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Richard Thorpe (February 24, 1896 - May 1, 1991) was an American film director.    Born Rollo Smolt Thorpe in Hutchinson, Kansas, he 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. The first full length motion picture he directed for MGM was Last of the Pagans (1935) starring Ray Mala. After directing The Last Challenge in 1967, he retired from the film industry. He died in Palm Springs, California in 1991.

Thorpe is also known as the original director of The Wizard of Oz. He was fired after two weeks of shooting, because it was felt that his scenes did not have the right air of fantasy about them. Thorpe notoriously gave Judy Garland a blonde wig and cutesy "baby-doll" makeup that made her look like a girl in her late teens rather than an innocent Kansas farm girl of about thirteen. Both makeup and wig were discarded at the suggestion of George Cukor, who was brought in temporarily. Stills from Thorpe's work on the film survive today.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Thorpe has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Blvd.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Richard Thorpe, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Richard Thorpe (February 24, 1896 - May 1, 1991) was an American film director.    Born Rollo Smolt Thorpe in Hutchinson, Kansas, he 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. The first full length motion picture he directed for MGM was Last of the Pagans (1935) starring Ray Mala. After directing The Last Challenge in 1967, he retired from the film industry. He died in Palm Springs, California in 1991.

Thorpe is also known as the original director of The Wizard of Oz. He was fired after two weeks of shooting, because it was felt that his scenes did not have the right air of fantasy about them. Thorpe notoriously gave Judy Garland a blonde wig and cutesy "baby-doll" makeup that made her look like a girl in her late teens rather than an innocent Kansas farm girl of about thirteen. Both makeup and wig were discarded at the suggestion of George Cukor, who was brought in temporarily. Stills from Thorpe's work on the film survive today.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Thorpe has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Blvd.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Richard Thorpe, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 120

Birthday 1896-02-24

Day of Death 1991-05-01

Place of Birth Hutchinson, Kansas, USA

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Also Known As

  • Frank L. Inghram
  • Frank Inghram

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1967 The Last Challenge Director
1967 The Scorpio Letters Director
1965 That Funny Feeling Director
1965 The Truth About Spring Director
1964 The Golden Head Director
1963 Follow the Boys Director
1963 Fun in Acapulco Director
1962 How the West Was Won Director
1962 The Horizontal Lieutenant Director
1961 The Tartars Director
1961 The Honeymoon Machine Director
1959 The House of the Seven Hawks Director
1959 Killers of Kilimanjaro Director
1957 Jailhouse Rock Director
1957 Tip on a Dead Jockey Director
1957 Ten Thousand Bedrooms Director
1955 Quentin Durward Director
1955 The Prodigal Director
1955 Bedevilled Director
1954 Athena Director
1954 The Student Prince Director
1953 Knights of the Round Table Director
1953 All the Brothers Were Valiant Director
1953 The Girl Who Had Everything Director
1952 The Prisoner of Zenda Director
1952 Carbine Williams Director
1952 Ivanhoe Director
1951 It's a Big Country Director
1951 The Unknown Man Director
1951 The Great Caruso Director
1951 Vengeance Valley Director
1950 Three Little Words Director
1950 Black Hand Director
1949 Malaya Director
1949 The Sun Comes Up Director
1949 Big Jack Director
1949 Challenge to Lassie Director
1948 A Date with Judy Director
1948 On an Island with You Director
1947 This Time for Keeps Director
1947 Fiesta Director
1945 What Next, Corporal Hargrove? Director
1945 Her Highness and the Bellboy Director
1945 Thrill of a Romance Director
1945 The Thin Man Goes Home Director
1944 Two Girls and a Sailor Director
1943 Cry 'Havoc' Director
1943 Three Hearts For Julia Director
1943 Above Suspicion Director
1942 White Cargo Director
1942 Apache Trail Director
1942 Tarzan's New York Adventure Director
1942 Joe Smith, American Director
1941 Tarzan's Secret Treasure Director
1941 Barnacle Bill Director
1941 The Bad Man Director
1940 Wyoming Director
1940 20 Mule Team Director
1940 The Earl of Chicago Director
1939 Tarzan Finds a Son! Director
1939 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Director
1938 Three Loves Has Nancy Director
1938 The Crowd Roars Director
1938 The Toy Wife Director
1938 The First Hundred Years Director
1938 Love Is a Headache Director
1938 Man-Proof Director
1937 Double Wedding Director
1937 Night Must Fall Director
1937 Dangerous Number Director
1936 Tarzan Escapes Director
1936 The Voice of Bugle Ann Director
1935 Last of the Pagans Director
1934 Secret of the Chateau Director
1934 Cheating Cheaters Director
1934 Green Eyes Director
1934 City Park Director
1934 Stolen Sweets Director
1934 The Quitter Director
1933 Murder on the Campus Director
1933 Rainbow Over Broadway Director
1933 A Man of Sentiment Director
1933 Notorious But Nice Director
1933 Strange People Director
1933 I Have Lived Director
1933 Forgotten Director
1932 The Secrets of Wu Sin Director
1932 Women Won't Tell Director
1932 Slightly Married Director
1932 The King Murder Director
1932 Thrill of Youth Director
1932 Beauty Parlor Director
1932 The Midnight Lady Director
1932 Escapade Director
1932 Probation Director
1932 Murder at Dawn Director
1932 Cross-Examination Director
1931 The Devil Plays Director
1931 Forgotten Women Director
1931 Neck and Neck Director
1931 The Sky Spider Director
1931 Grief Street Director
1931 Wild Horse Director
1931 The Lady from Nowhere Director
1931 King of the Wild Director
1930 The Utah Kid Director
1930 Under Montana Skies Director
1930 The Thoroughbred Director
1930 Wings of Adventure Director
1930 The Dude Wrangler Director
1930 The Lone Defender Director
1929 The King of the Kongo Director
1929 Border Romance Director
1929 The Bachelor Girl Director
1928 The Ballyhoo Buster Director
1927 The Desert of the Lost Director
1927 The Ridin' Rowdy Director
1927 Tearin' Into Trouble Director
1926 College Days Director

Writing

1928 The Ballyhoo Buster Writer
1927 The Desert of the Lost Writer
1927 The Ridin' Rowdy Writer

Production

1967 The Last Challenge Producer
1967 The Scorpio Letters Producer

Editing

1931 Grief Street Editor
1931 The Lady from Nowhere Editor

Acting

1921 Burn 'Em Up Barnes as Stephen Thompson

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