Allan Dwan became a true innovator in the motion picture industry. After making a series of westerns and comedies, he directed fellow Canadian, Mary Pickford in several very successful films as well as her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, notably in the acclaimed 1922 "Robin Hood."
In 1917, Alan Dwan became President of the Motion Picture Directors Association. Following the introduction of sound into film, in 1937 he directed child-star Shirley Temple in "Heidi" and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" the following year.
Over his long and successful career, he directed many highly acclaimed motion pictures including 1949 box office smash, "The Sands of Iwo Jima." In a career spanning 50 years, he directed more than 400 films, his last coming in 1961. Allan Dwan is one of the directors that spanned the silent to sound era. He directed hundreds of films, most of which are lost due to the poor preservation of silent films. Little historical writing has been devoted to Dwan, but some believe that he will be the last "discovered" great director from the Classic Hollywood Era[?].
In addition to the Shirley Temple movies directed by Allan Dwan between 1934 and 1938, these are a few of his other films: