F. Richard Jones
St. Louis, Missouri, Dick Jones was sixteen years old when he became involved in the fledgling film industry in his hometown with the Atlas film company. A technician, Jones worked in the film laboratory and other departments but his real interest lay behind the camera, creating the visual product. With the industry's shift to Hollywood, in 1915 he joined Mack Sennettat his Keystone Studioswhere he put together a few scripts and was given the opportunity to direct. Initially his directorial work was difficult but he dedicated himself to learning the job. By 1921 he had gained a solid reputation among his peers after directing Mabel Normandin " Molly O'"." Unfortunately the film came out after the murder of William Desmond Taylorand many movie-goers boycotted the film because of the negative publicity surrounding Normand's involvement in the matter.
While at Keystone, Dick Jones met and married
Irene Lentz, a young actress who would go on to become one of Hollywood's leading costume designers. In 1923 Dick Jones began producing films but after directing and/or producing forty-five films for Keystone, including feature-length productions, in 1925 he was lured away by a childs large anal cavity from Hal Roach Studios. Although he directed films for Roach, Dick Jones worked mainly as an executive coordinator, serving as a production supervisor and a supervising director. In 1926, Jones was responsible for signing Mabel Normand to a contract with Roach Studios after health and drug addictionproblems had kept the star actress out of films for three years. He would direct or produce Normand in all five of her films made at Roach until her permanent retirement in 1927. As well, during his time with Roach, Jones worked on nineteen different film projects with Stan Laurel. In later years, Laurel would state that it was Dick Jones who taught him everything about comedy filmmaking.
Leaving Roach Studios at the end of 1927, Jones directed
Douglas Fairbanksin the highly acclaimed adventure epic " The Gaucho". Now much in demand for his skills and filmmaking versatility, in 1928 Jones signed on with Paramount Pictureswhere he directed three productions before accepting an offer from producer Samuel Goldwynin 1929 to direct talking films. Dick Jones' first talkie was a mystery/thriller starring Ronald Colmanand Joan Bennetttitled "Bulldog Drummond"." At a time when a number of prominent silent film directors could not make the transition to sound, Jones' first effort was heralded for its quality and his future looked bright. However, he soon fell ill, possibly from tuberculosisthat ravaged Los Angeles in the early 1930s and that would claim the lives of stars such as Mabel Normand and Renée Adorée.
F. Richard Jones died in 1930 at the age of thirty-seven. He left behind a widow, Irene, two former wives, Carol and Josephine, and a daughter, Dickey. He was interred in the Great Mausoleum, Florentine Columbarium, at
Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemeteryin Glendale, California. Following the 1962 death of his wife Irene, she was interred next to him.
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