Jerry Wald

Jerry Wald

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Lusty Men (1952)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% Wild in the Country (1961)
  • Birthday: Sep 16, 1911
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • American producer Jerry Wald had been at New York University's School of Journalism a scant two years when he secured his first newspaper job. The 20-year-old Wald settled for a low-paying assignment with the "scandalous" tabloidThe New York Evening Graphic, virtually inventing a position for himself as the paper's radio columnist. This job brought him into close contact with the major radio personalities of the day, which in turn led to his scripting a series of Vitaphone two-reelers, shot in Flatbush and starring several luminaries of the airwaves. Warners' Hollywood studio hired Wald as a screenwriter in 1933; within a decade, he was a producer. Still a very young man, Wald was the archetypal "boy wonder:" brilliant, prolific, ambitious, ruthless. Among his many Warners producing assignments were several Bogart pictures (All Through the Night [1942], Action in the North Atlantic [1943], Treasure of the Sierra Madre [1947]) and the Joan Crawford "comeback" films Mildred Pierce (1945) and Humoresque (1946). He left Warners for a brief stay at RKO in 1951-52; then from 1953 through 1956, Wald was vice-president in charge of production at Columbia Pictures. In 1956, Wald set up his own production unit, utilizing the facilities and distribution exchanges of 20th Century-Fox. He launched his independent career with the 1957 moneyspinner Peyton Place. While both Fox and Wald went through a period of deterioration in the early '60s, Wald performed one last great act of executive intuition by hiring Franklin Schaffner to direct 1963's The Stripper; it would be Schaffner's future projects Planet of the Apes (1968) and Patton (1970) that would help keep the studio solvent at the end of the decade. By that time, however, Jerry Wald was both figuratively and literally out of the picture; he died after a brief illness in the summer of 1962, two months short of his 50th birthday.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

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Year

No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 104 Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Stripper Producer 1963
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man Producer 1962
80% Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Executive Producer Producer 1962
50% Wild in the Country Producer 1961
No Score Yet Return to Peyton Place Producer 1961
64% Let's Make Love Producer 1960
67% Sons and Lovers Producer 1960
No Score Yet The Story on Page One Producer 1959
No Score Yet Beloved Infidel Producer 1959
60% The Best of Everything Producer 1959
No Score Yet The Sound and the Fury Producer 1959
No Score Yet Mardi Gras Producer 1958
No Score Yet In Love and War Producer 1958
89% The Long, Hot Summer Producer 1958
63% Peyton Place Producer 1957
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me Producer 1957
No Score Yet No Down Payment Producer 1957
62% An Affair to Remember Producer 1957
No Score Yet The Eddy Duchin Story Producer 1956
No Score Yet Queen Bee Producer 1955
No Score Yet Miss Sadie Thompson Producer 1953
100% The Lusty Men Producer 1952
73% Clash by Night Executive Producer 1952
No Score Yet Pride of St. Louis Actor 1952
No Score Yet Behave Yourself Producer 1951
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Broadway Producer 1951
No Score Yet The Blue Veil Producer 1951
No Score Yet Storm Warning Producer 1951
100% The Breaking Point Producer 1950
No Score Yet The Glass Menagerie Producer 1950
No Score Yet The Damned Don't Cry Producer 1950
No Score Yet Perfect Strangers Producer 1950
80% Young Man With a Horn Producer 1950
No Score Yet Caged Producer 1950
No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing Producer 1949
No Score Yet Task Force Producer 1949
90% The Inspector General Producer 1949
No Score Yet Flamingo Road Producer 1949
No Score Yet John Loves Mary Producer 1949
No Score Yet Adventures of Don Juan Producer 1948
89% Johnny Belinda Producer 1948
No Score Yet Under California Stars Announcer 1948
97% Key Largo Producer 1948
No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon Producer 1948
93% Dark Passage Producer 1947
89% Possessed Producer 1947
No Score Yet The Unfaithful Producer 1947
No Score Yet Lost Honeymoon Major 1947
100% Nightmare Alley Radio Announcer 1947
60% Humoresque Producer 1946
No Score Yet Murder in the Music Hall Radio Officer 1946
86% Mildred Pierce Producer 1945
No Score Yet Pride of the Marines Producer 1945
No Score Yet Objective, Burma! Producer 1945
No Score Yet The Very Thought of You Producer 1944
No Score Yet In Our Time Producer 1944
No Score Yet Background to Danger Producer 1943
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic Producer 1943
No Score Yet The Hard Way Producer 1943
No Score Yet Margin for Error Actor 1943
80% Destination Tokyo Producer 1943
No Score Yet George Washington Slept Here Producer 1942
No Score Yet Juke Girl Producer 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. Producer 1942
No Score Yet Across the Pacific Producer 1942
83% The Man Who Came to Dinner Producer 1942
100% All Through the Night Producer 1941
No Score Yet Whistling in the Dark Announcer 1941
No Score Yet Out of the Fog Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Million Dollar Baby Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Manpower Screenwriter 1941
96% They Drive by Night Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Torrid Zone Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Irish Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Brother Rat and a Baby (Baby Be Good) Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet On Your Toes Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet Naughty But Nice Screenwriter 1939
100% The Roaring Twenties Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet Going Places Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet Brother Rat Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Hard to Get Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Varsity Show Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Ready, Willing and Able Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Stars over Broadway Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Little Big Shot Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet In Caliente Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Sweet Music Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Living on Velvet Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Gift of Gab Screenwriter 1934

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