To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
Live Statistics
English Articles
Improved in 24 Hours
Added in 24 Hours
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.

Rowland V. Lee

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rowland V. Lee
Lee in 1928
Rowland Vance Lee

(1891-09-06)September 6, 1891
DiedDecember 21, 1975(1975-12-21) (aged 84)
Occupation(s)Actor, director, producer
RelativesRobert N. Lee (brother)[1]

Rowland Vance Lee (September 6, 1891 – December 21, 1975) was an American film director, actor, writer, and producer.

YouTube Encyclopedic

  • 1/5
    159 585
    3 380
    27 000
    255 118
  • Stars Help Raise Awareness of Foster Care Adoption with ‘A Home for the Holidays’
  • The Bold Type's Katie Stevens Insta-Stalks Her Co-Stars | Insta-Stalk | ELLE
  • Kelly Rowland Is a Proud Mother of Mini-Me Son Titan Who Look Excalty like Her.
  • Nick Cassavetes honors Gena Rowlands at the 2015 Governors Awards
  • The Son of Monte Cristo (1940) SWASHBUCKLER



Early life

Born in Findlay, Ohio, Lee was the son of a suffragette who founded a newspaper.[2] He studied at Columbia University and served in the infantry during World War I.[3]

Acting career

Lee had early appearances in Wild Winship's Widow (1917), Time Locks and Diamonds (1917), The Mother Instinct (1917), Polly Ann (1917), The Stainless Barrier (1917), The Maternal Spark (1917) and They're Off (1918).

He appeared in the films The Woman in the Suitcase, Water, Water, Everywhere, His Own Law (supporting Hobart Bosworth), and Her Husband's Friend (all 1920).


Change of profession

Thomas H. Ince suggested Lee make a choice between acting and directing. Lee moved into directing starting with A Thousand to One (1920), Cupid's Brand (1921), and The Cup of Life (1921).[3] He directed two films for former co-star Hobart Bosworth, Blind Hearts and The Sea Lion (both 1921).[citation needed]

Lee made What Ho, the Cook (1921), Money to Burn (1922), The Men of Zanzibar (1922), His Back Against the Wall (1922), A Self-Made Man (1922), Dust Flower (1922), and Mixed Faces (1922).


Lee went to Fox where he directed Shirley of the Circus (1923). He directed and scripted a 1923 adaptation of the Booth Tarkington novel Alice Adams, which propelled him into the big time. He followed it with Desire (1923) at Metro.[4] He fell ill during the making of Desire.[5]

Back at Fox, Lee directed Gentle Julia (1923), another Tarkington adaptation. After Gentle Julia, Lee spent several months studying filmmaking in Europe, a practice he would continue for the next decade.[6]

Lee did You Can't Get Away with It (1923), In Love with Love (1924) with Marguerite De La Motte, and an expensive adaptation of The Man Without a Country (1925).[6][7]

Other credits included Havoc (1925), The Outsider (1926) (with Walter Pidgeon), and The Silver Treasure (1927), based on Nostromo by Joseph Conrad.[8] He also directed The Whirlwind of Youth (1927).[9]


Lee went to Paramount in 1926 where he directed Pola Negri in Barbed Wire (1927) and The Secret Hour (1928).[10] Doomsday (1928) starred Florence Vidor and Gary Cooper.[11] He was reunited with Negri for Three Sinners (1928) and Loves of an Actress (1928) then did The First Kiss (1928) with Cooper and Fay Wray.[12]

In 1929, he directed The Wolf of Wall Street featuring George Bancroft.[13] He followed it with A Dangerous Woman (1929) starring Olga Baclanova, then Lee made the first sound Fu Manchu film, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (1929).[14] He spent three months touring Europe in 1929.[15]

Lee was one of many directors who contributed to the all-star revue Paramount on Parade (1930). The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930) was a sequel to The Mysterious Dr Fu Manchu. Lee then made Ladies Love Brutes (1930) and Derelict (1930) with Bancroft, and A Man from Wyoming (1930), with Cooper.


Lee went to Warners to make The Ruling Voice (1931) with Walter Huston. He based himself in England for the next two years where he wrote an English version script of Captain Craddock (1931), did The Guilty Generation (1931) at Columbia and That Night in London (1931) for Paramount in England; the latter starred Robert Donat.[16]

Back at Fox, Lee directed Zoo in Budapest (1933), I Am Suzanne (1933) and Gambling (1934); the latter starred George M. Cohan.[17][18]

Edward Small

Edward Small hired Lee to write and direct an adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) for United Artists starring Donat; it was a huge success and ushered in a cycle of swashbuckling films.

Fox had merged to become 20th Century-Fox whose production head Darryl F. Zanuck hired Lee to direct one of the studio's first films, the biopic Cardinal Richelieu (1935) starring George Arliss.[19]

Lee received an offer from RKO to write and direct another swashbuckler, The Three Musketeers (1935). For United Artists he did One Rainy Afternoon (1936) and the English-shot Agatha Christie adaptation, Love from a Stranger (1937).

Back in Hollywood, Lee was reunited with Small for The Toast of New York (1937), a biopic that was a notorious flop. It was made at RKO who also financed Lee's next film, Mother Carey's Chickens (1938).


