Allan Dwan

Born: April 3, 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: December 28, 1981 in Woodland Hills, California, USA
~Silent Filmography~
~Director~

Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961)

Enchanted Island (1958)
The Restless Breed (1957)
The River's Edge (1957)
Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (2 episodes) (1956)
- High Air (1956)
- It's Always Sunday (1956)
Hold Back the Night (1956)
Slightly Scarlet (1956)
Tennessee's Partner (1955)
Pearl of the South Pacific (1955)
Escape to Burma (1955)
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)
Passion (1954)
Silver Lode (1954)
Flight Nurse (1953)
Sweethearts on Parade (1953)
Woman They Almost Lynched (1953)
Montana Belle (1952)
I Dream of Jeanie (1952)
The Wild Blue Yonder (1951)
Belle Le Grand (1951)
Surrender (1950)

Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Angel in Exile (1948)
The Inside Story (1948)
Driftwood (1947)
Northwest Outpost (1947)
Calendar Girl (1947)
Rendezvous with Annie (1946)
Getting Gertie's Garter (1945)
Brewster's Millions (1945)
Abroad with Two Yanks (1944)
Up in Mabel's Room (1944)
Around the World (1943)
Here We Go Again (1942)
Friendly Enemies (1942)
Look Who's Laughing (1941)
Rise and Shine (1941)
Trail of the Vigilantes (1940)
Young People (1940)
Sailor's Lady (1940)

Frontier Marshal (1939)
The Gorilla (1939)
The Three Musketeers (1939)
Suez (1938)
Josette (1938)
Battle of Broadway (uncredited) (1938)
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
Heidi (1937)
One Mile from Heaven (1937)
That I May Live (1937)
Woman-Wise (1937)
Fifteen Maiden Lane (1936)
High Tension (1936)
Human Cargo (1936)
Song and Dance Man (1936)
Navy Wife (1935)
Black Sheep (1935)
I Spy (1934)
Hollywood Party (additional sequences, uncredited) (1934)
Counsel's Opinion (1933)
Her First Affaire (as Alan Dwan) (1932)
American Madness (uncredited) (1932)
While Paris Sleeps (1932)
Wicked (1931)
Chances (as Alan Dwan) (1931)
Man to Man (1930)
What a Widow! (1930)

South Sea Rose (1929)
Frozen Justice (1929)
The Far Call (1929
Tide of Empire (1929)
The Iron Mask (1929)
The Big Noise (1928)
French Dressing (1927)
East Side, West Side (1927)
The Joy Girl (1927)
The Music Master (1927)
West Point (1927/I)
Summer Bachelors (1926)
Tin Gods (1926)
Padlocked (1926)
Sea Horses (1926)
Stage Struck (1925)
The Coast of Folly (1925) - Still Codes: 569 & 808
Night Life of New York (1925)
Argentine Love (1924)
Wages of Virtue (1924)
Her Love Story (1924)
Manhandled (1924)
A Society Scandal (1924)
Big Brother (1923)
Zaza (1923)
Lawful Larceny (1923)
The Glimpses of the Moon (1923)
Superstition (1922)
Robin Hood (1922)
... aka "Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood" - USA (complete title)
The Hidden Woman (1922)
The Sin of Martha Queed (1921)
A Broken Doll (1921)
A Perfect Crime (1921)
A Splendid Hazard (1920)
The Forbidden Thing (1920)
In the Heart of a Fool (1920)
The Scoffer (1920)
The Luck of the Irish (1920)

