Richard Thorpe

Director, Actor
Actor who turned to directing in 1923, progressing from low-budget material to more prestigious productions like the MGM "Tarzan" cycle. Proficient to the point of boredom ("His reputation for needing only one take is ... Read more »
Born: 02/23/1896 in Hutchinson, Kansas, USA

Filmography

Director (77)

The Last Challenge 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

That Funny Feeling 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Truth About Spring 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Fun in Acapulco 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Follow the Boys 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Honeymoon Machine 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Killers of Kilimanjaro 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

I Tartari 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Jailhouse Rock 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Ten Thousand Bedrooms 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Quentin Durward 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Prodigal 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Athena 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Student Prince 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

All the Brothers Were Valiant 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Knights of the Round Table 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Girl Who Had Everything 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

The Prisoner of Zenda 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

What Next, Corporal Hargrove? 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

Cry Havoc 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bad Man 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

Night Must Fall 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

The Midnight Lady 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

Under Montana Skies 1929 (Movie)

(Director)

A Date with Judy (Movie)

(Director)

Above Suspicion (Movie)

(Director)

Barnacle Bill (Movie)

(Director)

Big Jack (Movie)

(Director)

Carbine Williams (Movie)

(Director)

Challenge to Lassie (Movie)

(Director)

Dangerous Number (Movie)

(Director)

Double Wedding (Movie)

(Director)

Escapade (Movie)

(Director)

Fast and Fearless (Movie)

(Director)

Fiesta (Movie)

(Director)

Forgotten (Movie)

(Director)

Forgotten Women (Movie)

(Director)

Green Eyes (Movie)

(Director)

Her Highness and the Bellboy (Movie)

(Director)

Ivanhoe (Movie)

(Director)

Joe Smith, American (Movie)

(Director)

Malaya (Movie)

(Director)

Man-Proof (Movie)

(Director)

Murder on the Campus (Movie)

(Director)

On an Island with You (Movie)

(Director)

Probation (Movie)

(Director)

Rainbow Over Broadway (Movie)

(Director)

Ride 'em High (Movie)

(Director)

Strange People (Movie)

(Director)

Strange Wives (Movie)

(Director)

Tarzan Escapes (Movie)

(Director)

Tarzan Finds a Son! (Movie)

(Director)

Tarzan's New York Adventure (Movie)

(Director)

Tarzan's Secret Treasure (Movie)

(Director)

The Crowd Roars (Movie)

(Director)

The Earl of Chicago (Movie)

(Director)

The Fatal Warning (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Caruso (Movie)

(Director)

The King Murder (Movie)

(Director)

The Lawless Woman (Movie)

(Director)

The Scorpio Letters (TV Show)

Director

The Secret of the Chateau (Movie)

(Director)

The Sun Comes Up (Movie)

(Director)

The Thin Man Goes Home (Movie)

(Director)

The Thoroughbred (Movie)

(Director)

The Toy Wife (Movie)

(Director)

The Voice of Bugle Ann (Movie)

(Director)

This Time for Keeps (Movie)

(Director)

Three Hearts for Julia (Movie)

(Director)

Three Little Words (Movie)

(Director)

Thrill of a Romance (Movie)

(Director)

Two Girls and a Sailor (Movie)

(Director)

Vengeance Valley (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Horse (Movie)

(Director)

Wyoming (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

Suburban Wives 1971 (Movie)

Sarah's Husband (Actor)

Burn 'Em Up Barnes (Movie)

Stephen Thompson (Actor)

Flames of Desire (Movie)

Dick Langton (Actor)
Music (1)

Dreams 1955 (Movie)

("Too Late for Tears") (Music)
Editor (1)

Probation (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (1)

The Last Challenge 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Actor who turned to directing in 1923, progressing from low-budget material to more prestigious productions like the MGM "Tarzan" cycle. Proficient to the point of boredom ("His reputation for needing only one take is why we don't remember his films," quipped James Mason), Thorpe spent 33 years of his 45-year career with MGM and was immensely prolific and capable in all genres. Highlights include "Night Must Fall" (1938), "The Great Caruso" (1951), three Robert Taylor swashbucklers ("Ivanhoe" 1952, "Knights of the Round Table" 1954 and "Quentin Durward" 1955) and "Jailhouse Rock" (1957).

Relationships

Belva McKay

Wife

EDUCATION

attended high school in Wichita, Kansas

Milestones

1967

Last film before retiring, "The Last Challenge"

1939

Was initial director on "The Wizard of Oz"

1935

Signed as a director by MGM

1924

Directed first feature, "Gold and Grit"

1923

Directed first two-reelers

1921

Arrived in Hollywood as an actor

Acted in vaudeville, stock and musical comedy

Appeared as actor in "Torchy Comedies", "Three O'clock in the Morning", "Burn "em up Barnes", "Flame of Desire"

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