American director Stuart Walker was born in Kentucky and educated at the University of Cincinnati. He had a varied career in the theater before coming to Hollywood His film career is distinguished by a couple of firsts. He directed the first werewolf movie Werewolf of London (1935), and the first sound version of Great Expectations (1934). He seems to have been comfortable with Dickensian subjects, as he also supervised Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) with Claude Rains. He is best known for his most artistically successful film, Eagle and the Hawk (1933), an interesting and downbeat look at the lives and deaths of WWI pilots with Fredric March and Cary Grant. Despite his limited output, the few films mentioned assure his reputation.