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Basil Wrangell

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Basil Wrangell
Basilio Petrovich von Wrangell

June 19, 1906
Ponte a Moriano, Toscana, Italy
DiedApril 26, 1977 (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, USA
OccupationFilm editor . Film Director
Spouse(s)Isabelle Fair (div.)
Vivian Ducloux

Basil Wrangell (born Basilio Petrovich von Wrangell) was an Italian film and television editor and director who worked in Hollywood from the 1920s through the 1970s.[1][2]


Basil was born at the Russian embassy in Ponte a Moriano, Italy, to Peter von Wrangell and Marussia Sasso-Ruffo. On his father's side, his family line had reportedly served as court attaches of old Russia since 1200 A.D.[3] Basil's brother, George Wrangell, was a society columnist in New York City.[4]

Basil attended the elite Grosvenor School in Nottingham, England, as a young man, until his family lost their wealth during the Russian Revolution. A chance opportunity to serve as an interpreter for Fred Niblo on Ben-Hur led to Basil traveling to America to take an entry-level job in a cutting room at a studio.[3][5] He ended up becoming a proficient editor, eventually earning the chance to direct shorts and features.[4] For television, he edited many episodes of I Spy, Peyton Place, Combat!, and Adventures in Paradise.

Selected filmography

As editor:

As director:


  1. ^ Drew, Bernard A. (2013-12-04). Motion Picture Series and Sequels: A Reference Guide. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-92893-5.
  2. ^ Golden, Eve (2013-03-29). John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-4163-3.
  3. ^ a b "When Royalty Comes to Hollywood". The Decatur Herald. 25 Aug 1935. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  4. ^ a b "Basil Wrangell Directs First Feature-Length Film". Valley Times. 20 Dec 1946. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  5. ^ Eyman, Scott (2008-06-23). Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4391-0791-1.
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