James Cruze of Hollywood directed The Covered Wagon, one of the great cinemas. He has directed many far less great. One of 23 children of Mormon parents, he is brawny, untutored, looks like an Indian.
He is married to Cinemactress Betty Compson, who calls him "the Great Dane." He has more drive than any other director in Hollywood.
Director Cruze thinks of money in big terms. For a long time his Paramount salary was $1,000 a daywhether he worked or not. Last week he sued John Decker, artist, for $200,000 damages.