Malcolm St. Clair (filmmaker)

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Malcolm St. Clair
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Caricature of Malcolm St. Clair.
Born(1897-05-17)May 17, 1897
DiedJune 1, 1952(1952-06-01) (aged 55)
OccupationFilm director, writer, producer, and actor.
Notable workYankee Doodle in Berlin

Malcolm St. Clair (May 17, 1897 – June 1, 1952) was a Hollywood film director, writer, producer and actor.[1]


A disciple of Mack Sennett, St. Clair was an actor in many films primarily comedies. At 6'7" he can be seen in such Sennett films as Yankee Doodle in Berlin, towering over the other actors, playing Crown Prince Wilhelm. He later moved on to director and directed almost 100 films, as well as producing five others, between 1915 and 1948.[1] His brother, Eric St Clair, was a writer and actor.[2] He directed most of Laurel and Hardy's later films at 20th Century Fox, and at least two of the Jones Family series at the same studio.

St. Clair retired in 1948 with the closure of 20th Century Fox's B Unit. In 1950, he wanted to direct Buster Keaton in a television series, but ill health prevented him from directing again.[3]

He died on June 1, 1952, at age 55 and was interred at Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum in Altadena, California.[4]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dwyer, Rauth Anne (March 20, 1997). Malcolm St. Clair: His Films 1915–1948. The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-2709-7.
  2. ^ Vazzana, Eugene Michael (July 16, 2001). Silent Film Necrology. McFarland & Company. p. 464. ISBN 978-0-7864-1059-0.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2014). "Malcolm St Clair". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Malcolm St. Clair". Find A Grave. November 6, 2002. Retrieved 21 March 2014.

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