Leo McCarey


full name: Thomas Leo McCarey
nickname: Leo
born Oct. 3, 1898 (also listed as Oct. 30, 1897), in Los Angeles, CA
died July 5, 1969, in Santa Monica, CA, of emphysema


Since his father was a boxing promoter, it seems natural enough that McCarey's earliest known occupation was that of an amateur boxer. He gave this up to study law, but that career turned out to be very brief. He also tried his hand at copper mining, but ran out of money. His first involvement in show business was writing songs and sketches for vaudeville, but he didn't have any luck with this, either.


1918

Reportedly, McCarey entered the world of movie-making in September of this year. He became a script clerk for the Mack Sennett studio, and later became a second assistant director. In either 1918 or 1919 (depending on which source you're reading), he moved on to Universal, where he was an assistant director for Tod Browning.


1920

McCarey continued at Universal, and actually became a director for a brief spell (long enough to direct one film), before moving on to the Roach studio. Reportedly, it was H. M. Walker who got him the job, having been a good friend of McCarey's father. Initially, he worked as a gag writer and assistant director. Just when he arrived at Roach is not entirely clear. Maltin & Bann, in their entry for "Ask Grandma" (no. 38), suggest that both McCarey and fellow gag writer Frank Capra were writing for the Our Gang series at the time of that film (late 1924/early 1925). This turns out to be too late of a date for both of them, but Bann adjusts this at the official Laurel & Hardy website by saying that McCarey was with Roach 'by 1923.' In Randy Skretvedt's book, he states that McCarey joined Roach in 1920, and this date might be accurate if we imagine it taking place late in the year. After all, McCarey's last known effort for Universal wasn't released until February of 1921. Surely, the lack of screen credits through the remainder of 1921, and all of 1922 and 1923, is consistent with gag writing, since that wasn't a job that resulted in screen credits (nor was assistant directing).

The Virgin Of Stamboul (co-assistant director)
Mar. 27, 1920 - Universal-Jewel - 7 reels


1921

The Our Gang series went into pre-production towards the end of 1921, and McCarey was a gag writer for this series at some point in his early years at Roach. He may very well have been one of the inaugural writers on the series, and probably contributed until his promotion to director of the Charley Chase series in late 1923. Unfortunately, writing credits were never given in Roach comedies from this era, so we can only speculate as to which specific films involved McCarey. It has been written, though, that writing for Our Gang was McCarey's primary duty prior to moving to the Chase unit.

Outside The Law (co-assistant director)
Jan. 6, 1921 - Jewel-Universal - 8 reels

Premiered Dec. 26, 1920. ©Jan. 25, 1921. McCarey was reportedly allowed to direct one sequence of this film.

Society Secrets (director)
Feb. 1921 - Universal - 5 reels

©Feb. 18, 1921.


1923

McCarey became director of the Charley Chase shorts in December. His work on the Our Gang series probably ended at this time.


1924

Publicity Pays (co-director)
May 4, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-47 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Dec. 18 to 26, 1923, with retakes Feb. 29, 1924. ©Apr. 18, 1924. McCarey directed on all of the actual shooting dates, but not during the prep work.

Rupert Of Hee Haw (co-assistant director)
June 8, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-11 - Stan Laurel series

Also listed for June 24, 1924. Filmed Dec. 20 to 26, 1923, and Jan. 2 to 12, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.

Young Oldfield (director)
June 22, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-56 - Charley Chase series

According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Mar. 9 to 17, 1924. According to Anthony & Edmonds, it was filmed Mar. 10 to 17, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.

Stolen Goods (director)
June 29, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-54 - Charley Chase series

According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Feb. 25 to Mar. 1, 1924. According to Anthony & Edmonds, it was filmed Feb. 25 to 28, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.

Jeffries Jnr. (director)
July 6, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-58 - Charley Chase series

According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Mar. 24 to 29, with retakes Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, and Apr. 29, 1924. According to Anthony & Edmonds, it was filmed Mar. 24 to Apr. 1, 1924, with retakes Apr. 29, 1924. ©May 29, 1924.

Why Husbands Go Mad (director)
July 13, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-60 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Apr. 7 to 11, 1924. ©June 5, 1924.

A Ten Minute Egg (director)
July 20, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - Charley Chase series

©July 31, 1924. This was probably production D-64.

Seeing Nellie Home (director)
July 27, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-62 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Apr. 21 to 26, 1924. ©July 31, 1924.

Short Kilts (assistant director)
Aug. 3, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-12 - Stan Laurel series

Also listed for Aug. 11, 1924. Filmed Jan. 16 to 24, 1924. ©Aug. 2, 1924.

Sweet Daddy (director)
Aug. 17, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-68 - Charley Chase series

Filmed June 13 to 18, 1924. ©July 31, 1924.

Why Men Work (director)
Aug. 31, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-67 - Charley Chase series

According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed May 29 to June 6, 1924, with retakes June 7, July 2 to 3, and July 7 to 8, 1924. According to Anthony & Edmonds, it was filmed July 2 to 7, 1924, with retakes July 8, 1924. ©Oct. 2, 1924.

Outdoor Pajamas (director)
Sep. 14, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-69 - Charley Chase series

Filmed June 23 to 26, 1924, with added scenes July 14 to 15, 1924. This according to Rob Stone's list. According to Anthony & Edmonds, the added scenes were shot only on the 15th. ©Oct. 2, 1924.

Sittin' Pretty (director)
Sep. 28, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-70 - Charley Chase series

Filmed July 9 to 12, 1924. ©Oct. 2, 1924.

Too Many Mammas (director)
Oct. 12, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-71 - Charley Chase series

Filmed July 18 to 23, 1924. ©Oct. 29, 1924.

Bungalow Boobs (director)
Oct. 26, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-72 - Charley Chase series

Filmed July 26 to 29, 1924. ©Oct. 29, 1924.