Soldiers of Fortune (1919)
The Dark Star (1919)
Getting Mary Married (1919)
Cheating Cheaters (1919)
He Comes Up Smiling (1918)
Bound in Morocco (1918)
Mr. Fix-It (1918)
Headin' South (1918)
A Modern Musketeer (1917)
Fighting Odds (1917)
An Artist's Intrigue (1917)
Mouth-Organ Jack (1917)
The Old Sheriff (1917)
Nature's Calling (1917)
Double Revenge (1917)
Panthea (1917)
Accusing Evidence (1916)
Fifty-Fifty (1916/I)
Manhattan Madness (1916)
The Half-Breed (1916)
An Innocent Magdalene (1916)
The Good Bad Man (1916)
The Habit of Happiness (1916)
Betty of Greystone (1916)
Jordan Is a Hard Road (1915)
A Girl of Yesterday (1915)
The Pretty Sister of Jose (1915)
May Blossom (1915)
The Commanding Officer (1915)
The Love Route (1915)
David Harum (1915)
A Small Town Girl (1915)
The Dancing Girl (1915)
The Foundling (1915) (destroyed version)
The Conspiracy (1914)
The Straight Road (1914)
The County Chairman (1914) (uncredited)
... aka "The Country Chairman" - USA (review title)
Wildflower (1914/I)
Richelieu (1914)
The Unwelcome Mrs. Hatch (1914)
The Great Universal Mystery (1914)
The Hopes of Blind Alley (1914)
The Forbidden Room (1914)
The Unlawful Trade (1914)
The Tragedy of Whispering Creek (1914)
... aka "The Mystery of Whispering Creek" - USA (review title)
The End of the Feud (1914)
The Lamb, the Woman, the Wolf (1914)
The Embezzler (1914/I)
The Menace to Carlotta (1914)
... aka "Carlotta, the Bead Stringer" - USA (alternative title)
Discord and Harmony (1914)
Remember Mary Magdalen (1914)
The Honor of the Mounted (1914)
The Lie (1914/I)
The Field Foreman (1913)
Bloodhounds of the North (1913)
Red Margaret, Moonshiner (1913)
... aka "Moonshine Blood" - USA (reissue title)
The Barrier of Bars (1913)
Back to Life (1913/I)
Jewels of Sacrifice (1913)
The Restless Spirit (1913)
Criminals (1913)
The Echo of a Song (1913)
The Wall of Money (1913)
Travelers of the Road (1913)
The Animal (1913)
Man's Duty (1913)
Mental Suicide (1913)
The Picket Guard (1913)
The Powder Flash of Death (1913)
... aka "The Menace" - USA (alternative title)
Women and War (1913)
In Love and War (1913)
The Spirit of the Flag (1913)
The Wishing Seat (1913)
Her Big Story (1913)
Ashes of Three (1913)
The Great Harmony (1913)
Angel of the Canyons (1913)
... aka "The Angel of the Canyon" - USA (review title)
Human Kindness (1913)
The Road to Ruin (1913/II)
Oil on Troubled Waters (1913)
Boobs and Bricks (1913)
In Another's Nest (1913)
Woman's Honor (1913)
Cupid Throws a Brick (1913)
... aka "Cupid and the Brick" - USA (reissue title)
Matches (1913)
Calamity Anne's Beauty (1913)
Cupid Never Ages (1913)
An Eastern Flower (1913)
When a Woman Won't (1913)
Calamity Anne, Detective (1913)
The Transgression of Manuel (1913)
Jocular Winds (1913)
The Greater Love (1913/II)
High and Low (1913)
Love Is Blind (1913)
The Finer Things (1913)
The Romance (1913)
Calamity Anne's Vanity (1913)
Andrew Jackson (1913)
Women Left Alone (1913)
The Silver-Plated Gun (1913)
His Old-Fashioned Mother (1913)
The Awakening (1913/I)
Their Masterpiece (1913)
Calamity Anne's Inheritance (1913)
... aka "Calamity Anne's Legacy" - USA (reissue title)
Another Man's Wife (1913)
The Fraud That Failed (1913)
The Chase (1913)
The Battle of Wills (1913)
