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King Vidor
King Vidor

King Wallis Vidor (February 8, 1894November 1, 1982) was an American film director. Image File history File links KingVidor01. ... Image File history File links KingVidor01. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ...


He was born in Galveston, Texas, where he survived the great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. Nickname: The Oleander City Official website: City of Galveston Location Location in the state of Texas Government County Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas Geographical characteristics Area Total 539. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 660 miles (1,065 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Lowest pressure ≤936 mbar (hPa) Damages $25-50 million (1900 USD) $928 million (2000 USD) [1] Fatalities 6,000–12,000 direct Areas affected Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, south Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas (particularly around Galveston), much of the Central United States, Great Lakes region, Atlantic Canada Part...


A freelance newsreel cameraman and cinema projectionist, he made his debut as a director in 1913 with Hurricane in Galveston. In Hollywood from 1915, he worked on a variety of film-related jobs before directing a feature film, The Turn of the Road in 1919. A successful mounting of Peg o' My Heart in 1922 got him a long term contract with MGM. Three years later he made The Big Parade, among the most acclaimed war-films of the silent era, and a tremendous commercial success. This success established him as one of MGM's top studio directors for the next decade. In 1928 Vidor received his first Oscar nomination for The Crowd, widely regarded as his masterpiece and one of the greatest American silent films. In all he was nominated five times for an Oscar but he never won in direct competition; he received an honorary award in 1979. A newsreel is a documentary film that is regularly released in a public presentation place containing filmed news stories. ... A movie projector is an opto-mechanical device for displaying moving pictures. ... ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... The Big Parade is a 1925 silent film which tells the story of an idle rich boy who is shipped off to France to fight World War I, becomes friends with two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare, and finds love with a French girl. ... The Crowd an influential and acclaimed American film released in 1928, and nominated for the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production that same year. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Vidor's career extended well in to the sound era and he continued making feature films until the late 50's. Some of his better known sound films include Stella Dallas, Northwest Passage, The Citadel, Duel in the Sun, The Fountainhead, and War and Peace. He stepped in and directed the black and white sequences in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz (including the "Over the Rainbow" sequence) when director Victor Fleming was pulled into Gone with the Wind, but never received screen credit. For the novel, see The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; For other senses of this title, see The Wizard of Oz. ... Victor Fleming (February 23, 1883 - January 6, 1949) (sometimes Vic Fleming) was an American film director. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In 1967, Vidor researched the unsolved 1922 murder of fellow director William Desmond Taylor for a possible screenplay. Vidor never published or wrote of this research in his lifetime, but biographer Sidney Kirkpatrick posthumously examined Vidor's research and concluded in his 1986 book "Cast of Killers" that Vidor did indeed solve the sensational crime, but kept his conclusions private to protect individuals still living at the time. Kirkpatrick's book remains controversial with students of the crime, but the conclusions have not been refuted. William Desmond Taylor William Desmond Taylor (born William Cunningham Deane-Tanner April 26, 1872 in Carlow, Ireland – February 1, 1922 in Los Angeles) was a successful US film director and a popular figure in the growing Hollywood film colony of the 1910s and early 20s. ...


Vidor entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest career as a film director: beginning in 1913 with Hurricane in Galveston and ending in 1980 with a documentary called The Metaphor. He was married three times: The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ...

  1. Florence Arto (1917-1924); one daughter
    • Suzanne (born 1919)
  2. Eleanor Boardman (1926-1931); two daughters
    • Antonia (born 1927)
    • Belinda (born 1930)
  3. Elizabeth Hill (1932-1982)

Florence Vidor in 1933 Florence Arto (best known as Florence Vidor) (Texas, 23 July 1895 - California 3 November 1977) was an American actress. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Eleanor Boardman (August 19, 1898 - December 12, 1991) was an American film actress, popular during the era of silent movies. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Selected filmography

The Big Parade is a 1925 silent film which tells the story of an idle rich boy who is shipped off to France to fight World War I, becomes friends with two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare, and finds love with a French girl. ... La Bohème, French for The Bohemian Life, is an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on La Vie de Bohème by Henri Murger. ... The Crowd an influential and acclaimed American film released in 1928, and nominated for the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production that same year. ... Show People is 1928 silent comedy film produced at MGM Studios, and directed by King Vidor. ... The film Hallelujah! (1929) was an MGM musical directed by King Vidor and starring Daniel L. Hayes and the then unknown Nina Mae McKinney. ... The Champ is a 1931 movie that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. ... The Citadel is a novel by A. J. Cronin, first published in 1937, turned into a 1938 film, with two 1960 US and another 1983 BBC television adaptations. ... Comrade X is a 1940 spy movie, starring Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr and directed by King Vidor. ... Northwest Passage is a 1940 movie, starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey, and others. ... Categories: Movie stubs | 1946 films | Best Actress Oscar Nominee (film) | Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee (film) ... The Fountainhead, Centennial edition. ... War and Peace is the first film version of the novel War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. ...

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King Vidor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (141 words)
King Vidor (February 8, 1894 - November 1, 1982) was an American film director.
A freelance newsreel cameraman and cinema projectionist, he made his debut as a director in 1913 with the two-reel film In Tow.
Vidor holds the record for the longest directorial career in film history.
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