Frank Tuttle

Frank Wright Tuttle (August 6, 1892 – January 6, 1963) was a Hollywood film director and writer who directed films from 1922 (The Cradle Buster) to 1959 (Island of Lost Women).

Frank Tuttle
Frank Wright Tuttle

(1892-08-06)August 6, 1892
DiedJanuary 6, 1963(1963-01-06) (aged 70)
EducationYale University
OccupationHollywood film director and screenwriter
EmployerParamount Pictures
Known forThis 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)
ChildrenHelen Tuttle
Frederica Tuttle
Barbara Tuttle


Frank Tuttle 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 American 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] After a decade as a member of the Communist Party, in 1951 Tuttle gave 36 names to the HUAC.[3][4]


Tuttle died in Hollywood, California, on January 6, 1963, aged 70. He was survived by his three children.[5]

Selected filmography


  1. "Frank Wright Tuttle". The twelfth general catalogue of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. New York: Psi Upsilon. May 1917. p. 203.
  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, DC], May 25, 1951: 12.
  4. "The Philadelphia Inquirer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 25, 1951 · Page 8". Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  5. Frank Tuttle on IMDb
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