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Gerd Oswald

Highest Rated: 100% A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

Lowest Rated: 80% Crime of Passion (1957)

Birthday: Jun 9, 1919

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Gerd Oswald has never been heralded as a heavy-hitting auteur by the majority of critics. And while his films lack the sort of flamboyant stylistic techniques or complex thematic concerns that separate a true auteur director from his jobbing colleagues, Oswald was a consummate craftsman who distinguished himself with a series of modest Westerns and noirish thrillers, as well as memorable television work. His most famous feature film is the 1956 melodramatic thriller "A Kiss Before Dying," starring Robert Wagner as a murderous college student who attempts to lead a normal life after killing his girlfriend, played by Joanne Woodward. Based on the novel by Ira Levin, the film is a sharply stylish entertainment. Oswald also directed the effectively unnerving noir "The Screaming Mimi," based on the Fredric Brown novel of the same name, which served as the basis for Dario Argento's first film, "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage." Some of Oswald's notable Westerns include "The Brass Legend" and "Fury at Showdown." He also directed several episodes of "The Outer Limits," as well as two memorable "Star Trek" episodes, "The Alternative Factor" and "The Conscience of the King."

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 36% Bunny O'Hare Director,
Producer
- 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet 80 Steps to Jonah Director - 1969
No Score Yet 0% Agent for H.A.R.M. Director - 1966
No Score Yet 100% Brainwashed Director,
Screenwriter
- 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Day It Rained Director - 1959
No Score Yet 25% Screaming Mimi Director - 1958
No Score Yet 33% Paris Holiday Director - 1958
80% 33% Crime of Passion Director - 1957
No Score Yet 67% Fury at Showdown Director - 1957
No Score Yet 62% Valerie Director - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brass Legend Director - 1956
100% 49% A Kiss Before Dying Director - 1956

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gentle Ben Director 1968-1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Director 1967-1968
80% 89% Star Trek Director 1966-1967
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Director 1965-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Director 1966
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Director 1965
92% 100% The Outer Limits Director 1963-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Director 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind Closed Doors Director 1958