Pandro S. Berman
American film producer
Pandro S. Berman
Pandro Samuel Berman was an American film producer.
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Os Irmãos Karamazov é resgatado em DVD - Gazeta de Alagoas
Google News - over 5 years
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FILM; Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Camera
NYTimes - almost 7 years
OVER a year ago a producer for National Public Radio's ''Fresh Air'' interviewed me about whether my book, ''Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master,'' would be worth the host Terry Gross's time. The result was a mildly farcical call and response. Fleming, I said, molded as many great stars as any director in Hollywood, including Clark Gable, Gary
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Bringing Up Biographer
NYTimes - over 13 years
KATE REMEMBERED By A. Scott Berg. Illustrated. 370 pp. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. $25.95. What is one to make of this odd and unsettling book? It's a complicated question for me, since I had professional relationships with both its author and its subject, and was very close to a third powerful presence in the book, Irene Mayer Selznick. And
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Television/Radio: The Good, the Bad, the Lucy: A Legacy of Laughs; Endlessly Lovable, But Damaging, Too
NYTimes - over 15 years
EVERYBODY remembers Lucy and Ethel at the chocolate factory. After being transferred out of three departments on their first day at Kramer's Kandy Kitchen, the women think they've found their niche, wrapping the candies -- until their supervisor, looking at the conveyer belt, speaks the fateful words ''Speed it up a little.'' What I hadn't
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Beverly Hills Journal; Once Again, Tinseltown Brings Down the House
NYTimes - over 18 years
The big Tudor house on the corner was not exactly the old Granville place in ''It's a Wonderful Life,'' and the man who lived there for nearly 50 years until he died last summer was named James Stewart, not George Bailey. But 918 North Roxbury Drive, with its towering trees, wide lawn and walled English garden, was a landmark on a leafy street
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Pandro Berman, 91, a Producer of Classic Films
NYTimes - over 20 years
Late Edition - Final, the Hollywood producer whose films brought fame, fortune or both to Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and other stars and skilled entertainment to American filmgoers from the Depression Era through the 1960's, died on Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 91. The best-known of the scores of movies that he produced in
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FILM; Laughton as Quasimodo: Epic Agony
NYTimes - almost 29 years
LEAD: The following excerpt about the making of the 1939 version of ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'' is from ''Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor,'' by the British actor Simon Callow, to be published later this month by Grove Press. The following excerpt about the making of the 1939 version of ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'' is from ''Charles
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SCREEN: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE STEVENS
NYTimes - almost 32 years
GEORGE STEVENS (1904-1975) is a very American kind of film maker, one who came up through the ranks from assistant cameraman to camerman to director. In his more than 40 Hollywood years, he worked as a gag writer for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and later directed westerns, slapstick comedies, musicals, sophisticated comedies, romantic dramas and
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FROM RKO'S FILES, A GIFT FOR U.C.L.A.
NYTimes - over 34 years
Nearly 1,000 filing-cabinet drawers full of scripts, musical scores, contracts, private letters and documents from RKO General were donated today to the University of California at Los Angeles's film archives. Ranging alphabetically from Fred Astaire to Jane Wyatt, dozens of former RKO stars attended a luncheon at U.C.L.A. where the presentation
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1996
    Age 90
    He died of congestive heart failure on July 13, 1996 in his Beverly Hills home, aged 91.
    More Details Hide Details Six of his films were nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture: The Gay Divorcee (1934), Alice Adams and Top Hat (both 1935), Stage Door (1937), Father of the Bride (1950), and Ivanhoe (1952).
  • 1976
    Age 70
    Berman was the winner of the 1976 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 57
    He survived several executive shake-ups at MGM and remained there until 1963, then went into independent production, closing out his career with the unsuccessful Move (1970).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1940
    Age 34
    Upset when an RKO power-play diminished his authority, Berman left for MGM in 1940, where he oversaw such productions as Ziegfeld Girl (1941), National Velvet (1944), The Bribe (1949), Father of the Bride (1950), Blackboard Jungle (1955) and BUtterfield 8 (1960).
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  • 1936
    Age 30
    Berman was willing to give creative people plenty of elbow room, but there were limits; having been coaxed by Hepburn and director George Cukor to push through production of the 1936 film Sylvia Scarlett, Berman reportedly reacted to the poor audience response to that film (the worst in RKO's history) by telling Hepburn and Cukor that he never wanted to see their faces again.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1930
    Age 24
    In 1930, Berman was hired as a film editor at RKO Radio Pictures, then became an assistant producer.
    More Details Hide Details When RKO supervising producer William LeBaron walked out during production of the ill-fated The Gay Diplomat (1931), Berman took over LeBaron's responsibilities, remaining in the post until 1939. He managed to survive David O. Selznick's general firing of most of the staff. The Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals were in production during the Berman regime, Katharine Hepburn rose to prominence, and such RKO classics as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Gunga Din (both 1939) were completed.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1905
    Born
    Pandro Berman was born in Pittsburgh in 1905.
    More Details Hide Details His father Henry Berman was general manager of Universal Pictures during Hollywood's formative years. Pandro was an assistant director during the 1920s under Mal St. Clair and Ralph Ince.
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