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Dore Schary

Highest Rated: 100% Battleground (1949)

Lowest Rated: 75% The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Birthday: Aug 31, 1905

Birthplace: Not Available

Inheriting a strong work ethic from his parents, American filmmaker Dore Schary was an excellent student in his early teens; also inheriting a tenacious streak, Schary managed to get himself expelled from school after an argument with a math teacher. He worked for a while with his family's Kosher catering business, then pursued a career as an actor. He also briefly became a stockbroker, a career cut short by the Crash. Several plays Schary had written for New Jersey community theater groups came to the attention of Columbia Pictures, where Schary received his first screenwriting job. After a few up-and-down years in Hollywood, Schary sold a story called Boys Town to MGM; it won the 1938 Academy Award, and at long last Schary knew for sure where his next meal was coming from. In 1942, Schary was put in charge of MGM's B-picture unit, which under his guidance began making more money than the studio's A-product. A disagreement with the MGM brass led Schary to quit, but he was soon claimed by independent producer David O. Selznick. Schary's successful management of Selznick's subsidiary Vanguard Pictures led to a vice-president's post at RKO Radio Pictures in 1947. When Howard Hughes took over RKO, Schary found the atmosphere untenable, especially after a falling out over a proposed Battle of the Bulge picture, Battleground. Making his peace with MGM, Schary returned to that studio in 1948, where, over MGM head Louis Mayer's objections, he produced Battleground (1949), which became a hit. After Mayer was ejected from MGM during a power struggle with the studio's New York office, Schary was chosen to be MGM's head man in 1951 -- a position he held until he fell victim to another power struggle in 1956. Fed up with studio politics, Schary began writing plays again, branching out into producing and directing. Schary's 1958 Broadway production of his own play Sunrise at Campobello earned five Tony Awards; subsequent Schary stage successes included A Majority of One (1960) and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1961), both of which he produced and directed but did not write. From 1958 through 1963, Schary had a go at independent film production, but voluntarily ended his Hollywood career after the failure of 1963's Act One, which he also directed. A lifelong civil libertarian who did all he could to protect victims of the Hollywood Blacklist (he was himself labelled a "Red" for these efforts, but survived the slur), Dore Schary was also very active with the B'nai Brith's Antidefamation League and New York's Commissioner of Cultural Affairs.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Act One Director Producer Screenwriter 1963
88% Sunrise at Campobello Producer Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Lonelyhearts Producer Screenwriter 1958
80% Designing Woman Producer 1957
88% Last Hunt Producer 1956
No Score Yet The Swan Producer 1956
97% Bad Day at Black Rock Producer 1955
No Score Yet Take the High Ground Producer 1953
No Score Yet Dream Wife Producer 1953
No Score Yet Plymouth Adventure Producer 1952
No Score Yet Washington Story, (Target for Scandal) Producer 1952
No Score Yet It's a Big Country Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Go for Broke! Producer 1951
No Score Yet Westward the Women Producer 1951
No Score Yet The Next Voice You Hear Producer 1950
No Score Yet Every Girl Should Be Married Producer 1949
100% Battleground Producer 1949
100% The Window Producer 1949
78% The Boy with Green Hair Producer 1948
No Score Yet Berlin Express Executive Producer 1948
75% The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Producer 1947
100% The Farmer's Daughter Producer 1947
81% Crossfire Executive Producer 1947
No Score Yet Till the End of Time Producer 1946
86% The Spiral Staircase Producer 1946
No Score Yet I'll Be Seeing You Producer 1945
No Score Yet Married Bachelor Screenwriter 1941
80% Edison, the Man Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Young Tom Edison Screenwriter 1940
90% Boys Town Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Outcast Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Murder in the Clouds Screenwriter 1934


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