Leo McCarey (USA, 1898) was born in Los Angeles and studied law, but in 1919
became an assistant to
Tod Browning, was hired by Hal Roach to write gags,
started directing shorts for comedian Charley Chase, launched the career
Laurel & Hardy. He started directing feature films with the advent of sound, in particular the farce Duck Soup (1933) for the Marx Brothers, the western Belle of the Nineties (1934) for Mae West, the hilarious Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), the comic The Milky Way (1936) for Harold Lloyd, the melodrama Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), the screwball comedy The Awful Truth (1937), the romantic comedy Love Affair (1938), Love Affair (1939), later remade as An Affair to Remember (1957), the elegant Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) for Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers,, the musicals Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St Mary (1945) for Bing Crosby, and the comedy Rally 'Round the Flag Boys (1958) for Paul Newman.
He died in 1969.