Fred C. Newmeyer was a professional baseball player from 1909 to 1913, before beginning his career as an extra at Universal. He worked his way up the ladder to become first a prop man, then assistant director, and, finally, director. Notable among his films are Seven Keys to Baldpate (1925) and The Potters (1927). His interest in baseball never waned and sometimes resurfaced as a theme in his films, particularly with Warming Up (1928), a vehicle for Jean Arthur and Richard Dix.
During the silent era Newmeyer specialized in comedy, first as an actor and then as a very capable director. He turned out several entries in the 'Our Gang' series, as well as numerous shorts for Hal Roach. He also worked on with Harold Lloyd' as solo director (Grandma's Boy (1922), Dr. Jack (1922)) and in collaboration with Sam Taylor (The Freshman (1925), Safety Last! (1923)).
When talkies came Newmeyer branched out to dramas and thrillers without the same level of success.