Sam Wood

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Samuel Grosvenor Wood (July 10, 1883 – September 22, 1949) was an American film director and producer who is best known for having directed such Hollywood hits as A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Pride of the Yankees, and For Whom the Bell Tolls and for his uncredited work directing parts of Gone with the Wind. He was also involved in a few acting and writing projects.

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Wood directing Beyond the Rocks (1922)
Samuel Grosvenor Wood

(1883-07-10)July 10, 1883
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 22, 1949(1949-09-22) (aged 66)
Hollywood, California
Other namesShad Applegate
Years active1917–1949
Clara L. Roush
(m. 1908)

As a youth, Wood developed an enthusiasm for physical fitness that persisted into his senior years and influenced his interest in making sports-themed films.[1]

Wood advanced from making largely competent yet routine pictures in the 1920s and 1930s to directing several highly regarded works during the 1940s at the peak of his abilities, among them Kings Row (1942) and Ivy (1947).[2]

Wood's quick, efficient and professional execution of his film assignments endeared him to studio executives, and though not a "brilliant" director, Wood's legacy represents "a long and respectable film career."[3]

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