Benjamin Stoloff

Active - 1926 - 1951  |   Born - Jan 1, 1895   |   Died - Jan 1, 1960   |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Crime, Mystery, Musical

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Biography by Hal Erickson

U.C.L.A. graduate Ben Stoloff launched his film directorial career in the early '20s, graduating from two-reel comedies to features by the middle of the decade. Stoloff was especially busy at Fox during the early-talkie period, helming such carefree musical comedies as Soup to Nuts (1930) and Movietone Follies of 1930. At Universal, he directed the Tom Mix version of Destry Rides Again (1932), then moved on to such Edward Small productions as Palooka and Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934). From 1935 to 1939, he was a producer/director of programmers at RKO Radio, and in the 1940s was active in the B-units at 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Ben Stoloff's final film was It's a Joke, Son! (1947), a quickie vehicle for radio comedian Kenny "Senator Claghorn" Delmar.

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