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Ross Hunter

Highest Rated:   100% Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Art of Love (1965)
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Upon his graduation from Western Reserve University, American producer Ross Hunter was content to settle into a school teaching career. But his Glenn Ford-like good looks weren't easily ignored; he was offered a contract with Columbia pictures in 1944. Hunter appeared prominently but not memorably in such B musicals as Louisiana Hayride (1944), Ever Since Venus (1945) and The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1946). When the contract ended, Hunter's career stalled, and he went back to teaching temporarily. He re-entered movies on the production end, attaining a staff producer post at Universal in 1953 on the strength of his previous credits as a theatrical producer and director. With 1954's Magnificent Obsession, Hunter hit upon the winning formula that would sustain him for the next two years: beautiful stars (male and female), beautiful costumes, beautiful sets, beautiful music, and an abundance of reliable story elements ranging from old-fashioned tear-wringing to tickle 'n' tease sexual humor. Under Hunter's auspices, Rock Hudson became a major name; Lana Turner's flagging career received a coiffed and permed boost; and Doris Day was reinvented as America's most popular middle-aged virgin. While many of Hunter's productions were screen originals (Pillow Talk [1959], Portrait in Black [1960], and That Touch of Mink [1962]), the producer also displayed an absolute genius for attractively updating old warhorses like Imitation of Life (1959), Back Street (1961), and Madame X (1965). He also knew how to make the cash registers ring with screen adaptations of stage hits like Flower Drum Song (1961) and The Chalk Garden (1964), even if these overproduced properties lost a lot of their charm along the way. After closing out his Universal career with the blockbuster Airport (1970), Hunter moved to Columbia, where his 1973 musical remake of Lost Horizon all but ruined the studio, earning the unflattering nickname "Lost Investments." While his foolproof formula had finally been proven foolish, Hunter moved on to TV, where he continued for several years to turn out high-gloss, big-star TV movies and pilot films.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Sonicsgate
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Chalk Garden
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet A Family Upside Down
  • Producer
1978
No Score Yet Lost Horizon
  • Producer
1973
80% Airport
  • Producer
1970
100% Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Producer
1967
No Score Yet Madame X
  • Producer
1966
0% The Art of Love
  • Producer
1965
No Score Yet I'd Rather Be Rich
  • Producer
1964
86% The Thrill of It All
  • Producer
1963
No Score Yet Tammy and the Doctor
  • Producer
1963
No Score Yet If a Man Answers
  • Producer
1962
No Score Yet Back Street
  • Producer
1961
No Score Yet Flower Drum Song
  • Producer
1961
No Score Yet Tammy Tell Me True
  • Producer
1961
No Score Yet Portrait in Black
  • Producer
1960
No Score Yet Midnight Lace
  • Producer
1960
92% Pillow Talk
  • Producer
1959
84% Imitation of Life
  • Producer
1959
No Score Yet This Happy Feeling
  • Producer
1958
No Score Yet My Man Godfrey
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet Interlude
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet Reform School Girl
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet Battle Hymn
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet Tammy and the Bachelor
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet There's Always Tomorrow
  • Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Producer
1956
No Score Yet The Spoilers
  • Producer
1955
93% All That Heaven Allows
  • Producer
1955
No Score Yet Captain Lightfoot
  • Producer
1955
90% Magnificent Obsession
  • Producer
1954
No Score Yet Taza, Son of Cochise
  • Producer
1954
100% All I Desire
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet Take Me to Town
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet Son of Ali Baba
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Groom Wore Spurs, The
  • Austin Tindale (uncredited)
1951
No Score Yet The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest
  • Robin Hood's Man
1946
No Score Yet Hit the Hay
  • Ted Barton
1945

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