Loneliness of Neglect (1912)
The Girl of the Manor (1912)
The Blackened Hills (1912)
The Recognition (1912)
The Power of Love (1912)
The Daughters of Senor Lopez (1912)
The Heart of a Soldier (1912)
Nell of the Pampas (1912)
The Law of God (1912)
The Animal Within (1912)
Pals (1912/II)
The Hidden Treasure (1912) (uncredited)
... aka "The Philanderings of Puddlefoot Pete" - USA (alternative title)
Her Own Country (1912)
Jack's Word (1912)
The Would-Be Heir (1912)
The Thief's Wife (1912)
The Intrusion at Lompoc (1912)
Man's Calling (1912)
... aka "Almost a Friar" - USA (reissue title)
God's Unfortunates (1912)
Maiden and Men (1912)
The Wanderer (1912)
One, Two, Three (1912)
The Wooers of Mountain Kate (1912)
The Best Man Wins (1912/II)
The New Cowpuncher (1912)
The Promise (1912)
The Lost Watch (1912)
... aka "The Reformation of Sierra Smith" - USA (original title)
Jack of Diamonds (1912)
Father's Favorite (1912)
... aka "The Favored Son" - USA (alternative title)
Calamity Anne's Ward (1912)
... aka "Calamity Anne, Guardian" - USA (alternative title), USA (reissue title)
Their Hero Son (1912)
White Treachery (1912)
The Foreclosure (1912)
The Fear (1912)
The Vengeance That Failed (1912)
The Dawn of Passion (1912)
The Stranger at Coyote (1912)
The Greaser and the Weakling (1912)
The Will of James Waldron (1912)
The Jealous Rage (1912)
The Bandit of Point Loma (1912)
The Land of Death (1912)
The Outlaw Colony (1912)
The Bad Man and the Ranger (1912)
The Girl and the Gun (1912)
The Meddlers (1912)
A Life for a Kiss (1912)
It Pays to Wait (1912)
The Canyon Dweller (1912)
San Diego (1912)
Indian Jealousy (1912)
The Tell-Tale Shells (1912)
Point Loma (1912)
... aka "Point Loma: Old Town" - USA (alternative title)
The Fatal Mirror (1912)
The Vanishing Race (1912)
... aka "The Vanishing Tribe" - USA (alternative title)
Where There's a Heart (1912)
Under False Pretenses (1912)
The Girl Back Home (1912)
The Marauders (1912)
The Evil Inheritance (1912)
The Wordless Message (1912)
A Fifty-Mile Auto Contest (1912)
The Weaker Brother (1912)
The Simple Love (1912)
For the Good of Her Men (1912)
Cupid Through Padlocks (1912)
The Green-Eyed Monster (1912/II)
The Brand (1912)
The Reward of Valor (1912)
The Wandering Gypsy (1912)
The Thread of Life (1912)
The Haters (1912)
The Other Wise Man (1912)
The Myth of Jamasha Pass (1912)
... aka "The Mystic Maid of Jamasha Pass" - USA (alternative title)
The Wedding Dress (1912)
... aka "Her Wedding Dress" - USA (review title)
The End of the Feud (1912/III)
The Pensioners (1912)
The Eastern Girl (1912)
... aka "Her Mountain Home" - USA (alternative title)
Driftwood (1912/II)
The Range Detective (1912)
... aka "The Ranch Detective" - USA (alternative title)
The Distant Relative (1912)
The Coward (1912)
The Ranchman's Marathon (1912)
Checkmate (1912)
The Agitator (1912)
The Maid and the Man (1912)
... aka "The Man and the Maid" - USA (review title)
Winter Sports and Pastimes of Coronado Beach (1912)
... aka "Coronado's New Years Day" - USA (alternative title)
Fidelity (1912)
The Tramp's Gratitude (1912)
The Full Value (1912)
A Bad Investment (1912)
After School (1912)
The Broken Ties (1912)
From the Four Hundred to the Herd (1912)
