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He's one of the real oddities in American film history, since he's the credited director for two of the most iconic Hollywood classics, both from the same year of 1939: ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', winning an Academy Award for Best Director for the latter. And yet he's a largely forgotten footnote in film history. That's because, in both cases, he was working for a big-name producer (Mervyn [=LeRoy=] on ''Wizard'', David O. Selznick on ''Wind'') who had a reputation for asserting creative control on their films. And both films went through several directors, with Fleming really only directing a fraction of both films. Creator/KingVidor finished ''Wizard'' after Fleming was hired for ''Wind'', and at one point Fleming took a break from ''Wind'', with Sam Wood and William Cameron Menzies filling in.[[note]]Creator/GeorgeCukor was involved in the early stages of both films, doing some initial prep work on ''Wizard'', and starting ''Gone With the Wind'''s production as director, only to get fired early on[[/note]]

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He's one of the real oddities in American film history, since he's the credited director for two of the most iconic Hollywood classics, both from the same year of 1939: ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', winning an Academy Award for Best Director for the latter. And yet he's yet, he suffers from a severe case of DirectorDisplacement, being merely a largely forgotten footnote in film history. That's because, in both cases, he was working for a big-name producer (Mervyn [=LeRoy=] on ''Wizard'', David O. Selznick on ''Wind'') who had a reputation for asserting creative control on their films. And both films went through several directors, with Fleming really only directing a fraction of both films. Creator/KingVidor finished ''Wizard'' after Fleming was hired for ''Wind'', and at one point Fleming took a break from ''Wind'', with Sam Wood and William Cameron Menzies filling in.[[note]]Creator/GeorgeCukor was involved in the early stages of both films, doing some initial prep work on ''Wizard'', and starting ''Gone With the Wind'''s production as director, only to get fired early on[[/note]]
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Victor Lonzo Fleming (February 23, 1889 January 6, 1949) was an American film director, cinematographer, and producer. He's best known for directing the films ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' (both of 1939), winning an Academy Award for Best Director for the latter.

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Victor Lonzo Fleming (February 23, 1889 January 6, 1949) was an American film director, cinematographer, and producer.

A California native who began as a protégé of Creator/DWGriffith, Fleming was hired as a director by Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer in 1932, and helmed numerous high-profile productions for them.

He's best known one of the real oddities in American film history, since he's the credited director for directing two of the films most iconic Hollywood classics, both from the same year of 1939: ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' (both of 1939), ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', winning an Academy Award for Best Director for the latter.latter. And yet he's a largely forgotten footnote in film history. That's because, in both cases, he was working for a big-name producer (Mervyn [=LeRoy=] on ''Wizard'', David O. Selznick on ''Wind'') who had a reputation for asserting creative control on their films. And both films went through several directors, with Fleming really only directing a fraction of both films. Creator/KingVidor finished ''Wizard'' after Fleming was hired for ''Wind'', and at one point Fleming took a break from ''Wind'', with Sam Wood and William Cameron Menzies filling in.[[note]]Creator/GeorgeCukor was involved in the early stages of both films, doing some initial prep work on ''Wizard'', and starting ''Gone With the Wind'''s production as director, only to get fired early on[[/note]]

Fleming is generally viewed as a solid, if unspectacular, Hollywood studio system director. He died at age 59, shortly after finishing work on ''Joan of Arc'', starring Creator/IngridBergman.



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* ''Film/TheFarmerTakesAWife'' (1935)

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* ''Film/{{Reckless}}'' (1935)


* ''Film/{{The White Sister|1933}}'' (1933) -- Remake of [[Film/TheWhiteSister a 1923 silent film]]


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Victor Lonzo Fleming (February 23, 1889 January 6, 1949) was an American film director, cinematographer, and producer. He's best known for directing the films ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' (both of 1939), winning an Academy Award for Best Director for the latter.
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!!Films directed with pages on TV Tropes:
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* ''Film/RedDust'' (1932)
* ''Film/TheWhiteSister'' (1933 version)
* ''Film/{{Bombshell|1933}}'' (1933)
* ''Film/{{Treasure Island|1934}}'' (1934)
* ''Literature/CaptainsCourageous'' (1937)
* ''Film/TestPilot'' (1938)
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (1939)
* ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' (1939)
* ''Film/AGuyNamedJoe'' (1943)
[[/index]]
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