Death in Hollywood: Hill, George W.–Director of Oscar Nominee The Big House–Suicide

George W. Hill was severely injured in a June 1934 car accident just when his career was just beginning to peak.

It is rumored that his injuries were the root cause of his apparent suicide two months later on August 10, 1934.

His body was found in his Venice beach home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

At the time of his death, Hill was preparing to direct, and had done some shooting in China for, The Good Earth, produced at MGM by Irving Thalberg, an Oscar-winning film released in 1937.


The Sea Wolf (1913)
The Flying Torpedo (1916)
Less Than the Dust (1916)
Polly of the Circus (1917)

Held Up for the Makin’s (1920)
The Foolish Virgin (1924)
Zander the Great (1926)
Tell It to the Marines (1926)
The Callahans and the Murphys (1927)
The Flying Fleet (1929)
The Big House (1930)
Min and Bill (1930)
The Secret Six (1931)
Hell Divers (1931) (uncredited)