Fred Niblo


Director

About

Also Known As
Federico Nobile
Birth Place
York, Nebraska, USA
Born
January 06, 1874
Died
November 11, 1948

Biography

Former vaudevillian (his first wife, Josephine, was the sister of George M. Cohan) and stage director who began working for the Ince studio in 1917. Niblo began his screen career turning out silent films starring his second wife, Enid Bennett. Handling mostly romantic costume spectacles, he directed Rudolph Valentino ("Blood and Sand" 1922), Douglas Fairbanks ("The Mark of Zorro" 1920, "...

Family & Companions

Josephine Cohan
Wife
Died 1916; sister of George M Cohan; Niblo's first wife.
Enid Bennett
Wife
Actor. Married 1917; his second wife; directed in a dozen films by her husband; Australian.

Biography

Former vaudevillian (his first wife, Josephine, was the sister of George M. Cohan) and stage director who began working for the Ince studio in 1917. Niblo began his screen career turning out silent films starring his second wife, Enid Bennett. Handling mostly romantic costume spectacles, he directed Rudolph Valentino ("Blood and Sand" 1922), Douglas Fairbanks ("The Mark of Zorro" 1920, "The Three Musketeers" 1921), Greta Garbo ("The Temptress" 1926 and "The Mysterious Lady" 1928) and Norma Talmadge ("Camille" 1927) during the 1920s, but was best known for the epic spectacle "Ben Hur" (1926). Niblo's career declined rather abruptly with the introduction of sound and he later returned to acting in film and on the stage.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Good Earth (1937)
2nd Unit Director
Diamond Cut Diamond (1932)
Director
The Big Gamble (1931)
Director
Young Donovan's Kid (1931)
Director
Way Out West (1930)
Director
Redemption (1930)
Director
Dream of Love (1928)
Director
Two Lovers (1928)
Director
The Mysterious Lady (1928)
Director
The Enemy (1928)
Director
Camille (1927)
Director
The Devil Dancer (1927)
Director
The Devil Danger (1927)
Director
The Temptress (1926)
Director
Ben-Hur (1925)
Director
Thy Name Is Woman (1924)
Director
The Red Lily (1924)
Director
The Famous Mrs. Fair (1923)
Director
Strangers of the Night (1923)
Director
The Woman He Married (1922)
Director
Rose o' the Sea (1922)
Director
Blood and Sand (1922)
Director
Mother o' Mine (1921)
Director
Greater Than Love (1921)
Director
The Three Musketeers (1921)
Director
Her Husband's Friend (1920)
Director
The False Road (1920)
Director
Sex (1920)
Director
Silk Hosiery (1920)
Director
The Woman in the Suitcase (1920)
Director
Hairpins (1920)
Director
Dangerous Hours (1920)
Director
The Mark of Zorro (1920)
Director
Happy Though Married (1919)
Director
What Every Woman Learns (1919)
Director
The Haunted Bedroom (1919)
Director
Partners Three (1919)
Director
The Virtuous Thief (1919)
Director
The Law of Men (1919)
Director
Stepping Out (1919)
Director
Fuss and Feathers (1918)
Director
When Do We Eat? (1918)
Director
The Marriage Ring (1918)
Director
Officer 666 (1916)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Crazy House (1943)
Studio executive
Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
Ship's captain
Life with Henry (1941)
Mr. [Samuel] Aldrich
I'm Still Alive (1940)
Director
Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940)
John Braun
Estrellados (1930)
Free and Easy (1930)
Director
Souls for Sale (1923)
Scandalous Tongues (1922)
The Bootlegger's Daughter (1922)
Rev. Charles Alden
Coals of Fire (1918)
Rev. Charles Alden

Writer (Feature Film)

The Red Lily (1924)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Strangers of the Night (1923)
Producer

Cast (Short)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 1925 Studio Tour (1925)
Himself

Life Events

1907

Shot travelogues on round-the-world cruise; gave lantern lectures on travels

1910

Became comapny manager and actor for George M. Cohan and Sam Harris

1912

Took American repertory company to Australia on tour

1915

Starred in one film and directed one film for Australian theatrical company, J.C. Williamson

1917

Joined Thomas Ince's studios as a "producing director"

1918

Directed first film, "A Desert Wooing"

1920

Major career boost with the production of "The Mark of Zorro"

1926

Assigned to complete "Ben Hur", begun by the Goldwyn company in 1922 but inherited by MGM; journeyed to Italy to do location shooting

1928

Co-founded Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

1930

Directed first sound film, "Redemption", starring John Gilbert

1932

Directed last film, "Blame the Woman"

Photo Collections

Ben-Hur (1925) - Behind-The-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), starring Ramon Novarro and Francis X. Bushman.

