Catholics in the Movies: Allan Dwan (1885-1981)

Allan Dwan

A surprising number of Hollywood’s greatest directors were Catholic, including John Ford, Raoul Walsh and Allan Dwan. Born Joseph Aloysius Dwan in Canada, he moved to the United States at age eleven. At the University of Notre Dame, he majored in engineering, but he was more interested in motion pictures. In New York, he started [Read More...]

Catholics in the Movies: Francis Ford (1881-1953)

Francis Ford

One of the lead figures of film during the 1910’s was Francis Ford. Born Francis Feeney in Portland, Maine, he served in the Spanish-American War before moving into stage and theater.  It was said he took the name Ford from a stage actor for whom he was an understudy. When the actor was too drunk [Read More...]

Catholics in the Movies: Robert Harron (1893-1920)

Robert Harron

Bobby Harron was one of the leading stars of the 1910’s, appearing in some of the greatest films of the era under director D.W. Griffith. Born Robert Emmet Harron, he grew up in Greenwich Village, where he was taught by the Christian Brothers. At thirteen he started as a messenger boy for the Biograph Company [Read More...]


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