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Pandro S. Berman

Highest Rated:   100% A Patch of Blue (2000)
Lowest Rated:   17% The Sea of Grass (1947)
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Pandro S. Berman's father Henry was general manager of Universal Pictures during Hollywood's formative years. The younger Berman spent most of the 1920s as an assistant director, learning the business from such masters as Mal St. Clair and Tod Browning. In 1930, Berman was hired as a film editor at fledgling RKO Radio Pictures, then became an assistant producer. When RKO supervising producer William LeBaron walked out during production of the ill-fated The Gay Diplomat (31), Berman took over LeBaron's responsibilities, remaining in the driver's seat until 1939. During the Berman regime, the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals hit their peak, Katharine Hepburn rose to prominence, and such RKO classics as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (39) and Gunga Din (39) came to fruition. Berman was willing to give creative people plenty of elbow room, but there were limits; having been coaxed by Katharine Hepburn and director George Cukor to push through production of the 1936 film Sylvia Scarlett, Berman reacted to the poor audience response to that film (the worst in RKO's history) by telling Hepburn and Cukor that he never wanted to see their faces again! Upset when an RKO power-play diminished his authority, Berman left for MGM in 1940, where he oversaw such productions as Ziegfeld Girl (41), National Velvet (44), Father of the Bride (50), The Blackboard Jungle (55) and Butterfield Eight (58). He survived several executive shake-ups at MGM and remained there until 1963, then went into independent production, closing out his career with the unsuccessful Move (70). The winner of the 1977 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, Pandro S. Berman became a sort of guru to film historians in his twilight years, providing crystal-clear insights into the day-to-day operations of the old Hollywood Studio System. Berman died of congestive heart failure on July 13, 1996 in his Beverly Hills home; he was 91.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Big Game
  • Producer
2013
100% A Patch of Blue
  • Producer
2000
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
  • Himself
1984
No Score Yet Justine
  • Producer
1969
No Score Yet Honeymoon Hotel
  • Producer
1964
No Score Yet The Prize
  • Producer
1963
75% Sweet Bird of Youth
  • Producer
1962
47% Butterfield 8
  • Producer
1960
No Score Yet All the Fine Young Cannibals
  • Producer
1960
No Score Yet The Reluctant Debutante
  • Producer
1958
79% Jailhouse Rock
  • Producer
1957
22% The Brothers Karamazov
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet Something of Value (Africa Ablaze)
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet Tea and Sympathy
  • Producer
1957
100% Bhowani Junction
  • Producer
1956
76% Blackboard Jungle
  • Producer
1955
No Score Yet Quentin Durward
  • Producer
1955
80% Knights of the Round Table
  • Producer
1954
38% The Long, Long Trailer
  • Producer
1954
No Score Yet All the Brothers Were Valiant
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet Battle Circus
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Producer
1952
79% Ivanhoe
  • Producer
1952
No Score Yet The Light Touch
  • Producer
1951
No Score Yet Soldiers Three
  • Producer
1951
100% Father's Little Dividend
  • Producer
1951
93% Father of the Bride
  • Producer
1950
No Score Yet The Bribe
  • Producer
1949
No Score Yet The Doctor and the Girl
  • Producer
1949
No Score Yet Madame Bovary
  • Producer
1949
71% The Three Musketeers
  • Producer
1948
No Score Yet Living in a Big Way
  • Producer
1947
17% The Sea of Grass
  • Producer
1947
No Score Yet If Winter Comes
  • Producer
1947
No Score Yet Undercurrent
  • Producer
1946
91% The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Producer
1945
100% National Velvet
  • Producer
1944
No Score Yet Marriage Is a Private Affair
  • Producer
1944
100% The Seventh Cross
  • Producer
1944
No Score Yet Dragon Seed
  • Producer
1944
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous
  • Producer
1943
No Score Yet Rio Rita
  • Producer
1942
No Score Yet Somewhere I'll Find You
  • Producer
1942
100% Love Crazy
  • Producer
1941
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl
  • Producer
1941
No Score Yet Honky Tonk
  • Producer
1941
No Score Yet Vigil in the Night
  • Executive Producer
1940
No Score Yet Bachelor Mother
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1939
67% The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1939
92% Gunga Din
  • Producer
1939
100% The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Producer
1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1938
64% Room Service
  • Producer
1938
No Score Yet Mother Carey's Chickens
  • Producer
1938
50% Carefree
  • Producer
1938
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Time
  • Producer
1938
80% A Damsel in Distress
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1937
95% Stage Door
  • Producer
1937
88% Shall We Dance
  • Producer
1937
60% Quality Street
  • Producer
1937
No Score Yet That Girl from Paris
  • Producer
1936
No Score Yet Winterset
  • Producer
1936
No Score Yet A Woman Rebels
  • Producer
1936
100% Swing Time
  • Producer
1936
No Score Yet Mary of Scotland
  • Producer
1936
78% Follow the Fleet
  • Producer
1936
88% Sylvia Scarlett
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet In Person
  • Producer
1935
100% Top Hat
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet Break of Hearts
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet Star of Midnight
  • Producer
1935
83% Roberta
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet Romance in Manhattan
  • Director
  • Producer
1935
93% Alice Adams
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet The Little Minister
  • Producer
1934
100% The Gay Divorcee
  • Producer
1934
No Score Yet The Richest Girl in the World
  • Producer
1934
No Score Yet The Age of Innocence
  • Producer
1934
No Score Yet Down to Their Last Yacht
  • Executive Producer
1934
78% Of Human Bondage
  • Producer
1934
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cavaliers
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1934
No Score Yet Stingaree
  • Producer
1934
No Score Yet Spitfire
  • Producer
1934
No Score Yet Bachelor Bait
  • Producer
1934
No Score Yet Ann Vickers
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet One Man's Journey
  • Producer
1933
67% Morning Glory
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Bed of Roses
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Christopher Strong
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Aggie Appleby
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet The Half-Naked Truth
  • Producer
1932
No Score Yet Men of Chance
  • Producer
1932
No Score Yet Way Back Home
  • Producer
1931

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