Andrew L. Stone

Andrew L. Stone (July 16, 1902 – June 9, 1999) was an American screenwriter, film director and producer. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film Julie in 1957 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Andrew L. Stone
Stone (left) on the set of Song of Norway with Florence Henderson and Edward G. Robinson in April 1969.
BornJuly 16, 1902
DiedJune 9, 1999 (aged 96)
Film director
Film producer
Spouse(s)Virginia L. Stone (m. 1946–19??; divorced)
Audrey Stone (m. 19??–1999; his death)


Born in Oakland, California, Andrew L. Stone attended the University of California. He worked for a film exchange in San Francisco before moving to Hollywood. He went to work for Universal Pictures in 1918, and made a series of serials for Paramount Pictures. He made his first feature film in 1928, and earned acclaim for directing the 1943 film Stormy Weather, starring Lena Horne.[1]

Known for his hard-hitting, realistic films, Stone frequently collaborated with his first wife, editor and producer Virginia Lively Stone. Though few of his films achieved mainstream success, Stone was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his 1956 thriller Julie.

Stone's stories frequently featured characters called Cole, Pringle and Pope, usually in law enforcement and interchangeably played by the same actors—Jack Kruschen, Barney Phillips and John Gallaudet. Roles with those names were included in A Blueprint for Murder, The Night Holds Terror, Julie, Cry Terror! and The Decks Ran Red.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Pace, Eric (December 2, 2000). "Andrew Stone, 96, Director, Writer and Producer of Films". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "Andrew L. Stone". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2018-03-04.

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A Blueprint for Murder

A Blueprint for Murder is a 1953 thriller film noir starring Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, and Gary Merrill. Andrew L. Stone wrote and directed the film.

Bedside Manner (film)

Bedside Manner is a 1945 American film directed by Andrew L. Stone, based on a 1944 Saturday Evening Post story of the same name by Robert Carson. The film was re-released in 1950 under the title Her Favorite Patient.

Cry Terror!

Cry Terror! is a 1958 thriller film starring James Mason, Inger Stevens, and Rod Steiger.

The crime story was written and directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Andrew L. Stone. The cast also featured Neville Brand, Jack Klugman and Angie Dickinson.

Hi Diddle Diddle

Hi Diddle Diddle is a 1943 American comedy film made in directed by Andrew L. Stone and starring Adolphe Menjou, Martha Scott, Dennis O'Keefe, June Havoc, Billie Burke, and Pola Negri. The title is a play on the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle" and the use of diddle as a word for confidence trick. The film features animated portions from Leon Schlesinger's studio with the fast moving screenplay frequently breaking the fourth wall.

The film is also known as Diamonds and Crime (American reissue title).

Highway 301 (film)

Highway 301 is an American 1950 crime drama film noir written and directed by Andrew L. Stone, and starring Steve Cochran, Virginia Grey, Gaby André and Edmon Ryan.

Julie (1956 film)

Julie is a 1956 film noir written and directed by Andrew L. Stone and starring Doris Day.

Never Put It in Writing

Never Put It in Writing is a 1964 British comedy film directed by Andrew L. Stone and starring Pat Boone, Milo O'Shea, Fidelma Murphy and Reginald Beckwith.

Say It in French

Say It in French is a 1938 American comedy film directed by Andrew L. Stone and written by Frederick J. Jackson. The film stars Ray Milland, Olympe Bradna, Irene Hervey, Janet Beecher, Mary Carlisle and Holmes Herbert. The film was released on November 28, 1938, by Paramount Pictures.

Song of Norway (film)

Song of Norway is a 1970 film adaptation of the successful operetta of the same name, directed by Andrew L. Stone.

Like the play from which it derived, the film tells of the early struggles of composer Edvard Grieg and his attempts to develop an authentic Norwegian national music. It stars Toralv Maurstad as Grieg and features an international cast including Florence Henderson, Christina Schollin, Robert Morley, Harry Secombe, Oskar Homolka, Edward G. Robinson, Hermione Farthingale and Frank Porretta (as Rikard Nordraak). Filmed in Super Panavision 70 by Davis Boulton and presented in single-camera Cinerama in some countries, it was an attempt to capitalize on the success of The Sound of Music.

Stolen Heaven (1938 film)

Stolen Heaven is a 1938 American drama film directed by Andrew L. Stone and written by Eve Greene, Frederick J. Jackson and Stone. The film stars Gene Raymond, Olympe Bradna and Glenda Farrell. The film was released in May 13, 1938 by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay concerns two jewel thieves who pose as musicians to elude pursuing law officers.

