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Irving Rapper

Highest Rated: 100% One Foot in Heaven (1941)

Lowest Rated: 20% Rhapsody in Blue (2001)

Birthday: Jan 16, 1898

Birthplace: London, England, UK

London-born Irving Rapper originally came to the stage as a director while studying at New York University, and made appearances as both an actor and director on Broadway before going to Hollywood, initially as an assistant director and dialogue coach at Warner Bros., where much of his job consisted of translating for such non-English-speaking directors as William Dieterle and Michael Curtiz. He became a director in 1941 with Shining Victory, and distinguished himself in the '40s with two major Bette Davis triumphs, Now Voyager (1942) and The Corn Is Green (1945), and had major hits with Rhapsody in Blue (1945) among other movies. Rapper's last major success came in 1958 with Marjorie Morningstar, an adaptation of the bestseller starring Natalie Wood and a somewhat miscast Gene Kelly. His work tends toward the theatrical, but his eye for acting nuance is second-to-none among his generation of filmmakers, and his best work is continually rewarding for what it reveals of actors working at the peak of their dramatic abilities.

Highest Rated Movies



20% Rhapsody in Blue Director 2001
No Score Yet The Christine Jorgensen Story Director 1970
No Score Yet The Miracle Director 1959
No Score Yet Marjorie Morningstar Director 1958
No Score Yet The Brave One Director 1956
No Score Yet Forever Female Director 1954
No Score Yet Bad for Each Other Director 1953
No Score Yet Another Man's Poison Director 1951
No Score Yet The Glass Menagerie Director 1950
No Score Yet The Voice of the Turtle Director 1947
No Score Yet Deception Director 1946
No Score Yet The Corn Is Green Director 1945
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mark Twain Director 1944
92% Now, Voyager Director 1942
No Score Yet The Gay Sisters Director 1942
100% One Foot in Heaven Producer Director 1941
No Score Yet Shining Victory Director 1941
82% The Life of Emile Zola Director 1937


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