Frank Borzage


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(1893–1962). Film director. Known mostly for his soft-focus romantic weepers, the prodigious director also helmed eight musicals. A native of Salt Lake City, Borzage worked in the silver mines when he was only thirteen and escaped by becoming an actor with a touring theatre company and then in silent films. He appeared in dozens of Westerns and comedies before turning director in 1916 and helming the same kinds of flicks for Universal. Borzage's success with Seventh Heaven (1927) and similarly sentimental features labeled him a director of “women's pictures” but in truth he excelled at many genres and his eighty-plus credits are filled with top-notch products. Among his musicals were Flirtation Walk (1934), Shipmates Forever (1935), Smilin' Through (1941), and Stage Door Canteen (1943).

From The Oxford Companion to the American Musical in Oxford Reference.

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