Accidental Accidents (director)
Nov. 9, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-65 - Charley Chase series

Filmed May 5 to 9, 1924. ©Dec. 11, 1924.

All Wet (director)
Nov. 23, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-73 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Sep. 10 to 15, 1924. ©Dec. 11, 1924.

The Poor Fish (director)
Dec. 7, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-74 - Charley Chase series

According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Sep. 19 to 25, 1924. According to Anthony & Edmonds, filming began a day later. ©Dec. 3, 1924.

The Royal Razz (director)
Dec. 21, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-75 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Oct. 1 to 7, 1924. ©Dec. 11, 1924.


1925

McCarey signed a long-term contract with Roach on April 28th of this year.

The Rat's Knuckles (director)
Jan. 4, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-76 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Oct. 14 to 19, 1924. ©Dec. 26, 1924.

Hello Baby (director)
Jan. 18, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-77 - Charley Chase series

Premiered Jan. 11, 1925. Filmed Oct. 22 to 23, 1924, with retakes Nov. 25, 1924. ©Dec. 26, 1924.

Fighting Fluid (director)
Feb. 1, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-78 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, 1924. ©Dec. 26, 1924.

The Family Entrance (director)
Feb. 15, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-79 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Nov. 10 to 13, 1924. ©Dec. 26, 1924.

Plain And Fancy Girls (director)
Mar. 1, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-81 - Charley Chase series

Also listed for Feb. 28, 1925. Filmed Dec. 1 to 4, 1924, with added scenes Dec. 9, 1924. ©Feb. 13, 1925.

Hard-Boiled (director)
Mar. 15, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. E-13 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Dec. 22, 1924, to Jan. 5, 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.

Should Husbands Be Watched? (director)
Mar. 15, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-80 - Charley Chase series

Also listed for Mar. 14, 1925. Filmed Nov. 19 to 22, 1924, with added scenes Dec. 5, 1924. ©Feb. 13, 1925. Also listed as M-2.

Is Marriage The Bunk? (director)
Mar. 29, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-82 - Charley Chase series

According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed entirely on Dec. 11, 1924. According to Anthony & Edmonds, it was filmed Dec. 11 to 16, 1924. ©Feb. 13, 1925.

Bad Boy (director)
Apr. 12, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. E-14 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Jan. 16 to 26, 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.

Big Red Ridinghood (director)
Apr. 26, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-66 - Charley Chase series

Filmed May 16 to 24, 1924, with retakes May 26 to 27, 1924. ©Apr. 2, 1925.

Looking For Sally (director/co-writer)
May 10, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. E-15 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Feb. 11 to 21, 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.

What Price Goofy? (director)
June 7, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. E-16 - Charley Chase series

Premiered May 25, 1925. Filmed Mar. 9 to 18, 1925. ©May 18, 1925.

Isn't Life Terrible? (director)
July 5, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. E-17 - Charley Chase series

Premiered June 17, 1925. Filmed Apr. 6 to 16, 1925. ©May 29, 1925.

Innocent Husbands (director)
Aug. 2, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. E-18 - Charley Chase series

Filmed May 4 to 14, and May 18 to 22, 1925. ©Aug. 28, 1925.

No Father To Guide Him (director)
Sep. 6, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. E-19 - Charley Chase series

Filmed June 4 to 19, 1925, with retakes July 2 to 3, 1925. ©Aug. 20, 1925.

The Caretaker's Daughter (director)
Oct. 11, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-1 - Charley Chase series

Filmed July 6 to 14, 1925. ©Aug. 20, 1925.

The Uneasy Three (co-director)
Nov. 15, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-2 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Aug. 5 to 14, 1925, with miniatures filmed Aug. 12 to 15, 1925. McCarey directed all but the miniatures footage. ©Nov. 6, 1925.

Hold Everything (uncredited co-director)
Dec. 6, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-83 - Eddie Borden series

Filmed Dec. 27, 1924, to Jan. 3, 1925, with retakes and added scenes Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, 1925. ©Mar. 15, 1926. McCarey directed on Jan. 31st.

His Wooden Wedding (director)
Dec. 20, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-3 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Sep. 1 to 12, 1925. ©Dec. 30, 1925.


1926

A new contract between Roach and McCarey was drawn up on November 1st of this year.

Charley My Boy (director)
Jan. 24, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-4 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Sep. 28 to Oct. 9, 1925. ©Jan. 23, 1926. UK title: Charlie, My Boy.

Mama Behave (director)
Feb. 28, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-5 - Charley Chase series

According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Oct. 27 to Nov. 6, 1925. According to Anthony & Edmonds, the filming lasted until Nov. 26th. ©Jan. 23, 1926.

Dog Shy (director)
Apr. 4, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-6 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Nov. 28 to Dec. 8, 1925. ©Mar. 15, 1926.

Mum's The Word (director)
May 9, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-7 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Jan. 4 to 14, 1926. ©Mar. 29, 1926.

Long Fliv The King (director)
June 13, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-8 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Feb. 22 to Mar. 6, 1926. ©May 17, 1926.

Mighty Like A Moose (director)
July 18, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-9 - Charley Chase series

Premiered June 21, 1926. Filmed Mar. 20 to Apr. 2, 1926. ©May 26, 1926. Added to the National Film Registry on Dec. 27, 2007.

Crazy Like A Fox (director)
Aug. 22, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-10 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Apr. 14 to 22, 1926, with retakes May 28 to June 1, 1926. This is according to Rob Stone's list. His book states that the retakes were all done on the 28th. ©July 26, 1926.

Bromo And Juliet (director)
Sep. 19, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-11 - Charley Chase series

Filmed May 11 to 25, 1926, with added scenes June 8, 1926. ©July 26, 1926.

