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Fred C. Newmeyer (August 9, 1881 – April 24, 1967) was an American actor and film director. A native of Central City, Colorado, he is best known for directing a handful of films in the Our Gang series and for directing Harold Lloyd movies The Freshman and Girl Shy. Newmeyer also had an extensive directing and acting resume in other comedy short films. He appeared as an actor in 71 films between 1914 and 1923.
Newmeyer was the original director of the first short in the Our Gang series, also titled Our Gang; his version tested poorly, and producer Hal Roach scrapped most of the footage and remade the short with Robert McGowan as the director. Newmeyer, after directing numerous other shorts at Roach, would return to the Our Gang series in 1936 to direct The Pinch Singer, Arbor Day, Male and Female and the feature film General Spanky.
Newmeyer co-directed (together with Sam Taylor) Harold Lloyd’s famous silent film “Safety Last!”.
Newmeyer died on April 24… read more
New York-born writer and director with a penchant for comedy. He graduated from Fordham University, and, from 1916, worked at Kalem on the ‘Ham and Bud’ series (Lloyd Hamilton & Bud Duncan). When Kalem was taken over by Vitagraph, Taylor became feature continuity writer. Sometime after 1920, he joined Hal Roach as a full screenwriter, eventually becoming an integral part of Harold Lloyd’s writing staff. He often worked in tandem with Fred C. Newmeyer as co-director of such comedy classics as Safety Last! (1923) and The Freshman (1925). Among his important solo directing efforts were Harold Lloyd’s For Heaven’s Sake (1926), Exit Smiling (1926), with Beatrice Lillie; Tempest (1928), with John Barrymore and Ambassador Bill (1931),with Will Rogers.
In 1937, Taylor founded Chase Productions in conjunction with his writer-brother Matt and authored the Broadway play ‘Stopover’, which ran for 23 performances at the Lyceum Theatre. Taylor directed Laurel & Hardy in one of their… read more