awards & nominations

War and Peace (1956)

In the years leading to Napoleon's invasion, members of the Russian aristocracy face a myriad of personal tragedies. After his father dies, Count Pierre Bezukhov (Henry Fonda), a friend of Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (Mel Ferrer), receives a substantial inheritance. When he decides to marry, Bezukhov unwisely chooses a conniving princess (Anita Ekberg). As for Bolkonsky, his wife dies during childbirth, after which he falls in love with Natasha Rostova (Audrey Hepburn) but is soon called to war.

Academy Award (1956)NominatedDirecting
Golden Globe (1956)NominatedBest Director - Motion Picture

The Citadel (1938)

Andrew Manson (Robert Donat), an idealistic young doctor, takes up a new post in a Welsh mining town where his curiosity is roused by a persistent cough in his mining patients. His investigation leads him to believe the mine is contributing to the aggravation of tuberculosis among the men. When he reveals his findings and proposes treatment, he finds opposition from not only the mine's owners but the miners themselves. Sensing his inefficacy, Manson moves to London in search of a purpose.

Academy Award (1938)NominatedDirecting

The Champ (1931)

Champ (Wallace Beery) is a down-on-his-luck boxer in Tijuana whose son, Dink (Jackie Cooper), adores him despite Champ's addictions to alcohol and gambling. When Champ wins enough money from a bet to buy Dink a horse, they enter it into a race, where they encounter Linda (Irene Rich), Dink's mother, whom he has never met. Linda's rich new husband, Tony (Hale Hamilton), convinces Champ to let Dink come and stay with them, but Dink's love for his father brings him back to Tijuana.

Academy Award (1932)NominatedDirecting

Hallelujah (1929)

Zeke Johnson (Daniel L. Haynes) and his brother, Spunk (Everett McGarrity), sell their family's crops for $100. When Zeke manages to lose the money gambling, due to his shifty girlfriend, Chick (Nina Mae McKinney), a fight ensues in which Spunk is killed. This causes Zeke to leave and seek a religious life. Years later, he returns to his hometown as a preacher, bringing his fiancée, Missy Rose (Victoria Spivey). However, Chick is still interested and knows how to manipulate him.

Academy Award (1930)NominatedDirecting