John M. Stahl
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Life and work
Born Jacob Morris Strelitsky in Baku (Azerbaijan). When he was a child his family moved to the United States New York City. In New York City, New York, he began working in the city's growing motion picture industry at a young age and directed his first silent film short in 1914. In the early 1920s Stahl signed on with Louis B. Mayer Pictures in Hollywood and in 1924 was part of the Mayer team that became MGM Studios.
In 1927, John Stahl was one of the thirty-six founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With the industry's transition to talkies and feature-length films, John Stahl successfully made the adjustment. From 1927 through 1930 Stahl was an executive at the short-lived independent studio Tiffany Pictures, and in fact renamed the company "Tiffany-Stahl Productions".
For Universal Pictures he directed the 1934 film Imitation of Life which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. The following year, he directed Magnificent Obsession, starring Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor.
John Stahl continued to produce and direct major productions as well filler shorts right up to the time of his death. Some of his other notable directorial work was with The Keys of the Kingdom in 1944 and the 1945 film noir, Leave Her to Heaven with Gene Tierney who was nominated for Best Actress.
- The Wanters (1923)
- Why Men Leave Home (1924)
- The Gay Deceiver (1926)
- The Cavalier (1928) producer only
- A Lady Surrenders (1930)
- Seed (1931)
- Strictly Dishonorable (1931)
- Back Street (1932)
- Only Yesterday (1933)
- Imitation of Life (1934)
- Magnificent Obsession (1935)
- Parnell (1937)
- Letter of Introduction (1938) director and producer
- When Tomorrow Comes (1939) director and producer
- Our Wife (1941)
- Immortal Sergeant (1943)
- Holy Matrimony (1943)
- The Eve of St. Mark (1944)
- The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
- Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
- The Foxes of Harrow (1947)
- Forever Amber (1947) replaced as director by Otto Preminger
- The Walls of Jericho (1948)
- Father was a Fullback (1949)
- Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949)
- "Actualité de la cinephilie. Le mélodrame strict de John M. Stahl.Saint-Sébastien rend hommage à un maître oublié.". Libération. Retrieved 2013-08-13.