Irving Pichel Overview:

Director, Irving Pichel, was born on Jun 24, 1891 in Pittsburgh, PA. Pichel died at the age of 63 on Jul 13, 1954 in Hollywood, CA .

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Quicksand (1950, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 15, 2014 From The Stop Button

Quicksand is a film noir with room for cream and about five sugars. The genre often has a morality element to it, but this entry goes way too far with it. Or it might just be how the film treats lead Mickey Rooney. Most film noir male protagonists are overconfident simpletons taken in by devious wom... Read full article


The Most Dangerous Game (1932, Ernest B. Schoedsack and )

on Nov 12, 2012 From The Stop Button

Running about an hour, The Most Dangerous Game shouldn’t be boring. But it somehow manages. Worse, the boring stuff comes at the end; directors Schoedsack and Pichel drag out the conclusion with a false ending or two. The film doesn’t have much to recommend it. That laborious ending wipe... Read full article


O.S.S. (1946, )

on Mar 11, 2011 From The Stop Button

Pichel does such a good job with the majority of O.S.S., it’s a surprise how ineptly he handles the jingoistic last scene. It’s a WWII patriotism picture (is there a proper term for this genre?), so that last scene is requisite, but Pichel could have at least made it work. Instead, he ha... Read full article


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Irving Pichel Quotes:

Huw Morgan: [Narrating] Everything I ever learnt as a small boy came from my father, and I never found anything he ever told me to be wrong or worthless. The simple lessons he taught me are as sharp and clear in my mind as if I had heard them only yesterday.


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First reporter: Doctor, is it true that through your experiments in endocrine glands you can cure crime?
Second reporter: What about this crime cure?
Dr. Herbert Stander: Boys, after the grand jury's decision, I'll have a statement to make. If making a criminal mind is normal... than I'll be indicted.


Simmons: You little scalawag.
[Simmons sees a paintbrush, in Spanky's hand and it appears as if Spanky was about to try paint on his shoe! Therefore forcing Spanky and Buckwheat to dive off the ship, in fear of Simmons]


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Irving Pichel Facts
A close friend of playwright George S. Kaufman, Pichel also convinced veteran character actor Charles Lane to give acting a try. Together they went to Los Angeles and studied at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Ethnic character villain in early pre-Code talkies who later moved into full-time directing for Twentieth Century-Fox. Pichel (last name pronounced "Pitch-ell" like "Mitchell") directed the sci-fi film Destination Moon (1950), which won a "Best Crime or Adventure" award at the Berlin Film Festival and a special effects Oscar.

He died suddenly in 1954, only a week after completing his last film as a director, Day of Triumph (1954).

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