~David Butler~

Born: December 17, 1894 in San Francisco, CA, USA
Died: June 14, 1979 in Arcadia, CA, USA
~Silent Filmography~
David Butler was a pioneer moviemaker who rose through the ranks from a bit actor in silent
pictures to one of the premier Hollywood directors of musicals and dramas.

Butler directed 65 films and is credited with having boosted the career of Shirley Temple, who made
some of her best movies under his direction. They included "The Little Colonel," "Captain January,"
"The Littlest Rebel" and "Bright Eyes."

His other films included "Road to Morocco," "My Wild Irish Rose," "It's a Great Feeling," "The
Daughter of Rosie O'Grady," "Look for the Silver Lining," "Tea for Two," "Lullaby of Broadway,"
"April in Paris," "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," "Sunny Side Up" and "Just Imagine."

He also directed much of the "Leave It to Beaver" and "Wagon Train" television series.

Butler was also active in charity work and for more than 27 years, he was the chairman of the
Educational and Benevolent Foundation of the Screen Directors Guild.

For much of his life he owned and raced horses and he was one of the founding directors of the
Western Harness Racing Assn., which organized harness racing events at Hollywood Park.

Butler died at age 84 on June 14, 1979, of a heart ailment at Arcadia Methodist Hospital, a few weeks
after becoming ill while working on location as a consultant on the remake of one of his old films,
"Little Miss Marker."

— Los Angeles Times June 16, 1979
~Los Angeles Times, 1979~

Masked Emotions (1929)
Nertz (1929)
Prep and Pep (1928)
Win That Girl (1928)
News Parade (1928)
High School Hero (1927)


The Rush Hour (1928) .... William Finch - Still Code: 301-X
Should Second Husbands Come First? (1927) .... The Widow's older son
7th Heaven (1927) .... Gobin - Still Code: Bor-7-X
Nobody's Widow (1927) .... Ned Stevens
Girl in the Rain (1927)
The Quarterback (1926) .... 'Lumpy' Goggins
Womanpower (1926) .... Mallory
The Blue Eagle (1926) .... Nick 'Dizzy' Galvani
Meet the Prince (1926) .... Peter Paget
Oh, Baby! (1926) .... Jim Stone
Too Many Relations (1926)
The Sap (1926) .... Vance
The Gold Hunters (1925) .... Roderick Drew
The Plastic Age (1925) .... Coach Henley
Wages for Wives (1925) .... Chester Logan
The Phantom Express (1925) .... Jack Warren
The People vs. Nancy Preston (1925) .... Bill Preston
Havoc (1925) .... Smithy
The Man on the Box (1925) .... Bob's Brother-in-Law
His Majesty, Bunker Bean (1925) .... Bud Matthews
Tracked in the Snow Country (1925) .... Terry Moulton
Private Affairs (1925) .... Lee Cross
Code of the West (1925) .... Bid Hatfield
The Narrow Street (1925) .... Ray Wyeth
In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter (1924) .... Crabbe
... aka So This Is Hollywood (UK)
Arizona Express (1924) .... Steve Butler
Hoodman Blind (1923) .... Jack Yeulette
A Noise in Newboro (1923) .... Ben Colwell
The Temple of Venus (1923) .... Nat Harper
Cause for Divorce (1923) .... Tom Parker
Desire (1923) .... Jerry Ryan
Poor Men's Wives (1923) .... Jim Maherne
The Fog (1923) .... Si Plumb
The Hero (1923) .... Bill Walters
The Village Blacksmith (1923) .... BillHammond, the Son
Conquering the Woman (1922) .... Larry Saunders
According to Hoyle (1922) .... 'Boxcar' Simmons
The Wise Kid (1922) .... Freddie Smith
The Milky Way (1922)
Bing Bang Boom (1922) .... Bertram Bancroft Boom
Making the Grade (1921) .... Eddie Ramson
The Sky Pilot (1921) .... Bill Hendricks
Girls Don't Gamble (1920) .... James Fisher
The County Fair (1920) .... Joel Bartlett
Fickle Women (1920) .... Calvin Price
Smiling All the Way (1920) .... Hannibal Pillsbury
Don't Ever Marry (1920) .... Bill Fielding
The Triflers (1920) .... Cassidy

The Pointing Finger (1919) .... David
Bonnie Bonnie Lassie (1919) .... David
The Other Half (1919) .... Cpl. Jimmy
The Petal on the Current (1919) .... Ed Kinealy
... aka A Mothers Child (USA)
Nugget Nell (1919) .... Big Hearted Jim
Better Times (1919) .... Peter Van Alstyne
Upstairs and Down (1919) .... Tom Carey
... aka Up-stairs and Down (USA: copyright title)
The Unpainted Woman (1919) .... Charley Holt
The Girl Who Stayed at Home (1919) .... Johann August Kant
The Greatest Thing in Life (1918) .... Mr. Le Bebe
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) (uncredited) .... Babylonian soldier
... aka Intolerance (USA: short title)
... aka Intolerance: A Sun-Play of the Ages (USA: copyright title)
The Deathlock (1915) (as David W. Butler) .... Ford Worthing
The Alien (1915) .... Extra
... aka The Sign of the Rose (USA: Los Angeles première title)
The Birth of a Nation (1915) (uncredited) .... Northern soldier/Confederate soldier
... aka In the Clutches of the Ku Klux Klan (USA: cut version)
... aka The Birth of the Nation; Or The Clansman (second copyright title)
... aka The Clansman (USA: Los Angeles title)
The Adventures of Kathlyn (1913) .... Camel boy
The Sea Wolf (1913) .... Sailor
The Face at the Window (1910)