Ernest B. Schoedsack

Ernest B. Schoedsack

Highest Rated: 100% This Is Cinerama (1952)

Lowest Rated: 36% Son of Kong (1933)

Birthday: Jun 8, 1893

Birthplace: Not Available

Six-foot-six Iowa-native Ernest B. Schoedsack was fascinated with the mechanics of film photography long before taking his first movie job with the Keystone Studios in 1914. During World War I, he worked as a Signal Corps cameraman, and after the Armistice he labored mightily on behalf of Polish war relief, helping thousand of Poles escape the Russian occupied territories. While in Ukraine in 1920 he met Captain Merian Cooper, who, like Schoedsack, was a fervent anti-Bolshevik -- and also an aspiring film director. The men renewed their friendship after the hostilities, collaborating on a brace of documentary films, Grass (1926) and Chang (1927). Still in partnership with Cooper, Schoedsack co-directed the fictional adventure film The Four Feathers (1929), then, after another documentary, the Cooper-Schoedsack team helmed RKO's The Most Dangerous Game (1932), which featured Four Feathers leading-lady Fay Wray. Concurrently with Game, Schoedsack and O'Brien launched their most ambitious project to date: the matchless fantasy classic King Kong (1933) ( also with Wray). Ruth Rose, Schoedsack's wife and an adventure lover in her own right, collaborated on the Kong screenplay. When Merian Cooper assumed leadership of RKO Radio, he took Schoedsack with him as a contract director. Some of Schoedsack's projects were sedate little domestic comedies like Long Lost Father (1934), while others were along the spectacular lines of The Last Days of Pompeii (1936). At Paramount, Schoedsack returned to the live action/miniature combo that had served him well on Kong for his first Technicolor production, Dr. Cyclops (1940). Still on the cutting edge of technological advances in the 1950s, Schoedsack directed the in-your-face prologue of the 1952 box-office hit This is Cinerama.

Highest Rated Movies



84% King Kong Producer $218.2M 2005
100% This Is Cinerama Director 1952
95% Mighty Joe Young Director 1949
77% Dr. Cyclops Director 1940
No Score Yet Last Days of Pompeii Director 1935
36% Son of Kong Director 1933
98% King Kong Chief Observer Director Producer 1933
No Score Yet Blind Adventure Director 1933
100% The Most Dangerous Game Director Producer 1932
No Score Yet Rango Producer Director 1931
94% Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness Screenwriter Producer Director 1927
100% Grass Producer 1925


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