Merian C. Cooper

Highest Rated: 100% This Is Cinerama (1952)
Lowest Rated: 67% Morning Glory (1933)
Birthday: Oct 24, 1893
Birthplace: Not Available
American producer and director Merian C. Cooper met his partner Ernest B. Schoedsack in Poland just after serving as a lieutenant colonel with the Kosciusko Flying Squadron during World War I. Together the two went on to co-direct two documentaries. Their success lead Cooper and Schoedsack to begin working in fictional features notable for their exotic backgrounds. Their most famous film is the classic King Kong (1933), in which Cooper also acted. In 1933, he gave up directing in favor of full-time producing when he succeeded long-time friend David O. Selznick as vice president in charge of production at RKO. Selznick then appointed Cooper the vice-president of Selznick International Pictures in 1936. Cooper entered the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II where he became a colonel and chief of staff to General Claire Chennault in China. When he finally retired from the military, he was a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force. In 1947, he and director John Ford formed Argosy Pictures where Cooper co-produced many of Ford's movies. In addition to working in films and the military, Cooper is also the author of several books including The Sea Gypsy, Under the White Eagle, and King Kong. He co-produced the first Cinerama presentation in 1952; that year, he also won an honorary Oscar for his many contributions to American cinema.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Hips, Hips, Hooray! Producer 1999
98% The Searchers Executive Producer Producer 1956
No Score Yet The Sun Shines Bright Producer 1953
90% The Quiet Man Producer 1952
100% This Is Cinerama Producer Director 1952
75% Rio Grande Producer 1950
100% Wagon Master Producer 1950
95% Mighty Joe Young Producer 1949
95% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Producer 1949
82% Three Godfathers Producer 1948
100% Fort Apache Producer 1948
86% The Fugitive Producer 1947
77% Dr. Cyclops Producer 1940
No Score Yet Last Days of Pompeii Producer 1935
No Score Yet She Producer 1935
No Score Yet Finishing School Executive Producer 1934
100% The Lost Patrol Executive Producer 1934
83% Flying Down to Rio Executive Producer 1933
No Score Yet The Right to Romance Producer 1933
92% Little Women Executive Producer 1933
No Score Yet Chance at Heaven Producer 1933
No Score Yet Ace of Aces Executive Producer 1933
No Score Yet Ann Vickers Executive Producer 1933
No Score Yet Rafter Romance Executive Producer 1933
67% Morning Glory Executive Producer 1933
No Score Yet No Marriage Ties Executive Producer 1933
No Score Yet Headline Shooter Producer Executive Producer 1933
No Score Yet Double Harness Producer 1933
No Score Yet Bed of Roses Producer Executive Producer 1933
No Score Yet Melody Cruise Executive Producer 1933
No Score Yet Professional Sweetheart Executive Producer 1933
No Score Yet Emergency Call Executive Producer 1933
No Score Yet Diplomaniacs Executive Producer 1933
98% King Kong Producer Flight Commander Director 1933
No Score Yet Blind Adventure Producer 1933
No Score Yet The Silver Cord Executive Producer 1933
100% The Most Dangerous Game Producer 1932
100% Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness Director Screenwriter Producer 1927
100% Grass Producer Director 1925

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