Henry MacRae
Henry MacRae - Apr 1921 FD.jpg
MacRae in 1921
BornAugust 29, 1876
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedOctober 2, 1944(1944-10-02) (aged 68)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • film producer

Henry Alexander MacRae (August 29, 1876 – October 2, 1944) was a Canadian film director, producer, and screenwriter during the silent era, working on many film serials for Universal Studios. One of a number of Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood, MacRae was credited with many innovations in film production, including artificial light for interiors, the wind machine, double exposures and shooting at night. [1]


Henry MacRae was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 29, 1876, and died in Beverly Hills, California, United States on October 2, 1944, aged 68.

He was active as a director from 1912 to 1933, making more than 130 films, most of them silent. In addition to the many westerns and adventure films to his credit, he directed the first Thai-Hollywood co-production, Miss Suwanna of Siam, in 1923. [2]

His first "talkie" was the first Tarzan movie with sound, Tarzan the Tiger in 1929. He also directed several westerns starring Hoot Gibson, a Tom Mix western and movies featuring Rex the Wonder Horse.

His producer credits in the 1940s include such serial films as The Green Hornet and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "Henry MacRae". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  2. ^ "THAI FILM: miss suwanna". 2003-03-09. Archived from the original on 2003-03-09. Retrieved 2020-02-24.