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Fred Niblo

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Birth name Frederick Liedtke
Nationality USA
Birth 6 january 1874
Death 11 november 1948 (at 74 years) at New Orleans (USA)

Fred Niblo (January 6, 1874 – November 11, 1948) was an American pioneer film actor, director and producer.


He was born Frederick Liedtke in York, Nebraska, to a French mother and a father who had served as a captain in the American Civil War and was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. Using the stage name, Fred Niblo, Liedtke began his show business career performing in vaudeville and in live theater. After more than twenty years doing live performing as a monologist, during which he traveled extensively around the globe, he worked in Australia from 1912 through 1915, where he turned to the burgeoning motion picture industry and made his first two films.

On June 2, 1901, Niblo married Broadway actress Josephine Cohan, the older sister of George M. Cohan. He managed the Four Cohans in their two big successes, The Governor's Son and Running for Office. From 1904–05, Fred resumed his stage career, appearing as Walter Lee Leonard in The Rogers Brothers in Paris and then returned to vaudeville.

Josephine died young in 1916, the year he began acting and directing motion pictures. While in Australia, he met actress Enid Bennett, whom he would later marry. As a Hollywood director, he is most remembered for several notable films beginning with his 1920 work The Mark of Zorro which starred Douglas Fairbanks. The following year he teamed up with Fairbanks again in The Three Musketeers and then directed Rudolph Valentino in Blood and Sand. In 1925, Niblo was the principal director of the epic Ben-Hur that was one of the most expensive films of the day but became the third highest grossing silent film in cinema history. Niblo followed up on this success with two major 1926 works, The Temptress starring Greta Garbo in her second film in America, and Norma Talmadge in Camille. Niblo went on to direct some of the greatest stars of the era including Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, and Ronald Colman. In 1930 he directed his first talkie with two of the biggest names in show business, John Gilbert and Renée Adorée in a film titled Redemption.

Fred Niblo retired in 1933 after more than forty years in show business. The last sixteen years were used to make more than forty films, most of which were feature length projects. He was an important personality in the early years of Hollywood and was one of the original founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In recognition of his role in the development of the film industry, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7014 Hollywood Blvd. His Ben-Hur film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Fred Niblo died in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. His son with Josephine Cohan, Fred Niblo, Jr. (1903–1973) was a successful Hollywood screenwriter.

Usually with

Enid Bennett
Enid Bennett
(19 films)
Thomas H. Ince
Thomas H. Ince
(17 films)
Bess Meredyth
Bess Meredyth
(7 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Fred Niblo (57 films)

