George Jeske

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George Jeske
George Jeske, Charles Haefeli, Billy Franey, Charles Post - Aug 1920 EH.jpg
George Jeske, Charles Haefeli, Billy Franey, and Charles Post in 1920
George Washington Jeske

(1891-02-22)February 22, 1891
DiedOctober 28, 1951(1951-10-28) (aged 60)
Film director
Years active1922–1946

George Washington Jeske (February 22, 1891 – October 28, 1951) was an American screenwriter, director, and actor.


Jeske was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1891.[1] He was one of the original Keystone Kops for Mack Sennett.[2]

He wrote for more than 50 films between 1926 and 1946, including the Torchy film series with Ray Cooke in the title role.[3] He also directed 37 films between 1922 and 1933. He died in Los Angeles, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

List of George Jeske films
Year Title Credit Notes
1912 Hoffmeyer's Legacy Actor
1914 In the Clutches of the Gang Director
1919 Salome vs. Shenandoah Actor
1923 The Noon Whistle Director
1923 White Wings Director
1923 Under Two Jags Director
1923 Pick and Shovel Director
1923 Collars and Cuffs Director
1923 Oranges and Lemons Director
1923 A Man About Town Director
1923 Save the Ship Director
1924 Smithy Director
1924 Postage Due Director
1924 Wide Open Spaces Director
1924 Short Kilts Director
1931 Pete and Repeat Writer
1932 Midnight Patrol Screenplay
1933 The Flaming Signal Director
1935 Skybound Screenplay
1937 Should Wives Work? Writer Nominated for Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel).[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "George Washington Jeske", United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, FamilySearch, retrieved February 10, 2010
  2. ^ Lahue, Kalton C. (1971). Mack Sennett's Keystone: The man, the myth and the comedies. New York: Barnes. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-498-07461-5.
  3. ^ "Theater Gossip". The Evening Independent. July 22, 1933. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Academy Awards Database at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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