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Frank Lloyd

Director, Writer, Actor

Frank Lloyd's 48 year career began in 1913 as an actor in one-reel silents and concluded in the 1950s. Winner of 2 Oscars for Best direction, his his films include: Mutiny on the Bounty, Cavalcade, If I Were King. More than 180 films are credited to Lloyd as an director, actor, writer, and producer.

Frank Lloyd, a Scot by birth, developed his acting and singing start in vaudeville, emigrated to Hollywood and quickly earned a fine and professional reputation in the pictures, working with many of the great actors and in legendary studios. Frank Lloyd was one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as well as the Directors' Guild.

Happy Birthday Frank!
February 2, 1887

Looking on as Frank cuts his 38th birthday cake, among the cast and crew, is his buddy fellow Brit, Victor McLaglen (in the colorful pants) during the filming of "Winds of Chance". Before acting, McLaglen was a prize-fighter, one evening famously almost knocking Frank over on his way to the ring. That was the beginning of their life-long friendship, three films together, a shared love of the outdoors, jokes and horses.

Happy Birthday Frank!Here they are on location in cold Truckee, California, where a movie-set version of the Yukon's Dawson City of 1897 gold rush was built in February, Frank's birth month, 1925. During the filming of the outdoors scenes, with cameras and crew all bundled up against the cold and wind, the audience can see the actors' breath and feel their shivers.

Also staring Anna Q Nilsson as a countess, this movie drama presents prospectors, trappers, clans, dance hall girls, a murder, a love triangle, a daring river rescue and beautiful color tinting.

Watch "Winds of Chance" RIGHT HERE !


Click ABOUT FRANK LLOYD for a short biography.

Click "Tribute Reel" to watch an intro to the life and work of Frank Lloyd.

Click "Now Showing" to find local screenings, festival information, and current television programming featuring Frank Lloyd films.

Christopher Gray at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival
The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival at the Warner Grand in San Pedro, Ca featured "Berkeley Square" on September 16th, 2011. Christopher Gray, grandson of Frank Lloyd, introduced the film (see video) and shared memorabilia. The Academy Film Archive graciously loaned the new fully restored print of the film for the screening.

Click "Movie in the Spotlight" for a closer look at some of Frank Lloyd's best films, featuring clips, stills, lobby cards, and behind the scenes stories from our archives. Currently featured
"Mutiny on the Bounty"
, Under Two Flags"
and "If I Were King".


Mutiny on the Bounty





November 2010 marked the 75th anniversary of "Mutiny on the Bounty", one of Frank Lloyd's most powerful films and Academy Award winning Best Picture of 1935.
Find out more about this great film and the anniversary celebration.



Author Anthony Slide has written a complete and fascinating biography entitled Frank Lloyd: Master of Screen Melodrama, available through In a recent interview he elaborates on Frank Lloyd's career. Check it out!

Now available for purchase "If I Were King" DVD which includes bonus features "Behind the Scenes - The Making of 'If I Were King' " with rare color footage shot by Frank's daughter Alma "Jimmie" Lloyd. Also included the Frank Lloyd Tribute Reel produced and edited by Frank's grandson Christopher Gray. Now available for purchase "Mutiny on the Bounty" 75th Anniversary Bluray DVD from Warner Bros.
Frank Lloyd Director
And be sure to check out our Photo of the Month, unique historic stills from our archive.

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