Gus Meins

Gus Meins (March 6, 1893 August 1, 1940), born Gustave Peter Ludwig Luley, was a German-American film director. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany.

Gus Meins
Gustave Peter Ludwig Luley

(1893-03-06)March 6, 1893
DiedAugust 1, 1940(1940-08-01) (aged 47)
Cause of deathSuicide
OccupationFilm director
Years active1922 - 1940


Meins started out in the 'teens as a cartoonist for the Los Angeles Evening Herald before becoming a comedy writer for Fox in 1919.[1]

In the 1920s, Meins directed a number of silent short subjects film series for Universal Pictures, including the Buster Brown comedies.[2] 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).[1] 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.[3] He was interred at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.[4]

He was generally remembered as 'as a cheerful, convivial gentleman'.[1] 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. [5]

Selected filmography

Feature films:

Our Gang shorts:


  1. "Gus Meins". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  2. "Most Popular "Buster Brown Series" Titles". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  3. "Movie Director Named In Morals Case Suicide". Reading Eagle. Reading, California. AP. August 5, 1940. p. 15. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  4. Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company. p. 508. ISBN 9780786479924.
  5. "Douglas Meins". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
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