Darryl F. Zanuck

Lowest Rated: 11% Forever Amber (1947)
Birthday: Sep 5, 1902
Birthplace: Not Available
One of the most successful and respected movie moguls of Hollywood's Golden Age, Darryl F. Zanuck was also one of the few major players of his age who was not born in Europe. Hailing from Wahoo, NE, Zanuck first entered the movie business as a child extra in 1908. After service in World War I (he lied about his age to join the Nebraska National Guard) and a period spent as a bantamweight boxer, he turned to writing, while scratching out a living as a store clerk and waterfront laborer. With some modest success in magazines, he began sending stories into the movie studios. Zanuck joined Warner Bros. as a staff writer in 1923 and distinguished himself with his unusual plots. By 1928, he had been elevated to studio manager and became chief of production the following year, and was largely responsible for the shape of the studio's output during the late '20s and early '30s, including such notable scripts as The Public Enemy (1931) and I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932), as well as the celebrated transitional talkie Noah's Ark (1929), which Zanuck produced personally. He left Warner Bros. in 1933 to form a new studio, 20th Century Pictures, with Joseph Schenck, which began an ambitious production schedule. Fate took a hand the following year when 20th Century -- which was profitable, but had no studio facilities of its own -- merged with William Fox's near-bankrupt Fox Studios to form 20th Century Fox, with Zanuck as chief of production. He immediately set the newly expanded company on an ambitious production schedule, which included not only the exploitation of existing stars such as Shirley Temple, but the establishment of new leading men such as Tyrone Power in big-budget films. In the process, he also brought over many of his most trusted hands from Warner Bros., including publicist (and later producer) Milton Sperling, who was Jack Warner's son-in-law. Zanuck had a special knack for understanding the public taste, and visualizing the right actor in the right role, such as casting Basil Rathbone -- previously known for his villain parts -- as Sherlock Holmes (although he stopped making the Holmes films after two films, thus giving Universal Pictures an opening to produce another dozen Holmes films with Rathbone and his co-star, Nigel Bruce). He also had blindspots where certain performers and film properties were concerned. Following an argument with Zanuck, actor/director Otto Preminger was barred from work on the Fox lot until Zanuck went off to military service. Preminger then returned, first as an actor and then as director of the movie version of his own Broadway hit, Margin for Error. Preminger later produced and directed Laura, despite Zanuck's misgivings about the project and his dislike of the fey Clifton Webb in the key role of Waldo Lydecker. One of the few production chiefs who actually had experience making movies, Zanuck was overall a highly respected figure, who took an active and productive role in the making of many of Fox's biggest films. In the early '50s, with the arrival of television as competition, he moved Fox to adapt CinemaScope, the first of the widescreen formats, to keep movies competitive -- although it didn't fit every production (Daddy Long Legs and The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit were especially awkward). Also, the decision to shoot its films in widescreen caused Fox to lose such productions as On the Waterfront. The company's films remained competitive, and the presence of stars such as Marilyn Monroe kept Fox among the top Hollywood studios until the end of the 1950s. Zanuck left Fox at the end of the 1950s to embark on a career as an independent producer, and made his most celebrated film, The Longest Day (1962), a sprawling all-star dramatization of the Normandy landings on D-Day. He returned to Fox soon after, amid the crisis caused by the enormous cost overruns surrounding Cleopatra, and saw several more years of success at the head of the company (with his own son, Richard, as chie

