Tommy Atkins (director)
July 18, 1887|
Springfield, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, United States
June 18, 1968 (aged 80)|
Los Angeles, California, United States
Tommy Atkins was an American director of the silent and early sound film eras. Born on July 18, 1887 in Springfield, Massachusetts, he would make his entrance into the film industry as the assistant director to Ralph Ince on the 1920 silent film, Out of the Snows. It would be another eight years before he would make another film, again as assistant director, this time for FBO Pictures, on another silent film, Crooks Can't Win. He'd work as the assistant director on another sixteen films between 1928 and 1934, the most notable of which would be 1933's Morning Glory, directed by Lowell Sherman and starring Katharine Hepburn and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.. In 1934 he would be given the chance to helm his first picture, The Silver Streak, which was one of the top money-makers for RKO Pictures that year. He would only direct two more films, the second of which, Hi, Gaucho!, he would also write the story for.
After Hi, Gaucho!, Atkins appears to have left the film industry for the most part, although he did return in 1940 as an associate producer on the Academy Award-nominated docudrama, The Fight For Life, which was directed by Pare Lorentz, who also produced the film for the United States Film Service. Atkins died on June 18, 1968 in Los Angeles, California.
All positions were as assistant director except where noted.
- Out of the Snows (1920)
- Blockade (1928)
- Crooks Can't Win (1928)
- Danger Street (1928)
- Hey Rube! (1928)
- Hit of the Show (1928)
- The Singapore Mutiny (1928)
- The Silver Horde (1930)
- Three Who Loved (1931)
- The Runaround (1931)
- Thirteen Women (1932)
- Men of Chance (1932)
- The Animal Kingdom (1932)
- Song of the Eagle (1933)
- Ann Vickers (1933)
- Christopher Strong (1933)
- Midshipman Jack (1933)
- Morning Glory (1933)
- Our Betters (1933)
- Murder on the Blackboard (1934)
- The Silver Streak (1934) - director
- Hi, Gaucho! (1935) - director, story
- Mutiny Ahead (1935) - director
- The Fight for Life (1940) - associate producer
- "Out of the Snows: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "Crooks Can't Win: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "Morning Glory: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "The Silver Streak: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- Jewell, Richard B.; Harbin, Vernon (1982). The RKO Story. New York: Arlington House. p. 70. ISBN 0-517-546566.
- "Hi, Gaucho!: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on September 10, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- Atkins &SortType=ASC&SortCol=RELEASE_YEAR "Tommy Atkins" Check
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