Irving Pichel

Director, Actor, Producer
As an actor, Irving Pichel had the privilege of working at the turn of the 1930s in Hollywood, before the Hays Code clamped down a layer of censorship on early talkies. Titles such as "Two Kinds of Women", "Wild Girl" ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1891 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

Juarez 1939 (Movie)

Gen. Carbajal (Actor)

Topper Takes a Trip 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jezebel 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

There Goes My Heart 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dracula's Daughter 1935 (Movie)

Sandor (Actor)

General Spanky 1935 (Movie)

Simmons (Actor)

Cleopatra 1934 (Movie)

Apollodorus (Actor)

I'm No Angel 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

An American Tragedy 1930 (Movie)

Orville Mason (Actor)

The Right to Love 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

Armored Car (Movie)

Walinsky (Actor)

British Agent (Movie)

Pavlov (Actor)

Dick Tracy's G-Men (Movie)

Zarnoff (Actor)

Down to the Sea (Movie)

Alex Fotakis (Actor)

Exile Express (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Fog over Frisco (Movie)

Jake Bellow (Actor)

Gambling Ship (Movie)

Professor (Actor)

High, Wide and Handsome (Movie)

Mr. Stark (Actor)

Join the Marines (Movie)

Col. Leonard (Actor)

Martin Luther (Movie)

Brueck (Actor)

Special Agent (Movie)

U.S. District Attorney (Actor)

The Billion Dollar Scandal (Movie)

Griswold (Actor)

The Cheat (Movie)

Hardy Livingston (Actor)

The Great Rupert (Movie)

(Actor)

The Miracle Man (Movie)

Henry Holmes (Actor)

The Moon Is Down (Movie)

Inn Keeper (Actor)

The Right to Romance (Movie)

Dr. Beck (Actor)

The Road to Reno (Movie)

Robert Millet (Actor)

The Silver Streak (Movie)

Bronte (Actor)

The Story of Temple Drake (Movie)

Lee Goodwin (Actor)

The Woman Accused (Movie)

District Attorney Clark (Actor)

Tomorrow Is Forever (Movie)

Commentator (Voice)

Torture Ship (Movie)

Dr. Herbert Stander (Actor)

Wild Girl (Movie)

Rufe Waters (Actor)
Director (25)

Destination Moon 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

O.S.S. 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

She 1934 (Movie)

(Director)

A Medal for Benny (Movie)

(Director)

And Now Tomorrow (Movie)

(Director)

Beware of Ladies (Movie)

(Director)

Colonel Effingham's Raid (Movie)

(Director)

Dance Hall (Movie)

(Director)

Earthbound (Movie)

(Director)

Hudson's Bay (Movie)

(Director)

Larceny on the Air (Movie)

(Director)

Martin Luther (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (Movie)

(Director)

Secret Agent of Japan (Movie)

(Director)

Something in the Wind (Movie)

(Director)

Temptation (Movie)

(Director)

The Bride Wore Boots (Movie)

(Director)

The Duke Comes Back (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Commandment (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Rupert (Movie)

(Director)

The Miracle of the Bells (Movie)

(Director)

The Moon Is Down (Movie)

(Director)

The Most Dangerous Game (Movie)

(Director)

The Pied Piper (Movie)

(Director)

Tomorrow Is Forever (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Swamp Water (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

As an actor, Irving Pichel had the privilege of working at the turn of the 1930s in Hollywood, before the Hays Code clamped down a layer of censorship on early talkies. Titles such as "Two Kinds of Women", "Wild Girl", and "The Cheat" were just some of his output during this time. As a director, Pichel cranked out films at a typical Golden Age B-movie clip. He is best remembered for the 1950 science-fiction film "Destination Moon", one of the American film industry's first serious attempts to put forth a convincing intergalactic tale. Pichel worked on the project with legendary special effects man Lee Zavitz, leading to an Oscar in that category. The movie was also honored at the Berlin International Film Festival with a Bronze Bear for Best Crime or Adventure. Pichel would have probably continued to make movies at the rate of at least one a year, but he died only a week after completing his 1954 Biblical tale "Day of Triumph". Among the other films that busy actor-director Pichel guided are the 1948 Fred MacMurray drama, "The Miracle of the Bells", and the all-star-cast-laden 1944 production of "And Now Tomorrow".

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts
graduated

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