Tom McNamara


original full name: Thomas Aloysius McNamara
later name: Thomas Joseph McNamara (by September 1918)
born May 7, 1886, in San Francisco, CA
died May 19, 1964, in San Francisco, CA


This filmography is sketchy to say the least, especially when it comes to McNamara's involvement in the world of comics. Hopefully, I'll be able to draw a more complete picture of his career before long. If any comics experts out there have additional information to add to this page, feel welcome to email me.


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1917

The Half Back (supporting role)
Apr. 24, 1917 - Edison/Forum - 3 reels
©Mar. 24, 1917.

1920


1921

Wild Men Of Africa (co-editor/co-titles)
Jan. 9, 1921 - Famous-Lasky/Paramount - 8 reels - documentary
IMDb lists this as both a feature film, and as four separate two-reelers, all released during their respective months of copyright. The Copyright Catalog lists this as a single entry, but includes the names of the four shorts within the entry, and indicates that the shorts were copyrighted, but not the entire feature. The individual parts are Jungle Dancers ©Apr. 17, 1921, The Lion Killers ©May 1, 1921, Slaying The Hippopotamus ©May 15, 1921, and The Land Of The Pygmies ©May 29, 1921. This project was part of the Vandenbergh Exploration Series.
The Gilded Lily (titles)
Mar. 6, 1921 - Famous-Lasky/Paramount - 6 reels - Mae Murray feature
©Mar. 27, 1921.
The Idol Of The North (titles)
Mar. 27, 1921 - Famous-Lasky/Paramount - 6 reels - Dorothy Dalton feature
©May 11, 1921.
Little Italy (titles)
July 1921 - Realart - 5 reels
©July 16, 1921.

1922

4. One Terrible Day (co-director/co-writer/co-titles)
Sep. 10, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-4 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 22 to June 10, 1922. ©Oct. 9, 1922.
2. Fire Fighters (co-director/co-titles)
Oct. 8, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-2 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 27 to Apr. 1, 1922. ©Oct. 9, 1922.
3. Young Sherlocks (co-director)
Nov. 26, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-3 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 3 to 8, and Apr. 24 to May 20, 1922. ©Nov. 11, 1922.
6. Saturday Morning (co-director)
Dec. 3, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-6 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 8 to 25, 1922. ©Nov. 11, 1922.
5. A Quiet Street (co-director)
Dec. 31, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-5 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 13 to July 1, and July 26 to 27, 1922. ©Nov. 11, 1922.

1923

8. The Cobbler (director)
Feb. 18, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-8 - Our Gang series
Filmed late August, and perhaps September, 1922. ©Feb. 26, 1923.
11. A Pleasant Journey (co-titles)
Mar. 18, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-11 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Mar. 25, 1923. Filmed Oct. 22 to 27, and Nov. 2 to 16, 1922. ©Feb. 26, 1923.
10. Boys To Board (director/co-writer/co-titles)
Apr. 8, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-10 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 2 to Nov. 2, 1922. ©Mar. 30, 1923.
13. Back Stage (uncredited co-director/scenario)
June 3, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-13 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 15, 1922, to Jan. 9, 1923. ©June 6, 1923. This credit appears in Camera magazine for the week starting Jan. 8th.
14. Dogs Of War! (co-director/scenario)
July 1, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-14 - Our Gang series
Premiered June 10, 1923. Filmed Jan. 12 to Feb. 10, 1923, with retakes Feb. 20 to 23, and Apr. 11, 1923. ©July 19, 1923. Camera indicates McNamara's involvement for the weeks starting Jan. 8th and 15th.
18. July Days (co-assistant director/uncredited co-director)
Aug. 26, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-18 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 12 to May 2, and May 31, 1923. ©Aug. 2, 1923. McNamara directed only on Apr. 12th. The assistant director credit is according to the payroll summaries.
17. Stage Fright (uncredited co-director)
Oct. 21, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-17 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 17 to Apr. 11, 1923, with retakes June 21 to July 2, 1923. ©Nov. 9, 1923. McNamara directed all but the retakes, but sole credit went to Robert McGowan.
19. Sunday Calm (uncredited co-director)
Dec. 16, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-19 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 4 to 29, 1923, with retakes July 2 to 14, and Oct. 2, 1923. ©Dec. 24, 1923. The studio datebook credits McNamara for directing on all of the May dates except the 28th and 29th. McGowan received sole credit.

