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Henry MacRae
Canadian film director

Henry MacRae

Henry MacRae
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Intro Canadian film director
Was Screenwriter Film producer Film director
From Canada
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 29 August 1876, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Death 2 October 1944, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. (aged 68 years)
The details (from wikipedia)


Henry Alexander MacRae (August 29, 1876 – October 2, 1944) was a Canadian film director, producer, and screenwriter during the silent era, working on many film serials for Universal Studios. One of a number of Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood, MacRae was credited with many innovations in film production, including artificial light for interiors, the wind machine, double exposures and shooting at night.


Henry MacRae was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 29, 1876, and died in Beverly Hills, California, United States on October 2, 1944, aged 68.

He was active as a director from 1912 to 1933, making more than 130 films, most of them silent. In addition to the many westerns and adventure films to his credit, he directed the first Thai-Hollywood co-production, Miss Suwanna of Siam, in 1923.

His first "talkie" was the first Tarzan movie with sound, Tarzan the Tiger in 1929. He also directed several westerns starring Hoot Gibson, a Tom Mix western and movies featuring Rex the Wonder Horse.

His producer credits in the 1940s include such serial films as The Green Hornet and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe.

Selected filmography

  • In the Coils of the Python (1913)
  • The Girl and the Tiger (1913)
  • In the Secret Service (1913)
  • The Werewolf (1913)
  • The Trey o' Hearts (1914)
  • The Conspiracy (1916)
  • Behind the Lines (1916)
  • Liberty (1916)
  • Guilty (1916)
  • The Mystery Ship (1917)
  • Bull's Eye (1917)
  • The Phantom Riders (1918)
  • Elmo the Mighty (1919)
  • The Dragon's Net (1920)
  • Miss Suwanna of Siam (1923)
  • Ace of Spades (1925)
  • The Scarlet Streak (1925)
  • Strings of Steel (1926)
  • The Trail of the Tiger (1927)
  • Burning the Wind (1929)
  • Tarzan the Tiger (1929)
  • The Ace of Scotland Yard (1929)
  • Smilin' Guns (1929)
  • The Indians Are Coming (1930)
  • The Jade Box (1930)
  • The Lost Special (1932)
  • Flash Gordon (1936)
  • Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
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