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Émile Chautard

Émile Chautard (7 September 1864 – 24 April 1934) was a French-American film director, actor, and screenwriter, most active in the silent era. He directed 107 films between 1910 and 1924. He also appeared in 66 films between 1911 and 1934. Chautard was born in Paris. After a significant career beginning as a stage actor at the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe and moving up to the head of film production at Éclair Films' Paris studio in 1913, Chautard emigrated to the United States around 1914. From 1914 to about 1918, Chautard worked for the World Film Company based in Fort Lee, New Jersey. At World, along with a group of other French-speaking film technicians including Maurice Tourneur, Léonce Perret, George Archainbaud, Albert Capellani and Lucien Andriot, he developed such films as the 1915 version of Camille, and taught a young apprentice film cutter at the World studio: Josef von Sternberg. In 1919 Chautard hired von Sternberg as his assistant director for The Mystery of the Yellow Room, for his own short-lived production company. Choosing Hollywood over a return to France, Chautard went to work for Famous Players-Lasky and other studios. He received some high-profile assignments, for instance a Colleen Moore vehicle and two features for Derelys Perdue, but he was a generation older than other directors in Hollywood's French colony. After 1924 Chautard did not direct again, but continued to make film appearances, in the von Sternberg film Blonde Venus (1932), where he appears for his former protege as "Night club owner Chautard". Chautard died in Los Angeles, California. He is interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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Sep 6, 1864 In Paris, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Paris at Midnight 1926-04-17
Latest Project:
Movie Wonder Bar 1934-03-31
Known For
Poster of Wonder Bar
Poster of Design for Living
Poster of The Yellow Ticket
Poster of The Big Trail
Movie Wonder Bar Pierre (uncredited) 1934-03-31
Movie Man of Two Worlds Natkusiak 1934-01-13
Movie The Devil's in Love Father Carmion 1933-07-21
Movie Design for Living Train Conductor (uncredited) 1933-12-29
Movie The Solitaire Man French Hotel Clerk 1933-09-22
Movie Cock of the Air French Ambassador 1932-01-24
Movie The Man from Yesterday Priest 1932-06-24
Movie Shanghai Express Major Lenard 1932-02-03
Movie The Big Trail Padre 1931-03-29
Movie The Big House Pop 1931-05-14
Movie Le petit café Philibert 1931-01-20
Movie The Yellow Ticket Headwaiter 1931-10-30
Movie The Common Law Doorman (uncredited) 1931-07-17
Movie Le Chemin du Divorce Andre 1931-09-25
Movie Just Like Heaven Dulac 1930-10-21
Movie Contre-enquête O'Brien 1930-12-05
Movie Morocco French General (uncredited) 1930-11-14
Movie House of Horror Old Miser 1929-04-27
Movie Times Square Unknown 1929-09-01
Movie Marianne Père Joseph 1929-08-24
Movie The Noose Priest 1928-01-29
Movie His Tiger Lady Stage Manager 1928-05-27
Movie Out of the Ruins Unknown 1928-08-19
Movie Adoration Murajev 1928-12-02
Movie Lilac Time The Mayor 1928-10-18
Movie Caught in the Fog The Old Man 1928-08-24
Movie 7th Heaven Father Chevillon 1927-01-01
Movie Upstream Campbell-Mandare 1927-01-30
Movie The Love Mart Louis Frobelle 1927-12-18
Movie Now We're in the Air Monsieur Chelaine 1927-10-21
Movie Paris at Midnight Père Goriot 1926-04-17
Movie Broken Hearts of Hollywood Unknown 1926-08-14
Movie My Official Wife Count Orloff, Hélène's Father 1926-10-16
Movie The Flaming Forest Unknown 1926-11-21
Movie Bardelys the Magnificent Anatol 1926-09-30