Milestones, Jul. 31, 1950

Died. Rex Ingram*(real name: Rex Hitchcock), 58, Irish-born director of such famed silent movies as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (which made Rudolph Valentino a star) and The Prisoner of Zenda (which made Ramon Novarro a star); of a cerebral hemorrhage; in Hollywood.

Died. Carl Van Doren,† 64, journeyman of letters; of a heart ailment complicated by pneumonia; in Torrington, Conn. Onetime teacher (Columbia), headmaster (Manhattan's fashionable Brearley School) and editor, he wrote a dozen volumes of literary studies and criticism, three Revolutionary War histories, a Pulitzer Prizewinning (1939) biography of Benjamin...

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