George Sidney (October 4, 1916 – May 5, 2002) was an American film director and producer who worked primarily at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He was also one of the founders of Hanna-Barbera along with William Hanna & Joseph Barbera, he also directed Anchors Aweigh which also starred Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse.
Sidney was born to a Hungarian-Jewish family in Long Island City, New York. Both Sidney's parents were actors, and Sidney began acting as a child on stage and in silent films. He worked as a musician.
Director of shorts at MGM
Sidney's father, Louis K Sidney, was an executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayerwho helped his son in his late teens gained a job at MGM as a messenger.He moved into directing screen tests and second unit as well as taking stills.
Sidney was assigned to direct the Our Gang comedies, which MGM had just acquired from Hal Roach, in 1938. Sidney, then age 21, was the youngest Our Gang senior director the series had, and was only nine years older than the eldest Our Gang kid, Carl Switzer’s brother Harold Switzer.
After a year of working on Our Gang shorts, Sidney moved on to the Crime Does Not Pay series and popular Pete Smith specialties.
Sidney graduated to directing features with Free and Easy (1941). He followed it with Pacific Rendezvous (1942) and Pilot No. 5 (1942). He then worked his way into directing large scale musicals such as The Harvey Girls (1946), The Three Musketeers (1948), Annie Get Your Gun (1950), and Kiss Me Kate (1953).