Gerd Oswald

Highest Rated: 100% A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
Lowest Rated: 91% The Longest Day (1962)
Birthday: Jun 9, 1919
Birthplace: Not Available
Berlin-born Gerd Oswald was the son of celebrated German stage and film director Richard Oswald. Gerd began his own career as a child actor and production assistant, continuing in the latter capacity when he emigrated to America with his family in 1938. Like many refugees, the young Oswald was not exactly welcomed with open arms into the Hollywood mainstream. He had to pay his dues (and earn his union membership) as an assistant director for such poverty-row concerns as Monogram Pictures. From there, Oswald was hired as a production manager and associate producer for 20th Century-Fox. Utilizing Fox facilities, but releasing through United Artists, Oswald directed his first picture, A Kiss Before Dying, in 1955. While occasionally handed a big-budget item like Bob Hope's Paris Holiday (1957), Oswald found himself back where he started directorially in the B-picture pool. Some of these low-budgeters, notably Screaming Mimi, had isolated moments that transcended their monetary deficiencies, but others, like Agent for HARM (1966) and Bunny O'Hare (1971), were trivialities that any director could have handled. Gerd Oswald's best and most creative opportunities came on television sci-fi/fantasy series. Though he never directed a Twilight Zone as has frequently been claimed, Oswald was responsible for the first-season Star Trek episode "The Conscience of the King;" and he was a mainstay on The Outer Limits (1963-64) directing such top-rank installments as "OBIT," "Corpus Earthling," "It Crawled out of the Woodwork," "The Form of Things Unknown," and, best of all, "Soldier."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bis zur bitteren Neige (To the Bitter End) Director 2012
No Score Yet Bunny O'Hare Producer Director 1971
No Score Yet Agent for H.A.R.M. Director 1966
91% The Longest Day Director 1962
No Score Yet Brainwashed (Schachnovelle) Director 1961
No Score Yet Screaming Mimi Director 1958
No Score Yet Paris Holiday Director 1958
No Score Yet Valerie Director 1957
No Score Yet Fury At Showdown Director 1957
No Score Yet Crime of Passion Director 1957
100% A Kiss Before Dying Director 1956

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Director
  • 1970
  • 1969
80% Star Trek
1966-1969
Director
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Director
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Director
  • 1966
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Director
  • 1965
  • 1960

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