Arthur Ripley

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Arthur Ripley
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Born January 12, 1897
New York City, USA
Died February 13, 1961

Arthur DeWitt Ripley (January 12, 1897 – February 13, 1961) was an American film screenwriter, editor, producer and director.

In 1923, he joined the Mack Sennett studio as a comedy writer. In the 1920s, he worked closely with Frank Capra churning out screenplays for many movies. After breaking with Capra and the Sennett studio, Ripley again returned to being a gag-writer, screenwriter, and occasional director, making short films with such comedians as W. C. Fields and Edgar Kennedy. His directorial work in the 1940s, Voice in the Wind (1944) and The Chase (1946), were both critical successes, but neither film were boxoffice hits.

Ripley entered the world of academia, helping to establish the Film Center at U.C.L.A. while also working occasionally on TV. Ripley returned to directing one more time, at the request of Robert Mitchum, for Thunder Road (1958) before returning to U.C.L.A. and working until his death in 1961.

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Thunder Road (1958)
  • The Chase (1946)
  • Voice in the Wind (1944)
  • The Last Command (1942)
  • Twincuplets (1940) short
  • Scrappily Married (1940) short
  • I Met My Love Again (1938)
  • How to Train a Dog (1936) short
  • How to Behave (1936) short
  • Will Power (1936) short
  • Gasoloons (1936) short
  • Happy Tho' Married (1935) short
  • In Love at 40 (1935) short
  • Edgar Hamlet (1935) short
  • The Leather Necker (1935) short
  • South Seasickness (1935) short
  • Shivers (1934) short
  • In the Dog House (1934) short
  • Counsel on De Fence (1934) short
  • The Barber Shop (1933) short with W. C. Fields
  • The Pharmacist (1933) short with W. C. Fields
  • A Wrestler's Bride (1933) short
  • Crimes Square (1931) short
  • Hooked at the Altar (1926) short
  • A Lady of Quality (1924)
  • Alias Jimmy Valentine (1920) starring Bert Lytell

External links[edit]

Starman, Ray "Arthur Ripley" Films In Review magazine, March 1987, p. 164-167