Richard Thorpe

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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.

Most Popular Richard Thorpe Trailers

Total trailers found: 113

How the West Was Won Trailer (1962)

01 November 1962

The epic tale of the development of the American West from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family.

The Thin Man Goes Home Trailer (1945)

25 January 1945

On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.

Tarzan's New York Adventure Trailer (1942)

01 May 1942

Circus owner Buck Rand kidnaps Boy to perform in his show. He forces a pilot to fly him, Boy and his animal trainer out of the jungle.

The Truth About Spring Trailer (1965)

30 March 1965

Tommy Tyler, a lazy Caribbean sailor, and his tom-boy daughter, Spring, are out to search for a buried treasure.

Tarzan's Secret Treasure Trailer (1941)

01 December 1941

A scientific expedition happens to discover that gold exits on Tarzan's escarpment. The villainous Medford and Vandermeer kidnap Jane and Boy to extort from Tarzan the location of the gold.

That Funny Feeling Trailer (1965)

25 August 1965

Joan Howell, a young and pretty maid-for-hire, meets and begins dating wealthy New York City businessman Tom Milford.

Tarzan Finds a Son! Trailer (1939)

16 June 1939

A young couple die in a plane crash in the jungle. Their son is found by Tarzan and Jane who name him Boy and raise him as their own.

Ivanhoe Trailer (1952)

01 January 1952

Sir Walter Scott's classic story of the chivalrous Ivanhoe who joins with Robin of Locksley in the fight against Prince John and for the return of King Richard the Lionheart.

Jailhouse Rock Trailer (1957)

08 November 1957

After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.

Tarzan Escapes Trailer (1936)

06 November 1936

White hunter Captain Fry tries to take Tarzan back to civilization, caged for public display. He arrives in the jungle with Jane's cousins, Eric and Rita who want Jane's help in claiming a fortune left her.

Fun in Acapulco Trailer (1963)

01 January 1963

Mike works on a boat in Acapulco. When the bratty daughter of the boat owner gets him fired, Mike must find new work.

On an Island with You Trailer (1948)

03 May 1948

A young navy lieutenant is brought in as techninical adviser on a song-dance-and-swim film being made by screen star Rosalind Reynolds.

Two Girls and a Sailor Trailer (1944)

14 June 1944

A sailor helps two sisters start up a service canteen. The sailor soon becomes taken with gorgeous sister Jean, unaware that her sibling Patsy is also in love with him.

Man-Proof Trailer (1938)

07 January 1938

A newspaper illustrator tries to remain best friends with the man she secretly loves, even though he recently married another woman.

Vengeance Valley Trailer (1951)

06 February 1951

A cattle baron takes in an orphaned boy and raises him, causing his own son to resent the boy. As they get older the resentment festers into hatred, and eventually the real son frames his stepbrother for fathering an illegitimate child that is actually his, seeing it as an opportunity to get his half-brother out of the way so he can have his father's empire all to himself.

Malaya Trailer (1949)

27 December 1949

After living abroad for several years, journalist John Royer returns to the United States just after the U.

Big Jack Trailer (1949)

12 April 1949

Wallace Beery, in his final film, plays a bandit in this period drama set in Colonial America.

The Crowd Roars Trailer (1938)

06 August 1938

A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living.

Three Little Words Trailer (1950)

12 July 1950

Song-and-dance man Bert Kalmar can't continue his stage career after an injury for while, so he has to earn his money as a lyricst.

The Prisoner of Zenda Trailer (1952)

01 January 1952

The classic tale of a king and an everyman switching places.

Quentin Durward Trailer (1955)

23 November 1955

During the 15th century reign of France's King Louis XI, a young Scottish man is sent by his English Lord to woo a French lady on his behalf.

The Great Caruso Trailer (1951)

16 April 1951

Loosely traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera's patrons.

White Cargo Trailer (1942)

12 December 1942

In Africa early in World War II, a British rubber plantation executive reminisces about his arrival in the Congo in 1910.

Challenge to Lassie Trailer (1949)

01 January 1949

When Lassie's master dies, an old friend tries to convince a judge that the dog's life should be spared.

The Iron Maiden Trailer (1963)

07 June 1963

The film follows Jack Hopkins (played by Michael Craig), an aircraft designer with a passion for traction engines.

Double Wedding Trailer (1937)

15 October 1937

A bohemian free spirit (William Powell) helps meek Waldo (John Beal) win back his fiancée (Florence Rice) and falls in love with her over-controlling sister (Myrna Loy) in the process.

Above Suspicion Trailer (1943)

01 May 1943

Frances and Richard Myles (Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray) are newlyweds honeymooning in Europe on the eve of World War II.

The Last Challenge Trailer (1967)

22 December 1967

An upstart outlaw baits a legendary gunslinger, now a marshal in love with a saloon keeper.

All the Brothers Were Valiant Trailer (1953)

13 November 1953

Sea-faring saga of two brothers (Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger) and the woman they both love.

The Toy Wife Trailer (1938)

10 June 1938

A Southern belle finds herself torn between two suitors.

Night Must Fall Trailer (1937)

30 April 1937

When a rich but cantankerous dowager on an isolated estates hires an engaging handyman, her niece/companion becomes suspicious of his motives.

Apache Trail Trailer (1942)

01 September 1942

The brother of a notorious outlaw is put in a charge of a stagecoach line way station in dangerous Apache territory.

The Bad Man Trailer (1941)

28 March 1941

Lopez is a bandit who has stolen the herd at Gil's ranch, so Hardy is about to foreclose. But Lucia has come back from New York and Gil is happy until he meets her husband, Morgan.

