The name Charles Fred Lamont can be included on the list of immigrants who pursued and realized the American dream of fame, family, fortune, and friends.
Some sources consider Charles a native Californian from San Francisco. But the Neva River’s shining pearl, St. Petersburg, instead gets to claim Charles as one of Russia’s results-oriented native progeny. The fact means that Charles leap-frogged through familiarity with Europe’s cinematographic precocity and opportunities in Hollywood’s nascent film industry. But it minimizes the real explanation for Charles’s lifetime, prolific directorial achievements.
The fact remains that Charles’s super-savvy insights include:
•Discovering Shirley Temple;
•Knowing that Shirley would hold her own with super-talented Mary Blackford, Junior Coghlan, and Thelma Hill.