Richard Barthelmess
Actor
Richard Barthelmess
Richard Semler "Dick" Barthelmess was an Oscar-nominated silent film star.
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Television movies for the week of Aug. 28 - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Richard Barthelmess. A reporter yields to the pressure of making an illegal fast buck. (NR) (1:30) TCM: Sat. 7:30 AM (CC) • Firebreather '10. Voices of Jesse Head. Animated. A monstrous dragon wants its teenage son to follow in its footsteps
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How Bette Davis Lost Out on Gone With The Wind - Village Voice (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
(Maybe after working with Richard Barthelmess and Lyle Talbot, she'd had enough.) Whether all this is true or not, I'm glad Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable ultimately got to be Scarlett and Rhett. And I'm glad Bette's fiery bitterness over the situation
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Ann Dvorak one unforgettable 'girlie' on TCM's Summer Under The Star Aug. 9 - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Richard Barthelmess plays her leading man, Chief Joe Thunderhorse, who left the reservations years earlier to become a famous side show act in a western show currently playing the Chicago World's Fair. When Joe learns of his father's grave illness,
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Ann Dvorak on TCM: SCARFACE, I WAS AN AMERICAN SPY, MASSACRE - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Massacre (1934) is of interest as it stars silent-film veteran Richard Barthelmess as a college-educated Sioux who goes to Washington to fight for the rights of Native Americans. Though reportedly a Republican, Barthelmess usually associated himself
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Silent film, live music at Leavitt Theatre - Seacoastonline.com
Google News - over 5 years
In "Tol'able David," actor Richard Barthelmess plays the title role, an adolescent eager for a chance to prove to his town that he's an adult and a man. His big chance arrives when three shady escapees from jail set up shop in the community and menace
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Ludwig kommt heute etwas später! - Schnitt Online
Google News - over 5 years
Der amerikanische Stummfilmstar Richard Barthelmess gerät als Offizier zwischen die Fronten: er muß und kann den Vater seiner Liebsten retten, der unschuldigerweise in die Jagd nach einem Verbrecher mit dem klangvollen Namen »Red Rider« verwickelt wird
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Barbara Eden is coming home to San Francisco - San Francisco Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
“It was 'Spring Crazy' and Mary Hay, ex-wife of the film star Richard Barthelmess, wrote and produced it with her daughter.” Even though her early work was on stage, Eden — then still Barbara Huffman and Miss San Francisco of 1951 — chose Los Angeles
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Musician Provides Accompaniment To Silent Films - Vermont Public Radio
Google News - over 5 years
Saturday, July 23, 2011, 7 pm: 'Tol'able David' (1921) starring Richard Barthelmess and 'Hell's Hinges' (1918) starring William S. Hart. Double feature pairing of intense small-town rural drama with gritty back country Western. Saturday, Aug
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"TOL'ABLE DAVID" COMES OF AGE DURING ACADEMY'S "SUMMER OF SILENTS" - Modern Ghana
Google News - over 5 years
By oscars.org 6/15/2011 12:22:34 AM - Beverly Hills, CA – The 1921 Photoplay Magazine Medal of Honor winner “Tol'able David” (1921), Richard Barthelmess's breakout hit, will be the next film screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences'
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'Wally: The True Wallace Reid Story' - LA Canyon News
Google News - over 5 years
Author David W. Menefee is the author of “Sarah Bernhardt in the Theater of Films and Sound Recordings,” “The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era,” “The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era,” “Richard Barthelmess: A Life in Pictures,”
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On This Day in History: May 6 Brooklyn Movies Weren't Talking - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Google News - almost 6 years
Next door at the Strand an 8-reel feature movie was playing with Richard Barthelmess and Dorothy Gish, A Bright Shawl with music accompanying the film by the Mark Strand Orchestra. Keeney's at 300 Livingston St., was showing Poor Men's Wives and
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DVDS; From the Vaults, Vintage Heroics Of All Kinds
NYTimes - about 6 years
The Black Pirate Amazing things can happen when a new technology confronts an old one. Released in 1926, Douglas Fairbanks's ''Black Pirate'' was the third feature film to be photographed in the early Technicolor process, and thanks to Fairbanks's immense popularity it was the first to be widely seen. Luckily the film was well preserved, and ''The
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What's On Today
NYTimes - over 7 years
8 P.M. (HBO) THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (2008) A teenager with a violent past (Dakota Fanning, right, with Tristan Wilds) runs away with her abusive father's employee (Jennifer Hudson) to an Upcountry town in 1964 South Carolina, where she tries to unlock the secret of her mother's past. Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo play the
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DVDS; On the William Wellman Depression Express
NYTimes - almost 8 years
AS a filmmaker William Wellman loved planes, trains and automobiles -- but mostly planes. A volunteer member of the Lafayette Flying Corps in World War I, he drew on his experiences as a combat pilot for ''Wings'' (1927), his first major hit as a director and the first film to win the Academy Award for best picture (then called most outstanding
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CALENDAR; Events in Westchester
