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Name: Victor Fleming  
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Date of Birth: 23rd February 1889
Place of Birth: La Cañada, California, USA
Profession: Director
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia
For the Arkansas lawyer and judge Victor A. Fleming, see Vic Fleming.

Victor Fleming (February 23, 1883 - January 6, 1949) (sometimes "Vic Fleming") was an American film director.

An assistant cameraman for director Allan Dwan in the early teens, Victor Fleming was a director of photography by 1915, and worked under D.W. Griffith's supervision as well as for Dwan on several films with Douglas Fairbanks. Fairbanks also starred in Fleming's first two films as a director: 1919's When the Clouds Roll By, co-directed by Theodore Reed, and his solo effort of the following year, The Mollycoddle. Fleming helmed several rugged actioners in the 1920s, and became a reliable craftsman of impersonal but handsome films at MGM in the 1930s. He showed skill at films for young audiences — Treasure Island, Captains Courageous, The Wizard of Oz. Fleming enjoyed a reputation as a very tough fellow, and was known to have once shot dead some wild beast (possibly a mountain lion) which was howling outside his home, and leaving the carcass at the front of the house as a warning, although whether the warning was to other wild beasts or to other humans is unclear.

Fleming was also a favorite director of actor Clark Gable, and having guided him in Red Dust (1932) and Test Pilot (1938), was brought in to take over the direction of Gone with the Wind (1939). His most notable films of the '40s were the Spencer Tracy films Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), Tortilla Flat (1942), and A Guy Named Joe (1944), and his final film, Joan of Arc (1948), starring Ingrid Bergman.

Most notable among his works are Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.

He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.

Filmography as director includes

  • Joan of Arc (1948)
  • Adventure (1945)
  • A Guy Named Joe (1943)
  • Tortilla Flat (1942)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • The Great Waltz (1938)
  • Test Pilot (1938)
  • Captains Courageous (1937)
  • The Good Earth (1937)
  • The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)
  • Reckless (1935)
  • Treasure Island (1934)
  • Bombshell (1933)
  • The White Sister (1933)
  • Red Dust (1932)
  • The Wet Parade (1932)
  • Around the World in 80 Minutes with Douglas Fairbanks (1931)
  • Renegades (1930)
  • Common Clay (1930)
  • The Virginian (1929)
  • The Wolf Song (1929)
  • Abie's Irish Rose (1929)
  • The Awakening (1928)
  • The Rough Riders (1927)
  • Hula (1927)
  • The Way of All Flesh (1927)
  • Mantrap (1926)
  • The Blind Goddess (1926)
  • Lord Jim (1925)
  • A Son of His Father (1925)
  • Adventure (1925)
  • The Devil's Cargo (1925)
  • Code of the Sea (1924)
  • Empty Hands (1924)
  • The Call of the Canyon (1923)
  • To the Last Man (1923)
  • Law of the Lawless (1923)
  • Dark Secrets (1923)
  • Anna Ascends (1922)
  • Red Hot Romance (1922)
  • The Lane That Had No Turning (1922)
  • Woman's Place (1921)
  • Mama's Affair (1921)
  • The Mollycoddle (1920)
  • When the Clouds Roll by (1919)

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