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King Vidor

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Date of Birth:
8 February 1894Galveston, Texas, USA

Date of Death:
1 November 1982Paso Robles, California, USA

Birth Name:
King Wallis Vidor

Height:
5' 10" (1.78 m)

Short Biography:
King Vidor was born on February 8, 1894 in Galveston, Texas, USA as King Wallis Vidor. He was a director and writer, known for War and Peace (1956), The Crowd (1928) and Duel in the Sun (1946). He was married to Vidor, Elizabeth Hill, Eleanor Boardman and Florence Vidor. He died on November 1, 1982 in Paso Robles, California, USA.

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

# 01365 IMDb

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

By Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson

Documentary (3h 45min)

USA USA, UK UK

Fine! Rated 8.6 after 4,307 votes on 12-Oct-18.

Despite its nearly four-hour running time, this is a uniquely personal look at movies from one of the late 20th century's great directors and film historians. The film consists of head & shoulder shots of Scorsese speaking into the camera for a minute or two, followed by 10-15 minutes of film clips with Scorsese voice-over. Scorsese approaches the films in terms of how they affected him as a (...)

Solomon and Sheba (1959)

# 12189 IMDb

Solomon and Sheba (1959)

TaglineBehold! The love story of the ages!

By King Vidor

Drama, History, Romance, War (2h 19min)

USA USA

Rated 6.2 after 2,477 votes on 07-Oct-18.

1 nomination

Shortly before his death in ancient Israel King David has a vision from God telling him that his younger son Solomon should succeed him as king. His other son Adonijah is unhappy and vows to attain the throne. Meanwhile the Egyptian Pharoah agrees to cede a Red Sea port to the Queen of Sheba is she can find a way to destroy Solomon, whose wisdom and benevolent rule is seen as a threat to more (...)

War and Peace (1956)

# 04850 IMDb

War and Peace (1956)

TaglineThe Greatest Novel Ever Written ... Now Magnificently Alive On The Screen!

By King Vidor

Drama, History, Romance, War (3h 28min)

Italy Italy, USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 7,341 votes on 26-Aug-17.

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations

At the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon's forces controlled much of Europe. In Russia, one of the few countries still unconquered, the army prepares to face Napoleon's troops in Austria. Among the soldiers are Nicholas Rostov (Jeremy Brett) and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (Mel Ferrer). Pierre Bezukhov (Henry Fonda), a friend of Andrei's and self-styled intellectual who "knows what's right but (...)

Man Without a Star (1955)

# 07315 IMDb

Man Without a Star (1955)

TaglineA love-bargain is like barbed-wire...fight it and you'll get hurt!

By King Vidor

Western (1h 29min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.0 after 1,831 votes on 24-Jul-16.

Dempsey Rae, a cowboy with no clear aim in life, winds up working on a spread with a hard lady owner just arrived from the East. She needs a tough new top hand and uses all her means of persuasion to get Rae to take the job. But he doesn't like the way the other settlers are getting treated and starts to side with them, despite their introduction of the barbed wire he loathes.

Ruby Gentry (1952)

# 14743 IMDb

Ruby Gentry (1952)

TaglineSo dangerous...destructive...deadly to love!

By King Vidor

Drama, Romance (1h 22min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 1,139 votes on 18-Jul-18.

Despite their different social class Ruby and Boake grew up together in the 1950s North Carolina. Ruby Corey lived with her poor family in the swamps while Boake Tackman lived in a mansion with servants. As long as their friendship stayed within the socially acceptable limits no one objected. In adulthood their friendship becomes a mutual romantic attraction. Ruby wants to marry Boake but he only (...)

Beyond the Forest (1949)

# 07029 IMDb

Beyond the Forest (1949)

TaglineNobody's as good as Bette when she's bad!

By King Vidor

Film-Noir, Drama, Thriller (1h 37min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 1,841 votes on 04-Oct-18.

Nominated for Oscar

Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby. Rosa squeezes her husband's patients to pay their bills so she can visit Chicago; her husband's patience is also tried: he tells her to go and never come back. Once there, Neil tells her he doesn't want her. Back home and pregnant, Neil shows up and now wants her. The (...)

The Fountainhead (1949)

# 05307 IMDb

The Fountainhead (1949)

TaglineNo Man Takes What's Mine !

By King Vidor

Drama (1h 54min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 8,109 votes on 04-Aug-18.

Individualistic and idealistic architect Howard Roark is expelled from college because his designs fail to fit with existing architectural thinking. He seems unemployable but finally lands a job with like-minded Henry Cameron, however within a few years Cameron drinks himself to death, warning Roark that the same fate awaits unless he compromises his ideals. Roark is determined to retain his (...)

Duel in the Sun (1946)

# 03822 IMDb

Duel in the Sun (1946)

TaglineEmotions . . . As Violent As The Wind-Swept Prairie!