Tell 'Em Nothing (director)
Oct. 17, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-12 - Charley Chase series

Filmed June 15 to 26, 1926. ©Oct. 26, 1926.

Be Your Age (director)
Nov. 14, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-13 - Charley Chase series

According to Rob Stone, this was filmed Aug. 13 to 24, 1926. According to Anthony & Edmonds, the filming lasted all the way to Sep. 24, 1936. Surely the year is an error. ©Oct. 26, 1926.

There Ain't No Santa Claus (possible director)
Dec. 12, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-15 - Charley Chase series

Also listed for Jan. 9, 1927. Filmed Sep. 27 to Oct. 7, 1926. ©Dec. 31, 1926. Rob Stone's list credits both McCarey and James Parrott, depending on where you look.


1927

McCarey began to direct other series besides the Charley Chase shorts during 1927, and was instrumental in the development of the Max Davidson series. He became director-general of the studio towards the end of the year. In this capacity, he oversaw all of the studio's product with the exception of the Our Gang series, which was semi-autonomous. Onscreen credit for McCarey during this period was invariably that of 'supervisor.' He's often credited with the teaming of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, though this seems to have been more of a collaborative feat. Nevertheless, his influence over their series is undeniable. He did a lot of writing and some occasional directing, and often would simply visit a set and observe. On December 27th, McCarey became a vice president of the corporation.

Many Scrappy Returns (possible director)
Jan. 9, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-14 - Charley Chase series

Also listed for Dec. 12, 1926. Filmed Sep. 7 to 14, 1926. ©Nov. 11, 1926. Rob Stone's list credits both McCarey and James Parrott, depending on where you look.

Should Men Walk Home? (director)
Feb. 6, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 3 reels - prod. H-15 - All Star series with Mabel Normand and Creighton Hale

Also listed as a two reeler, and also listed for Jan. 30, 1927. Filmed Oct. 25 to Nov. 11, 1926. ©Jan. 14, 1927.

Are Brunettes Safe? (possible director)
Feb. 6, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-16 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Oct. 25 to Nov. 4, 1926. ©Jan. 14, 1927. Rob Stone's list credits both McCarey and James Parrott, depending on where you look.

Why Girls Say No (co-director)
Feb. 20, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-16 - All Star series with Marjorie Daw

Filmed Sep. 9 to 21, 1926, with retakes Sep. 25, 1926. ©Jan. 14, 1927. Also featuring Max Davidson.

A One Mama Man (possible director)
Mar. 6, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-17 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Nov. 26, Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, and Dec. 29, 1926. ©Feb. 14, 1927. Rob Stone's list credits both McCarey and James Parrott, depending on where you look.

Jewish Prudence (director/writer)
May 8, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-16 - Max Davidson series

Also listed as a 3 reel All Star film. Filmed Dec. 9 to 17, 1926. ©Apr. 11, 1927.

Eve's Love Letters (director)
May 29, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-17 - All Star series

Also listed for May 28, 1927. Filmed Jan. 17 to 28, 1927. ©Apr. 11, 1927. Featuring Agnes Ayres, Forrest Stanley and Stan Laurel.

Don't Tell Everything (director)
July 3, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-18 - Max Davidson series

Also listed for July 2, 1927. Also listed as an All Star film. Filmed Feb. 22 to Mar. 7, 1927, with retakes Mar. 29, and Apr. 1 to 2, 1927. ©May 18, 1927.

Sugar Daddies (supervisor)
Sep. 10, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-1 - All Star series

Filmed May 26 to June 3, 1927. ©Aug. 17, 1927. Featuring James Finlayson, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy.

What Every Iceman Knows (supervisor/writer)
Sep. 17, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. D-1 - Max Davidson series

Filmed June 3 to 11, 1927. ©Sep. 14, 1927. Includes tinted sequences.

The Second Hundred Years (story)
Oct. 8, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-2 - All Star series with Laurel & Hardy

Filmed June 11 to 18, 1927. ©Sep. 21, 1927. Includes tinted sequences.

Call Of The Cuckoos (supervisor)
Oct. 15, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. D-2 - Max Davidson series

Filmed June 13 to 22, 1927, with added scenes Aug. 2, 1927. ©Oct. 12, 1927. Also featuring Charley Chase, James Finlayson, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

Should Second Husbands Come First? (director)
Oct. 23, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-19 - Max Davidson series

Filmed Apr. 11 to 21, 1927. ©July 8, 1927.

The Way Of All Pants (supervisor)
Oct. 29, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-3 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Aug. 12 to 22, 1927. ©Oct. 17, 1927. UK title: The Way Of All Dress.

Hats Off (supervisor)
Nov. 5, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-3 - All Star series with Laurel & Hardy

Filmed Aug. 19 to 29, 1927. ©Oct. 17, 1927.

Love 'Em And Feed 'Em (supervisor)
Nov. 12, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. D-3 - Max Davidson series

Filmed Aug. 9 to 14, 1927. New ending shot around Sep. 1, 1927. ©Oct. 17, 1927.

Us (supervisor/writer)
Nov. 26, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-4 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Sep. 6 to 21, 1927. ©Nov. 22, 1927.

Putting Pants On Philip (supervisor)
Dec. 3, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-4 - All Star series with Laurel & Hardy

According to Rob Stone, this was filmed Sep. 13 to 23, 1927. According to Randy Skretvedt, filming continued until the 27th. ©Jan. 3, 1928. McCarey later claimed to have directed this film himself, but without credit.

Assistant Wives (supervisor)
Dec. 4, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. B-23 - Charley Chase series

Also listed as Dec. 12, 1927. Filmed May 4 to 17, 1927. ©Sep. 2, 1927.

Fighting Fathers (writer)
Dec. 10, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. D-4 - Max Davidson series

Filmed Aug. 24 to Sep. 2, 1927. ©Nov. 22, 1927.