Stormy Weather (1943 film)

Stormy Weather is a 1943 American musical film produced and released by 20th Century Fox. The film is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an African-American cast, the other being MGM's Cabin in the Sky (1943). The film is considered a primary showcase of some of the top African-American performers of the time, during an era when African-American actors and singers rarely appeared in lead roles in mainstream Hollywood productions, especially those of the musical genre.

Stormy Weather takes its title from the 1933 song of the same title, which is performed near the end of the film. It is based upon the life and times of its star, dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Robinson plays "Bill Williamson", a talented born dancer who returns home in 1918 after serving in World War I and tries to pursue a career as a performer. Along the way, he approaches a beautiful singer named Selina Rogers, played by Lena Horne in one of her few non-MGM film appearances (and one of only two films from the 1930s-1940s in which Horne played a substantial role). The character of Selina was invented for the film; Robinson did not have such a romance in real life. Dooley Wilson co-stars as Bill's perpetually-broke friend.

Other performers in the movie were Cab Calloway and Fats Waller (both appearing as themselves), the Nicholas Brothers dancing duo, comedian F. E. Miller, singer Ada Brown, and Katherine Dunham with her dance troupe. Despite a running time of only 77 minutes, the film features some 20 musical numbers. This was Robinson's final film (he died in 1949); Waller died only a few months after its release.

The film's musical highlights include Waller performing his composition "Ain't Misbehavin'", Cab Calloway leading his band in his composition "Jumpin' Jive", and a lengthy sequence built around the title song, featuring the vocals of Lena Horne and the dancing of Katherine Dunham. Horne also performs in several dance numbers with Robinson.

The movie was adapted by Frederick J. Jackson, Ted Koehler and H.S. Kraft from the story by Jerry Horwin and Seymour B. Robinson. It was directed by Andrew L. Stone.

In 2001, Stormy Weather was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." It was released on DVD in North America in 2005.

The Girl Said No (1937 film)

The Girl Said No (aka With Words and Music) is a black and white 1937 musical comedy film about a shady bookie who is in love with a greedy dance hall girl and schemes to get her back after she rejects him. Along the way, he revives a failing Gilbert and Sullivan troupe. The picture stars Robert Armstrong and uses musical numbers from Gilbert and Sullivan. The film was directed and produced by Andrew L. Stone.

The Great Victor Herbert

The Great Victor Herbert is a 1939 American musical film directed by Andrew L. Stone. During production the movie was slated to be called The Gay Days of Victor Herbert.

The Great Waltz (1972 film)

The Great Waltz is a 1972 American biographical musical film directed by Andrew L. Stone, and starring Horst Buchholz, Mary Costa, and Nigel Patrick, and follows 40 years in the life of composer Johann Strauss (the Younger, known as the "Waltz King") and his family. It is based on the musical The Great Waltz, and was Stone's final film. M-G-M released a previous film adaptation in 1938, which is about a different phase of the younger Strauss's life.

The film earned $1,650,000 in North American rentals in 1973.

The Hard-Boiled Canary

The Hard-Boiled Canary is a 1941 American musical comedy film directed by Andrew L. Stone and written by Robert Lively and Andrew L. Stone. It was later reissued as There's Magic in Music.

The film stars Allan Jones, Susanna Foster, Margaret Lindsay, Lynne Overman, Grace Bradley, William Collier Sr. and Heimo Haitto. It was released on June 8, 1941, by Paramount Pictures.

The Last Voyage

The Last Voyage is a 1960 Metrocolor American disaster film written and directed by Andrew L. Stone. It stars Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders and Edmond O'Brien, and features Tammy Marihugh.

The film centers on the sinking of an aged ocean liner in the Pacific Ocean following an explosion in the boiler room. There are some plot similarities to the disaster involving the Italian liner SS Andrea Doria, which sank after a collision four years earlier.

The Password Is Courage

The Password is Courage is a 1962 black-and-white film biography from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on John Castle's 1954 World War II memoir of the same name. Written, produced, and directed by Andrew L. Stone, the film stars Dirk Bogarde, Maria Perschy, and Alfred Lynch. It is a lighthearted take on the true story of Sergeant-Major Charles Coward, written under the pseudonym John Castle by Ronald Charles Payne and John Williams Garrod.

The Secret of My Success (1965 film)

The Secret of My Success (also known as The Secret of My Success or: How Three Beautiful Girls Love for Fun—and Murder for Profit) is a 1965 British comedy film from American writer-director Andrew L. Stone, starring James Booth, Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens and Honor Blackman, along with Lionel Jeffries featured in four separate roles.

The Steel Trap

The Steel Trap is a 1952 thriller film noir written and directed by Andrew L. Stone and starring Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright.

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