By King Vidor, Otto Brower (uncredited), William Dieterle (uncredited), Sidney Franklin (uncredited), William Cameron Menzies (uncredited)

Western, Drama (2h 09min)

USA USA

Rated 6.9 after 7,197 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Nominated for 2 Oscars

When her father is hanged for shooting his wife and her lover, half-breed Pearl Chavez goes to live with distant relatives in Texas. Welcomed by Laura Belle and her elder lawyer son Jesse, she meets with hostility from the ranch-owner himself, wheelchair-bound Senator Jackson McCanles, and with lustful interest from womanising, unruly younger son Lewt. Almost at once, already existing family (...)

'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) (1940)

# 06651 IMDb

'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) (1940)

TaglineThe Big Picture that was made in our own Pacific Northwest

By King Vidor, Jack Conway (director: additional scenes) (uncredited), W.S. Van Dyke (background shots) (uncredited)

Adventure, Drama, History, Western (2h 06min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 2,822 votes on 24-Aug-18.

Nominated for Oscar

After being expelled from Harvard for criticising the food there, being jilted by his sweetheart's family, Langdon Towne gets drunk at the tavern and says some disrespectful things about the English in his old colonial hometown in New England, which is overheard and almost puts him in jail. So they decide to leave for the west. When they meet Ranger Major Rogers, he offers them a trip west with (...)

Comrade X (1940)

# 06638 IMDb

Comrade X (1940)

By King Vidor

Comedy, Drama (1h 30min)

USA USA

Rated 6.5 after 1,148 votes on 08-Oct-18.

Nominated for Oscar

McKinley B. "Mac" Thompson, American reporter in Moscow, smuggles out uncensored news under the alias "Comrade X," but hotel valet Vanya discovers his secret. Vanya fears for the safety of his daughter Golubka ("Theodore") and blackmails Mac into helping her leave the country. Mac is happier about his task once he meets lovely Theodore, but can he convince her of his sincerity? The anti-communist (...)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

# 01236 IMDb TOP250 #231

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

TaglineWe're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!

By Victor Fleming, Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited), King Vidor (director: Kansas scenes) (uncredited)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical (1h 41min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.0 after 339,337 votes on 04-Oct-18.

Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations

When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog Toto, to run away. A cyclone appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz. Wishing to return, she begins to travel to the Emerald City where a great wizard lives. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They all hope the (...)

Stella Dallas (1937)

# 14792 IMDb Approved 

Stella Dallas (1937)

TaglineSure - I like a good time!

By King Vidor

Drama, Romance (1h 46min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 3,907 votes on 18-Oct-18.

Nominated for 2 Oscars

Working-class Stella Martin marries high-end Stephen Dallas and soon they have a daughter named Laurel. But Stephen's incessant demands of Stella to become what she isn't leads to their eventual separation. Stephen later marries Helen Morrison (his prior fiancée), and Laurel becomes the focus of Stella's life and love. Nothing is too good for Laurel as far as Stella is concerned. Determined to (...)

The Wedding Night (1935)

# 06486 IMDb

The Wedding Night (1935)

TaglineThe Bengal Lancer meets the girl of his dreams...in another man's arms...could he...would he...taker her away! (original poster)

By King Vidor

Drama, Romance (1h 23min)

USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 646 votes on 03-Oct-18.

1 win & 1 nomination

Because his finances are low and he is seeking background for a new book, author Tony Barratt and his wife Dora return to his country home in Conneecticut. While he is finding a theme for his book on the lives and customs of the local, immigrant tobacco farmers, his wife returns to New York and, alas, his Japanese servant deserts him. He meets a neighboring farm girl, Manya Novak, and hires her (...)

The Champ (1931)

# 06339 IMDb

The Champ (1931)

TaglineDon't fail to get a ringside seat!

By King Vidor (uncredited)

Drama, Family, Sport (1h 26min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 2,323 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations

A little rough around the edges and currently living in Tijuana, Andy Purcell, also known as Champ, is an ex-world heavyweight boxing champion who is trying to make a comeback. His career ended as a result of drinking, a vice which may thwart his chances at the comeback. Andy's adolescent son, nicknamed Dink, is his father's protector. Dink loves his father and does whatever he can for him. (...)

The Big Parade (1925)

# 06024 IMDb

The Big Parade (1925)

TaglineKing Vidor's PICTURIZATION of LAURENCE STALLINGS' GREAT STORY

By King Vidor, George W. Hill (uncredited)

Drama, Romance, War (2h 21min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.2 after 5,536 votes on 05-Oct-18.

2 wins & 1 nomination

The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with two working-class soldiers. He also falls in love with a Frenchwoman, but has to leave her to move to the frontline.

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

# 04344 IMDb

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

TaglineThe Cruel Hand of Intolerance

By D.W. Griffith

Drama, History, Romance (2h 43min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.0 after 11,175 votes on 18-Feb-17.

1 nomination

Intolerance and its terrible effects are examined in four historical eras. In ancient Babylon, a mountain girl is caught up in the religious rivalry that leads to the city's downfall. In Judea, the hypocritical Pharisees condemn Jesus Christ. In 1572 Paris, unaware of the impending St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, two young Huguenots prepare for marriage. Finally, in modern America, social (...)

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