King Wallis Vidor (1894-1982) made over fifty feature films and received five Academy Award nominations before retiring from
films in the late 1950s. His directorial debut was
The turn in the road (1919), but he is best known for
The big parade (1925),
The champ (1931), and
Duel in the sun (1947). The collection contains annotated scripts, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera for 22 films Vidor produced
or directed including
The big parade,
Duel in the sun,
Northwest passage, and
King Wallis Vidor was born February 8, 1894 in Galveston, Texas; made fifty-six feature films in forty years; married Florence
Arto, 1915 (divorced 1925); married Eleanor Boardman, 1926 (later divorced); married Elizabeth Hill; his directorial debut
was The turn in the road (1919); made Hallelujah! (1929), the first sound picture with an all black cast; best known for The big parade (1925), The crowd (1928), The champ (1931), Stella Dallas (1937), and Duel in the sun (1947); wrote an autobiography, A tree is a tree (1953); retired from films in the late 1950s; taught a graduate cinema class during the 1960s at UCLA; received Edinburgh
Film Festival award for career achievements, 1964; after receiving five Academy Award nominations during the course of his
career, he was granted a special award for his innovations in cinema, 1979; died of congestive heart failure, Paso Robles,
California, on November 1, 1982.
14 boxes (7 linear ft.)
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