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Jerry Wald

Highest Rated:   100% The Lusty Men (1952)
Lowest Rated:   50% Wild in the Country (1961)
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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 CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet No Down Payment
  • Producer
2013
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
67% Let's Make Love
  • Producer
1960
75% 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
88% The Long, Hot Summer
  • Producer
1958
60% Peyton Place
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me
  • Producer
1957
64% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
89% 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
88% Johnny Belinda
  • Producer
1948
No Score Yet Under California Stars
  • Announcer
1948
97% Key Largo
  • Producer
1948
92% Dark Passage
  • Producer
1947
86% 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
83% 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
No Score Yet 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
80% The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Producer
1942
No Score Yet Across the Pacific
  • 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
95% 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
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 Little Big Shot
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet In Caliente
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet Gift of Gab
  • Screenwriter
1934

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