Marcel Varnel

Active - 1932 - 1946  |   Born - Oct 16, 1894   |   Died - Jan 1, 1947   |   Genres - Comedy

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Director Marcel Varnel was born in Paris where he first entered show business as a theatrical actor. In the 1920s, he became a stage director; he moved to the U.S. in 1925 where he directed operettas, musicals, and dramas for the Schuberts on Broadway. In the early '30s, Varnel began directing low-budget thrillers for Fox; three years later, he moved to London to direct some of the most hilarious comedies of British cinema during the '30s and '40s. His son, Max Varnel, is also a director.

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