Flaming Fathers (supervisor)
Dec. 18, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-25 - All Star series

Most likely filmed May 5 to 18, 1927, as prod. H-20. ©July 22, 1927.

Never The Dames Shall Meet (supervisor)
Dec. 24, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-5 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Oct. 5 to 13, 1927. ©Dec. 24, 1927.

The Battle Of The Century (supervisor)
Dec. 31, 1927 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-5 - All Star series with Laurel & Hardy

Filmed Oct. 5 to 13, and 27 to 29, 1927. According to Rob Stone, retakes were shot Nov. 11, 1927, but according to Randy Skretvedt, these took place on the 12th. ©Jan. 9, 1928.

undetermined title (director)
Roach - prod. H-20 - Max Davidson series

Filmed May 5 to 18, 1927. May have been left unfinished.


1928

In February, McCarey began to receive a percentage of the profits on the Laurel & Hardy series. On December 28th, his contract as writer-director expired.

Pass The Gravy (supervisor/writer)
Jan. 7, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. D-6 - Max Davidson series

Filmed Oct. 14 to 31, 1927. ©Jan. 9, 1928. Added to the National Film Registry on Nov. 16, 1998.

All For Nothing (supervisor)
Jan. 21, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-6 - Charley Chase series

Also listed for Feb. 18, 1928. Filmed Oct. 27 to Nov. 4, 1927. ©Jan. 21, 1928.

Leave 'Em Laughing (supervisor)
Jan. 28, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-6 - All Star series with Laurel & Hardy

Filmed Nov. 3 to 11, 1927, with retakes Nov. 17, 1927. According to Randy Skretvedt, there were also retakes on the 12th. ©Jan. 9, 1928.

Dumb Daddies (story)
Feb. 4, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. D-7 - Max Davidson series

Filmed Nov. 17 to Dec. 1, 1927. ©Feb. 4, 1928.

The Family Group (supervisor/writer)
Feb. 18, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-8 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Dec. 12 to 23, 1927. ©Feb. 18, 1928.

The Finishing Touch (supervisor)
Feb. 25, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-7 - All Star series with Laurel & Hardy

Filmed Dec. 2 to 17, 1927. ©Feb. 25, 1928.

Came The Dawn (supervisor)
Mar. 3, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. D-8 - Max Davidson series

Filmed Dec. 18, 1927, to Jan. 3, 1928. ©Mar. 3, 1928.

Aching Youth (supervisor/story)
Mar. 17, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-9 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Jan. 9 to 23, 1928. ©Mar. 17, 1928.

From Soup To Nuts (supervisor/story)
Mar. 24, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-8 - All Star series with Laurel & Hardy

Filmed Dec. 27, 1927, to Jan. 5, 1928. ©Mar. 24, 1928. Previewed as Let George Do It.

Blow By Blow (supervisor)
Mar. 31, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. D-9 - Max Davidson series

Also listed for Mar. 21, 1928. Filmed Jan. 9 to 17, 1928. ©Mar. 31, 1928.

Limousine Love (supervisor)
Apr. 14, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-10 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Feb. 2 to 14, 1928. ©Apr. 14, 1928.

You're Darn Tootin' (supervisor)
Apr. 21, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-9 - All Star series with Laurel & Hardy

Filmed Jan. 17 to 27, 1928. ©Apr. 21, 1928. UK title: The Music Blasters.

Tell It To The Judge (supervisor/story)
Apr. 28, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. D-5 - Max Davidson series

Filmed Sep. 9 to Oct. 1, 1927, with retakes Nov. 7 and 10, 1927. ©Apr. 28, 1928.

The Fight Pest (supervisor/story)
May 12, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-11 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Feb. 28 to Mar. 8, 1928. ©May 12, 1928.

Their Purple Moment (supervising director)
May 19, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-10 - All Star series with Laurel & Hardy

Filmed Feb. 15 to 24, 1928, with retakes Mar. 7, 1928. ©May 19, 1928.

Should Women Drive? (supervisor/story)
May 26, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. D-10 - Max Davidson series

Filmed Jan. 20 to 30, 1928. ©May 15, 1928.

Imagine My Embarassment (supervisor/story)
Sep. 1, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-12 - Charley Chase series

Filmed May 3 to 9, 1928. ©Sep. 1, 1928. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.

Should Married Men Go Home? (supervisor/co-story)
Sep. 8, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-11 - Laurel & Hardy series

According to Randy Skretvedt, this was filmed Mar. 12 to 21, 1928, with added scenes Mar. 23 and May 11, inserts on May 2, and retakes May 12, 1928. The dates for the initial filming match Rob Stone's information for "That Night." ©Sep. 8, 1928.

That Night (supervisor/story)
Sep. 15, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-11 - All Star series with Max Davidson

Rob Stone's list includes this film twice. As a Davidson film, it's listed as prod. D-11, which was filmed Feb. 7 to 14, 1928. As part of the All Star series, it's listed as prod. S-11, which was filmed Mar. 12 to 21, 1928. ©Sep. 15, 1928. Includes tinted sequences.

Is Everybody Happy? (supervisor/story)
Sep. 29, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-13 - Charley Chase series

Also listed for Sep. 28, 1928. Filmed June 5 to 13, 1928, with retakes June 29, 1928. ©Sep. 29, 1928. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.

Early To Bed (supervisor/uncredited co-director/story)
Oct. 6, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-12 - Laurel & Hardy series series

According to Rob Stone, this was filmed June 19 to 20, 1928, with retakes June 25 to 26, 1928. Randy Skretvedt instead gives the shooting dates for "Do Gentlemen Snore." ©Oct. 6, 1928. McCarey directed the retakes.

Do Gentlemen Snore? (supervisor/story)
Oct. 13, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-12 - All Star series with Max Davidson.

