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.


Huw Morgan: [narrating] Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still, real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever. How green was my valley then.


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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.


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Irving Pichel Facts
Played Fagin in Monogram Pictures' low-budget version of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist (1933). His reviews were mixed.

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

Directed 2 actors to Oscar nominations: Monty Woolley (Best Actor, The Pied Piper (1942)) and J. Carrol Naish (Best Supporting Actor, A Medal for Benny (1945)).

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