King Wallis Vidor (February 8, 1894 – November 1, 1982) was an acclaimed American film director whose career spanned nearly seven decades.
He was born in Galveston, Texas, where he survived the great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. His grandfather, Charles Vidor, was a refugee of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 who settled in Galveston in the early 1850s.
A freelance newsreel cameraman and cinema projectionist, he made his debut as a director in 1913 with Hurricane in Galveston. In Hollywood from 1915, he worked on a variety of film-related jobs before directing a feature film, The Turn in the Road, in 1919. A successful mounting of Peg o’ My Heart in 1922 got him a long term contract with Goldwyn Studios, later to be absorbed into MGM. Three years later he made The Big Parade, among the most acclaimed war films of the silent era, and a tremendous commercial success. This success established him as one of MGM’s top studio directors for the next decade. In 1928, Vidor received… read more
This is MGM filmmaking at its best -- production values are high, performances are top-notch and the direction is seamless. On top of this, it has a profound message about the memories we hold close, but can never return to. Recommended for anyone who loves to explore the theme of nostalgia.
This film is one of those discoveries one makes when you turn on the tube to see what is on and get hooked. It is a surprisingly absorbing film with good performances from everyone, including Hedy Lamarr. She seems miscast at first but once you get used to her, she is very touching.
The gorgeous Austrian emigré Hedy Lemarr, as photographed by MGM stills department chief Clarence Sinclair Bull in 1940.