Rex Ingram

Rex Ingram

Original Name Reginald Hitchcock
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death 21 Jul 1950 (aged 57)
North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Memory, Niche 20397
Memorial ID 5176 · View Source
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Motion picture director. Best known for his ambitious artistic films of the silent era. After immigrating from Ireland to the United States in 1911, he went to Yale to study sculpture, but soon switched careers and began designing and painting movie sets. In 1916 he directed his first movie, The Great Problem. Many of his films were based on works of literature, in keeping with his view that cinema was an artform. Because of his disdain for the Hollywood system and many American writers, whom he felt were dumbing down the art of motion pictures, he liked to work with European writers and to direct films in Europe. In 1921, he married Alice Terry (née Taaffe), who was the leading lady in almost all of his films. The two had become friends in 1917, while Ingram was still married to his first wife Doris Pawn. While filming The Prisoner of Zenda, they snuck away from the production crew and were secretly married. The next day they watched three films and by Monday were back to work. After The Prisoner of Zenda wrapped, they went to San Francisco on a honeymoon. Ingram later began working for MGM, but he didn't like the studio system and often argued with Louis B. Mayer. As a result, he put "Metro-Goldwyn presents" on all of his MGM films, without mentioning Mayer. In 1924 he moved to Nice, France, where he could once again direct films the way he wanted to. After this move to the French Riviera, he shot films on location in France, Italy, Spain, and North Africa, many incorporating his interest in foreign cultures. Over the years, he made pictures for not only MGM but also the Fox Film Corporation, Edison Studios, and Vitagraph Studios. Among his best-known films are Scaramouche (1923), The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), Mare Nostrum (1926), and The Garden of Allah (1927). His final film was Baroud (1932), which wasn't very commercially successful. He was not a fan of the sound cinema, and retired from moviemaking after this, along with his wife. Returning to Los Angeles, he went back to his original career of sculpting and writing. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of fifty-seven.

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