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J. Gordon Edwards

James Gordon Edwards (June 24, 1867 – December 31, 1925) was an American film director, producer, and writer who began his career as a stage actor and stage director.

Biography

James Gordon Edwards was born in Montreal in 1867. He made his directorial debut on film in the 1914 film St. Elmo.

Edwards went on directing all of the Fox Film Corporation's mega-budget spectacles, including all of actress Theda Bara's productions between 1916 and 1919. Later, he became the production supervisor at Fox, and continued to direct until he died in 1925. One of his biggest projects was The Queen of Sheba (1921), a lost silent film which contained a huge chariot race, four years before Ben-Hur (1925). Essentially all of his films (other than a few low quality prints) for Fox Studios were lost in the 1937 Fox vault fire, which claimed 75% of all Fox films made before 1930. He was the stepgrandfather of director Blake Edwards.

Edwards died of pneumonia at age 58 in New York City and was interred at Kensico Cemetery in a grandiose private mausoleum with a minaret on each side similar to the Taj Mahal.

Filmography

Production supervisor

  • A Daughter of the Gods (1916) - lost

    Director

  • St. Elmo (1914)
  • Life's Shop Window (1914) - lost
  • A Woman's Resurrection (1915)
  • Anna Karenina (1915) - lost
  • Should a Mother Tell (1915)
  • The Song of Hate (1915)
  • Blindness of Devotion (1915)
  • The Unfaithful Wife (1915)
  • The Galley Slave (1915) - lost
  • Under Two Flags (1916) - lost
  • Her Double Life (1916) - lost
  • A Wife's Sacrifice (1916)
  • The Vixen (1916) - lost
  • The Green-Eyed Monster (1916) - lost
  • Romeo and Juliet (1916) - lost
  • The Spider and the Fly (1916)
  • The Tiger Woman (1917) - lost
  • Tangled Lives (1917) - lost
  • Her Greatest Love (1917) - lost
  • The Rose of Blood (1917) - lost
  • ''Madame Du Barry (1917) - lost
  • Heart and Soul (1917) - lost
  • The Darling of Paris (1917) - lost
  • Cleopatra (1917) - lost
  • Camille (1917) - lost
  • When a Woman Sins (1918) - lost
  • Under the Yoke (1918) - lost
  • The Soul of Buddha (1918) - lost
  • The She Devil (1918) - lost
  • Salome (1918) - lost
  • The Forbidden Path (1918) - lost
  • A Woman There Was (1919) - lost
  • Wolves of the Night (1919) - lost
  • Wings of the Morning (1919) - lost
  • When Men Desire (1919) - lost
  • The Siren's Song (1919) - lost
  • The Lone Star Ranger (1919) - lost
  • The Light (1919) - lost
  • The Last of the Duanes (1919)
  • The Orphan (1920)
  • Heart Strings (1920) - lost
  • If I Were King (1920)
  • Drag Harlan (1920)
  • The Adventurer (1920)
  • The Joyous Troublemaker (1920)
  • The Scuttlers (1920) - lost
  • The Queen of Sheba (1921) - lost
  • His Greatest Sacrifice (1921)
  • Nero (1922) - lost
  • The Silent Command (1923)
  • The Net (1923)
  • The Shepherd King (1923) - lost
  • It Is the Law (1924) - lost

    Writer

  • The Queen of Sheba (1921)
  • A Wife's Sacrifice (1916)
  • Blindness of Devotion (1915)