Richard Thorpe Biography (1896-1991)

Born Rollo Smolt Thorpe, February 24, 1896, in Hutchinson, KS; died May 1, 1991, in Palm Springs, CA; married Belva Kay; children: Jerry.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
actor, director
Birth Details
February 24, 1896
Hutchinson, Kansas, United States
Death Details
May 1, 1991
Palm Springs, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Director
  • Bringin' Home the Bacon, Artclass, 1924.
  • Rough Ridin', Artclass, 1924.
  • Fast and Fearless, Action, 1924.
  • Hard Hittin' Hamilton, Action, 1924.
  • Rarin' to Go, Action, 1924.
  • Rip Roarin' Roberts, Artclass, 1924.
  • Thundering Romance, Artclass, 1924.
  • Walloping Wallace, Artclass, 1924.
  • The Desert Demon, Artclass, 1925.
  • Saddle Cyclone, Artclass, 1925.
  • Full Speed, Artclass, 1925.
  • Double Action Daniels, Artclass, 1925.
  • Fast Fightin', Artclass, 1925.
  • Galloping On, Artclass, 1925.
  • Gold and Grit, Artclass, 1925.
  • On the Go, Artclass, 1925.
  • Quicker 'n Lightnin', Artclass, 1925.
  • A Streak of Luck, Artclass, 1925.
  • Tearin' Loose, Artclass, 1925.
  • The Bandit Buster, Associated Exhibitors, 1926.
  • College Days, Tiffany, 1926.
  • Double Daring, Artclass, 1926.
  • The Fighting Cheat, Artclass, 1926.
  • Rawhide, Associated Exhibitors, 1926.
  • Twin Triggers, Artclass, 1926.
  • The Bonanza Buckaroo, Associated Exhibitors, 1926.
  • Josselyn's Wife, Tiffany, 1926.
  • Coming an' Going, Artclass, 1926.
  • The Dangerous Dub, Associated Exhibitors, 1926.
  • Deuce High, Artclass, 1926.
  • Easy Going, Artclass, 1926.
  • Riding Rivals, Artclass, 1926.
  • Roaring Rider, Artclass, 1926.
  • Speedy Spurs, Artclass, 1926.
  • Trumpin' Trouble, Artclass, 1926.
  • Twin Triggers, Associated Exhibitors, 1926.
  • Between Dangers, Pathe, 1927.
  • The Cyclone Cowboy, Pathe, 1927.
  • The First Night, Tiffany, 1927.
  • The Galloping Gobs, Pathe, 1927.
  • The Interferin' Gent, Pathe, 1927.
  • The Meddlin' Stranger, Pathe, 1927.
  • Pals in Peril, Pathe, 1927.
  • Ride 'em High, Pathe, 1927.
  • The Ridin' Rowdy, Pathe, 1927.
  • Roarin' Broncs, Pathe, 1927.
  • Skedaddle Gold, Pathe, 1927.
  • The Obligin' Buckaroo, Pathe, 1927.
  • Tearin' into Trouble, Pathe, 1927.
  • The Desert of the Lost, Pathe, 1927.
  • Soda Water Cowboy, Pathe, 1927.
  • White Pebbles, Pathe, 1927.
  • The Vanishing West (serial), Mascot, 1928.
  • Vultures of the Sea (serial), Mascot, 1928.
  • The Cowboy Cavalier, Pathe, 1928.
  • Desperate Courage, Pathe, 1928.
  • The Valley of Hunted Men, Pathe, 1928.
  • Ballyhoo Buster, Pathe, 1928.
  • The Flying Buckaroo, Pathe, 1928.
  • Saddle Mates, Pathe, 1928.
  • The Fatal Warning (serial), Mascot, 1929.
  • King of the Kongo (serial), Mascot, 1929.
  • The Bachelor Girl (serial), Columbia, 1929.
  • The Lone Defender (serial), Tiffany, 1930.
  • Border Romance, Tiffany, 1930.
  • The Dude Wrangler, Sonofilms/Art World Wide, 1930.
  • Wings of Adventure, Tiffany, 1930.
  • Under Montana Skies, Tiffany, 1930.
  • The Utah Kid, Tiffany, 1930.
  • The Thoroughbred, Tiffany, 1930.
  • King of the Wild (serial), Mascot, 1931.
  • The Lawless Woman, Chesterfield, 1931.
  • Lady from Nowhere, Chesterfield, 1931.
  • (With Sidney Algier) Wild Horse (also known as Silver Devil), Allied/Astor, 1931.
  • The Sky Spider, Action, 1931.
  • Grief Street, Chesterfield, 1931.
  • Neck and Neck, Sonofilms/Art World Wide, 1931.
  • The Devil Pays, Chesterfield, 1931.
  • Cross-Examination, Artclass, 1932.
  • Murder at Dawn, Big Four, 1932.
  • Forgotten Women, Monogram, 1932.
  • Probation (also known as Second Chances), Chesterfield, 1932.
  • Midnight Lady, Chesterfield, 1932.
  • Escapade, Chesterfield, 1932.
  • Forbidden Company, Chesterfield, 1932.
  • Beauty Parlor, Chesterfield, 1932.
  • The King Murder, Chesterfield, 1932.
  • Thrill of Youth, Invincible, 1932.
  • Secrets of Wu Sin, Chesterfield, 1932.
  • Slightly Married, Chesterfield, 1933.
  • Women Won't Tell, Chesterfield, 1933.
  • Love Is Like That, Chesterfield, 1933.
  • Love Is Dangerous, Chesterfield, 1933.
  • Forgotten, Chesterfield, 1933.
  • Strange People, Chesterfield, 1933.