Rob Stone's list includes this film twice. As a Davidson film, it's listed as prod. D-12, which was filmed May 15 to 19, 1928. As part of the All Star series, it's listed as prod. S-12, which was filmed May 21 to 29, 1928. ©Oct. 13, 1928. Includes tinted sequences.

All Parts (supervisor/story)
Oct. 27, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-15 - Charley Chase series

Filmed July 27 to Aug. 6, 1928. ©Oct. 27, 1928, and Jan. 22, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.

Two Tars (supervisor/story)
Nov. 3, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-13 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed June 22 to July 3, 1928. ©Nov. 3, 1928.

The Boy Friend (supervisor/story)
Nov. 10, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-13 - All Star series

Filmed June 18 to 25, 1928, with retakes June 27, 1928. ©Oct. 15, 1928. Featuring Edgar Kennedy, Marion Byron. Also listed as part of Max Davidson series.

The Booster (supervisor/story)
Nov. 24, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-14 - Charley Chase series

Filmed July 9 to 14, 1928, with retakes Sep. 18, 1928. ©Nov. 24, 1928. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.

Habeas Corpus (supervisor/story)
Dec. 1, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-14 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed July 16 to 21, and July 30 to 31, 1928. ©June 27, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack. At least one source credits McCarey as the director.

Feed 'Em And Weep (supervisor/story)
Dec. 8, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-14 - All Star series

Filmed July 12 to 24, 1928, with retakes Aug. 2, 1928. ©July 1, 1929.

Chasing Husbands (supervisor/story)
Dec. 22, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-16 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Sep. 4 to 14, 1928. ©Dec. 6, 1928. Also featuring Jean Harlow.

We Faw Down (director)
Dec. 29, 1928 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-15 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Aug. 23 to Sep. 1, 1928, with retakes Sep. 13, 1928. Randy Skretvedt adds Sep. 7 for retakes. ©Dec. 29, 1928. Released with a synchronized soundtrack. UK title: We Slip Up.


1929

McCarey resigned as vice president in January. He moved on to Pathé, where he directed features. Copyright listings continued to give him story credit on the Roach shorts until 1930. The reason for this is unclear, but it's possible that he left a stockpile of scenarios in his wake. Or perhaps somebody was simply too much in the habit of typing his name into that part of the form. His association with Pathé ended by the end of 1929. It's interesting to note that Richard W. Bann, writing for the official Laurel & Hardy website, dated McCarey's departure from the Roach studio as taking place on January 26, 1930. This would explain the extended writing credits, but makes the Pathé portion of his career a bit confusing.

Going Ga Ga (supervisor/story)
Jan. 5, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-15 - All Star series

Filmed Aug. 8 to 21, 1928, with retakes Oct. 1 to 4, 1928. ©Dec. 27, 1928. Featuring Edgar Kennedy, Max Davidson and Marion Byron.

Ruby Lips (supervisor/story)
Jan. 19, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-17 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Oct. 5 to 12, 1928. ©Dec. 27, 1928. Released with a synchronized soundtrack. Listed by at least one source as Ruby Love.

Liberty (supervisor/co-director/story)
Jan. 26, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-16 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Oct. 1 to 17, 1928, with retakes Nov. 13 to 19, 1928. Randy Skretvedt adds Oct. 26th for retakes. ©Jan. 28, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack. McCarey directed every day except Nov. 13th, and received sole credit.

A Pair Of Tights (supervisor/story)
Feb. 2, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-16 - All Star series

Filmed Sep. 19 to 28, 1928. ©Dec. 10, 1928. Featuring Edgar Kennedy, Stuart Erwin, Anita Garvin and Marion Byron.

Off To Buffalo (supervisor/story)
Feb. 16, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-18 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 1928. ©Feb. 4, 1929.

Wrong Again (director/co-story)
Feb. 23, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-17 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Nov. 21 to Dec. 1, 1928. ©Mar. 5, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.

When Money Comes (possible director/story)
Mar. 2, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-17 - All Star series

Filmed Oct. 26 to 30, 1928. ©Mar. 5, 1929. McCarey is credited in IMDb.

Loud Soup (supervisor/story)
Mar. 16, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-19 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Dec. 4 to 8, 1928. ©Mar. 11, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.

That's My Wife (supervisor/story)
Mar. 23, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-18 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Dec. 11 to 16, 1928. ©Mar. 11, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.

Why Is A Plumber? (possible director/story)
Mar. 30, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-19 - All Star series

Also listed for Mar. 11, 1929. Filmed Dec. 13 to 17, 1927. ©Mar. 11, 1929. Featuring Jean Harlow and Edgar Kennedy. McCarey is credited in IMDb.

Thin Twins (supervisor/story)
Apr. 13, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-20 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Dec. 11 to 17, 1928. ©Mar. 11, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.

Big Business (supervisor/story)
Apr. 20, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-19 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Dec. 19 to 26, 1928. ©June 27, 1929. Added to the National Film Registry on Dec. 4, 1992.

The Unkissed Man (possible director/story)
Apr. 27, 1929 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-18 - All Star series

Filmed Dec. 3 to 8, 1928, with added scenes Dec. 28, 1928. ©May 20, 1929. Featuring Jean Harlow and Bryant Washburn. McCarey is credited in IMDb.

Unaccustomed As We Are (story)
May 4, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. L-23 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Mar. 25 to 30, 1929, with retakes Apr. 1, 1929. ©Dec. 10, 1929.

Movie Night (story)
May 11, 1929 - Roach/MGM - silent - 2 reels - prod. C-7 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Nov. 21 to Dec. 2, 1927, with retakes Dec. 18 to 22, 1928. ©Apr. 1, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.

