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George Schaefer

Highest Rated: 89% The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Lowest Rated: 20% Doctors' Wives (1971)

Birthday: Dec 16, 1920

Birthplace: Wallingford, Connecticut, USA

A highly distinguished director and producer with credits mostly in theater and television, George Schaefer is best remembered for his work for TV's "Hallmark Hall of Fame," for which he directed and produced a host of renditions of classic plays. He may also be recalled for handling TV-movies that featured several of America's most renowned film stars, such as James Stewart, Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn. Born in Wallingford, Connecticut, Schaefer attended high school in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, where he began his career at age 17, directing a stage production of "Leave It to Smith" for the Pastime Players, a troupe he helped to form. During WWII, he served as director of productions for the US Army special services and first met up with Maurice Evans. After the war, Schaefer directed a version of "Hamlet" also known as "G.I. Hamlet," starring Evans, that first played Off-Broadway, then at the City Center Theatre on Broadway and on tour. He became the artistic director and executive producer of the City Center Theatre from 1949-52, and directed productions at the State Fair Music Hall of Dallas, TX, from 1952-56. He and Evans reteamed for a Broadway production of Shaw's "Man and Superman" in 1947. Six years later, the pair co-produced John Patrick's "Teahouse of the August Moon" which won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award. Schaefer staged the London production of "Teahouse" in 1954 then returned to New York to guide a 1955 revival of "Kiss Me, Kate" at City Center (1955). He also directed and produced "Write Me a Murder" in New York (1961) and London (1962). As his TV work increased, Schaefer's stage work became more sporadic after 1970, although he directed the 1980 Los Angeles production of "On Golden Pond."

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 29% Harvey Director - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Upstairs Director - 1992
No Score Yet 25% Laura Lansing Slept Here Director - 1988
No Score Yet 42% Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry Director - 1986
No Score Yet 87% Stone Pillow Director - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Children in the Crossfire Director - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Director,
Producer
- 1983
No Score Yet 67% Right of Way Director,
Producer
- 1983
No Score Yet 80% A Piano for Mrs. Cimino Director - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deadly Game Director - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The People vs. Jean Harris Director - 1981
No Score Yet 54% The Bunker Director,
Producer
- 1981
No Score Yet 67% Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure Director - 1979
No Score Yet 53% An Enemy of the People Director,
Producer
- 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet First You Cry Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who'll Save Our Children? Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl Called Hatter Fox Director,
Producer
- 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amelia Earhart Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet In This House of Brede Director,
Producer
- 1975
No Score Yet 0% F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Once Upon a Scoundrel Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time for Love Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet A War of Children Director,
Producer
- 1972
20% No Score Yet Doctors' Wives Director - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time for Giving Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Generation Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pendulum Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elizabeth, the Queen Director,
Producer
- 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soldier in Love Director,
Producer
- 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blithe Spirit Director,
Producer
- 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barefoot in Athens Director,
Producer
- 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eagle in a Cage Director,
Producer
- 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Arsenic & Old Lace Director,
Producer
- 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Give Us Barabbas! Director,
Producer
- 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tempest Director - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Macbeth Director - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shangri-La Director,
Producer
- 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Doll's House Director,
Producer
- 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss Me, Kate Director,
Producer
- 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates Director,
Producer
- 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Born Yesterday Producer - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Touch of Venus Director - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dream Girl Director - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet King Richard II Director - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Macbeth Director - 1954
89% 85% The Magnificent Ambersons Executive Producer - 1942

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Story Executive Producer 1973-1974

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