Roy Del Ruth was one of Hollywood's top directors and starmakers.
Del Ruth was a newspaper cartoonist and columnist before entering films as a screenwriter, writing gags for Mack Sennett. Later he directed comedies for Ben Turpin, Harry Langdon and others.
At Warner Bros., he directed such films as "The Show of Shows," "The Desert Song," "Ham and Eggs at the Front" and others.
Del Ruth directed Bebe Daniels and Ricardo Cortez in the 1931 version of "The Maltese Falcon," based on Dashiell Hammett's novel of the same name.
He also directed Jack Benny in "Broadway Melody of 1936," Bing Crosby in "The Star Maker" and Joan Blondell in "Topper Returns."