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DiedFebruary 14, 1955, Wilmington, Delaware, United States
FactGot his start in movies as an actor for Mack Sennett. He went on to do stunt work, then become assistant director to Charles Chaplin on A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923). His directorial debut came in 1925, and in 1927 he made a name for himself as the director on W.C. Fields' It's the Old Army Game (1926).
PaymentsEarned $15 /week from The Hazards of Helen (1914)

Albert F. Polk was born on December 12, 1812, in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. His parents were John Polk and Sarah (née Snelling) Polk. He had four brothers and four sisters. His early education was at the local schools in Mecklenburg County. After his father’s death in 1827, he worked on the family farm. In 1831, he moved to Tennessee and worked as a clerk in a store. In 1833, he began studying law and was admitted to the bar in 1834.

Polk began his political career in 1835, when he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives. He served in the House until 1839, when he was elected to the Tennessee Senate. He served in the Senate until 1841, when he resigned to run for governor of Tennessee. He was elected governor in 1841 and served one term, from 1842 to 1843. In 1844, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee’s 5th congressional district. He served in the House from 1845 to 1849. In 1849, he ran for governor again and was elected to a second term, serving from 1850 to 1851.

In 1852, Polk was nominated by the Democratic Party for president of the United States. He ran against the Whig Party nominee, Winfield Scott, and won the election. He was inaugurated as president on March 4, 1853. He served one term, from 1853 to 1857. During his presidency, Polk oversaw the annexation of Texas and the Mexican-American War. He also signed the Homestead Act into law.

After leaving office, Polk returned to Tennessee. He died on June 15, 1891, in Nashville, Tennessee. He was buried in the Nashville City Cemetery.

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DiedFebruary 14, 1955, Wilmington, Delaware, United States
EducationUniversity of Delaware

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The Hazards of Helen (1914)$15 /week


1[on the reputation of his friend Jack Pickford for drinking and womanizing] What do you expect from a guy with the biggest thirst and the biggest joint in town? Join a monastery?


1Was longtime friends with director Malcolm St. Clair, going back to when both were Keystone Kops.
2Got his start in movies as an actor for Mack Sennett. He went on to do stunt work, then become assistant director to Charles Chaplin on A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923). His directorial debut came in 1925, and in 1927 he made a name for himself as the director on W.C. Fields' It's the Old Army Game (1926).
3Was reported to have said of Stan Laurel that he would sooner direct a tarantula.
4While most people who worked with W.C. Fields came to despise him (especially directors), Sutherland got along famously with him and became a lifelong friend.
5Was an invaluable source for film historians Kevin Brownlow and Garson Kanin.
6Was one of the original Keystone Kops.
7His father Al Sutherland was a theatrical manager and producer and mother Julie Ring a vaudeville headliner. His great-grandfather J. H. Ring was a prominent English playwright, his aunt Blanche Ring a major American stage star, and his uncle Thomas Meighan a popular film actor.
8Nephew of Charlotte Greenwood.
9American parents.



The Invisible Woman1966Short archive footage
International Detective1959-1961TV Series 22 episodes
Overseas Press Club - Exclusive!1957TV Series 11 episodes
Bermuda Affair1956
Martin Kane1949-1950TV Series 2 episodes
Abie's Irish Rose1946
Having Wonderful Crime1945as Eddie Sutherland
Secret Command1944as Eddie Sutherland
Follow the Boys1944as Eddie Sutherland
The Navy Comes Through1942
Army Surgeon1942
Sing Your Worries Away1942
Star Spangled Rhythm1942uncredited
Steel Against the Sky1941
Nine Lives Are Not Enough1941
The Invisible Woman1940
One Night in the Tropics1940
The Boys from Syracuse1940
Beyond Tomorrow1940
The Flying Deuces1939
Every Day's a Holiday1937
Champagne Waltz1937
Diamond Jim1935
Too Much Harmony1933as Edward Sutherland
International House1933as Edward Sutherland
Murders in the Zoo1933as Edward Sutherland
Secrets of the French Police1932as Edward Sutherland
Mr. Robinson Crusoe1932as Edward Sutherland
Sky Devils1932as Edward Sutherland
Palmy Days1931as Edward Sutherland
Up Pops the Devil1931
June Moon1931
The Gang Buster1931
Galas de la Paramount1930sequence director
The Sap from Syracuse1930
The Social Lion1930
Paramount on Parade1930
Burning Up1930
Pointed Heels1929
The Saturday Night Kid1929as Edward Sutherland
Fast Company1929
The Dance of Life1929
Close Harmony1929
What a Night!1928
The Baby Cyclone1928
Tillie's Punctured Romance1928
Figures Don't Lie1927
Fireman, Save My Child1927
Love's Greatest Mistake1927
We're in the Navy Now1926as Edward Sutherland
It's the Old Army Game1926
Behind the Front1926
A Regular Fellow1925
Wild, Wild Susan1925as Edward Sutherland
Coming Through1925


