Scott Sidney

Active - 1915 - 1929  |   Born - Jan 1, 1872   |   Died - Jul 20, 1928   |   Genres - Comedy, Romance

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

Although hardly remembered today, American silent-screen director Scott Sidney helmed several well-appointed comedies in the 1920s, including a version of Charley's Aunt (1925), starring Charles Chaplin's talented brother Sydney Chaplin, and The Nervous Wreck (1926), which later metamorphosed into Whoopee, a Broadway and screen hit for Eddie Cantor. Having begun his screen career with Thomas H. Ince's New York Motion Picture Company, for whom he claimed to have "produced 80 one- and two-reel subjects," Sidney went on to direct Desert Gold (1914), based on Frank Norris' monumental novel McTeague; the Tarzan serials Tarzan of the Apes and The Adventures of Tarzan (1921); and a string of mostly low-budget comedies for the waning Biograph Company. He died while in England overseeing the making of Alf's Carpet (1928), which he had helped write.

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