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No Score Yet The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (The Modern Miracle) Producer 2000
No Score Yet The Chapman Report Producer 1962
87% The Longest Day Producer Director 1962
No Score Yet Sanctuary Producer 1961
No Score Yet Crack in the Mirror Producer 1960
No Score Yet The Roots of Heaven Producer 1958
No Score Yet The Sun Also Rises Producer 1957
No Score Yet Island in the Sun Producer 1957
75% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Producer 1956
No Score Yet The Egyptian Producer 1954
65% Viva Zapata! Producer 1952
100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro Producer 1952
No Score Yet People Will Talk Producer 1951
83% David and Bathsheba Producer 1951
94% The Day the Earth Stood Still Executive Producer 1951
88% No Way Out Producer 1950
100% All About Eve Producer 1950
67% Pinky Producer 1949
96% Twelve O'Clock High Producer 1949
78% Gentleman's Agreement Producer 1947
11% Forever Amber Executive Producer 1947
76% Boomerang! Executive Producer 1947
No Score Yet Dragonwyck Producer 1946
83% The Razor's Edge Producer 1946
88% Wilson Producer 1944
No Score Yet The Purple Heart Producer 1944
No Score Yet Thunder Birds Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet This Above All Producer 1942
No Score Yet Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake Producer 1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli Producer 1942
100% Blood and Sand Producer 1941
No Score Yet The Great American Broadcast Producer 1941
No Score Yet That Night in Rio Producer 1941
80% Western Union Producer 1941
No Score Yet Tobacco Road Producer 1941
90% How Green Was My Valley Producer 1941
No Score Yet A Yank in the RAF Producer 1941
No Score Yet Chad Hanna Producer 1940
100% The Mark of Zorro Producer 1940
No Score Yet Down Argentine Way Producer 1940
No Score Yet Maryland Producer 1940
No Score Yet Lillian Russell Producer 1940
No Score Yet Johnny Apollo Producer 1940
No Score Yet Star Dust Producer 1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath Producer 1940
No Score Yet He Married His Wife Producer 1940
No Score Yet The Blue Bird Producer 1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young Producer 1940
83% The Return of Frank James Producer 1940
No Score Yet Day-Time Wife Producer 1939
82% Drums Along the Mohawk Executive Producer 1939
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade Producer 1939
No Score Yet The Rains Came Executive Producer 1939
No Score Yet Stanley and Livingstone Producer 1939
No Score Yet Second Fiddle Producer 1939
No Score Yet Susannah of the Mounties Producer 1939
100% Young Mr. Lincoln Producer 1939
No Score Yet The Gorilla Producer 1939
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square Producer 1939
No Score Yet Wife, Husband and Friend Producer 1939
No Score Yet Jesse James Producer 1939
100% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Producer 1939
No Score Yet Hotel for Women Producer 1939
No Score Yet Everything Happens at Night Producer 1939
No Score Yet Kentucky Producer 1938
No Score Yet Just Around the Corner Producer 1938
No Score Yet Hold That Co-Ed Producer 1938
80% Alexander's Ragtime Band Producer 1938
No Score Yet Kidnapped Producer 1938
No Score Yet Four Men and a Prayer Producer 1938
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Producer 1938
No Score Yet The Baroness and the Butler Producer 1938
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol Producer 1938
No Score Yet Suez Producer 1938
No Score Yet Little Miss Broadway Producer 1938
No Score Yet Three Blind Mice Producer 1938
No Score Yet My Lucky Star Producer 1938
No Score Yet Happy Landing Producer 1938
No Score Yet International Settlement Producer 1938
No Score Yet Second Honeymoon Producer 1937
No Score Yet Ali Baba Goes to Town Producer 1937
100% Heidi Producer 1937
No Score Yet Thin Ice Producer 1937
No Score Yet This Is My Affair Screenwriter Producer 1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven Producer 1937
No Score Yet On The Avenue Producer 1937
No Score Yet Wee Willie Winkie Actor 1937
70% In Old Chicago Producer 1937
No Score Yet Love and Hisses Producer 1937
No Score Yet Lancer Spy Executive Producer 1937
No Score Yet Banjo on My Knee Producer 1936
No Score Yet Ladies in Love Executive Producer 1936
No Score Yet Pigskin Parade Producer 1936
No Score Yet Dimples Producer 1936
86% Captain January Producer 1936
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl Producer 1936
No Score Yet White Fang Producer 1936
No Score Yet Private Number Producer 1936
No Score Yet The Road to Glory Producer 1936
No Score Yet A Message to Garcia Producer 1936
No Score Yet The Country Doctor Producer 1936
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Shark Island Producer 1936
No Score Yet Lloyds of London Producer 1936
No Score Yet One in a Million Producer 1936
No Score Yet Reunion Producer 1936
No Score Yet Thanks a Million Producer 1935
No Score Yet Metropolitan Producer 1935
No Score Yet Call of the Wild Producer 1935
No Score Yet Advice to the Lovelorn Producer 1935
No Score Yet G-Men Screenwriter 1935
91% Les Miserables Producer 1935
No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris, (The Man from the Folies Bergere) Producer 1935
No Score Yet Show Them No Mercy Producer 1935
100% The House of Rothschild Producer 1934
No Score Yet Born to Be Bad Producer 1934
No Score Yet Dames Producer 1934
No Score Yet The Last Gentleman Producer 1934
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Producer 1934
100% Baby Face Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet The Working Man Producer 1933
96% 42nd Street Producer 1933
No Score Yet The Bowery Producer 1933
No Score Yet Blood Money Producer 1933
No Score Yet Ex-Lady Producer 1933
No Score Yet 20,000 Years in Sing Sing Producer 1932
No Score Yet Three on a Match Producer 1932
No Score Yet Cabin in the Cotton Producer 1932
75% Doctor X Producer 1932
No Score Yet The Dark Horse Screenwriter Producer 1932
No Score Yet The Rich Are Always with Us Producer 1932
No Score Yet The Man Who Played God Producer 1932
100% The Public Enemy Producer 1931
No Score Yet Illicit Producer 1931
91% Little Caesar Producer 1931
No Score Yet Doorway to Hell Producer 1930
No Score Yet On with the Show Producer 1929
74% The Jazz Singer Producer 1927
No Score Yet The First Auto Producer Screenwriter 1927
No Score Yet Old San Francisco Producer 1927
No Score Yet Tracked by the Police Screenwriter 1927
No Score Yet The Better Ole Screenwriter 1926
No Score Yet So This Is Paris Producer 1926
No Score Yet The Lighthouse by the Sea Screenwriter 1924

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