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Merian C. Cooper

Highest Rated:   100% The Searchers (1956)
Lowest Rated:   67% Morning Glory (1933)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hips, Hips, Hooray!
  • Producer
1999
100% The Searchers
  • Producer
  • Executive 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
94% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  • Producer
1949
82% Three Godfathers
  • Producer
1948
100% Fort Apache
  • Producer
1948
86% The Fugitive
  • Producer
1947
83% 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
100% 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
  • Executive Producer
  • 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
  • Flight Commander
  • Producer
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Blind Adventure
  • Producer
1933
100% The Most Dangerous Game
  • Producer
1932
100% Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1927
100% Grass
  • Producer
  • Director
1925

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