J. Gordon Edwards

James Gordon Edwards (June 24, 1867 – December 31, 1925) was an American film director, producer, and writer who began his career as a stage actor and stage director.

J. Gordon Edwards
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Edwards c. 1920
James Gordon Edwards

June 24, 1867
DiedDecember 31, 1925(1925-12-31) (aged 58)
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1914–1924
The tomb of J. Gordon Edwards


James Gordon Edwards was born in Montreal in 1867.[1] He made his directorial debut on film in the 1914 film St. Elmo.

Edwards went on directing all of the Fox Film Corporation's mega-budget spectacles, including all of actress Theda Bara's productions between 1916 and 1919. Later, he became the production supervisor at Fox, and continued to direct until he died in 1925. One of his biggest projects was The Queen of Sheba (1921), a lost silent film which contained a huge chariot race, four years before Ben-Hur (1925). Essentially all of his films (other than a few low quality prints) for Fox Studios were lost in the 1937 Fox vault fire, which claimed 75% of all Fox films made before 1930. He was the stepgrandfather of director Blake Edwards.

Edwards died of pneumonia at age 58 in New York City and was interred at Kensico Cemetery in a grandiose private mausoleum with a minaret on each side similar to the Taj Mahal.


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  1. ^ Gmür, Leonhard (2013). Rex Ingram: Hollywood's Rebel of the Silver Screen. epubli. p. 187. ISBN 9783844246018.
  2. ^ Wenzell, Nicolette (April 3, 2016). "1919 movie 'The Lone Star Ranger' shot in Palm Springs". The Desert Sun. Gannett.

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