Victor Fleming

Victor Fleming

:"For the Arkansas lawyer and judge Victor A. Fleming, see Vic Fleming."

Infobox Actor
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name = Victor Fleming

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yearsactive = 1910-1949
birthdate = birth date|1889|2|23|mf=y
location = Pasadena, California, U.S.
deathdate =Death date and age|1949|1|6|1889|2|23
deathplace = Cottonwood, Arizona, U.S.
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academyawards = Best Director
1939 "Gone with the Wind"
spouse = Lucile Rosson (1933-1949)

Victor Fleming (February 23, 1889January 6, 1949) (sometimes "Vic Fleming") was an Academy Award-winning American film director.


Victor Fleming was born in Pasadena, California, possibly of part Native American descent and showed a mechanical aptitude early on; while working as a car mechanic he met the director Allan Dwan, who took him on as a camera assistant. Given his aptitude, he developed an interest in airplanes, and for his movies got to know the men at Rogers Airport, Los Angeles, including Moye Stephens. Fleming soon rose to the rank of cinematographer, working with both Dwan and D. W. Griffith, and directed his first film in 1919.

Many of Fleming's silent films were action movies, often starring Douglas Fairbanks, or Westerns, and with his robust attitude and love of outdoor sports he became known as a "man's director". But he also proved an effective director of women. Under his direction, Vivien Leigh won the Best Actress Oscar, Hattie McDaniel won for Best Supporting Actress, and Ingrid Bergman was nominated. (In fact, nine actors who appeared in films directed by Fleming were Oscar-nominated.)


In 1932 Fleming joined MGM and directed some of the studio's most prestigious films. "Red Dust" (1932), "Bombshell" (1933), and "Reckless" (1935) showcased Jean Harlow, while "Treasure Island" (1934) and "Captains Courageous" (1937) brought a touch of literary distinction to boy's-own adventure stories. His two most famous films came in 1939, when "The Wizard of Oz" was closely followed by "Gone with the Wind". Their fame has outstripped that of their credited director. Both were essentially producer-led projects, and in each case Fleming replaced the original directors after filming had begun, although he alone received director credit on both (he replaced Richard Thorpe on "The Wizard of Oz" after George Cukor had briefly come in and altered some of the makeup. Cukor's alterations remained in the film, and, by coincidence, it was Cukor whom Fleming replaced on "Gone With the Wind". ) Fleming's version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1941), with Spencer Tracy, was generally rated below Rouben Mamoulian's 1931 version with Fredric March. Fleming's 1942 film version of John Steinbeck's "Tortilla Flat", starring Spencer Tracy, John Garfield, Hedy Lamarr, and Frank Morgan, was considered quite excellent, though, and to this day remains the only film version of the book.

Fleming's few remaining films were disappointing to some, and he died quite suddenly from a heart attack soon after completing "Joan of Arc" (1948) with Ingrid Bergman. Fleming's film version of the life of Joan remains the definitive one for many movie lovers, and despite mixed reviews, received seven Academy Award nominations, winning two Oscars. In recent years, it has been restored to its full-length of 145 minutes, causing a more positive re-evaluation of the film based on the complete version.

Filmography as Director (Partial)

*"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) (co-director)
*"The Great Waltz" (1938) (uncredited)
*"Test Pilot" (1938)
*"Captains Courageous" (1937)
*"The Good Earth" (1937) (uncredited)
*"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)

External links

* [ Victor Fleming's Gravesite]

NAME= Fleming, Victor
DATE OF BIRTH= 1889-2-23
PLACE OF BIRTH= La Cañada, California, U.S.
DATE OF DEATH=1949-1-6
PLACE OF DEATH= Cottonwood, Arizona, U.S.

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