Actor and director Micky Moore digital collection now open for research

Moore (right) as the boy Apostle Mark in DeMille's "The King of Kings" (1927)
Moore (right) as the boy Apostle Mark in DeMille’s “The King of Kings” (1927)

Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce the online release of the Micky Moore Collection, which adds over 2,500 digital objects to our growing film and television research area. The collection features the photographs, correspondence, media clippings, and production materials of Michael D. “Micky” Moore, a child actor turned film director whose career spanned the evolution of filmmaking from the silent era to the millennium. Between 1917 and 1929, Moore acted in over 40 films and worked with such silent screen stars as Mary Pickford, Jack Holt, Gloria Swanson, Lillian Gish, Conrad Nagel, and Tom Mix. During this time, Moore developed an influential relationship with legendary director Cecil B. DeMille, who became his mentor. Moore acted in four of DeMille’s films, including the epic The King of Kings (1927)DeMille helped Moore transition from childhood actor to a career behind the camera.

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Moore (center) attending to a very wet Elvis for “King Creole” (1958)

From the 1960s on, Moore became well known as a reliable second unit director with a knack for action sequences. (The second unit, as the name implies, is a discrete crew that captures shots and sequences that do not, typically, require the primary actors). Moore worked with some of the most important filmmakers of the 20th century, including Norman Taurog, John Sturges, Franklin Shaffner, George Roy Hill, Sydney Pollack, John Huston, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Irvin Kershner.

This digital collection is based on the Michael D. “Micky” Moore Papers, generously donated to Pepperdine University by Moore’s daughters, Tricia Newman and Sandra Kastendiek-Drake. We are honored to be the custodians of Micky’s legacy.

Moore in Japan to film "The Yakuza" (1974)
Moore in Japan to film “The Yakuza” (1974)

Visitors to the site may search the collection or browse by series or film title. Additionally, we’ve pulled a selection of about 100 items into a highlights collection, an expansion of the exhibit Behind the Scenes: The Micky Moore Collection, held at Pepperdine University in 2014 and curated by Katie Richardson. Enjoy.

Actor and director Micky Moore digital collection now open for research
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