”John Hughes” may be the brand name on packages like Home Alone and Curly Sue, but a close look at the credits shows that actors and crew members follow the boss from movie to movie, often working their way up the corporate ladder in time-honored fashion. Here are some of the most important faces in the Hughes hallway, with (faux-corporate) titles to match.
Chief Operating Officer: Tarquin Gotch
This Hughes company man has really made good, getting promoted from music supervisor on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Planes, Trains and Automobiles to executive producer of Only the Lonely, Home Alone, Dutch, and Curly Sue. Now Gotch has gone on to pursue his own projects without Hughes.
Executive Director: Chris Columbus
Most Hughes-product customers seem to pay no attention to the man behind the camera; he’s just the guy who directed Home Alone. A onetime Spielberg protégé (he wrote Gremlins), Columbus wrote and directed Only the Lonely and is currently shooting Home Alone 2.
VP, Sales: John Candy
He’s the biggest selling point of Uncle Buck, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Only the Lonely, and even, in an unbilled cameo, Career Opportunities.
Human Resources: Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins These casting agents have put actors to work in everything from The Cotton Club to Hook — and most Hughes films since Ferris Bueller.
Executive Secretary: Edie McClurg
This dumpy, giggling character actress has played dumpy, giggling characters in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, She’s Having a Baby, and Curly Sue, in which she’s cast as, um, an executive secretary.