An Assisted Elopement (1912/I)
The Land Baron of San Tee (1912)
A Leap Year Comedy (1912)
... aka "February 29th" - USA (alternative title)
... aka "The Leap Year Cowboy" - USA (alternative title)
Society and Chaps (1912)
An Innocent Grafter (1912)
Where Broadway Meets the Mountains (1912)
The Grub Stake Mortgage (1912)
The Real Estate Fraud (1912)
The Best Policy (1912)
Love and Lemons (1912)
The Mormon (1912)
Objections Overruled (1912)
Justice of the Sage (1912)
The Relentless Law (1912)
The Locket (1912)
The Winning of La Mesa (1912)
The Misadventures of a Claim Agent (1912)
... aka "A Claim Agent's Misadventure" - USA (alternative title)
Broncho Busting for 'Flying A' Pictures (1912)
A Midwinter Trip to Los Angeles (1912)
Bonita of El Cajon (1911)
The Gold Lust (1911)
The Last Notch (1911)
The Man Hunt (1911)
The Smoke of the .45 (1911)
The Angel of Paradise Ranch (1911)
The Sheriff's Sisters (1911)
The Master of the Vineyard (1911)
Jolly Bill of the Rocking R (1911)
The Test (1911/II)
The Way of the West (1911)
The Eastern Cowboy (1911)
The Mexican (1911/II)
The Three Shell Game (1911)
The Water War (1911)
The Stronger Man (1911)
The Trail of the Eucalyptus (1911)
The Horse Thief's Bigamy (1911)
The Lonely Range (1911)
The Caves of La Jolla (1911)
Three Daughters of the West (1911)
The Cowboy and the Outlaw (1911)
The Land Thieves (1911)
The Miner's Wife (1911)
The Love of the West (1911)
The Rustler Sheriff (1911)
The Circular Fence (1911)
... aka "The Capture of Rattlesnake Ike" - USA (reissue title)
The Claim Jumper (1911)
... aka "The Claim Jumpers" - USA (review title)
The Gun Man (1911)
The Mother of the Ranch (1911)
The Stage Robbers of San Juan (1911)
Three Million Dollars (1911)
The Cowboy and the Artist (1911)
The Diamond Smugglers (1911)
The Western Doctor's Peril (1911)
Auntie and the Cowboys (1911)
The Blotted Brand (1911)
The Brand of Fear (1911)
The Poisoned Flume (1911)
The Ranch Girl (1911)
Cattle, Gold and Oil (1911)
The Parting of the Trails (1911)
... aka "The Parting Trail" - USA (review title)
The Cattle Thief's Brand (1911)
The Cowboy's Deliverance (1911)
The Ranchman's Nerve (1911)
The Outlaw's Trail (1911)
Cupid in Chaps (1911)
The Schoolm'am of Snake (1911)
The Ranch Chicken (1911)
The Call of the Open Range (1911)
A Western Waif (1911)
The Sky Pilot's Intemperance (1911)
The Actress and the Cowboys (1911)
The Hermit's Gold (1911)
The Broncho Buster's Bride (1911)
The Yiddisher Cowboy (1911)
Law and Order on Bar L Ranch (1911)
The Cowboy's Ruse (1911)
The Witch of the Range (1911)
$5000 Reward, Dead or Alive (1911)
The Sage-Brush Phrenologist (1911)
The Elopement on Double L Ranch (1911)
... aka "The Elopements on Double L Ranch" - USA (review title)
The Sheepman's Daughter (1911)
The Ranch Tenor (1911)
Rattlesnakes and Gunpowder (1911)
A Trooper's Heart (1911)
A Daughter of Liberty (1911)
As in a Looking Glass (1911/II)
A Western Dream (1911)
Branding a Bad Man (1911)
A Cowboy's Sacrifice (1911)
The Ranchman's Vengeance (1911)
The Sheriff's Captive (1911)
The Opium Smuggler (1911)
Crazy Gulch (1911)
A California Love Story (1911)
The Boss of Lucky Ranch (1911)
Bud Nevins, Bad Man (1911) (unconfirmed)
Strategy (1911) (unconfirmed)