Hurdy Gurdy (possible director/story)
May 11, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. S-21 - All Star series

Filmed Apr. 2 to 6, 1929. ©June 5, 1929. Featuring Edgar Kennedy. McCarey is credited in IMDb.

Double Whoopee (story)
May 18, 1929 - Roach/MGM - silent - 2 reels - prod. L-20 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Feb. 5 to 9, 1929. ©May 13, 1929.

The Big Squawk (story)
May 25, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. C-21 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Apr. 8 to 13, 1929. ©July 29, 1929.

Thundering Toupees (story)
May 25, 1929 - Roach/MGM - silent - 2 reels - prod. S-20 - All Star series

Filmed Dec. 20 to 27, 1928. ©June 27, 1929. Featuring Jean Harlow and Edgar Kennedy. The ledgers credit Roach as the director, but Robert McGowan received onscreen credit.

Berth Marks (story)
June 1, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. L-24 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Apr. 15 to 18, Apr. 22, and Apr. 24, 1929. ©Dec. 9, 1929. Also released as a silent film. Reissued in 1936 with new soundtrack music.

Madame "Q" (possible director/story)
June 8, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. S-22 - All Star series

Filmed Apr. 11 to 15, 1929. ©July 1, 1929. McCarey is credited in IMDb.

Leaping Love (story)
June 22, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. C-22 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Apr. 29 to May 3, 1929. ©Dec. 9, 1929.

Men O'War (story)
June 29, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. L-25 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed May 7 to 15, 1929, with Hollenbeck Park filming taking place May 11 to 18, 1929. ©July 29, 1929.

Dad's Day (possible director/story)
July 6, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. S-23 - All Star series

Also listed for July 7, 1929. Filmed May 13 to 17, 1929. ©July 29, 1929. Featuring Edgar Kennedy. McCarey is credited in IMDb.

Snappy Sneezer (story)
July 27, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. C-23 - Charley Chase series

Also listed for July 29, 1929. Filmed May 25 to 30, 1929. ©Aug. 12, 1929.

Perfect Day (co-story)
Aug. 10, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. L-26 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed June 3 to 8, 1929. ©Aug. 12, 1929.

The Sophomore (director)
Aug. 24, 1929 - Pathé - talkie - 8 reels

©Sep. 16, 1929. UK title: Compromised. Also released in a silent version.

Crazy Feet (story)
Sep. 7, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. C-24 - Charley Chase series

Filmed June 20 to 27, 1929. ©Aug. 26, 1929.

They Go Boom (story)
Sep. 21, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. L-27 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed June 26 to 27, July 1, and July 5 to 11, 1929. ©Aug. 26, 1929.

Sky Boy (story)
Oct. 5, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. S-25 - All Star series with Harry Langdon

Filmed July 16 to 22, 1929. ©Sep. 23, 1929.

Bacon Grabbers (supervising director/story)
Oct. 19, 1929 - Roach/MGM - silent - 2 reels - prod. L-21 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Feb. 18 to 27, 1929. ©Sep. 3, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.

Stepping Out (producer/story)
Nov. 2, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. C-25 - Charley Chase series

Filmed July 16 to 22, 1929. ©Sep. 23, 1929.

The Hoose-Gow (story)
Nov. 16, 1929 - Roach/MGM - talkie - 2 reels - prod. L-28 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Aug. 30 to Sep. 10, 1929. ©Nov. 11, 1929.

Red Hot Rhythm (director/co-supervisor-co-story)
Nov. 23, 1929 - Pathé - talkie - 9 reels

©Dec. 27, 1929. Includes some Technicolor footage. Also released in a silent version.

Angora Love (supervisor/story)
Dec. 14, 1929 - Roach/MGM - silent - 2 reels - prod. L-22 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Mar. 8 to 14, 1929. Previewed in late Mar. 1929. ©Sep. 3, 1929. Released with a synchronized soundtrack.


1930

McCarey seems to have gone through a period of freelancing over the next few years.

Night Owls (story)
Jan. 4, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-29 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Oct. 30 to Nov. 12, 1929. ©Jan. 6, 1930. Also filmed in Spanish as Ladrones, and possibly German. The Italian version, entitled Ladroni, was probably dubbed.

The Real McCoy (story)
Feb. 1, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-27 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Oct. 14 to 21, 1929. ©Dec. 26, 1929.

Blotto (story)
Feb. 8, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 3 reels - prod. L-30 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Dec. 11 to 21, 1929. ©Feb. 13, 1930. Also filmed as Spanish 5 reeler entitled La vida nocturna and in French as Une nuit extravagante. Foreign versions filmed Dec. 26, 1929, to Jan. 2, 1930, and Jan. 17, 1930. Randy Skretvedt provides a variation of this, stating that the domestic resumed filming from Dec. 26 to 31, 1929, with the foreign versions being filmed from Jan. 2 to 17, 1930. The English language version was re-released as a two-reeler in 1937.

Brats (co-writer)
Mar. 22, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-31 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Jan. 21 to Feb. 7, 1930. ©Mar. 31, 1930. Also filmed in German as Gluckliche kindheit, and in French as Les Bons Petits Diables, and possibly in Spanish. Also released as a silent film.

All Teed Up (story)
Apr. 19, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-28 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Jan. 3 to Feb. 1, 1930. ©Apr. 7, 1930. Also filmed in Spanish as El Jugador de Golf and in French as Le Joueur de Golf. Both versions were in four reels. The Spanish version was released in Mexico on May 8, 1930, and in Barcelona, Spain, on May 19, 1930.

Below Zero (story)
Apr. 26, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-32 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Feb. 17 to 28, 1930. ©Apr. 14, 1930. Also filmed in Spanish as Tiembla y titubea and possibly in German.

Hog Wild (story)
May 31, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-33 - Laurel & Hardy series

Filmed Apr. 4 to 21, 1930. ©Dec. 3, 1930. Also filmed in Spanish as Radio mania and in French as Pele Mele.

