W.S. Van Dyke
Known in the film industry as ‘One Take Woody', W.S. Van Dyke knew how to bring a film in on budget and he was just as adept at creating top notch murder mysteries.
Appearing in vaudeville as a child actor, Woodbridge Van Dyke honed his movie skills as an assistant director to the great D.W. Griffith in the silent era. His efforts on The Thin Man, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, earned him an Academy Award for Best Director in 1935.
Van Dyke would go on to produce three more fast-paced murder mystery movies from scripts based on the Dashiell Hammett characters, Nick and Nora Charles.