~Writer~

Tennessee's Partner (screenplay - uncredited) (1955)

The Inside Story (story - uncredited) (1948)
Getting Gertie's Garter (adaptation and screenplay) (1945)

Black Sheep (story) (1935)
I Spy (1934)

The Iron Mask (1929) (uncredited)
The Big Noise (1928) (uncredited)
East Side, West Side (1927)
Fifty-Fifty (1925) (story)
Robin Hood (1922) (uncredited)
... aka "Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood" - USA (complete title)
The Sin of Martha Queed (1921)
A Broken Doll (1921)
A Perfect Crime (1921)
The Forbidden Thing (1920) (scenario)

Soldiers of Fortune (1919) (writer)
Arizona (1918) (writer)
Bound in Morocco (1918) (writer)
Mr. Fix-It (1918) (writer)
Headin' South (1918) (writer)
A Modern Musketeer (1917) (photoplay)
Panthea (1917)
Fifty-Fifty (1916/I) (story)
The Habit of Happiness (1916)
Jordan Is a Hard Road (1915)
The Pretty Sister of Jose (1915)
The Love Route (1915)
David Harum (1915)
The Conspiracy (1914)
Damon and Pythias (1914) (adaptation)
The County Chairman (1914)
... aka "The Country Chairman" - USA (review title)
Wildflower (1914/I)
Richelieu (1914)
The Unwelcome Mrs. Hatch (1914)
The Unlawful Trade (1914)
The Test (1914/I) (scenario)
The Lamb, the Woman, the Wolf (1914)
The Embezzler (1914/I)
Remember Mary Magdalen (1914)
The Primeval Test (1913) (scenario)
The Restless Spirit (1913) (writer)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1913/I) (scenario)
The Animal (1913) (writer)
Robinson Crusoe (1913) (scenario)
The Powder Flash of Death (1913) (writer)
... aka "The Menace" - USA (alternative title)
In Love and War (1913)
In Slavery Days (1913) (writer)
... aka "Slavery Days" - USA (review title)
Chiquita, the Dancer (1912) (scenario)
It Pays to Wait (1912)
The Locket (1912)
The Claim Jumper (1911) (scenario)
... aka "The Claim Jumpers" - USA (review title)
The Cowboy and the Artist (1911) (scenario)
The Poisoned Flume (1911)

~Producer~

Sweethearts on Parade (associate producer) (1953)
Woman They Almost Lynched (producer) (1953)
Surrender (associate producer) (1950)

Angel in Exile (associate producer - uncredited) (1948)
The Inside Story (associate producer) (1948)
Driftwood (producer) (1947)
Northwest Outpost (producer) (1947)
Calendar Girl (associate producer) (1947)
Rendezvous with Annie (associate producer) (1946)
Around the World (producer) (1943)
Here We Go Again (producer) (1942)
Look Who's Laughing (producer) (1941)
Trail of the Vigilantes (producer - uncredited) (1940)

What a Widow! (producer) (1930)

South Sea Rose (producer)(1929)
Harold Teen (1928) (producer)
The Big Noise (1928) (producer)
Mad Hour (producer) (1928)
The Whip Woman (1928) (producer)
French Dressing (1927) (producer)
Summer Bachelors (1926) (producer)
Stage Struck (1925) (producer)
The Coast of Folly (1925) (producer)
Argentine Love (1924) (producer)
Her Love Story (1924) (producer)
Manhandled (1924) (producer)
Zaza (1923) (producer)
The Hidden Woman (1922) (producer)
A Broken Doll (1921) (producer)
A Perfect Crime (1921) (producer)
The Forbidden Thing (1920) (producer)
In the Heart of a Fool (1920) (producer)
The Scoffer (1920) (producer)
A Splendid Hazard (1920) (producer)
The Luck of the Irish (1920) (producer)

