John S. Robertson

John S. Robertson ( born June 18, 1878 in London, Ontario, Canada, † November 5, 1964 in Escondido, California, United States) was an American film director.


John S. Robertson was at the height of his career in the 1920s, a respected director for sophisticated entertainment. He was known as a dignified craftsman who could also complete prestige production safely and within the framework. Its still best-known film is the film version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from 1920 starring John Barrymore in the lead role. In addition, he has directed some strips of Mary Pickford and was responsible for invisible shackles, one of the last silent films of Greta Garbo. With the advent of sound film waned his career in a short time, and Robertson was only used for B- movies. The musician Chris Hillman, at the time the bass player for the band The Byrds and neighbor of the now completely forgotten old man, put him in 1967 with the song Old John Robertson a monument.