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Comedy CROTON-ON-HUDSON Holy Name of Mary Church Comedy Night, featuring Andy Pitz, Johnny Lampert and Paul Virzi. Proceeds benefit Croton Teen Theater. March 21 at 7 p.m. $50. Holy Name of Mary Church, 110 Grand Street. (914) 271-4797; comedy.crotononhudson.org. KINGSTON Ulster Performing Arts Center ''An Afternoon with Garrison Keillor.'' March
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CALENDAR; Events in Westchester
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Comedy CROTON-ON-HUDSON Holy Name of Mary Church Comedy Night, featuring Andy Pitz, Johnny Lampert and Paul Virzi. Proceeds benefit Croton Teen Theater. March 21 at 7 p.m. $50. Holy Name of Mary Church, 110 Grand Street. (914) 271-4797; comedy.crotononhudson.org. KINGSTON Ulster Performing Arts Center ''An Afternoon with Garrison Keillor.'' March
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CRITIC'S CHOICE; New DVD's
NYTimes - over 8 years
GRIFFITH MASTERWORKS 2 D. W. Griffith, one of the most celebrated figures in American film, is probably the only silent-movie director whose name is known to the general public. And yet, as a new boxed set from Kino, ''Griffith Masterworks 2,'' reminds us, he is still underappreciated, with much of his work waiting to be rediscovered. A few decades
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What's On Tonight
NYTimes - over 8 years
8 P.M. (TCM) RACE & HOLLYWOOD: ASIAN IMAGES IN FILM Turner Classic Movies will present programs on this theme every Tuesday and Thursday in June; tonight it's silent films, including the Cecil B. DeMille sexual potboiler ''The Cheat'' (1915), with Sessue Hayakawa, at 8; D. W. Griffith's ''Broken Blossoms'' (1919), about a gentle Chinese man and a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Barthelmess
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1963
    Age 67
    Barthelmess died of cancer in 1963, aged 68, and was interred at the Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum in Hartsdale, New York.
    More Details Hide Details He married Mary Hay, a stage and screen star. They had one daughter, Mary Barthelmess, before divorcing.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1928
    Age 32
    In 1928 Barthelmess married Jessica Stewart Sargent (1900-1965).
    More Details Hide Details He would later adopt her son Stewart from a previous marriage. Features: Short subjects: Notes Bibliography
    He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1928.
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  • 1927
    Age 31
    In 1927, Barthelmess became engaged to Katherine Young Wilson, a Broadway actress.
    More Details Hide Details However, the engagement was called off, possibly due to his affair about this time with the journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns.
    Barthelmess soon became one of Hollywood's highest paid performers, starring in such classics as The Patent Leather Kid in 1927 and The Noose in 1928; he was nominated for Best Actor at the first Academy Awards for his performance in both films.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, he won a special citation for producing The Patent Leather Kid. With the advent of the sound era, Barthelmess' fortunes changed. He made several talkie films, most notably Son of the Gods (1930), The Dawn Patrol (1930), The Last Flight (1931), and The Cabin in the Cotton (1932), Central Airport (1933), and a supporting role as a disgraced pilot and Rita Hayworth's character's husband in Only Angels Have Wings (1939). Barthelmess failed to maintain the stardom of his silent film days and gradually left entertainment. He enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve during World War II, and served as a lieutenant commander. He never returned to film, preferring instead to live off his investments.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1916
    Age 20
    Russian actress Alla Nazimova, a friend of the family, was taught English by Caroline Barthelmess. Nazimova convinced Richard Barthelmess to try acting professionally, and he made his debut screen appearance in 1916 in the serial Gloria's Romance as an uncredited extra.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared as a supporting player in several films starring Marguerite Clark. His next role, in War Brides opposite Nazimova, attracted the attention of director D.W. Griffith, who offered him several important roles, finally casting him opposite Lillian Gish in Broken Blossoms (1919) and Way Down East (1920). He founded his own production company, Inspiration Film Company, together with Charles Duell and Henry King. One of their films, Tol'able David (1921), in which Barthelmess starred as a teenage mailman who finds courage, was a major success. In 1922, Photoplay described him the "idol of every girl in America." Barthelmess had a large female following during the 1920s. An admirer wrote to the editor of Picture-Play Magazine in 1921: Different fans have different opinions, and although Wallace Reid, Thomas Meighan, and Niles Welch are mighty fine chaps, I think that Richard Barthelmess beats them all. Dick is getting more and more popular every day, and why? Because his wonderful black hair and soulful eyes are enough to make any young girl adore him. The first play I saw Dick in was Boots—Dorothy Gish playing the lead. This play impressed me so that I went to see every play in which he appeared—Three Men and a Girl, Scarlet Days, The Love Flower, and Broken Blossoms, in which I decided that Dick was my favorite. I am looking forward to Way Down East as being a great success, because I know Dick will play a good part.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1895
    Born
    Barthelmess was born in NYC in 1895 as the son of Caroline W. Harris (November 1, 1866 Brooklyn - April 23, 1937 Manhattan), a stage actress, and Alfred W. Barthelmess (July 20, 1861 - May 5, 1896 Manhattan).
    More Details Hide Details His father died when the boy was a year old. Through his mother, he grew up in the theatre, doing "walk-ons" from an early age. In contrast to that, he was educated at Hudson River Military Academy at Nyack and Trinity College at Hartford, Connecticut. He did some acting in college and other amateur productions. By 1919 he had five years in stock company experience.
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