automotive gags, rigging cars to explode, crash, fall apart, or dangle in precarious positions. Lord was responsible for a number of very successful comedies for Keystone and directed two feature films for Universal Pictures. However, the Great Depression plagued the film industry with budget cuts, and Sennett was forced to close his studio in 1933. Hal Roach launched a brief series of slapstick comedies with "The Taxi Boys" (Clyde Cook, Billy Gilbert, Billy Bevan, and other expressive comedians), and these films required outlandish visual gags and a fleet of crazy cars. Del Lord was the ideal man to direct, and he worked on these comedies exclusively for a year. After leaving Roach, Lord joined producer Phil Ryan's short-comedy unit at Paramount Pictures. During the summer of 1934 Lord took a job selling used cars at a relative's automobile agency. Producer Jules White, shopping for a Buick, encountered Lord at the agency and hired him to work at Columbia Pictures. [2]

From 1935 to 1945, Lord directed some of Columbia's fastest and funniest two-reelers and is credited with developing the unique comic style of the Three Stooges. In addition to more than three dozen Stooges films, on which he collaborated first with Jules White and then Hugh McCollum, over his career he directed or produced more than 200 motion pictures. Lord was promoted to feature films in 1944 (he was replaced as a Stooge director by Edward Bernds). Curiously, Lord's Columbia features are action melodramas rather than slapstick comedies.

Lord worked briefly for Monogram Pictures in 1946, and returned to Columbia in 1948. In 1952 he directed Buster Keaton in an industrial featurette, A Paradise for Buster. Del Lord can be seen in an episode of TV's This Is Your Life , honoring Lord's old boss Mack Sennett.

Death

Del Lord died on March 23, 1970 in Calabasas, California and is interred in the Olivewood Memorial Park, in Riverside, California.

A rock band of the 1980s, the Del Lords, was named after him.

Selected filmography

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References

  1. "Internet Movie Database Biography: Del Lord" . Retrieved 2007-01-17.
  2. David Bruskin, Behind the Three Stooges: The White Brothers, Directors Guild of America, 1993. ISBN   1-882766-00-8
  3. Lizzies of the Field - Del Lord, 1924 VOSE, YouTube