1924

16. Fast Company (assistant director)
Nov. 16, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-16 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 5 to 15, 1923, with retakes June 13 to 21, 1924. ©Oct. 2, 1924. This credit derives from McNamara's payroll status as an Our Gang assistant director beginning the week ending Mar. 17, 1923, but not during 1924.

1925

Up The Ladder (scenario)
May 3, 1925 - Jewel/Universal - 7 reels
©Jan. 30, 1925.
Little Annie Rooney (assistant director/titles)
Oct. 18, 1925 - Pickford/UA - 9 reels - Mary Pickford feature
©Sep. 8, 1925. McNamara is credited onscreen as a 'collaborator.'

1926

Sparrows (second unit director/uncredited co-director)
late 1926 - Pickford/UA - 9 reels - Mary Pickford feature
Premiered May 14, 1926, in Hollywood. Premiered Sep. 19, 1926, in New York. ©Apr. 30, 1926. McNamara is credited onscreen as a 'collaborator.' UK title: Human Sparrows.

1927

The Beauty Parlor (adaptation)
Aug. 3, 1927 - R-C/FBO - 2 reels - Secrets of the Beauty Parlor series
©Aug. 3, 1926.
The Last Nose Of Summer (adaptation)
Aug. 17, 1927 - R-C/FBO - 2 reels - #3 - Secrets of the Beauty Parlor series
©Aug. 19, 1927.
Boys Will Be Girls (adaptation)
Aug. 24, 1927 - R-C/FBO - 2 reels - #4 - Secrets of the Beauty Parlor series
©Aug. 19, 1927.
Helene Of Troy, N. Y. (adaptation)
Aug. 31, 1927 - R-C/FBO - 2 reels - #5 - Secrets of the Beauty Parlor series
©Aug. 19, 1927.
Toupay Or Not To Pay (adaptation)
Sep. 7, 1927 - R-C/FBO - 2 reels - #6 - Secrets of the Beauty Parlor series
©Sep. 5, 1927.
The Chin He Loved To Lift (adaptation)
Sep. 14, 1927 - R-C/FBO - 2 reels - #7 - Secrets of the Beauty Parlor series
©Oct. 1, 1927.
Fresh Hair Fiends (adaptation)
Sep. 21, 1927 - R-C/FBO - 2 reels - #8 - Secrets of the Beauty Parlor series
©Sep. 21, 1927.
Peter's Pan (adaptation)
Sep. 28, 1927 - R-C/FBO - 2 reels - #9 - Secrets of the Beauty Parlor series
©Sep. 28, 1927.
The Beloved Rouge (adaptation)
Oct. 5, 1927 - R-C/FBO - 2 reels - #10 - Secrets of the Beauty Parlor series
©Oct. 1, 1927.
New Faces For Old (adaptation)
Oct. 12, 1927 - R-C/FBO - 2 reels - #11 - Secrets of the Beauty Parlor series
©Oct. 12, 1927.
She Troupes To Conquer (adaptation)
Oct. 19, 1927 - R-C/FBO - 2 reels - #12 - Secrets of the Beauty Parlor series
©Oct. 19, 1927.

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1932

Little Orphan Annie (co-screenplay)
Nov. 4, 1932 - RKO Radio - 7 reels - Mitzi Green feature
©Nov. 11, 1932.

1933

Cross Fire (additional dialogue)
June 30, 1933 - RKO Radio - 6 reels - Tom Keene feature
©June 12, 1933. Credited as Tom MacNamara.

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1994

The Our Gang Story (archival)
1994 - Film Shows/GoodTimes - 120 min. - video documentary
Includes footage from "Fire Fighters" and "Dogs Of War!"

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© Robert Demoss.


My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page:
Rob Stone (for providing production numbers and shooting dates)
Joe Moore (for providing a wealth of material concerning McNamara's comic book credits)


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