Early life. Roy Rowland was born in Brooklyn, the son of Russian immigrants. The family moved to Edendale, California, when Roy was ten. He studied law at the University of Southern California.He began working as a prop man, grip and assistant cameraman. In 1927 he met Ruth Cummings at the Santa Monica Beach Club. She was the niece of Louis B. Mayer and the sister of producer Jack Cummings. Her family disapproved of Rowlands so they eloped. This resulted in Rowland being blacklisted. But Ruth Cummings arranged a rapproachment with Mayer.He was assistant director on most of the Tarzan films, starring Johnny Weissmuller in the 1930s. Short films. Rowland made his reputation directing short films, notably some starring Robert Benchley. One of them, How to Sleep (1937) won an Academy Award. Features. Rowland's debut feature was A Stranger in Town (1943). He made three films with the child actress Margaret O'Brien Lost Angel (1943), Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945) and Tenth Avenue Angel (1948). He did musicals such as Hit the Deck (1955), Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) and The Seven Hills of Rome (1957). He also made The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953), from a story by Dr Seus.He directed Many Rivers to Cross with Robert Taylor and Gun Glory (1957) with Stewart Granger and Rowland's son Steve.He was survived by his wife Ruth and their son.
Movies & TV shows
Man called Gringo
Dakota, 1880. In Silver Springs, with the help of hired thugs, a lawyer tries to take over the town by sabotage, theft and brutal murders. The arrival in town of a new undercover sheriff hinder their ...
Gunfighters of Casa Grande
In this western, a gambler wins a big Mexican ranch and decides to herd all of the cattle upon it into Texas. The crook enlists the aide of a few Mexicans, but they don't realize he plans to cheat the...
The Girl Hunters
Mickey Spillane plays his own creation, street-thug-turned-PI Mike Hammer, in this 1963 adaptation of his novel. The film opens with Hammer on the downside of a years-long bender, scooped out of the g...
Seven Hills of Rome
Mario Lanza movie (also known as Arrivederci Roma) made in 1958. After having a fight with his girl friend, Marc (Lanza) follows her to Rome to try and win her back. On the train he meets a girl who i...
Meet Me in Las Vegas
Chuck Redwell is a gambling cowboy who discovers that he's lucky at the roulette wheel if he holds hands with dancer Marie. However, Marie doesn't like to hold hands with him, at least not in the begi...
These Wilder Years
A man is trying to find a son that he gave up for adoption.
Many Rivers to Cross
Packaged and sold as an outdoor actioner, Many Rivers to Cross is as much a comedy as anything else. Robert Taylor stars as 18th century trapper Bushrod Gentry, who is himself entrapped into marriage ...
Hit the Deck
Sailor Danny Xavier Smith and two other gobs try to save his sister Susan's virtue. She wants to get a role in the show "Hit the Deck". After wrecking the producers hotel suite, they land in the brig....
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
Young Bart Collins lives with his widowed mother Heloise. The major blight on Bart's existence is the hated piano lessons he is forced to endure under the tutelage of the autocratic Dr. Terwilliker. B...
A savage story of hate turned into love and frenzy.
Affair with a Stranger
Director Roy Rowland's 1953 drama, depicting the rocky marriage of a young model and her Broadway playwright-husband, stars Victor Mature, Jean Simmons, Jane Darwell, Dabbs Greer, Nicholas Joy, Lillia...
Excuse My Dust
Joe, inventor in an American Small town of 1895 has problems with his new invention, a car, driven with a gasoline motor. Everybody is making fun about his "crazy invention", only his girl friend beli...
Two Weeks with Love
The Robinson family are spending two weeks of summer vacation at a resort in the Catskills. Older daughter Patti vies with her friend, Valeria, for the affections of Demi Armendez but Patti is at a di...
Late in the Civil War, three Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison camp in Missouri. They soon fall into the hands of pro-Confederate raiders, who force them to act as "outriders" (escorts) ...
Tenth Avenue Angel
Flavia's been told that her Aunt Susan's fiancé, Steve, has been on a trip around the world, but in truth he's finished his prison term. Steve wonders how he can make some money and is approached by h...
Tommy was poor and had a rough upbringing. He discovered as a young man that he could fight with his right arm. He has an alcoholic father, however he becomes successful at boxing.
The Romance of Rosy Ridge
A mysterious Civil War veteran courts a Missouri farmer's daughter amid postwar unrest.
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
Welcome to Fuller Junction, Wisconsin, a friendly small town settled by Norwegian farmers. Here we see the exploits of two young cousins, Selma and Arnold, who learn about their world and experience ...
A Stranger in Town
In the small town of Crownport, local attorney Bill Adams is attempting to break up the corrupt town officials by running for mayor. John Josephus Grant, a vacationing supreme court justice who is unk...
Alpha's been raised along scientific principles, and will make Mike Regan a great human interest story for his paper. But when his interview prompts Alpha to run away from the institute and ask him to...
An entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series, which deals with illegal gambling and illegal bookmaking.
You, the People
The MGM Crime Does Not Pay series features a big city crime boss's attempt to use his crime " machine" to fraudulently win reelection for the current corrupt mayor. By using illegal tactics and voter ...
How to Eat
Humorist Robert Benchley discusses the issue of food and how different situations can affect one's ability to consume and digest food, using his stock everyman and slightly bumbling character Joe Doak...
An Hour for Lunch
Benchley shows how to budget one's time during lunch hour to get things done efficiently. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned.
A man buys a magic set for his son, but the tricks worked better in the store than they do at home.
Episode 24 of the Crime Does Not Pay series. Margie Smith (Laraine Day) works as a waitress at a drive in restaurant. She likes to date and look nice but on her salary, she can't keep up with everyone...
How to Raise a Baby
American humorist Robert Benchley provides a comedic look at the difficulty in being a father.
An Evening Alone
Robert Benchley's everyman spends an evening home alone.
How to Watch Football
Humorist Robert Benchley illustrates the fine points of attending an American football game.
How to Read
Robert Benchley offers a humorous lecture on how to avoid different types of strain during reading.
In this comedic short, a psychoanalyst encounters a patient who eerily resembles himself.
The City Treasurer stands in for the mayor, throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day.
A Night at the Movies
In this comedic short, a man and his wife suffer through a night at the movies.
Actor Lee Tracy presides as ringmaster over a show that combines the best elements of cinema with the circus, what he calls a Cinema Circus. Tracy introduces a number of professional circus acts, plus...
Song of Revolt
This MGM Tabloid Musical short tells the story of how France's national anthem, "La Marseillaise", came to be written during the French Revolution.
Elissa Landi and Charley Chase (playing Asian Charley Chan Chase) host an East Asian themed garden tea party in Hollywood. After introducing a few Hollywood luminaries who are attending the party, the...
How to Start the Day
Benchley tries his best to demonstrate the routine one should follow to start the day right.
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs
Winners of the Lucky Stars National Dance Contest - one woman from each state of the United States - are welcomed to Palm Springs. Palm Springs being the desert playground for the movie stars, the wom...
Schnarzan the Conqueror is a jungle star, but the public is tiring of his fake lions. When Baron Munchausen comes to town with real man-eating lions, Durante throws a big party with so that he might u...
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