Malcolm St. Clair (filmmaker)

Malcolm St. Clair
Born (1897-05-17)May 17, 1897
Died June 1, 1952(1952-06-01) (aged 55)
Occupation Film director, writer, producer, and actor.
Notable work Yankee Doodle in Berlin
For other people named Malcolm St. Clair, see Malcolm St. Clair (disambiguation).

Malcolm St. Clair (May 17, 1897 – June 1, 1952), also known as Mal St Clair, was a Hollywood film director, writer, producer and actor.[1]


A disciple of Mack Sennett, St. Clair was an actor in many films primarily comedies. At 6'7" he can be seen in such Sennett films as Yankee Doodle in Berlin, towering over the other actors, playing Crown Prince Wilhelm. He later moved on to director and directed almost 100 films, as well as producing five others, between 1915 and 1948.[1] His brother, Eric St Clair, was a writer and actor.[2] He directed most of Laurel and Hardy's later films at 20th Century Fox, and at least two of the Jones Family series at the same studio.

St. Clair retired in 1948 with the closure of 20th Century Fox's B Unit. In 1950, he wanted to direct Buster Keaton in a television series, but ill health prevented him from directing again.[3]

He died on June 1, 1952 at age 55 and was interred at Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum in Altadena, California.[4]

Partial filmography


  1. 1 2 Dwyer, Rauth Anne (March 20, 1997). Malcolm St. Clair: His Films 1915-1948. The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810827097.
  2. Vazzana, Eugene Michael (July 16, 2001). Silent Film Necrology. McFarland & Company. p. 464. ISBN 9780786410590.
  3. Erickson, Hal (2010). "Malcolm St Clair". All Movie Guide. New York Times. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  4. "Malcolm St. Clair". Find A Grave. November 6, 2002. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
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