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May 4, 1991 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Thorpe, a silent-screen actor who directed more than 100 films, including "The Great Caruso" and "Ivanhoe" as one of MGM's top directors, has died. He was 95. Thorpe died Wednesday at Palm Springs Health Care nursing facility of complications of old age, said his son, Jerry Thorpe. Known as a capable and versatile director willing to take on any assignment the studio handed him, Thorpe was kidded about leaping from horse opera to grand opera when he began the 1951 "Caruso."
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May 4, 1991 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Thorpe, a silent-screen actor who directed more than 100 films, including "The Great Caruso" and "Ivanhoe" as one of MGM's top directors, has died. He was 95. Thorpe died Wednesday at Palm Springs Health Care nursing facility of complications of old age, said his son, Jerry Thorpe. Known as a capable and versatile director willing to take on any assignment the studio handed him, Thorpe was kidded about leaping from horse opera to grand opera when he began the 1951 "Caruso."
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 1989 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Cost of production: $2,777,000. Shooting schedule: 22 weeks. Number of directors: 3 (Richard Thorpe, Victor Fleming, King Vidor). Number of writers: 10 (three with screen credit). Judy Garland's salary: $500 a week. Ray Bolger's salary: $3,000 a week. Jack Haley's salary: $3,000 a week. Bert Lahr's salary: $2,500 a week. Number of midgets employed: 124. Toto's breed: Cairn Terrier. Toto's salary: $125 a week. Number of actors: 600. Number of costumes: 1,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1998
A Lomita man who was shot to death by Torrance police officers over the weekend when he allegedly drew a gun during a traffic stop has been identified, authorities said. Richard Thorpe, 39, was driving a sport utility truck when he was pulled over Saturday at 5:10 p.m. in the 2200 block of Sepulveda Boulevard by two Torrance police officers because the vehicle's registration tags had expired, said Sgt. Marc Wilkins.
SPORTS
February 4, 1994 | MARTIN BECK
Chapman was guaranteed its first winning season in six years by beating Patten College, 106-101, in a nonconference men's basketball game Thursday at the Hutton Center. The Panthers, who improved to 13-6 with six games left in the season, led by as many as 24 points in the second half before Patten closed the gap. The last Chapman team with a winning season was the 1988-89 team that went 17-12 and advanced to the title game of the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. tournament.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1999
Unable to resolve their differences, the Pasadena light-rail project's directors decided late Monday to again interview two finalists for the key post of chief executive officer. The board of the Pasadena Metro Blue Line Construction Authority is divided over whether to choose Richard Thorpe, project manager for Salt Lake City's light-rail project, or Charles Stark, construction chief for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2009 | Dan Weikel
Though the Expo Line light-rail system from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City is about half finished, construction problems have pushed back completion of the project by another six weeks to almost a year. Expo officials said they had planned to open the 8.6-mile line in 2010, but parts of the route would not be completed until the latter part of 2011. Earlier this year, the estimated delay was 44 weeks, a figure that has been revised to 50 weeks in a September report to the Expo Line Construction Authority board.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1993 | BARBARA SALTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
MGM/UA Home Video, which has put together some of the most interesting double movie bills for laser disc, has come up with two of its most intriguing combinations yet: double features of different film versions of the same story. It was an inspired idea to combine "The Prisoner of Zenda" released in 1937 with "The Prisoner of Zenda" released 15 years later (1952), and "The Student Prince," a silent 1927 film, with "The Student Prince," the 1954 musical extravaganza (both $45).
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December 4, 1998 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Freddie Young, who won three Academy Awards for his innovative and sweeping cinematography in the epic motion pictures "Lawrence of Arabia," "Doctor Zhivago" and "Ryan's Daughter," has died. He was 96. The cinematographer died Tuesday in London, where he was born Frederick A. Young and had lived most of his life. Revered in international cinema, Young elevated certain scenes to classic status.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 1998
I feel $8 richer after reading about the "re-creation" of "Psycho" ("Feeling Nostalgic, Mother?" by Patrick Goldstein, Oct. 25). Gus Van Sant is blazing new trails in noncreative filmmaking. No film school or imagination required. Just pop in a DVD of the movie you're copying and tell your actors and cameraman, "Do it just like that." BILL WOLFER Cathedral City Surely the only distinction Van Sant can claim is in orchestrating the industry's most expensive colorization project yet. How disheartening that artists of achievement and repute are taking part in this arrogant appropriation of other artists' creative efforts.
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