Jerry Wald

Jerry Wald

Highest Rated: 100% The Lusty Men (1952)

Lowest Rated: 50% Wild in the Country (1961)

Birthday: Sep 16, 1911

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

A Tinseltown presence who began in radio and worked in Hollywood's heyday with Busby Berkeley on "Hollywood Hotel" and with Raoul Walsh on "The Roaring Twenties," Jerry Wald wrote or produced over 60 features and shorts over his relatively brief career. After writing a radio column while at New York University, be soon began to pen and produce several short features for Warner Brothers. His star-studded series, called "Rambling 'Round Radio Row," launched his Hollywood career, and soon he was scripting features, including 1935's redemption romance "Living on Velvet" for director Frank Borzage. He soon began work on other musicals, partnering with such writers as Julius J. Epstein and Richard Macaulay. Throughout the 1930s he accumulated over 20 film writing credits, including the original story for Berkeley's musical comedy "Hollywood Hotel," the James Cagney-Humphrey Bogart crime thriller "The Roaring Twenties," and Bogart's 1940 noir thriller "They Drive by Night." Throughout the '30s, Wald was desperate to return to the producing role he'd had a taste of on "Radio Row," and by 1941 he began to achieve his dream, collaborating behind the scenes with some of Hollywood's top talent. At a breakneck pace, Wald produced some 50-plus pictures, from melodramas like the Joan Crawford vehicle "Mildred Pierce" to John Huston's Bogart-and-Bacall noir classic "Key Largo"; meanwhile, he produced two of the televised Academy Award ceremonies, in 1958 and 1959. Wald's flourishing Hollywood career was cut short when he died of a heart attack at the age of 50.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 43% The Stripper Producer - 1963
50% 58% Wild in the Country Producer - 1961
67% 52% Sons and Lovers Producer - 1960
69% 60% Let's Make Love Producer - 1960
No Score Yet 50% The Story on Page One Producer - 1959
No Score Yet 56% Beloved Infidel Producer - 1959
No Score Yet 33% The Sound and the Fury Producer - 1959
67% 59% The Best of Everything Producer - 1959
89% 83% The Long, Hot Summer Producer - 1958
No Score Yet 37% Kiss Them for Me Producer - 1957
No Score Yet 73% No Down Payment Producer - 1957
65% 72% Peyton Place Producer - 1957
65% 87% An Affair to Remember Producer - 1957
No Score Yet 56% The Eddy Duchin Story Producer - 1956
No Score Yet 58% Queen Bee Producer - 1955
No Score Yet 38% Miss Sadie Thompson Producer - 1954
100% 83% The Lusty Men Producer - 1952
No Score Yet 40% Behave Yourself Producer - 1951
No Score Yet 38% Two Tickets to Broadway Producer - 1951
No Score Yet 59% Storm Warning Producer - 1951
No Score Yet 83% Caged Producer - 1950
No Score Yet 50% The Glass Menagerie Producer - 1950
No Score Yet 18% Perfect Strangers Producer - 1950
No Score Yet 69% Task Force Producer - 1949
90% 80% The Inspector General Producer - 1949
No Score Yet 73% Flamingo Road Producer - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon Producer - 1948
No Score Yet 66% Adventures of Don Juan Producer - 1948
97% 88% Key Largo Producer - 1948
No Score Yet 50% The Unfaithful Producer - 1947
93% 82% Dark Passage Producer - 1947
91% 77% Possessed Producer - 1947
67% 71% Humoresque Producer - 1946
86% 90% Mildred Pierce Producer - 1945
No Score Yet 76% Pride of the Marines Producer - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Our Time Producer - 1944
No Score Yet 75% The Very Thought of You Producer - 1944
80% 65% Destination Tokyo Producer - 1943
No Score Yet 52% Background to Danger Producer - 1943
No Score Yet 71% Action in the North Atlantic Producer - 1943
No Score Yet 77% The Hard Way Producer - 1942
No Score Yet 71% George Washington Slept Here Producer - 1942
No Score Yet 81% Larceny, Inc. Associate Producer - 1942
No Score Yet 59% Across the Pacific Producer - 1942
No Score Yet 71% Manpower Screenwriter - 1941
No Score Yet 26% Out of the Fog Screenwriter - 1941
86% 82% The Man Who Came to Dinner Producer - 1941
92% 71% They Drive by Night Writer - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Your Toes Screenwriter - 1939
100% 89% The Roaring Twenties Writer - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rambling 'Round Radio Row 4 Director - 1933

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