Edward Laemmle

Active - 1920 - 1935  |   Born - Oct 25, 1887   |   Died - Apr 2, 1937   |   Genres - Drama, Western, Crime, Comedy

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The nephew of the founder of Universal, "Uncle" Carl Laemmle, Edward Laemmle cut his directorial teeth on Western two-reelers featuring Hoot Gibson and Art Acord and later helmed such serials as Winners of the West (1921) and The Oregon Trail (1923). According to Universal producer Stanley Begerman, Laemmle was "a very willing and ambitious director," but alas, too slow to adapt to "talkies." Laemmle completely bungled the dialogue scenes in Tom Mix's The Texas Bad Man (1932) and the star publicly avowed never to work with any Laemmle relative again. The famous screen cowboy apparently shared this sentiment with many and Edward Laemmle retired from directing when Uncle Carl lost control of the studio in 1936.