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Also Known As: Rollo Smolt Thorpe Died: May 1, 1991
Born: February 24, 1896 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Hutchinson, Kansas, USA Profession: director, actor

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Actor who turned to directing in 1923, progressing from low-budget material to more prestigious productions like the MGM "Tarzan" cycle. Proficient to the point of boredom ("His reputation for needing only one take is why we don't remember his films," quipped James Mason), Thorpe spent 33 years of his 45-year career with MGM and was immensely prolific and capable in all genres. Highlights include "Night Must Fall" (1938), "The Great Caruso" (1951), three Robert Taylor swashbucklers ("Ivanhoe" 1952, "Knights of the Round Table" 1954 and "Quentin Durward" 1955) and "Jailhouse Rock" (1957).

Actor who turned to directing in 1923, progressing from low-budget material to more prestigious productions like the MGM "Tarzan" cycle. Proficient to the point of boredom ("His reputation for needing only one take is why we don't remember his films," quipped James Mason), Thorpe spent 33 years of his 45-year career with MGM and was immensely prolific and capable in all genres. Highlights include "Night Must Fall" (1938), "The Great Caruso" (1951), three Robert Taylor swashbucklers ("Ivanhoe" 1952, "Knights of the Round Table" 1954 and "Quentin Durward" 1955) and "Jailhouse Rock" (1957).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  The Last Challenge (1967) Director
2.
  Scorpio Letters (1967) Director
3.
  That Funny Feeling (1965) Director
4.
  The Truth About Spring (1965) Director
5.
  Follow the Boys (1963) Director
6.
  Fun in Acapulco (1963) Director
7.
8.
  The Tartars (1962) Director
9.
  The Honeymoon Machine (1961) Director
10.
  Killers of Kilimanjaro (1960) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Suburban Wives (1972) Sarah'S Husband
2.
 Flames of Desire (1924) Dick Langton
3.
 Restless Wives (1924) A lawyer
4.
 Rough Ridin' (1924) Dick Ross
5.
 Three O'Clock in the Morning (1923) Clayton Webster
6.
 Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1921) Stephen Thompson
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Acted in vaudeville, stock and musical comedy
1921:
Arrived in Hollywood as an actor
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Appeared as actor in "Torchy Comedies", "Three O'clock in the Morning", "Burn "em up Barnes", "Flame of Desire"
1923:
Directed first two-reelers
1924:
Directed first feature, "Gold and Grit"
1935:
Signed as a director by MGM
1939:
Was initial director on "The Wizard of Oz"
1967:
Last film before retiring, "The Last Challenge"
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wife:
Belva McKay.

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