Walter Wanger

American film producer Walter Wanger

Walter Wanger was an American film producer active in filmmaking from the 1910s to the turbulent production of Cleopatra in 1963. Wanger developed a reputation as an intellectual and a socially conscious movie executive who produced provocative message movies and glittering romantic melodramas. Wanger was strongly influenced by European films, and made many productions geared towards international markets.
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11 July 1894

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Sci-fi sizzlers, courtesy of TCM - Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
It also helped resurrect producer Walter Wanger's career after a prison sentence for a crime of passion and is often hailed as director Don Siegel's best film. It added the phrase "pod people" to the vocabulary to describe those devoid of emotion and
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Guest Post: Peter Broderick 'Special Report: How Films Can Change The World' - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
To sort of quote the legendary producer Walter Wanger “Film is the world's ambassador.” I was not surprisingly thrilled to get Peter Broderick's latest newsletter, and to find it not just on this subject, but with real info precisely on films that HAVE
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Elaine Stewart - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 6 years
Produced by Walter Wanger with exotic settings, lush colour, dozens of alluring harem girls, a haunting score by Dimitri Tiomkin and a theme sung by Nat "King" Cole, Elaine Stewart featured as a caliph's sultry daughter rescued by a barber (John Derek)
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La Diligencia, ícono de los westerns, el 18 - Diario El Sol de Quilmes
Google News - over 6 years
La Diligencia es uno de los grandes westerns de la historia del cine, bajo la dirección de John Ford, con la producción de Walter Wanger. La película tiene un muestrario de personajes, que ofrecen romance, humor, ironía, drama, acción,
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From Liz to Bond and beyond - Variety
Google News - almost 7 years
8, 1958) Fox's production head Buddy Adler and producer Walter Wanger decide to transfer the studio production of Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra" to Pinewood and Shepperton. The film is "expected to top a budget of $5000000," according to Daily
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Joan Bennett on TCM: TRADE WINDS - From Cute Blonde Star to Sultry Brunette Star - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - almost 7 years
Had it not been for producer-lover-husband Walter Wanger, it's hard to imagine that Joan Bennett having much of a Hollywood career, despite her illustrious name. (Sister: Constance Bennett; father: Richard Bennett.) Wanger produced a number of Bennett
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Emma Engström: Viktigt att hålla distans - Göteborgs-Posten
Google News - almost 7 years
Producenten Walter Wanger hade köpt rättigheterna till boken Personal history – den amerikanske journalisten Vincent Sheeans skildring av fascismens framväxt i Europa – men ändrade fokus när kriget tog slut. Samtidigt som rapporterna trillade in om ett
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Budd Schulberg, 'On the Waterfront' Writer, Dies at 95
NYTimes - over 8 years
Budd Schulberg, who wrote the award-winning screenplay for ''On the Waterfront'' and created a classic American archetype of naked ambition, Sammy Glick, in his novel ''What Makes Sammy Run?,'' died on Wednesday. He was 95 and lived in the Brookside section of Westhampton Beach, N.Y. His death was confirmed by his wife, Betsy. Mr. Schulberg also
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FILM; Four Stars' Bright Idea Still Shines 90 Years On
NYTimes - almost 10 years
According to Hollywood lore the earth all but trembled that day in the spring of 1919, when four of the most popular figures in American movies -- the director D. W. Griffith and the actors Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford -- gathered to create their own distribution company. But for The New York Times, reporting on one of the
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FILM; Same Old Aliens, But New Neuroses
NYTimes - over 10 years
FEW narratives in American popular culture have proved as durably resonant -- or as endlessly adaptable -- as ''Invasion of the Body Snatchers,'' the tale of a planetary takeover by extraterrestrial seed pods that replicate and replace sleeping humans. Originally a 1955 novel by Jack Finney, this paranoid fable has now cloned itself several times
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JOURNEYS; Lost Weekend: F. Scott and Budd Go to Dartmouth
NYTimes - about 15 years
STEPPING into the Hanover Inn in Hanover, N.H., is like entering a Dartmouth-themed time capsule. The inn is directly across Wheelock Street from Dartmouth College's main lawn and its guest room floors are covered in ''Dartmouth green'' carpeting. An 1853 front page from The Dartmouth Advertiser and The Literary Gazette hangs behind the
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HOLIDAY FILMS: ADAPTATIONS; 'Remade in America': A Label to Avoid
NYTimes - over 16 years
WHEN we last encountered César (Eduardo Noriega) -- the handsome, then nightmarishly disfigured, then surgically restored protagonist of the sexy 1997 Spanish psychological puzzler ''Open Your Eyes'' (''Abre los Ojos'') -- he was either dead, dreaming or about to awaken from a virtual-reality coma in which his true love, played by that sultry
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SUMMER FILMS: THE FUTURE; Planet Hollywood Indeed
NYTimes - almost 19 years
