Richard Dix

Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Richard Dix (1893-1949) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.

Born Ernest Carlton Brimmer in St. Paul, MN, he took his stage name from a lifeguard friend who died on the job. Richard Dix was performing with stock companies in his late teens and had his Broadway debut in The Hawk (1914) at the Shubert. While on the coast with Oliver Morosco’s Los Angeles stock company he made his film debut in the Metro five-reeler One of Many (1917). A subsequent screen test was such a flop that he returned to the stage for another few years before becoming a full-time movie actor in 1921. The Christian (1923) was a breakthrough title, and The Ten Commandments (1923) for director Cecil B. DeMille a strong follow-up, while his most famous silent role came in The Vanishing American (1925). His first few talkies are a bit stilted, Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929) probably the best of this earliest crop, but Dix can be counted among the major silent screen stars who made a successful transition to talking films. He signed with RKO in 1929, and soon had his biggest hit in the Academy Award winning Best Picture Cimarron (1931), a title that also accounted for Dix's only Oscar nomination for acting. During this period at RKO, Dix starred in a number of his best films, often overlooked titles such as The Lost Squadron (1932), Hell’s Highway (1932), The Conquerors (1932), Ace of Aces (1933—my favorite!), Stingaree (1934) and His Greatest Gamble (1934). He went to London to star in Transatlantic Tunnel (1935), returned to Hollywood and appeared in interesting titles such as It Happened in Hollywood (1937), Sky Giant (1938), Man of Conquest (1939), and Reno (1939). But it was The Ghost Ship (1943), produced by Val Lewton at RKO, that introduced moviegoers to a darker version of the usually heroic Dix, one who went on to play in the first seven of eight Whistler-series entries at Columbia beginning with The Whistler (1944). These turned out to be Dix's seven final films, a career capped by The Thirteenth Hour (1947), before his health took him from the screen. Multiple heart attacks led to a cardiac collapse that claimed his life at age 56.

Birthday: July 18

ABOUT THIS CARD:Vintage 1933 Moviebook Corp. of New York film star trading card, Series A #25 Richard Dix....
ABOUT THIS CARD:1936 Ogden's "Shots from the Films" single card #49 Leslie Banks and Richard Dix in the...
ABOUT THIS LOT:Lot of 24 different upper-mid grade 1934 Wills "Famous Film Stars" medium-sized tobacco cards including a...
ABOUT THIS CARD:1934 Salem Goldfilm Series 2, #391 Richard Dix. Individual tobacco card issued out of Germany in...
ABOUT THIS CARD:1928 Will "Cinema Stars" 1st Series tobacco card #11 Richard Dix. From Great Britain. Card measures...
ABOUT THIS CARD:1936 Godfrey Phillips "Stars of the Screen" tobacco card #48 Richard Dix. Card measures approximately 1-3/8"...
ABOUT THIS CARD:1936 Carreras Film Stars #9 Richard Dix. With descriptions on the reverse by Florence Desmond. Measures...
ABOUT THIS ITEM:Vintage 1920s, or more likely early '30s, era fan photo of movie star Richard Dix. This...
ABOUT THIS CARD: Vintage early 1930s Jasmatzi brand Hansom Filmbilder movie star tobacco card #105 Richard Dix. Card...
ABOUT THIS ITEM:Vintage 1944 still photo picturing Richard Dix and Trevor Bardette in The Whistler (1944). Still numbered...
ABOUT THIS ITEM:Vintage 1920s era fan photo of movie star Richard Dix with local advertising on back for...
ABOUT THIS ITEM:Vintage 1920s era fan photo of movie star Richard Dix. This is an approximately 5" x...
ABOUT THIS CARD:1934 John Player & Sons "Film Stars" tobacco card #16 Richard Dix. Second series. Card measures...
ABOUT THIS ITEM:8" X 10" premium photo issued on a linen-like textured paper stock, dates to approximately 1935-38....
ABOUT THIS CARD:1935 Gallaher "Portraits of Famous Stars" tobacco card #12 Richard Dix. Card issued out of Great...
ABOUT THIS ITEM:Vintage 1930's real photo postcard featuring Richard Dix. Picturegoer Series, 88, No. 85. Measures approximately 3-1/2"...
ABOUT THIS CARD:1934 Wills Famous Film Stars tobacco card #43 Richard Dix. One card from a set of...
ABOUT THIS CARD:Lot of 13 different colorful paper stock movie star trading cards issued by Nestle's for their...
ABOUT THIS CARD:Single vintage tobacco card. 1929 Carreras Paramount Stars #27 Richard Dix. Measures approximately 1-7/16" X 2-11/16...
ABOUT THIS CARD:Lot of 16 different Chocolate E. Juncosa "Fancy Frame" paper-stock trading cards from Spain. Each measures...
ABOUT THIS CARD:Please be aware that this card has staining/discoloration on back—more info in grading section below. This...
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