Fast Work (story)
June 28, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-31 - Charley Chase series

Filmed Apr. 3 to 19, 1930. ©May 22, 1930. Also filmed in Spanish, with added scenes May 23 to 24, 1930, and released as Locuras de Amor, which was prod. C-31-S and five reels in length. Alternate title: Ay Amor, Como me has Puesto!. Released in Chile on Sep. 2, 1930, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Oct. 23, 1930, and in Barcelona, Spain, on Dec. 12, 1930. The Mexican version totaled 50 minutes.

Wild Company (director)
July 5, 1930 - Fox - 71 min.

©June 16, 1930.

Let's Go Native (producer/director)
Aug. 16, 1930 - Paramount - 9 reels

©Aug. 15, 1930.

Part Time Wife (director/co-screenplay and dialogue)
Dec. 28, 1930 - Fox - 72 min.

Premiered Nov. 30, 1930. ©Nov. 18, 1930.


1931

Indiscreet (director/uncredited co-writer)
May 16, 1931 - Feature/UA - 10 reels - Gloria Swanson feature

Premiered Apr. 25, 1931. ©Apr. 6, 1931. Also known as Careless Heart. Credited as co-author in copyright deposit.


1932

The Kid From Spain (director)
prem. Nov. 17, 1932 - Goldwyn/UA - 11 reels - Eddie Cantor feature

©Jan. 1, 1933.


1933

During this year, McCarey signed up with Paramount, where he would direct comedies for the next four years.

Duck Soup (director)
Nov. 17, 1933 - Paramount - 7 reels - Marx Bros. feature

©Nov. 17, 1933. Added to the National Film Registry on Oct. 19, 1990.


1934

Six Of A Kind (director)
Feb. 9, 1934 - Paramount - 7 reels

©Feb. 7, 1934. Premiered Jan. 24, 1934.

Belle Of The Nineties (director)
Sep. 21, 1934 - Paramount - 8 reels - Mae West feature

©Sep. 21, 1934.


1935

Ruggles Of Red Gap (director)
Mar. 8, 1935 - Paramount - 10 reels - Charles Laughton feature

Premiered Feb. 19, 1935. ©Feb. 19, 1935. Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category.


1936

The Milky Way (co-director)
Feb. 7, 1936 - Lloyd/Paramount - 10 reels - Harold Lloyd feature

©Feb. 11, 1936. McCarey received sole credit.


1937

With Paramount's pessimism regarding "Make Way For Tomorrow," McCarey agreed to finish the film without pay. When the film flopped, Paramount released him from his contract. This led to a short period of freelancing.

Make Way For Tomorrow (producer/director/extra roles)
prem. May 9, 1937 - Paramount - 10 reels

©Apr. 30, 1937. McCarey's extra roles were that of a passerby, the man in the overcoat, and the carpet sweeper.

The Awful Truth (producer/director)
Oct. 21, 1937 - Columbia - 10 reels - Cary Grant & Irene Dunne feature

©Oct. 15, 1937. Won the Academy Award for Best Director. Also nominated for Best Picture. Added to the National Film Registry on Dec. 4, 1996.


1938

There were some negotiations during this period that could have resulted in McCarey taking charge of a unit at the Roach studio, but he instead opted to sign with RKO.

The Cowboy And The Lady (co-story)
prem. Nov. 24, 1938 - Goldwyn/UA - 9 reels - Gary Cooper feature

©Nov. 30, 1938.


1939

Love Affair (producer/director/co-story)
prem. Mar 16, 1939 - RKO Radio - 87 min. - Charles Boyer & Irene Dunne feature

©Mar. 16, 1939. Nominated for Academy Awards in the Best Picture and Best Writing, Original Story categories.


1940

After "My Favorite Wife," McCarey got involved in a court battle with Howard Hughes over a film that eventually went unmade. As a result, it was two years before the next McCarey film was released.

My Favorite Wife (producer/co-original story)
May 17, 1940 - RKO Radio - 88 min. - Cary Grant & Irene Dunne feature

©May 17, 1940. Premiered May 2, 1940. Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Writing, Original Story category. McCarey handed over directorial duties to Garson Kanin to allow himself time to recuperate from a near-fatal car accident.


1942

Once Upon A Honeymoon (producer/director/co-story)
Nov. 27, 1942 - RKO Radio - 117 min. - Cary Grant & Ginger Rogers feature

Premiered Nov. 12, 1942. ©Nov. 4, 1942.


1944

With the success of "Going My Way," McCarey formed his own company, Rainbow Productions, with partners Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Hal Roach, Jr.

Going My Way (producer/director/story)
prem. May 3, 1944 - Paramount - 130 min. - Bing Crosby feature

©Feb. 25, 1944. Oscar winner for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Story. Added to the National Film Registry on Dec. 28, 2004.


1945

The Bells Of St. Mary's (producer/director/story)
prem. Dec. 6, 1945 - Rainbow/RKO - 126 min. - Bing Crosby feature

©Dec. 6, 1945. Nominated for Academy Awards in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. Also won the Photoplay Gold Medal.


1946

The Screen Guild Theater radio episode: The Bells Of St. Mary's(story)
Aug. 26, 1946 - CBS - radio episode


1947

Towards the end of this year, McCarey sold his 50% interest in Rainbow Productions to Paramount. This began a long period in which McCarey's film output decreased dramatically.

The Screen Guild Theater radio episode: The Bells Of St. Mary's (story)
Oct. 6, 1947 - CBS - radio episode

A repeat performance of the story previously aired on Aug. 26, 1946.


1948

Reportedly, McCarey expressed interest in directing the last Marx Brothers film, "Love Happy," but this never came to fruition. Whatever negotiations that took place probably would have been during 1948, since filming began towards the end of the year. The film premiered on October 12, 1949, without contribution from McCarey.