Lee signed a contract at Universal, where he directed Service de Luxe (1938). He had a big success with Son of Frankenstein (1939) starring Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff. Lee followed it with The Sun Never Sets (1939) with Rathbone and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Tower of London (1939) with Rathbone and Karloff.

Later films

Lee made another swashbuckler for Small, The Son of Monte Cristo (1940). He returned to RKO to do Powder Town (1942), then made a film for another independent producer, Benedict Bogeaus, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944). Bogeaus liked Lee's work and used him on the swashbuckler Captain Kidd (1945). Lee announced he would then made a film about Robespierre[20] but he ended up retiring in 1945.

The Rowland V. Lee Ranch and later life

Lee focused on running his ranch in the San Fernando Valley which he had bought in 1935. He raised cattle and alfalfa. In August 1940, two girls drowned in his private lake while Lee was away.[21]

He converted part of his acreage overlooking the Chatsworth Reservoir into a motion picture location. Among the films shot there were I've Always Loved You, Strangers on a Train (1951), At Sword's Point, The Night of the Hunter (1956), Friendly Persuasion (1956),The Light in the Forest (1958) and Back Street (1961). By the early 1960s though the land had become too valuable to use as a location.[22][3][23]

Lee decided to return to filmmaking by producing The Big Fisherman from the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas. He wrote the script with Howard Estabrook and hired Frank Borzage to direct it.[24]

In 1975, three months past his 84th birthday, Lee died of a heart attack at home in Palm Desert, California, having just finished writing a screenplay, a mystery called The Belt. He was survived by his wife, Eleanor, and brother, Donald W. Lee, a former Hollywood film writer.[3] While it has been reported incorrectly that the former Rowland V. Lee Ranch was subdivided and developed after his death, in fact development of the property began much earlier. Portions of the ranch had begun to be developed by the late 1950s, with the Corporate Pointe industrial park among the first major projects to be built in the area. Development continued throughout the 1960s, with much of the ranch becoming suburban single-family housing typical of the western San Fernando Valley. The section of the former ranch containing Lee Lake was the last major portion to be developed, becoming the gated community Hidden Lake Estates, which was completed by 1971. The lake remains intact as a part of the gated community.[23]

Lee has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Glendale, California.[25]

Complete filmography

As actor

As director


P : also producer
W : also writer
P, W : also producer and writer

As producer

As writer

See also


  1. ^ "Bessie Love Will Have Leading Role With Arthur Trimble". Exhibitors Trade Review: 1175. September 30, 1922.
  2. ^ "Woman paper founder to be buried today". Los Angeles Times. June 10, 1953. ProQuest 166490572.
  3. ^ a b c d "Rowland Lee, 84, Of Films Is Dead". The New York Times. December 22, 1975.
  4. ^ "Silencer Saves Day For Star". Los Angeles Times. February 11, 1923. ProQuest 161332732.
  5. ^ "Convalescing". Los Angeles Times. April 1, 1923. ProQuest 161456564.
  6. ^ a b "Director Advances With "Man Without Country"". Los Angeles Times. July 13, 1924. ProQuest 161678705.
  7. ^ "He's Gripped By Booster Spirit". Los Angeles Times. March 29, 1925. ProQuest 161763193.
  8. ^ "George O'Brien To Sheik In Fox Film". Los Angeles Times. June 17, 1925. ProQuest 161800390.
  9. ^ M. H. (June 6, 1927). "Soundings". The New York Times. ProQuest 103943899.
  10. ^ G. Kingsley (December 22, 1928). "Director Renews With Lasky". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 162111034.
  11. ^ "Pola's New Vehicle Set In Blossoms". The Washington Post. February 18, 1928. ProQuest 149878721.
  12. ^ G. Kingsley (June 22, 1927). "Pola Negri's Next Chosen". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 161968345.
  13. ^ Martin Fridson (December 26, 2013). "The Non-Original Wolf Of Wall Street". Forbes. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  14. ^ "Baclanova To Lead Cast In Talking Film". The Washington Post. January 20, 1929. ProQuest 150006025.
  15. ^ "Actress lands long contract". Los Angeles Times. July 28, 1929. ProQuest 162283945.
  16. ^ "He Returned". Daily Standard. No. 6453. Queensland, Australia. September 21, 1933. p. 7. Retrieved January 25, 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  17. ^ "News Items Of The Studios". The New York Times. March 5, 1933. ProQuest 100767372.
  18. ^ "Puppets, Dangling From Her Finger Tips". Los Angeles Times. December 24, 1933. ProQuest 163139284.
  19. ^ "The Regent". The Argus. No. 27, 923. Victoria, Australia. February 17, 1936. p. 5. Retrieved January 25, 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  20. ^ E. Schallert (November 5, 1945). "Robespierre story soon to be narrated". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 165638050.
  21. ^ "Two girls drown in private lake". Los Angeles Times. August 29, 1940. ProQuest 165089484.
  22. ^ H. Sutherland (June 4, 1967). "Movie ranch becomes residential community". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 155713458.
  23. ^ a b "Rowland V. Lee Ranch". Movie Sites.
  24. ^ Thomas M. Pryor (October 24, 1957). "Film Team Seeks Aid Of Psychology". The New York Times. ProQuest 114073774.
  25. ^ Resting Places
  26. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p.253.ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.

External links

This page was last edited on 15 October 2023, at 18:37
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.