Arthur Ripley (Arthur DeWitt Ripley)

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New York City, New York, USA
Arthur Ripley started his movie career as an apprentice at Kalem Pictures and then worked for several studios, including Vitagraph and Metro. By early 1920s he had become a gag writer for Mack Sennett. In 1923 Sennett signed vaudeville comic Harry Langdon and gave his writers the job of developing something for Langdon's character. Ripley and fellow Sennett gagman Frank Capra created the perfect story lines for the pantomime of Langdon and soon his two-reel comedies were hugely popular. For the next few years Sennett cranked out film after film with Langdon, written by Ripley and Capra and directed by Harry Edwards. Read more...