Edward Mowbray

Edward Mowbray

Camera Operator, Director


Edward Mowbray was an American film director and producer best known for his work in silent films and in the early days of the talkies. He was born on October 11, 1887 in Anderson, Indiana, and grew up in a working-class family. His father was a locomotive engineer and his mother was a seamstress.

At the age of 14, Edward left home to pursue his dream of becoming an actor and landed a job with a traveling theatre company. He eventually made his way to Hollywood, where he worked as an extra in several films. He was also able to work his way up to become an assistant director on the set of many major productions.

In 1919, he directed his first feature film, The Honor of his Family, which was a critical success. He went on to direct several more features, including The Flaming Disc (1920), The Flame of Love (1921), The Silver King (1922), and The Scarlet Letter (1923).

His work in the silent era made him a popular director and he was quickly hired by major studios. He was the first director to work with a young actress named Mary Pickford and also directed her in her first sound film, Coquette (1929).

He went on to direct many more films, including The Vagabond Lover (1929), The Rogue Song (1930), and The Cat and the Fiddle (1934). He also directed several musicals, including the Academy Award-winning musical, 42nd Street (1933).

Edward Mowbray was one of the most successful directors of the golden age of Hollywood and he achieved considerable success. He was nominated for several Academy Awards and won the Best Director Award for 42nd Street.

In the late 1930s, Mowbray left Hollywood and moved to England, where he continued to work as a director and produced several British films. He died in London in 1941 at the age of 53.

Edward Mowbray was a pioneering director who helped to shape the history of Hollywood. His films were popular during the silent era and he continued to be successful into the early days of the talkies. He is remembered as one of the most influential directors of his time.