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|Also Known As:||Died:||November 1, 1982|
|Born:||February 8, 1894||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Galveston, Texas, USA||Profession:||Director ...|
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Worked in Galveston's first movie theater, the Globe, as ticket-taker and part-time projectionist
Became amateur newsreel photographer, shooting local events and selling them to newsreel companies
Shot first film (two-reeler), "In Tow" (date approximate)
Drove to Hollywood (financed trip by shooting footage for Ford Company's advertising newsreel)
Submitted original scripts to Universal under pseudonym, Charles K Wallis
Directed shorts about reform work of Judge Willis Brown
Debut as film director with "The Turn in the Road"
Formed Vidor Village studio
Joined MGM after Vidor Village shut down
Directed first hit, "The Big Parade"
Filmed first sound feature, "Hallelujah"
Retired from directing
Became instructor for UCLA graduate cinema class in the 1960s
Directed two short documentaries, "Truth and Illusion"
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