Writer / director Frank Tuttle, whose Hollywood career stretched from the silent movie era to the dawn of the 1960s, was born on August 6, 1892, in New York City. His first credit in the movie industry was as a screenwriter for the Monte Blue picture The Kentuckians (1921) in 1921 for Famous Players-Lasky (Paramount). He made his directorial debut the following year with the melodrama The Cradle Buster (1922), starring Osgood Perkins. A contract director at Paramount, he directed 73 more movies before hanging up his megaphone after 1959’s Island of Lost Women (1959). His output included films ranging from the classic This Gun for Hire (1942)—the film that made Alan Ladd a star—to the Edgar Bergen-Charlie McCarthy farce Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939).
Tuttle worked in every genre, including slapstick, and with greats and near-greats, from silent stars Clara Bow, Evelyn Brent, Louise Brooks, Thomas Meighan and Gloria Swanson to sound-era stand-outs Jean Arthur, Mary Astor… read more
Dated but (craftsmanship, schizo Ladd, lovely Lake, a poignant ending and the cinematography make this) watchable.