Sahara (1919) (producer)
... aka "Forbidden Fire" - USA (copyright title)
Panthea (1917) (producer)
The Harvest of Flame (1913) (producer)
... aka "The Harvest of the Flame" - USA (review title)
The Ways of Fate (1913) (producer)

~Miscellaneous Crew~

Time Out for Romance (fill-in director - uncredited) (1937)

Headin' South (1918) (supervisor)
From Two to Six (1918) (supervisor)
For Valour (1917) (supervisor)
A Case at Law (1917) (supervisor)
The Man Hater (1917) (supervisor)
Grafters (1917) (supervisor)
Her Excellency, the Governor (1917) (supervisor)
American - That's All (1917) (supervisor)
The Man Who Made Good (1917/II) (supervisor)

~Second Unit Director/Assistant Director~

Hollywood Party (Short) (assistant director - uncredited) (1937)

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) (second assistant director: Babylon story)
(uncredited)
... aka "Intolerance" - USA (short title)
... aka "Intolerance: A Sun-Play of the Ages" - USA (copyright title)
The Birth of a Nation (1915) (assistant director) (uncredited)
... aka "In the Clutches of the Ku Klux Klan" - USA (cut version)
... aka "The Birth of the Nation; Or The Clansman" - USA (second copyright title)
... aka "The Clansman" - USA (Los Angeles première title)

~Editorial Department~

A Modern Musketeer (1917) (supervising editor) (uncredited)

~Camera and Electrical Department~

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) (camera elevator engineer) (uncredited) (dolly
grip) (uncredited)
... aka "Intolerance" - USA (short title)
... aka "Intolerance: A Sun-Play of the Ages" - USA (copyright title)
~The Los Angeles Times~
December 22, 1981
Director Allan Dwan was a motion picture pioneer whose career spanned the silents, the coming of
sound, the wide screen and television. Educated as an electrical engineer, Dwan was noted for such
technical innovations as the dolly shot and overhead tracking shot and for his ability to discover and
develop new talent.

In 1908, while working as an illumination engineer, Dwan developed a mercury vapor lamp to be used in
the mail sorting area of the Chicago Post Office. Silent-film producer G.K. Spoor (who with Broncho Billy
Anderson had founded Essanay Studios) spotted the bright light and wanted to experiment with it on his
motion picture sets.

Dwan was willing to experiment. He soon discovered that his arc lamp, as a lighting device, would be
absolutely essential to the development of motion pictures. It was Dwan to whom D.W. Griffth turned to
solve the problem of photographing the immense Babylon set for "Intolerance," and Dwan came up with
the idea of putting the camera on an elevator, which in turn was mounted on a railroad track—thus
inventing the overhead tracking shot.

Dwan directed almost every major star from Lillian Gish to Vera Hruba Ralston; he discovered Lon
Chaney Sr., and director John Ford began his career as a prop man for Dwan. On a trip to Britain, Dwan
discovered Ida Lupino and was credited with bringing the actress to Hollywood.

In the 1920s, he directed eight star vehicles for Gloria Swanson. In the 1930s, after the advent of talkies,
he made such movies as "Suez" with Tyrone Power and "Heidi" with Shirley Temple.

During World War II, Dwan turned out a series of comedies, including "Up In Mabel's Room," "Getting
Gertie's Garter" and "Brewster's Millions," and during the 1950s made two low-budget—but very high-
quality—westerns, "Tennessee's Partner" and "Silver Lode" starring John Payne and the crime
melodrama "The River's Edge," with Ray Milland and Anthony Quinn.

By the time his last film "The Most Dangerous Man Alive" was released in 1961, Dwan had made more
than 400 movies.

— Kevin Thomas and Jack Slater in the Los Angeles Times Dec. 22, 1981 and April 28, 1981