Thorpe, Richard: MGM Contract Director

Selected Filmography


Rarin’ to Go (1924)
Gold and Grit (1925)
The Bandit Buster (1926)
The Bonanza Buckaroo (1926)
The Dangerous Dub (1926)
The Twin Triggers (1926)
Deuce High (1926)
The Fighting Cheat (1926)
Rawhide (1926)
Between Dangers (1927)
The Cyclone Cowboy (1927)
White Pebbles (1927)
The Interferin’ Gent (1927)
The Desert of the Lost (1927)
The Meddlin’ Stranger (1927)
Ride ’em High (1927)
The Obligin’ Buckaroo (1927)
Soda Water Cowboy (1927)
The Cowboy Cavalier (1928)
The Ballyhoo Buster (1928)
The Flyin’ Buckaroo (1928)
Saddle Mates (1928)
The Valley of Hunted Men (1928)
Desperate Courage (1928)
Vultures of the Sea (1928)
The Vanishing West (1928)


The Fatal Warning (1929)
Border Romance (1929)
The King of the Kongo (1929)

The Utah Kid (1930)
The Dude Wrangler (1930)
The Lady From Nowhere (1931)
Slightly Married (1932)
Murder at Dawn (1932)
The Secrets of Wu Sin (1932)
Women Won’t Tell (1932)
Cross-Examination (1932)
Forbidden Company (1932)
The King Murder (1932)
Escapade (1932)
Forgotten (1933)
Notorious but Nice (1933)
Green Eyes (1934)
Secret of the Chateau (1934)
Cheating Cheaters (1934), Fay Wray
Last of the Pagans (1935)
Strange Wives (1935)
Tarzan Escapes (1936) with Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan
Night Must Fall (1937) with Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell
Dangerous Number (1937) with Ann Sothern and Robert Young
Man-Proof (1938) Myrna Loy, Franchot Tone, Rosalind Russell, Walter Pidgeon
The Toy Wife (1938) with Luise Rainer, Melvyn Douglas
Love Is a Headache (1938) with Franchot Tone
The Crowd Roars (1938) with Robert Taylor, Edward Arnold, Frank Morgan, and Maureen O’Sullivan
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) with Mickey Rooney, Walter Connolly, and William Frawley


20 Mule Team (1940) with Wallace Beery
Wyoming (1940) with Wallace Beery
The Earl of Chicago (1940) with Robert Montgomery
Barnacle Bill (1941) with Wallace Beery
The Bad Man (1941) with Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, Ronald Reagan
Tarzan’s New York Adventure (1942), Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan
White Cargo (1942), Hedy Lamarr as Tondelayo
Above Suspicion (1943) with Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) with Van Johnson and June Allyson
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) with William Powell and Myrna Loy
Thrill of a Romance (1945) with Esther Williams
Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945) with Hedy Lamarr and Robert Walker
Fiesta (1947) with Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán
This Time for Keeps (1947) with Esther Williams and Jimmy Durante
On an Island with You (1948), Esther Williams, Peter Lawford, Jimmy Durante
A Date with Judy (1948), Wallace Beery, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor
Malaya (1949), Spencer Tracy and James Stewart
Big Jack (1949) Wallace Beery, Richard Conte, Marjorie Main, Edward Arnold
Challenge to Lassie (1949) with Donald Crisp and Alan Napier

Black Hand (1950) with Gene Kelly
Three Little Words (1950) with Fred Astaire and Red Skelton
The Great Caruso (1951) with Mario Lanza and Ann Blyth
The Unknown Man (1951) with Walter Pidgeon
Vengeance Valley (1951) with Burt Lancaster
Carbine Williams (1952) with James Stewart
Ivanhoe (1952), Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine
The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, James Mason
The Girl Who Had Everything (1953), Elizabeth Taylor, Fernando Lamas, William Powell
Knights of the Round Table (1953), Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953), Robert Taylor and Stewart Granger
Athena (1954) with Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds
The Student Prince (1954), based on the famous operetta, with Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, and the singing voice of Mario Lanza.
The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955), Robert Taylor and Robert Morley
Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957) with Robert Taylor and Dorothy Malone
Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957), Dean Martin (Martin’s first solo movie)
Jailhouse Rock (1957) with Elvis Presley
Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959) with Robert Taylor and Anthony Newley
The House of the Seven Hawks (1959) with Robert Taylor

The Honeymoon Machine (1961) with Steve McQueen
The Tartars (1961) with Orson Welles
The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962) with Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss
Follow the Boys (1963) with Paula Prentiss
Fun in Acapulco (1963) with Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress
The Golden Head (1964) with George Sanders and Buddy Hackett
The Truth About Spring (1964) with Hayley Mills
That Funny Feeling (1965) with Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Donald O’Connor
The Last Challenge (1967), Glenn Ford, Angie Dickinson