Rex Ingram (director)


Rex Ingram (director)

Infobox Actor
name = Rex Ingram


birthname = Reginald Ingram Montgomery Hitchcock
birthdate = birth date|1892|1|15
birthplace = Dublin, Ireland
deathdate = death date and age|1950|7|21|1892|1|15
deathplace = North Hollywood, California
spouse = Doris Pawn (m.1917)
Alice Terry (1921-1950)
awards = Walk of Fame - Motion Picture
1651 Vine Street

Rex Ingram (January 15, 1892 – July 21, 1950) was a film director, producer, writer and actor.

Born Reginald Ingram Montgomery Hitchcock in Dublin, Ireland, the son of a clergyman. He was educated at Saint Columba's College, near Rathfarnam, County Dublin. He spent most of his adolescent life living in the Old Rectory, Kinnity, Birr, County Offaly where his father was the Church of Ireland rector. He emigrated to the United States in 1911. His brother Francis Clere Hitchcock went on to join the English army and fought during World War I where he was awarded the Military Cross and rose to the rank of Colonel.

Ingram studied sculpture at the Yale University School of Art, but soon moved into film, first taking acting work from 1913 and then writing, producing and directing. His first work as producer-director was in 1916 on the romantic drama "The Great Problem". He worked for Edison Studios, Fox Film Corporation, Vitagraph Studios, and then MGM, directing mainly action or supernatural films.He married twice, first to actress Doris Pawn in 1917; this ended in divorce in 1920. He then married Alice Terry in 1921 with whom he remained for the rest of his life. In 1925, Ingram and Fred Niblo directed the hugely successful epic "Ben-Hur", filming parts of it in Italy. He and his wife decided to move to the French Riviera. They up a small studio in Nice and made several films on location in North Africa, Spain, and Italy for MGM and others.

Amongst others to work for Ingram at MGM on the Riviera during this period was the young Michael Powell, who later went on to direct (with Emeric Pressburger) "The Red Shoes" and other classics. By Powell's own account, Ingram was a major influence on him. Indeed Ingram's influence on Powell's later work can be detected, especially in its themes in illusion, dreaming, magic and the surreal.

Unimpressed with sound, Rex Ingram made only one talkie, "Baroud", filmed for Gaumont British Pictures in Morocco. The film was a not a commercial success and Ingram left the film business, returning to Los Angeles to work as a sculptor and writer.

Rex Ingram's films were considered by many contemporary directors to be artistic and skillful, with an imaginative and bold visual style. In 1949, the Directors Guild of America bestowed an Honorary Life Membership on him. For his contribution to the motion picture industry he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1651 Vine Street.

He also wrote two novels, "Mars in the House of Death" and "The Legion Advances".

Rex Ingram died in 1950 and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Filmography

*"The Great Problem" (1916)
*"Broken Fetters" (1916)
*"Chalice of Sorrow" (1916)
*"Black Orchids" (1917)
*"The Reward of Life" (1917)
*"The Flower of Doom" (1917)
*"His Robe of Honour" (1917)
*"Humdrum Brown" (1917)
*"The Day She Paid" (1919)
*"Shore Acres" (1920)
*"Under Crimson Skies" (1920)
*"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1921)
*"The Conquering Power" (1921)
*"Hearts are Trumps" (1921)
*"The Prisoner of Zenda" (1922)
*"Trifling Women" (1922)
*"Turn to the Right" (1922)
*"Scaramouche" (1923)
*"Where the Pavement Ends" (1923)
*"The Arab" (1924)
*"Mare Nostrum" (1926)
*"The Magician" (1926)
*"The Garden of Allah" (1927)
*"The Three Passions" (1929)
*"Baroud" (1932)

External links

*imdb name|id= 0002271|name= Rex Ingram


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