Wallace McCutcheon Sr.

Wallace McCutcheon Sr., referred to affectionately as "Old Man McCutcheon" by members of the Biograph stock company, was, by 1907, indeed one of the senior figures in American film production. Little is known of his background, but he had apparently moved into the early film industry from stage direction. Under the encouragement of his friend Frank Marion, McCutcheon began working as a supervisor and director for American Mutoscope in 1897, continuing with them after their reorganization as American Mutoscope & Biograph in 1899. McCutcheon Sr.'s wealth of credits are often mixed up with the small handful of films directed by his son, Wallace McCutcheon Jr. (1884–1928). Sources indicate he also went by the name of George McCutcheon.