Good Sam (producer/director/co-story/songwriter)
Sep. 1, 1948 - Rainbow/RKO - 114 min. - Gary Cooper feature

©Aug. 18, 1948. McCarey wrote the song "Eight To Five."


1951

The Screen Director (appearance as himself)
Mar. 13, 1951 - AMPAS/Warner Bros. - 9 reels - documentary

You Can Change The World (director)
1951 - Christophers - short


1952

My Son John (producer/director/story/voiceover: John Jefferson)
Apr. 8, 1952 - Rainbow/Paramount - 122 min.

©Apr. 1, 1952. Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Writing, Motion Picture Story category.


1954

This Is Your Life episode: Stan Laurel And Oliver Hardy (appearance)
Dec. 1, 1954 - Edwards/NBC - 30 min. - TV episode


1955

McCarey was back at the Roach studio during this year, writing and occasionally directing for the TV series "Screen Directors Playhouse."

Screen Directors Playhouse episode: Meet The Governor (director)
Oct. 5, 1955 - Roach/NBC - 30 min. - TV episode

©Oct. 5, 1955.

Screen Directors Playhouse episode: Tom And Jerry (director/songwriter)
Nov. 30, 1955 - Roach/NBC - 30 min. - TV episode

©Nov. 30, 1955. McCarey wrote the song "Don't Say Goodbye To Love" for this episode.


1956

Lux Video Theatre episode: Indiscreet (original screenplay)
May 31, 1956 - Thompson/NBC - 30 min. - TV episode

This was an adaptation of the 1931 McCarey film.


1957

By this year, McCarey had begun his association with 20th Century-Fox, which lasted until the end of his film career.

An Affair To Remember (producer/director/co-story/co-lyricist)
July 11, 1957 - 20th-Fox - DeLuxe - CinemaScope - 119 min. - Cary Grant feature

Premiered July 2, 1957. ©July 19, 1957. Released in stereo. Nominated for a DGA Award in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures category. Also won the Photoplay Gold Medal. McCarey co-wrote the lyrics for "An Affair To Remember (Our Love Affair)," "Continué," "The Tiny Scout (He Knows You Inside Out)," "Tomorrow Land" and "You Make It Easy To Be True." This film was a remake of McCarey's 1939 triumph "Love Affair."


1958

The 30th Annual Academy Awards (co-lyricist)
Mar. 26, 1958 - AMPAS/NBC - TV special

Vic Damone performed "An Affair To Remember" from the film of the same name.

The Ed Sullivan Show episode (appearance)
Dec. 28, 1958 - Sullivan/CBS - 60 min. - TV episode


1959

Rally 'Round The Flag, Boys! (producer/director/co-screenplay/co-screenplay)
Feb. 1959 - 20th-Fox - DeLuxe - CinemaScope - 106 min. - Paul Newman feature

Premiered Dec. 23, 1958. ©Dec. 24, 1958. Released in stereo. Nominated for DGA Award in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures category. Also nominated for Golden Laurel in the Top Comedy category.


1962

Satan Never Sleeps (producer/director/co-screenplay/co-songwriter)
prem. Feb. 22, 1962 - 20th-Fox - DeLuxe - CinemaScope - 15 reels - William Holden feature

©Mar. 1, 1962. UK title: The Devil Never Sleeps. McCarey co-wrote the song "Satan Never Sleeps."


1963

Move Over, Darling (co-writer of 1940 story)
Dec. 25, 1963 - Melcher-Arcola/20th-Fox - DeLuxe - CinemaScope - 103 min. - Doris Day & James Garner feature

Premiered Dec. 19, 1963. ©Dec. 19, 1963. McCarey co-wrote the story for the 1940 film "My Favorite Wife," of which this was a remake. It appears that he wasn't directly involved in this film.


1973

Laurel Und Hardy Auf Der Jagd Nach Dem Mammon (archival)
Mar. 9, 1973 - VEB - 91 min. - Laurel & Hardy compilation feature

Released in East Germany. Consists of "From Soup To Nuts," "Early To Bed," "Habeas Corpus" and "Liberty."


1976

That's Entertainment, Part II (archival)
May 17, 1976 - MGM - Metrocolor - Panavision - 133 min. - documentary feature

Premiered May 16, 1976. Included is footage from "The Finishing Touch."


1993

Sleepless In Seattle (co-lyricist)
June 25, 1993 - Columbia TriStar - Technicolor - Dolby - Panavision - 105 min.

The soundtrack includes the song "An Affair To Remember (Our Love Affair)," the lyrics of which were co-written by McCarey.


1994

Love Affair (co-writer of 1939 story)
Oct. 21, 1994 - Mulholland/Warner Bros. - Technicolor - 108 min. - Warren Beatty & Annette Bening feature

This was a remake of the 1939 McCarey film.


2002

Reel Radicals: The Sixties Revolution In Film (archival)
Apr. 2, 2002 - Surreal Life/AMC - 127 min. - TV documentary

Includes footage of McCarey.


2003

How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (co-lyricist)
Feb. 7, 2003 - Paramount - color - Panavision - DTS/Dolby - 116 min.

Premiered Jan. 27, 2003. The soundtrack includes the song "An Affair To Remember," the lyrics of which were co-written by McCarey.


2004

Garfield (co-lyricist)
June 11, 2004 - Davis/20th-Fox - Technicolor/DeLuxe - Panavision - SDDS/DTS/Dolby - 80 min.

Included in the soundtrack is the song "An Affair To Remember (End Title)," the lyrics of which were co-written by McCarey.


©Nov. 16, 2007, by Robert Demoss.
2008 updates: 1/19, 5/26, 7/20.
2009 updates: 3/8, 3/29.


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