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Once Upon a Honeymoon, 1h57
Directed by Leo McCarey, James Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Walter Slezak, Albert Dekker, Albert Bassermann, Ferike Boros
Roles Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Rating64% 3.24943.24943.24943.24943.2494
In the days leading up to World War II, Katie O'Hara (Ginger Rogers), an American burlesque performer masquerading as American socialite "Katherine Butt-Smith", pronounced byüt-smith, is about to marry Austrian Baron Von Luber (Walter Slezak). Foreign correspondent Pat O'Toole (Cary Grant) suspects Von Luber of being a Nazi sympathizer and tries unsuccessfully to get information from Katie by deceit, but is warned off by Von Luber.
Life with Henry, 1h20
Directed by Theodore Reed
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jackie Cooper, Eddie Bracken, Fred Niblo, Hedda Hopper, Moroni Olsen, Rod Cameron
Roles Mr.Sam Aldrich
Rating64% 3.2481953.2481953.2481953.2481953.248195
Henry Aldrich (Cooper) wants to win a trip to Alaska.
I'm Still Alive, 1h12
Directed by Irving Reis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Romance
Actors Kent Taylor, Howard Da Silva, Ralph Morgan, Don Dillaway, Clay Clement, Fred Niblo
Roles Fred, Third Director
Rating58% 2.9289452.9289452.9289452.9289452.928945
This script must be run from the command line
What a Life, 1h15
Directed by Theodore Reed
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Jackie Cooper, Betty Field, John Howard, Janice Logan, Fred Niblo, Lionel Stander
Roles Mr. Aldrich
Rating70% 3.524093.524093.524093.524093.52409
In the first Henry Aldrich film, Henry (Jackie Cooper) is falsely accused of making trouble at school. He must clear himself.
Free and Easy, 1h32
Directed by Edward Sedgwick
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about television
Actors Buster Keaton, Anita Page, Dorothy Sebastian, David Burton, Trixie Friganza, Robert Montgomery
Roles Himself
Rating56% 2.805882.805882.805882.805882.80588
When small-town girl Elvira Plunkett (Anita Page) wins a contest that sends her to Hollywood for a screen test at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), she is accompanied by her overbearing mother (Trixie Friganza) and Elmer J. Butts (Buster Keaton), a gas-station attendant who goes along as Elvira's manager. Elmer is secretly in love with Elvira, but on the train they meet MGM contract actor Larry Mitchell (Robert Montgomery), who falls for her as well, and has the connections to make her a star.
Estrellados, 1h36
Directed by Edward Sedgwick
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Raquel Torres, Buster Keaton, Don Alvarado, Carlos Villarías, Émile Chautard, Lionel Barrymore
Roles Himself (Guest Appearance)
Rating64% 3.2088453.2088453.2088453.2088453.208845
Souls for Sale, 1h30
Directed by Rupert Hughes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about television
Actors Eleanor Boardman, Lew Cody, Richard Dix, Mae Busch, Frank Mayo, Barbara La Marr
Roles Himself - Celebrity Director
Rating69% 3.492283.492283.492283.492283.49228
Remember "Mem" Steddon (Eleanor Boardman) marries Owen Scudder (Lew Cody) after a whirlwind courtship. However, on their wedding night, she has a change of heart. When the train taking them to Los Angeles stops for water, she impulsively and secretly gets off in the middle of the desert. Strangely, when Scudder realizes she is gone, he does not have the train stopped.
Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford
Directed by Fred Niblo, W. J. Lincoln
Genres Comedy
Actors Enid Bennett, Fred Niblo
Roles J. Rufus Wallingford

Two swindlers, Blackie Daw (Henry Carson Clarke) and J. Rufus Wallingford (Fred Niblo), arrive in Battlesburg, Iowa, and con the local townsfolk that they are wealthy businessmen. They use the town's money to establish plans for a factory to produce covered carpet tacks and set off a major real estate boom. They are about to leave town with their money when they receive a genuine order for a large supply of tacks. They decide to marry local girls and settle down in Battlesburg.
Officer 666, 40minutes
Directed by Fred Niblo
Actors Fred Niblo
Roles Travers Gladwin

In New York, millionaire Travers Gladwin (Fred Niblo) learns of a plot to steal his collection of paintings by some art criminals led by Alfred Wilson (Sydney Stirling). Gladwin pretends to leave to go on holiday, but actually remains in the area disguised as a policeman. Wilson and his gang arrive, with Wilson posing as Gladwin, and a young lady as his fiancee. Gladwin tries to stop the robbery but eventually lets Wilson go in order to save the honour of the young lady.


Diamond Cut Diamond
Directed by Maurice Elvey, Fred Niblo
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Adolphe Menjou, Claud Allister, Benita Hume, Kenneth Kove, Desmond Jeans, Toni Edgar-Bruce

One of the guests tries to foil a gang of jewel-robbers during a country house weekend party.
Young Donovan's Kid, 1h17
Directed by Fred Niblo, James Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Richard Dix, Marion Shilling, Jackie Cooper, Frank Sheridan, Boris Karloff, Dick Rush

Jim Donovan (Richard Dix) is a two-bit mob leader in New York during the 1920s. When another mobster, Ben Murray (Richard Alexander) is killed in a gunfight between rival gangs, Donovan takes it upon himself to raise his son, Midge Murray (Jackie Cooper). When Donovan seeks the advice of the parish priest on how to raise an adolescent boy, the priest, Father Dan (Frank Sheridan), enlists the services of his niece, Kitty Costello (Marion Shilling). When she directs Donovan to get honest work, he agrees, and she gets him a job at the ironworks where she is also employed. He is slowly transformed by the effect that both Midge and Kitty have on him. He also falls in love with Kitty.