IN one of the later chapters of ''Gulliver's Travels,'' Jonathan Swift describes the flying island of Laputa, a block of earth four miles across that, thanks to its magnetized core, its inhabitants could raise, lower or pilot at will. When Gulliver encounters Laputa, it is somewhere in the vicinity of Japan; a week later, it could be in Europe or
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Joseph Alioto, 81, Dies; Antitrust Lawyer Was San Francisco's Mayor in Boom Years
NYTimes - about 20 years
Joseph L. Alioto, the two-term Mayor of San Francisco during the city's most dynamic growth in the late 1960's and early 1970's and a lawyer who earned millions of dollars with the nation's largest civil antitrust practice, died yesterday at his home in San Francisco. He was 81 and had prostate cancer, but family members said he died of pneumonia.
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Jennings Lang, 81, Executive On High-Gross Disaster Films
NYTimes - over 21 years
Jennings Lang, a former vice president of Universal Studios and a Hollywood producer known for "Airport" and other disaster films, died on Wednesday at a nursing home in Palm Desert, Calif., one day after his 81st birthday. As studio executive or producer, Mr. Lang was at least partly responsible for the blockbuster success of "Airport" (1970) and
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The Private Garbo
NYTimes - almost 23 years
To the Editor: Patrick McGilligan's insightful review of "Garbo" (April 2), a biography by Barry Paris, gives the impression that the world's most celebrated film star was, in her private life, "a lonely, pathetic woman" and "an empty vessel." As a close friend and neighbor of Garbo's in New York for many years, I find it a disservice and a pity
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Gottfried Reinhardt, 81, Film Director and Producer
NYTimes - over 23 years
Gottfried Reinhardt, a producer, director and playwright who worked on such films as "Two-Faced Woman," "The Red Badge of Courage" and "Town Without Pity," died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said Allan Parachini, a friend of the Reinhardt family. Mr. Reinhardt was born in Berlin, the son of the
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1968
    Age 73
    Died on November 18, 1968.
  • 1966
    Age 71
    In May 1966, Wanger received the Commendation of the Order of Merit, Italy's third-highest honor, from Consul General Alvaro v. Bettrani, "for your friendship and cooperation with the Italian government in all phases of the motion picture industry."
  • 1958
    Age 63
    His 1958 production of I Want to Live! starred Susan Hayward in an anti-capital punishment film that is one of the most highly regarded films on the subject.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1954
    Age 59
    The experience profoundly affected him, and in 1954 he made the prison film Riot in Cell Block 11.
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  • 1951
    Age 56
    In 1951, Wanger shot and wounded Lang after accusing him of having an affair with Bennett.
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  • 1949
    Age 54
    He refused another honorary Oscar in 1949 for Joan of Arc, out of anger over the fact that the film, which he felt was one of his best, had not been nominated for Best Picture.
  • 1946
    Age 51
    Wanger was given an Honorary Academy Award in 1946 for his service as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • FORTIES
  • 1939
    Age 44
    Wanger served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1939 to October 1941 and from December 1941 to 1945.
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  • 1938
    Age 43
    They divorced in 1938 and in 1940 he married Joan Bennett to whom he remained married until their divorce in 1965.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1931
    Age 36
    After leaving Paramount, Wanger tried to unsuccessfully set himself up as an independent. Unable to secure financing for films, he joined Columbia Pictures in December 1931.
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    As the effects of the Great Depression hit the film industry in the early 1930s, the Astoria Studios increasingly struggled to produce box office hits, and in December 1931 it was closed down again.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1924
    Age 29
    Wanger's second spell with Paramount lasted from 1924 to 1931, during which time his annual wage rose from $150,000 to $250,000.
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    He travelled to Britain where he worked as a prominent cinema and theatre manager until 1924.
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  • 1921
    Age 26
    By 1921, Wanger was unhappy with the terms he was receiving and left his job with Paramount.
  • 1919
    Age 24
    Wanger married silent film actress Justine Johnstone in 1919.
    Wanger married silent film actress Justine Johnstone in 1919.
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    After the Allied victory, Wanger returned to the United States in 1919 and was discharged from the army.
  • 1918
    Age 23
    In April 1918 Wanger was transferred to the Committee on Public Information, and joined an effort to combat anti-war or pro-German sentiment in Allied Italy.
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  • 1917
    Age 22
    Following the American entry into World War I in 1917, Wanger served with the United States Army in Italy initially in the Signal Corps where he worked as a pilot on reconnaissance missions, and later in propaganda operations directed at the Italian public.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1908
    Age 13
    In order to assimilate into American society, his mother altered the family name simply to Wanger in 1908.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1894
    Born
    Born on July 11, 1894.
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