Charles Vidor

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
Editor and assistant director with UFA who arrived in the US in 1924 and, after a stint with a Wagnerian opera company and in a Broadway chorus, left for Hollywood. Vidor made his directorial debut in 1931 with the ... Read more »
Born: 07/27/1900 in Budapest, HU

Filmography

Director (24)

Song Without End 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

A Farewell to Arms 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Joker Is Wild 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Swan 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Love Me or Leave Me 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Rhapsody 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Edge of Doom 1950 (Movie)

(additional scenes) (Director)

Gilda 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

A Song to Remember 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

The Desperadoes 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

A Doctor's Diary (Movie)

(Director)

Blind Alley (Movie)

(Director)

Hans Christian Andersen (Movie)

(Director)

Ladies in Retirement (Movie)

(Director)

Over 21 (Movie)

(Director)

Romance of the Redwoods (Movie)

(Director)

Sensation Hunters (Movie)

(Director)

The Arizonian (Movie)

(Director)

The Lady in Question (Movie)

(Director)

The Loves of Carmen (Movie)

(Director)

The Mask of Fu Manchu (Movie)

(Director)

Together Again (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

The Loves of Carmen (Movie)

(Producer)
Other (1)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

film extract("Cover Girl" (1944)) (Other)

Biography

Editor and assistant director with UFA who arrived in the US in 1924 and, after a stint with a Wagnerian opera company and in a Broadway chorus, left for Hollywood. Vidor made his directorial debut in 1931 with the self-financed short, "The Bridge," which landed him a contract with MGM. In 1932 he co-directed his first feature, "The Mask of Fu Manchu," one of the finest screen adaptations of the Sax Rohmer novels. Vidor was noted for his ability to impart a technical fluency to routine subjects; among the best of his prolific output were "Ladies in Retirement" (1941), "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955) and "The Joker Is Wild" (1957). Vidor was also responsible for the trailblazing psychological study, "Blind Alley" (1939), and the two Rita Hayworth vehicles that cemented her stardom: the arresting musical, "Cover Girl" (1944), and the steamy noir thriller, "Gilda" (1946).

Relationships

Doris LeRoy

Wife
married in 1945 daughter of Harry Warner (of Warner Bros.) formerly married to Mervyn LeRoy

Karen Morley

Wife
married in 1932 divorced in 1943

Brian Vidor

Son
mother, Doris Warner Leroy married to Sara Munson son Zubin LeRoy Vidor born in April 2001

Michael Vidor

Son
mother Karen Morley

Quentin Vidor

Son
mother, Doris Warner Leroy

EDUCATION

University of Berlin

Berlin

University of Budapest

Budapest

Milestones

1959

Suffered heart attack in Vienna while filming "Magic Flame" (completed by George Cukor as "Song Without End")

1956

Formed Aurora Productions

1949

Quit Columbia after dispute with Harry Cohn; settled breach-of-contract suit out of court; returned to MGM

1939

Joined Columbia Pictures

1933

Directed first solo feature, "Sensation Hunters"

1932

Joined MGM; directed first feature, "The Mask of Fu Manchu" (uncredited; co-directed with Charles Brabin)

1931

Directed first independent short, "The Bridge"

1924

Moved to USA; sang with English Grand opera company; worked in Broadway chorus and as longshoreman

Worked as assistant cutter and assitant director at UFA studios, Berlin, in early 1920s

Moved to Hollywood; worked as assistant to Alexander Korda; worked as assistant director, editor and scriptwriter in late 1920s

Served as infantry lieutenant during WWI

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