--Serial killer (M, 1931)
--"Hard boiled" detective (La Nuit du Carrefour, 1932)
--Fugitive on the Run (Fugitive From A Chain Gang, 1932)
Here we have three legendary European directors and...Mervyn LeRoy. I think we can legitimately wonder what LeRoy's career might have looked like had he not been tapped to replace Irving Thalberg at MGM when the "Boy Wonder" died young--moving up the ladder of success clearly caused LeRoy to lose his original "center of gravitas."