Frank Tuttle

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Frank Tuttle
Born Frank Wright Tuttle
(1892-08-06)August 6, 1892
New York City, New York
United States
Died January 6, 1963(1963-01-06) (aged 70)
Hollywood, California
United States
Nationality American
Education Yale University
Occupation Hollywood film director and screenwriter
Employer Paramount Pictures
Known for This Gun for Hire (1942)
I Stole a Million (1939)
College Holiday (1936)
The Glass Key (1935)
Roman Scandals (1933)
This Is the Night (1932)
Paramount on Parade (1930)
The Untamed Lady (1926)
Kid Boots (1926)
Children Helen Tuttle
Frederica Tuttle
Barbara Tuttle

Frank Wright Tuttle (6 August 1892 – 6 January 1963) was a Hollywood film director and writer who directed films from 1922 (The Cradle Buster) to 1959 (Island of Lost Women). He was educated at Yale University, where he edited campus humor magazine The Yale Record.[1]

After graduation, he worked in New York City in the advertising department of the Metropolitan Music Bureau.[1] He later moved to Hollywood, where he became a film director for Paramount. His films are largely in the comedy and film noir genres.

In 1947, Tuttle's [2] career ground to a temporary halt with the onset of the first of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings on Communist infiltration of the movie industry. Tuttle had joined the Communist Party in 1937 in reaction to Hitler's rise to power.[2] Unable to find work in the United States, he moved to France, where he made Gunman in the Streets (1950) starring Simone Signoret and Dane Clark.[2]

In 1951 he named 36 names to HUAC.[3]

His films include:

He died in Hollywood on January 6, 1963.

Selected filmography[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Frank Wright Tuttle". The twelfth general catalogue of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. New York: Psi Upsilon. May, 1917. p. 203.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Frank Tuttle: Biography". Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  3. Tuttle, as 'Informer,' Names 36 in Movies NYHT News Service. The Washington Post (1923-1954) [Washington, D.C] 25 May 1951: 12.
  4. "Frank Tuttle (I) (1892–1963)". Retrieved January 30, 2014.

Further reading

  • Frank Tuttle, They Started Talking (Albany: BearManor Media, 2006) ISBN 1-59393-006-2
  • Frank Tuttle Socialists, Socialites, and Sociopaths: Plays and Screenplays (Albany: BearManor Media, 2007) ISBN 1-59393-079-8

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