Irving Thalberg

Irving Thalberg

Highest Rated: 100% Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)

Lowest Rated: 63% Mata Hari (1931)

Birthday: May 30, 1899

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

From the early 1920s until his premature death in 1936, producer and studio executive Irving G. Thalberg walked the line between commerce and art in transforming the Hollywood system and shifting the balance of power from directors to the studios. Thalberg had his start with Carl Laemmle's Universal Studios, where he guided hits like "Foolish Wives" (1922) and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) through production, famously clashing with director Erich von Stroheim on the former. In 1924, Thalberg left Universal for newly-formed rival MGM, where he thrived under head Louis B. Mayer with "The Big Parade" (1925), "The Divorcee" (1930) and "Grand Hotel" (1932). Regarded by the American film industry with a mixture of respect, awe, envy and fear, Thalberg was deemed a "Boy Wonder," until suffering a heart attack in 1932 that led to his departure from MGM. He returned as a producer the following year and went on to make massive hits like "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" (1934), "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935) and "A Night at the Opera" (1935), as well sharing his life with MGM's grand dame, actress Norma Shearer, who had married him in 1927. Though he died young, Thalberg remained eternal. His obsession with quality films and unwavering faith in public opinion turned him into a paragon of the studio factory system and an exemplar of public taste, all of which cemented his place as a Hollywood legend.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 70% Possessed Producer - 1947
95% 76% The Good Earth Producer - 1937
100% 59% Broadway Melody of 1938 Executive Producer - 1937
94% 89% A Day at the Races Producer - 1937
93% 83% Camille Producer - 1936
No Score Yet 46% Riffraff Producer - 1935
80% 72% China Seas Executive Producer - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Biography of a Bachelor Girl Producer - 1935
93% 83% Mutiny on the Bounty Producer - 1935
No Score Yet 42% No More Ladies Producer - 1935
78% 69% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Producer - 1934
82% 79% The Merry Widow Producer - 1934
No Score Yet 31% Strange Interlude Producer - 1932
86% 77% Grand Hotel Producer - 1932
No Score Yet 69% Red Headed Woman Producer - 1932
95% 88% Freaks Producer - 1932
100% 68% Tarzan, the Ape Man Producer - 1932
80% 60% Private Lives Producer - 1931
No Score Yet 30% The Secret Six Producer - 1931
No Score Yet 56% A Free Soul Executive Producer - 1931
63% 55% Mata Hari Producer - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Lady's Morals Producer - 1930
No Score Yet 55% Wild Orchids Producer - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Producer - 1929
96% 90% The Crowd Producer - 1928
No Score Yet 93% Laugh, Clown, Laugh Producer - 1928
83% 87% Show People Producer - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twelve Miles Out Producer - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road to Mandalay Producer - 1926
93% 84% Flesh and the Devil Producer - 1926
83% 78% The Unholy Three Producer - 1925
No Score Yet 80% The Merry Widow Producer - 1925
No Score Yet 89% He Who Gets Slapped Producer - 1924
96% 91% Greed Producer - 1924
No Score Yet No Score Yet Merry-Go-Round Producer - 1923
92% 72% Foolish Wives Producer - 1922

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