Fred M. Wilcox

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Fred McLeod Wilcox (December 22, 1907 – September 23, 1964) was an American motion picture director. He worked for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for many years best remembered for directing Lassie Come Home (1943) and Forbidden Planet (1956). These films were entered in the National Film Preservation Board's National Film Registry in 1993 and 2013 respectively.

Forbidden Planet (1956)


Starship C57D travels to planet Altair 4 in search of the crew of spaceship "Bellerophon", a scientific expedition that has been missing for 20 years, only to find themselves unwelcome by the expedition's lone survivor and warned of destruction by an invisible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Walter Pidgeon  •  Anne Francis  •  Leslie Nielsen  •  Warren Stevens

Lassie Come Home (1943)

Hard times come for the Carraclough family and they are forced to sell their dog, Lassie, to the rich Duke of Rudling. Lassie, however, is unwilling to remain apart from young Carraclough son Joe and sets out on a long and dangerous journey to rejoin him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Donald Crisp  •  May Whitty  •  Edmund Gwenn

Shadow in the Sky (1952)

Burt, a Marine suffering from Battle Fatigue, is deathly afraid of rain and confined to an asylum, but showing improvement. He wants to live with his sister's family, but they have young children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Ralph Meeker  •  Nancy Reagan  •  Jean Hagen  •  James Whitmore

Code Two (1953)

Three young men train to become motorcycle cops.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Ralph Meeker  •  Elaine Stewart  •  Sally Forrest  •  Keenan Wynn

Tennessee Champ (1954)

A boxer desperate for money falls in with a shady promoter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Dewey Martin  •  Shelley Winters  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Earl Holliman

Three Daring Daughters (1948)

Louise Morgan, a divorced mother of three young girls, is sent on Cuban cruise vacation by her doctor and children due to being over-worked and over-stressed. While on vacation, Louise has a chance encounter with renowned pianist and conductor José Iturbi, who is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Jeanette MacDonald  •  José Iturbi  •  Jane Powell  •  Edward Arnold

Courage of Lassie (1946)

Bill's separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie. An accident separates him from her, and he's drafted into K-9 duty in the trenches until battle fatigue takes its toll and he turns vicious. And ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Frank Morgan  •  Tom Drake  •  Selena Royle

Hills of Home (1948)

William McClure is the villlage doctor in a remote Scottish glen. Tricked into buying Lassie, a collie afraid of water, he sets about teaching her to swim. At the same time he has the bigger problem that he is getting older and must ensure the glen will have a new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Edmund Gwenn  •  Donald Crisp  •  Tom Drake  •  Janet Leigh

The Secret Garden (1949)

When Cholera takes the parents of Mary Lennox, she is shipped from India to England to live with her Uncle Craven. Mary changes the lives of those she encounters at her Uncle's remote estate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Margaret O'Brien  •  Dean Stockwell  •  Herbert Marshall  •  Gladys Cooper

I Passed for White (1960)

A young woman falls in love and marries, but withholds from her husband information about her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Sonya Wilde  •  James Franciscus  •  Patricia Michon  •  Jimmy Lydon

Joaquin Murrieta (1938)

This MGM Historical Mystery short follows the life and exploits of killer outlaw Joaquin Murrieta, in California in the 1850s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Shepperd Strudwick  •  Carey Wilson  •  Arthur Aylesworth  •  Horace B. Carpenter