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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Monday, August 07, 2006


Richard Dix

RICHARD DIX (1893-1949) was a popular leading man from the 1920s to the 1940s. His career began on stage before he moved to film. He was with RKO from 1929-1943. He then appeared in several low budget, but well-made films in The Whistler series at Columbia. He retired from films in 1947.

Cimarron (1931)Haven't you seen Cimarron (1931)? Dix was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his role of Yancey Cravat in this Edna Ferber saga. This was also the only Western to win Best Picture until "Dances With Wolves" in 1990. This is a true classic and Dix's performance is excellent.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

The Lost Squadron (1932) Four World War I veterans fly airplanes for war movies. They encounter a sadistic director played by Erich von Stroheim. It is an excellent drama too rarely seen today. Dix, as usual, is the heart of the film.
The Ten Commandments (1923) Dix stars as John McTavish in the modern story, trying to save his wayward brother. This is now on DVD, included in the latest release of the 1956 version.
The Conquerors (1932) Dix builds up a banking empire in Nebraska in this film which covers the years 1873 to 1929. Unfairly compared to Cimarron, this is an excellent film in its own right.
Man Of Conquest (1939) Dix stars as Sam Houston in this rousing Republic epic of the birth of Texas. Dix is excellent as Houston and is joined by a great supporting cast.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Wed, Jul 26 2006 / 09:03:22 PST

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1930-1931 Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role: CIMARRON