Gustave Peter Ludwig Luley
March 6, 1893
|Died||August 1, 1940 47) (aged|
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Years active||1922 - 1940|
In the 1920s, Meins directed a number of silent short subjects film series for Universal Pictures, including the Buster Brown comedies. He is best known as senior director of Hal Roach's Our Gang comedies from 1934 to 1936, and also as director of Laurel and Hardy's Babes in Toyland (1934). His assistant director was a young Gordon Douglas, who became senior director in 1936 when Meins left Our Gang for other directing jobs at Roach. Meins left Roach in 1937 over creative differences.
In the summer of 1940, Meins faced prosecution of "morals charges", having been accused of sex offenses against six youths. He left home on the night of Thursday, August 1 telling his son, Douglas: "You probably won't see me again." Meins was found dead in his car on August 4, reportedly having committed suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide days earlier. He was interred at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
He was generally remembered as 'as a cheerful, convivial gentleman'. His son Douglas Meins (1918–1987) appeared in at least seven Republic and Warner films in the late 1930s-early 1940s; he then served in the U.S. Army Corps during World War II.
- Babes in Toyland (1934), starring Laurel and Hardy
- His Exciting Night (1939)
- The Covered Trailer (1939)
Our Gang shorts:
- Second Childhood (1936)
- The Lucky Corner (1936)
- Our Gang Follies of 1936 (1935)
- Little Sinner (1935)
- Little Papa (1935)
- Sprucin' Up (1935)
- Teacher's Beau (1935)
- Beginner's Luck (1935)
- Anniversary Trouble (1935)
- Shrimps for a Day (1934)
- Mama's Little Pirate (1934)
- Mike Fright (1934)
- Honky Donkey (1934)
- The First Round-Up (1934)
- For Pete's Sake! (1934)
- Hi'-Neighbor! (1934)
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