Videos

Movie Clip

Redemption (1930) - I'm Afraid I'm A Barbarian Still in the opening scene, Russian playboy Fedya (John Gilbert) revels with his Gypsy friends, especially Renée Adorée as Masha, when he’s distracted by Lisa (Eleanor Boardman) and old friend Victor (Conrad Nagel), in MGM’s Redemption 1930, remotely based on a Tolstoy play.
Redemption (1930) - Thou Has Not Promised Thyself... Director Fred Niblo clinging to silent-film conventions, shifting from a fledgling pre-revolutionary Russian romance to a high Orthodox wedding, in a lofty MGM soundstage, John Gilbert as rogue Fedya and Eleanor Boardman as smitten Lisa, in Redemption 1930, remotely based on a Tolstoy play.
Three Musketeers, The (1921) - Behind The Luxembourg The obligatory and comical if deadly inaugural bonding event, as ruffian D’Artagnan (producer Douglas Fairbanks, in his first film in his newly-formed United Artists venture) engages in duels with the three established musketeers (Leon Barry, George Siegmann and Eugene Pallette as Athos, Porthos and Aramis), soon devolving into a larger scrap with Cardinal Richelieu’s guards, in The Three Musketeers, 1921.
Convicted (1950) - Double Breasted Overstuffed Idiot Broderick Crawford is comfortable playing the well-meaning D-A Knowland, but not happy with the corporate lawyer Bradley (Roland Winters), defending an employee (Glenn Ford, not seen here) who accidentally killed a guy in a bar fight, early in director Henry Levin's Convicted, 1950.
Convicted (1950) - They Call It Yammering Ex-D-A Knowland (Broderick Crawford) is unflappable on his first day as prison warden, ignoring head guard Douglas (Carl Benton Reid) and aide Mackay (Ed Begley), confronting his new charges including Tex (John Doucette) and Luigi (Peter Virgo), in Convicted, 1950, starring Glenn Ford.
Good Earth, The (1937) - Opening, Thalberg Generally seen as historic, the opening titles featuring the almost-sole screen credit ever given to MGM studio chief Irving Thalberg, undertaken by his colleagues to mark his death at age 37, from The Good Earth, 1937, from the Pearl S. Buck novel.
Temptress, The (1926) - Her Jewels Paid The Way Argentine engineer Robledo (Antonio Moreno) at first thrilled his childhood pal Torre (Armand Kaliz) has come from France, less delighted when his decadent wife Elena (Greta Garbo), whom he has scorned, appears, in The Temptress, 1926, from a Vicente Blasco-Ibanez novel.
Temptress, The (1926) - Till We Meet In Hell Technical flash, naughty and operatic content, as French Fontenoy (Marc MacDermott) hosts what we learn is his last bash, blaming all on wanton mistress Elena (Greta Garbo), who's become more interested in new flame Robledo (Antonio Moreno), in MGM's The Temptress, 1926.
Temptress, The (1926) - Will You Think Me Too Bold? At a wild Paris costume party, fleeing the advances of her creepy lover and host, Elena (Greta Garbo, in her 2nd Hollywood picture) having no fun until intercepted by a stranger (Antonio Moreno), whom we will learn is a close friend of her wronged husband, early in MGM’s The Temptress, 1926.
Mark of Zorro, The (1920) - Don Diego We all know who he really is, but Don Diego (Douglas Fairbanks) is quite sure the drunken Sergeant Pedro (Noah Beery) remains in the dark, in The Mark of Zorro, 1920.
Mark of Zorro, The (1920) - Lolita Much personality is revealed in the swordfight as Zorro (Douglas Fairbanks) drops in on Captain Ramon (Robert McKim) who's been mistreating Lolita (Marguerite De La Motte) in The Mark of Zorro, 1920.
Mark of Zorro, The (1920) - Opening Producer and star Douglas Fairbanks does not appear in this opening sequence, amounting to a lengthy preamble and tone-setting scene, from The Mark Of Zorro, 1920.

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Family

Fred Niblo Jr
Son
Screenwriter. Born January 23, 1903, died 1973; mother Josephine Cohan.
Peter Niblo
Son
Mother Enid Bennett.
Lorie Niblo
Child
Mother Enid Bennett.
Judith Niblo
Daughter
Mother Enid Bennett.

Companions

Josephine Cohan
Wife
Died 1916; sister of George M Cohan; Niblo's first wife.
Enid Bennett
Wife
Actor. Married 1917; his second wife; directed in a dozen films by her husband; Australian.

Bibliography