  • I Have Lived, First Division, 1933.
  • A Man of Sentiment, First Division, 1933.
  • Rainbow over Broadway, State Right, 1933.
  • Murder on the Campus (also known as On the Stroke of Nine),Chesterfield, 1934.
  • Notorious but Nice, Chesterfield, 1934.
  • The Quitters, First Division, 1934.
  • City Park, Chesterfield, 1934.
  • Stolen Sweets, Chesterfield, 1934.
  • Green Eyes, Chesterfield, 1934.
  • Cheating Cheaters, Universal, 1934.
  • Secret of the Chateau, Universal, 1935.
  • Strange Wives, Universal, 1935.
  • Last of the Pagans, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1936.
  • Voice of Bugle Ann, MGM, 1936.
  • Tarzan Escapes, MGM, 1936.
  • Dangerous Number, MGM, 1937.
  • Night Must Fall, MGM, 1937.
  • Double Wedding, MGM, 1937.
  • Man-Proof, MGM, 1938.
  • Love Is a Headache, MGM, 1938.
  • The First 100 Years, MGM, 1938.
  • The Toy Wife (also known as Frou-Frou), MGM, 1938.
  • The Crowd Roars, MGM, 1938.
  • Three Loves Has Nancy, MGM, 1938.
  • Huckleberry Finn (also known as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), MGM, 1939.
  • Tarzan Finds a Son!, MGM, 1939.
  • The Earl of Chicago, MGM, 1940.
  • Twenty Mule Team, MGM, 1940.
  • Wyoming (also known as Bad Man of Wyoming), MGM, 1940.
  • The Bad Man (also known as Two-Gun Cupid), MGM, 1941.
  • Barnacle Bill, MGM, 1941.
  • Tarzan's Secret Treasure, MGM, 1941.
  • Joe Smith, American (also known as Highway to Freedom), MGM, 1942.
  • Tarzan's New York Adventure, MGM, 1942.
  • Apache Trail, MGM, 1942.
  • White Cargo, MGM, 1942.
  • Three Hearts for Julia, MGM, 1943.
  • Above Suspicion, MGM, 1943.
  • Cry Havoc, MGM, 1943.
  • Two Girls and a Sailor, MGM, 1944.
  • The Thin Man Goes Home, MGM, 1944.
  • Thrill of a Romance, MGM, 1945.
  • Her Highness and the Bellboy, MGM, 1945.
  • What Next, Corporal Hargrove?, MGM, 1945.
  • Fiesta, MGM, 1947.
  • This Time for Keeps, MGM, 1947.
  • On an Island with You, MGM, 1948.
  • A Date with Judy, MGM, 1948.
  • The Sun Comes Up, MGM, 1949.
  • Challenge to Lassie, MGM, 1949.
  • Big Jack, MGM, 1949.
  • Malaya (also known as East of the Rising Sun), MGM, 1950.
  • The Black Hand, MGM, 1950.
  • Three Little Words, MGM, 1950.
  • Vengeance Valley, MGM, 1951.
  • The Great Caruso, MGM, 1951.
  • The Unknown Man, MGM, 1951.
  • (With Charles Vidor, John Sturges, Don Hartman, Clarence Brown, William Wellman, and Don Weis) It's a Big Country, MGM, 1952.
  • Carbine Williams, MGM, 1952.
  • Ivanhoe, MGM, 1952.
  • The Prisoner of Zenda, MGM, 1952.
  • The Girl Who Had Everything, MGM, 1953.
  • All the Brothers Were Valiant, MGM, 1953.
  • Knights of the Round Table, MGM, 1953.
  • The Flame and the Flesh, MGM, 1954.
  • The Student Prince, MGM, 1954.
  • Athena, MGM, 1954.
  • The Prodigal, MGM, 1955.
  • Quentin Durward (also known as The Adventures of Quentin Durward), MGM, 1955.
  • Ten Thousand Bedrooms, MGM, 1957.
  • Tip on a Dead Jockey (also known as Time for Action), MGM,1957.
  • Jailhouse Rock, MGM, 1957.
  • The House of the Seven Hawks, MGM, 1959.
  • Killers of Kilimanjaro, Columbia, 1960.
  • The Honeymoon Machine, MGM, 1961.
  • The Tartars, MGM, 1962.
  • The Horizontal Lieutenant, MGM, 1962.
  • Follow the Boys, MGM, 1963.
  • Fun in Acapulco, Paramount, 1963.
  • The Golden Head, Cinerama/Hungarofilms, 1965.
  • The Truth about Spring, Universal, 1965.
  • That Funny Feeling, Universal, 1965.
  • Also directed Battling Buddy, 1924. Uncredited director of transitional sequences for How the West Was Won, directed by Henry Hathaway,John Ford, and George Marshall, Cinerama, 1962.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Stephen Thompson, Burn 'em Up Barnes, Affiliated, 1921.
  • Alfred, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, MGM, 1957.
  • Sir Gareth, Sword of Lancelot (also known as Lancelot and Guinevere), Universal, 1963.
  • Also appeared in numerous silent films in the 1920s.
  • Credits; Television Work
  • Producer and director, The Scorpio Letters, NBC, 1967.

Further Reference

Periodicals

  • Hollywood Reporter, May 6, 1991, pp. 10, 12.

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