International DetectiveTV Series executive producer - 36 episodes, 1960 - 1961 producer - 3 episodes, 1959 - 1960
Bermuda Affair1956producer
Martin Kane1950TV Series producer - 1 episode
Abie's Irish Rose1946producer
Palmy Days1931producer - uncredited
The Baby Cyclone1928producer


The Gang Buster1931Masher (uncredited)
The Dance of Life1929Theater Attendant
The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln1924William Scott (as Eddie Sutherland)
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate1923Cook (uncredited)
Girl from the West1923as Edward Sutherland
The Woman He Loved1922Jimmy Danvers (as Eddie Sutherland)
The Loaded Door1922Joe Grainger (as Eddie Sutherland)
The Ordeal1922Victim
Second Hand Rose1922Nat Rosestein (as Eddie Sutherland)
Elope If You Must1922Jazz Hennessy (as Edward Sutherland)
Nancy from Nowhere1922Jack Halliday (as Edward Sutherland)
The Light in the Clearing1921Barton Baynes (as Edward Sutherland)
Everything for Sale1921Donald Scott (as Eddie Sutherland)
The Witching Hour1921Clay Whipple (as Edward Sutherland)
The Dollar-a-Year Man1921The Prince (as Edward Sutherland)
Just Outside the Door1921Ned Pickton (as Eddie Sutherland)
Conrad in Quest of His Youth1920Conrad (at 17) (as Eddie Sutherland)
The Round-Up1920Bud Lane (as Edward Sutherland)
The Sea Wolf1920George Leach, the Cabin Boy (as Eddie Sutherland)
The Paliser Case1920JackMenzies (as Eddie Sutherland)
All of a Sudden Peggy1920Jack Menzies
A Girl Named Mary1919Mr. Peavy
Love Insurance1919Jack Paddock
The Veiled Adventure1919Fred Barker
Which Woman?1918Jimmy Nevin
A Modern Sherlock1917Short as Eddie Sutherland
Caught in the End1917/IShortThe Pal (as Eddie Sutherland)
His Saving Grace1917Short as Eddie Sutherland
A Fallen Star1917Short as Eddie Sutherland
His Foothill Folly1917Short
His Cool Nerve1917Short as Eddie Sutherland
A Toy of Fate1917Short as Eddie Sutherland
Dad's Downfall1917Short as Eddie Sutherland
The Girl and the Ring1917ShortMuscle Bound Murphy
A Dog's Own Tale1917Short
Innocent Sinners1917Short as Eddie Sutherland
The Telephone Belle1917Short
Won by a Foot1917Short as Eddie Sutherland
Heart Strategy1917Short
Love Under Cover1917Short as Eddie Sutherland
The Danger Girl1916ShortLast Season's Suitor
His Last Laugh1916ShortThe Wealthy Maiden's Suitor (as Sutherland Ring)
The Girl and the Game1915
The Hazards of Helen1914

Assistant Director

The Gold Rush1925assistant director - uncredited
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate1923assistant director - uncredited
The Kid1921assistant director - uncredited


Gun the Man Down1956
Passport to Danger1954TV Series 1 episode
So You Want to Hold Your Wife1947Short as Edward Sutherland


Sky Devils1932screen story - as Edward Sutherland

Special Effects

The War of the Worlds1953special effects - uncredited


The Hazards of Helen1914stunts


Dick und Doof, die Unzertrennlichen1968director: archive footage


To Scale2012Documentary short acknowledgment: additional footage "Plane Crash & Clouds" directed by - as E. Sutherland

Archive Footage

Unknown Chaplin1983TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Assistant

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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