The Thoroughbred Trailer (1930)

09 August 1930

Riley and Donovan, racehorse owners and trainers who have been rivals and enemies for years, seek to befriend Tod Taylor, a jockey, and Ham, a retainer.

Knights of the Round Table Trailer (1953)

22 December 1953

In Camelot, kingdom of Arthur and Merlin, Lancelot is well known for his courage and honor. But one day he must quit Camelot and the Queen Guinevere's love, leaving the Round Table without protection.

Love Is a Headache Trailer (1938)

14 January 1938

A press agent for a Broadway actress whose career is going downhill, attempts to get her some publicity by having her adopt two orphans.

Tip on a Dead Jockey Trailer (1957)

06 September 1957

Broke and about to divorce his wife (Dorothy Malone), a pilot (Robert Taylor) joins a smuggling scheme in postwar Madrid.

Killers of Kilimanjaro Trailer (1959)

01 October 1959

An American engineer reaches Mombasa to finish the works of an African railroad and to find his predecessor, who has mysteriously disappeared.

Cross-Examination Trailer (1932)

13 February 1932

Defense Atorney Gerald Waring uses great skill and ingenuity in his efforts to save the life of a boy charged with the murder of his father.

A Date with Judy Trailer (1948)

29 July 1948

Developed from a radio program which began in 1941, hyperactive teenager Judy challenges and is challeged by her overly proper parents, pest of a brother Randolph and boyfriend Oogie.

Barnacle Bill Trailer (1941)

07 April 1941

Director Richard Thorpe's 1941 film stars Wallace Beery as a crusty old San Pedro fisherman, Virginia Weidler as his precocious and motherless daughter, Marjorie Main as a waterfront spinster hoping to reel in a husband, and an ever-present pelican with immaculate comic timing.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Trailer (1939)

10 February 1939

Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish.

Ten Thousand Bedrooms Trailer (1957)

03 April 1957

In this musical-comedy, Dean Martin plays an American hotel mogul who becomes smitten with a young Italian woman (Anna Maria Alberghetti) when buying a hotel in Rome.

It's a Big Country Trailer (1951)

20 November 1951

Comprised of eight unrelated episodes of inconsistent quality, this anthology piece of American propaganda features some of MGM Studios' best directors, screenwriters and actors; it is narrated by Louis Calhern.

Stolen Sweets Trailer (1934)

15 March 1934

Wealthy but unhappy Patricia Belmont meets fun-loving insurance salesman Bill Smith (and his fun-loving friends Sam Ragland and Betty Harkness)on a ship cruise and falls in love, much to the annoyance of her high-society, fortune-hunting fiance Barrington Thorne.

Fiesta Trailer (1947)

12 June 1947

A non-aquatic change of pace: Esther Williams disguises herself in matador gear and secretly fills in for her twin matador brother (Ricardo Montalban) after he abandons the ring.

Forgotten Women Trailer (1931)

01 December 1931

Acting on a tip from former stage actress Fern Madden, who is now working as a movie extra, Jimmy Burke, a Hollywood reporter, publishes an article revealing an independent film producer to have mob connections.

The Midnight Lady Trailer (1932)

15 May 1932

A hard-boiled owner of a big-city speakeasy is reunited with her daughter Jean (Claudia Dell), who has been raised to believe that her mother is dead.

Carbine Williams Trailer (1952)

01 May 1952

This is the story of David Marshall 'Marsh' Williams, the real life inventor of the world famous M-1 Carbine automatic rifle used in WWII.

The Prodigal Trailer (1955)

06 May 1955

A wealthy young Hebrew traveling in Damascus renounces his faith after is seduced by an alluring pagan priestess and cheated of his fortune by the High Priest as well.

The King Murder Trailer (1932)

10 October 1932

A beautiful blonde makes a career out of seducing and then blackmailing wealthy married men. She is found murdered after demanding a $5000 payoff from her latest victim, and the detective investigating the case finds out that she was involved in a lot more than just blackmail.

The Horizontal Lieutenant Trailer (1962)

18 April 1962

Director Richard Thorpe's 1962 military comedy stars Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss, Miyoshi Umeki, Jim Backus, Jack Carter, Marty Ingels, Charles McGraw and Argentina Brunetti.

Under Montana Skies Trailer (1930)

09 September 1930

Clay gets a musical troop out af jail and helps raise money so they can put on their show. During the performance Blake and his men rob the box office.

This Time for Keeps Trailer (1947)

17 October 1947

An ex-GI falls for a bathing beauty (Esther Williams). Lauritz Melchior, Xavier Cugat, Jimmy Durante and Mackinac Island locations add to the good times and romance.

Wings of Adventure Trailer (1930)

01 August 1930

Dave Kent, a commercial aviator, and his mechanic, Skeets Smith, are forced to make an emergency landing in Mexico and find themselves in the hands of La Panthera, a notorious bandit who wishes to overthrow the government and become president of a new republic.

Follow the Boys Trailer (1963)

01 January 1963

Bonnie (Connie Francis), Toni (Paula Prentiss), Michele (Dany Robin) and Liz follow the course of their Navy mates along the Riviera.

Murder on the Campus Trailer (1933)

26 December 1933

A popular young student finds herself accused of a series of murders that have occurred on the college campus.

The Girl Who Had Everything Trailer (1953)

27 March 1953

Attorney's daughter falls for one of his gangster clients.

20 Mule Team Trailer (1940)

03 May 1940

It is 1892 in Death Valley and the yields from the Borax ore are getting so small that refining it is a losing proposition.

The Voice of Bugle Ann Trailer (1936)

15 February 1936

A Missouri farmer's (Lionel Barrymore) son (Eric Linden) loves the daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan) of a neighbor who has killed the farmer's foxhound.