Directed by Henry King

Directed by Henry King

9 Episodes

In a career that stretched from 1915 to 1962, coinciding with the rise and fall of the studio system itself, Henry King was one of Fox’s most skillful directors, helming more than one hundred films—a staggering body of work studded with acknowledged classics and rare gems across nearly every genre. His finest works—like the lovely slice of Americana State Fair, the luminous spiritual drama THE SONG OF BERNADETTE, and the elegiac western THE GUNFIGHTER—glow with moments of delicate, bittersweet poetry that can turn unexpectedly piercing. They are works of impeccable craft from a subtle and often overlooked artist who sought to see through the tangle of dreams and delusions and into the soul of America.

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Directed by Henry King
  • Imogen Sara Smith on Henry King

    Episode 1

    The following interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith was recorded in 2022.

  • The Winning of Barbara Worth

    Episode 2

    Directed by Henry King • 1926 • United States
    Starring Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, Gary Cooper

    Gary Cooper got his big break with his supporting role in this hugely popular silent western. While rancher Jefferson Worth (Charles Lane) teams with a big-city developer on a grand plan to irrigate th...

  • State Fair

    Episode 3

    Directed by Henry King • 1933 • United States
    Starring Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, Lew Ayres

    This warm, timeless Best Picture nominee beautifully displays director Henry King’s feeling for the texture of rural America. Based on Phil Stong’s oft-adapted novel (later the source for the Rodgers and ...

  • In Old Chicago

    Episode 4

    Directed by Henry King • 1938 • United States
    Starring Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche

    Welcome to nineteenth-century Chicago, where greed, corruption, and politics are inextricably entwined. While Jack O’Leary (Don Ameche) is elected mayor, his brother Dion (Tyrone Power) becomes a saloon o...

  • The Song of Bernadette

    Episode 5

    Directed by Henry King • 1943 • United States
    Starring Jennifer Jones, William Eythe, Charles Bickford

    An Academy Award–winning Jennifer Jones is radiant in this moving tale of faith and courage. She stars as Bernadette Soubirous, the poverty-stricken, pure-hearted teenager who saw a vision of a...

  • Twelve O’Clock High

    Episode 6

    Directed by Henry King • 1949 • United States
    Starring Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill

    After an American bomber group stationed in Britain suffers devastating losses during World War II, Brigadier General Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) is enlisted to take command of the demoralized unit. A...

  • The Gunfighter

    Episode 7

    Directed by Henry King • 1950 • United States
    Starring Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell

    A key forerunner of the new breed of dark, brooding westerns that would soon cast a shadow over America’s frontier folklore, this subversive psychological saga sounds a death knell for the myth ...

  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro

    Episode 8

    Directed by Henry King • 1952 • United States
    Starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner

    In this deluxe adaptation of the celebrated Ernest Hemingway short story, famous American writer Harry Street (Gregory Peck) lies dying at the foot of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, spurring him to ref...

  • The Bravados

    Episode 9

    Directed by Henry King • 1958 • United States
    Starring Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Henry Silva

    The final of the five collaborations between star Gregory Peck and director Henry King is a brutal, psychologically charged revenge western shot in striking widescreen color. Jim Douglass (Peck) arrive...