Richard Thorpe

Richard Thorpe

Known for: Directing
Birthday: 1896-02-24
Deathday: 1991-05-01 (95 years old)

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Biography

Richard Thorpe (born Rollo Smolt Thorpe; February 24, 1896 – May 1, 1991) was an American film director best known for his long career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Born Rollo Smolt Thorpe in Hutchinson, Kansas, Richard Thorpe began his entertainment career performing in vaudeville and onstage. In 1921 he began in motion pictures as an actor and directed his first silent film in 1923. He went on to direct more than one hundred and eighty films. He worked frequently at the Poverty Row studio Chesterfield Pictures during the 1930s. The first full-length motion picture he directed for MGM was Last of the Pagans (1935) starring Ray Mala.

At MGM, he teamed up with producer Pandro S. Berman in the 1950s, with whom he made several films, including Ivanhoe (1952), The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), Knights of the Round Table (1953), All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) and The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955).

After directing The Last Challenge in 1967, he retired from the film industry.

His two favorite films were Night Must Fall (1937) and Two Girls and a Sailor (1944).

Filmography

All 148

Movies 148

Director 145

Director
The Last Challenge

The Last Challenge (1967)

Movie
Director
The Scorpio Letters

The Scorpio Letters (1967)

Movie
Director
That Funny Feeling

That Funny Feeling (1965)

Movie
Director
The Truth About Spring

The Truth About Spring (1965)

Movie
Director
The Golden Head

The Golden Head (1964)

Movie
Director
Fun in Acapulco

Fun in Acapulco (1963)

Movie
Director
Follow the Boys

Follow the Boys (1963)

Movie
Director
How the West Was Won

How the West Was Won (1962)

Movie
6
Director
The Horizontal Lieutenant

The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962)

Movie
Director
The Tartars

The Tartars (1961)

Movie
Director
The Honeymoon Machine

The Honeymoon Machine (1961)

Movie
Director
The House of the Seven Hawks

The House of the Seven Hawks (1959)

Movie
Director
Killers of Kilimanjaro

Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959)

Movie
Director
Jailhouse Rock

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Movie
Director
Tip on a Dead Jockey

Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957)

Movie
Director
Ten Thousand Bedrooms

Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)

Movie
Director
Quentin Durward

Quentin Durward (1955)

Movie
Director
The Prodigal

The Prodigal (1955)

Movie
Director
Bedevilled

Bedevilled (1955)

Movie
Director
Athena

Athena (1954)

Movie
Director
The Student Prince

The Student Prince (1954)

Movie
Director
Knights of the Round Table

Knights of the Round Table (1953)

Movie
Director
All the Brothers Were Valiant

All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)

Movie
6
Director
The Girl Who Had Everything

The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

Movie
Director
The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

Movie
Director
Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe (1952)

Movie
Director
Carbine Williams

Carbine Williams (1952)

Movie
Director
It's a Big Country

It's a Big Country (1951)

Movie
Director
The Unknown Man

The Unknown Man (1951)

Movie
Director
The Great Caruso

The Great Caruso (1951)

Movie
Director
Vengeance Valley

Vengeance Valley (1951)

Movie
Director
Three Little Words

Three Little Words (1950)

Movie
Director
Black Hand

Black Hand (1950)

Movie
Director
Malaya

Malaya (1949)

Movie
Director
Challenge to Lassie

Challenge to Lassie (1949)

Movie
5.6
Director
The Sun Comes Up

The Sun Comes Up (1949)

Movie
Director
Big Jack

Big Jack (1949)

Movie
Director
A Date with Judy

A Date with Judy (1948)

Movie
Director
On an Island with You

On an Island with You (1948)

Movie
Director
This Time for Keeps

This Time for Keeps (1947)

Movie
Director
Fiesta

Fiesta (1947)

Movie
Director
What Next, Corporal Hargrove?

What Next, Corporal Hargrove? (1945)

Movie
Director
Her Highness and the Bellboy

Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)

Movie
Director
Thrill of a Romance

Thrill of a Romance (1945)

Movie
Director
The Thin Man Goes Home

The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)

Movie
5.52
Director
Two Girls and a Sailor

Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)

Movie
Director
Cry 'Havoc'

Cry 'Havoc' (1943)

Movie
Director
Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion (1943)

Movie
Director
Three Hearts for Julia

Three Hearts for Julia (1943)

Movie
Director
White Cargo

White Cargo (1942)

Movie
Director
Apache Trail

Apache Trail (1942)

Movie
Director
Tarzan's New York Adventure

Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)

Movie
4.2
Director
Joe Smith, American

Joe Smith, American (1942)

Movie
Director
The Bugle Sounds

The Bugle Sounds (1942)

Movie
Director
Tarzan's Secret Treasure

Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)

Movie
4.8
Director
Barnacle Bill

Barnacle Bill (1941)

Movie
Director
The Bad Man

The Bad Man (1941)

Movie
Director
Rage in Heaven

Rage in Heaven (1941)

Movie
Director
Wyoming

Wyoming (1940)

Movie
Director
Busman's Honeymoon

Busman's Honeymoon (1940)

Movie
Director
20 Mule Team

20 Mule Team (1940)

Movie
Director
The Earl of Chicago

The Earl of Chicago (1940)

Movie
Director
The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Movie
5.77
Director
Tarzan Finds a Son!

Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)

Movie
5.6
Director
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)

Movie
Director
Three Loves Has Nancy

Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)

Movie
Director
The Crowd Roars

The Crowd Roars (1938)

Movie
Director
The Young in Heart

The Young in Heart (1938)

Movie
Director
The Toy Wife

The Toy Wife (1938)

Movie
Director
The First Hundred Years

The First Hundred Years (1938)

Movie
Director
Love Is a Headache

Love Is a Headache (1938)

Movie
Director
Man-Proof

Man-Proof (1938)

Movie
Director
Double Wedding

Double Wedding (1937)

Movie
Director
Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget (1937)

Movie
Director
Night Must Fall

Night Must Fall (1937)

Movie
Director
Dangerous Number

Dangerous Number (1937)

Movie
Director
Tarzan Escapes

Tarzan Escapes (1936)

Movie
5.25
Director
The Voice of Bugle Ann

The Voice of Bugle Ann (1936)

Movie
Director
Last of the Pagans

Last of the Pagans (1935)

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Director
Secret of the Chateau

Secret of the Chateau (1934)

Movie
Director
Cheating Cheaters

Cheating Cheaters (1934)

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Director
Green Eyes

Green Eyes (1934)

Movie
Director
City Park

City Park (1934)

Movie
Director
Stolen Sweets

Stolen Sweets (1934)

Movie
Director
The Quitter

The Quitter (1934)

Movie
Director
Murder on the Campus

Murder on the Campus (1933)

Movie
Director
Rainbow Over Broadway

Rainbow Over Broadway (1933)

Movie
Director
A Man of Sentiment

A Man of Sentiment (1933)

Movie
Director
Notorious But Nice

Notorious But Nice (1933)

Movie
Director
Strange People

Strange People (1933)

Movie
Director
I Have Lived

I Have Lived (1933)

Movie
Director
Love Is Dangerous

Love Is Dangerous (1933)

Movie
Director
Forgotten

Forgotten (1933)

Movie
Director
The Secrets of Wu Sin

The Secrets of Wu Sin (1932)

Movie
Director
Women Won't Tell

Women Won't Tell (1932)

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Director
Slightly Married

Slightly Married (1932)

Movie
Director
The King Murder

The King Murder (1932)

Movie
Director
Thrill of Youth

Thrill of Youth (1932)

Movie
Director
Beauty Parlor

Beauty Parlor (1932)

Movie
Director
Forbidden Company

Forbidden Company (1932)

Movie
Director
The Midnight Lady

The Midnight Lady (1932)

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Director
Escapade

Escapade (1932)

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Director
Probation

Probation (1932)

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Director
Murder at Dawn

Murder at Dawn (1932)

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Director
Cross-Examination

Cross-Examination (1932)

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Director
The Devil Plays

The Devil Plays (1931)

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Director
Forgotten Women

Forgotten Women (1931)

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Director
Neck and Neck

Neck and Neck (1931)

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Director
Grief Street

Grief Street (1931)

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Director
The Sky Spider

The Sky Spider (1931)

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Director
Wild Horse

Wild Horse (1931)

Movie
Director
The Lady from Nowhere

The Lady from Nowhere (1931)

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Director
The Lawless Woman

The Lawless Woman (1931)

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Director
King of the Wild

King of the Wild (1931)

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Director
The Utah Kid

The Utah Kid (1930)

Movie
Director
Under Montana Skies

Under Montana Skies (1930)

Movie
Director
The Thoroughbred

The Thoroughbred (1930)

Movie
Director
Wings of Adventure

Wings of Adventure (1930)

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Director
The Dude Wrangler

The Dude Wrangler (1930)

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Director
The Lone Defender

The Lone Defender (1930)

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Director
The King of the Kongo

The King of the Kongo (1929)

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Director
Border Romance

Border Romance (1929)

Movie
Director
The Bachelor Girl

The Bachelor Girl (1929)

Movie
Director
The Fatal Warning

The Fatal Warning (1929)

Movie
Director
The Flyin' Buckaroo

The Flyin' Buckaroo (1928)

Movie
Director
The Vanishing West

The Vanishing West (1928)

Movie
Director
Vultures of the Sea

Vultures of the Sea (1928)

Movie
Director
The Valley Of Hunted Men

The Valley Of Hunted Men (1928)

Movie
Director
The Ballyhoo Buster

The Ballyhoo Buster (1928)

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Director
The Desert of the Lost

The Desert of the Lost (1927)

Movie
Director
The Meddlin' Stranger

The Meddlin' Stranger (1927)

Movie
Director
The Ridin' Rowdy

The Ridin' Rowdy (1927)

Movie
Director
Tearin' Into Trouble

Tearin' Into Trouble (1927)

Movie
Director
Josselyn's Wife

Josselyn's Wife (1926)

Movie
Director
College Days

College Days (1926)

Movie
Director
Twisted Triggers

Twisted Triggers (1926)

Movie
Director
Double Daring

Double Daring (1926)

Movie
Director
Ridin' Rivals

Ridin' Rivals (1926)

Movie
Director
The Fighting Cheat

The Fighting Cheat (1926)

Movie
Director
The Roaring Rider

The Roaring Rider (1926)

Movie
Director
Tearin' Loose

Tearin' Loose (1925)

Movie
Director
On the Go

On the Go (1925)

Movie
Director
Thundering Romance

Thundering Romance (1924)

Movie
Dick Langton
Flames of Desire

Flames of Desire (1924)

Movie
Director
Bringin' Home the Bacon

Bringin' Home the Bacon (1924)

Movie
Director
Fast and Fearless

Fast and Fearless (1924)

Movie
Clayton Webster
Three O'Clock in the Morning

Three O'Clock in the Morning (1923)

Movie
Stephen Thompson
Burn 'Em Up Barnes

Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1921)

Movie

Ratings

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Information

Known for
Directing

Gender
Male

Birthday
1896-02-24

Deathday
1991-05-01 (95 years old)

Place of birth
Hutchinson, United States of America

Children
Jerry Thorpe

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
Frank L. Inghram, Frank Inghram, Rollo Smolt Thorpe

Awards
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, National Board of Review Award for Best Film


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