~Rex Ingram~

Born: January 15, 1892 in Dublin, Ireland
Died: July 21, 1950 in North Hollywood, California, USA
~Hoover Portrait of Director Rex Ingram~
Not to be confused with the African American actor of the same name, Irish-born actor/director
Rex Ingram was a set designer and painter before entering films as a performer in 1914's Necklace
of Rameses. Handsome enough to thrive as a film star, Ingram was more attracted to directing,
making his debut in this capacity with the 1916 feature The Great Problem. A consummate artist,
Ingram disliked the crass business haggling of Hollywood, and was particularly disenchanted with
the level of American writing. He was drawn to the mystical, tragic novels of Spanish author
Vicente Blasco Ibanez; many of these were unfilmable, but one Ibanez adaptation, Four Horsemen
of the Apocalypse (1922), was not only a hit for Ingram but secured the stardom of Rudolph
Valentino. Unwilling to submit to rushed production schedules and tight budgets, Ingram was not
well loved in Hollywood, though he found a kindred spirit in fellow director Erich Von Stroheim,
who like Ingram was meticulous in detail but careless in spending studio money. When Von
Stroheim completed the eight-hour film drama McTeague, Ingram volunteered out of friendship to
cut the film down to a more playable length. When Ingram's cut was whittled down further by
MGM and released as Greed (1924), Ingram decided that he was sick of the so-called "butchers" of
Hollywood and retreated to France, where he set up his own studios in Nice to direct films of his
own choosing with his wife Alice Terry as star. Visually exquisite, with richly toned photography
and beautifully tinted film stock, Ingram's features were artistic successes but box-office
disappointments. Seen today, such Ingram films as Mare Nostrum (1926) and The Magician (1927)
are feasts for the eye, but rather stodgy and slow; moreover, though he fancied himself a writer,
Ingram's screenplays are often confusing and disorganized. Still, he was a staunch individualist in
a world of cookie-cutter studio directors, and Ingram had a loyal following, even if his films lost
money for his Anerican distributors. Utterly opposed to the introduction of talking pictures,
Ingram made one sound film, Baroud (1931), which was filmed in Morocco. Thereafter, Ingram
abandoned filmmaking for the tenets of Islam, devoting the last two decades of his life to
introspective worship, writing, and sculpting.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com

The Garden of Allah (1927)
The Magician (1926/I)
Mare Nostrum (1926)
... aka Our Sea (USA)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) (uncredited)
... aka Ben-Hur (USA: short title)
The Arab (1924)
Scaramouche (1923)
Where the Pavement Ends (1923)
Trifling Women (1922)
The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)
Turn to the Right (1922)
The Conquering Power (1921)
... aka Eugenie Grandet (USA)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Hearts Are Trumps (1920)
Under Crimson Skies (1920)
Shore Acres (1920)
The Day She Paid (1919)
... aka Oats and the Woman
Humdrum Brown (1918)
His Robe of Honor (1918)
The Little Terror (1917)
The Flower of Doom (1917)
The Pulse of Life (1917)
The Reward of the Faithless (1917)
Black Orchids (1917)
The Chalice of Sorrow (1916)
... aka The Fatal Promise (UK)
Broken Fetters (1916)
The Great Problem (1916)
The Symphony of Souls (1914)


The Three Passions (1928) (writer)
The Magician (1926/I) (adaptation and scenario)
The Arab (1924) (writer)
Where the Pavement Ends (1923) (adaptation)
Trifling Women (1922) (story)
The Little Terror (1917) (writer)
The Flower of Doom (1917) (scenario)
The Pulse of Life (1917) (scenario)
The Reward of the Faithless (1917) (scenario)
Black Orchids (1917) (scenario)
The Chalice of Sorrow (1916) (scenario)
... aka The Fatal Promise (UK)
Broken Fetters (1916) (scenario)
The Great Problem (1916) (writer)
The Galley Slave (1915) (writer)
A Woman's Past (1915) (scenario)
Blindness of Devotion (1915) (story)
The Song of Hate (1915) (scenario)
A Wonderful Adventure (1915) (scenario)
Should a Mother Tell (1915) (scenario) (story)
The Family Honor (1913) (writer) (as Rex Hitchcock)


The Kings of Kings (1927) ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Camille (1926/II) .... Charles Stewart Parnell
... aka The Fate of a Coquette (USA: subtitle)
The Ten Commandments (1923) ... Israelite Slave (uncredited)
Salome (1918)
Snatched from a Burning Death (1915) (as Rex Hitchcock) .... Chandler, the lover
The Evil Men Do (1915) (as Rex Hitchcock) .... Margaret's Companion
The Moonshine Maid and the Man (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock)
Goodbye Summer (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock)
His Wedded Wife (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock)
Fine Feathers Make Fine Birds (1914/I) (as Rex Hitchcock)
The Upper Hand (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock)
David Garrick (1914)
The Circus and the Boy (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock)
The Crime of Cain (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock)
Eve's Daughter (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock) .... Armand Colt - a Sculptor
The Southerners (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock)
Her Great Scoop (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock) .... Horace Bryson
The Spirit and the Clay (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock) .... Emil
The Borrowed Finery (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock)
The Price of the Necklace (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock)
The Necklace of Rameses (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock)
The Witness to the Will (1914) (as Rex Hitchcock)
The Artist's Great Madonna (1913) (as Rex Hitchcock)
Beau Brummel (1913) (as Rex Hitchcock)
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