Rex Ingram (director)

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This article is about the director. See also Rex Ingram (actor).

Rex Ingram (January 12, 1893July 21, 1950) was a film director, producer, writer and actor. He was born Reginald Ingram Montgomery Hitchcock in Dublin, Ireland, the son of a clergyman. His family emigrated to the US in 1911.

Ingram studied sculpture at the Yale School of Fine Art, but soon moved into film. First taking acting work from 1913 and then writing, producing and directing. His first work as producer-director was in 1916 on the romantic drama The Great Problem. He worked for Fox, Vitagraph, Edison and then MGM, directing mainly action or supernatural films. He left MGM and America in 1925 to set up his own studio in Nice, Victorine, with Alice Terry his wife since 1921. Unimpressed with sound, he made only one 'talkie', Baroud, filmed in Morocco. The film was a commercial flop; after its disappointing performance Ingram left the film business, returning to Los Angeles to work as a sculptor and writer.

His films were considered by many comtempory directors to be artistic and skillful, with an imaginative and bold visual style.

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