Maxwell Karger

Maxwell Karger (1879–1922)[1][2] was an important movie producer and motion picture director during the silent film era of the 1910s.

Maxwell Karger
BornJanuary 17, 1879
DiedMay 5, 1922
On a train between New York and Fort Wayne, Indiana
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles California
OccupationFilm producer and director
Years active?–1922
Spouse(s)Anne Florence (née Conley) Karger


Karger's approach to making pictures was similar to contemporary Thomas H. Ince. Both died relatively young, but where Ince is remembered for his streamlined productions and circumstances surrounding his death, Karger is completely forgotten today. Karger was a founder of Rolfe Photoplays in New York but later worked primarily at the Metro Pictures studios and was later a personal assistant to Rudolph Valentino.

Karger died of heart disease while on a train between New York and Fort Wayne, Indiana.[3] His son Fred Karger (1916-1979) was a voice coach at Columbia Pictures and was the fourth and final husband of actress Jane Wyman after her marriage to Ronald Reagan ended.

Selected filmography

As director

As producer


  1. Icon The Life, Times and Films of Marilyn Monroe vol.1 1926-56 by Gary Vitaccco-Robles, c.2013
  2. The First One Hundred Noted Men and Women of the Screen by Carolyn Lowrey, c.1920
  3. "Fort Wayne, Ind. (Special to Exhibitors Herald)". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (21): 45. May 20, 1922.
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