Richard Fleischer

Richard Fleischer

  • Highest Rated: 100% Compulsion (1959)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Million Dollar Mystery (1987)
  • Birthday: Dec 8, 1916
  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, New York, USA
  • The son of famed animator Max Fleischer (Popeye, Betty Boop et. al.), Richard O. Fleischer was a psychology student at Brown University when he dropped out in favor of the Yale Drama Department. At age 21, Fleischer organized a campus theatrical troupe called the Arena Players. In 1942, he went to work for RKO-Pathe in New York, editing the company's weekly newsreels before producing and directing his own short-subject projects, including the March of Time-like This is America and a series of gagged-up silent-film vignettes titled Flicker Flashbacks. In 1946, he headed to Hollywood, there to direct feature films for Pathe's parent studio, RKO Radio; his last short-subject effort was the Oscar-winning Design for Death (1948). At first limited to "B" pictures, Fleischer gained a loyal critical following with such topnotch films as Follow Me Quietly (1949) and The Narrow Margin (1952). Perhaps sensing that RKO was on its last legs, Fleischer moved on to MGM, then to Walt Disney Studios. While working for Disney he helmed his first big-budgeter, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). Firmly established as an action specialist, Fleischer remained in this vein with such profitable projects as The Vikings (1958), These Thousand Hills (1959) and Fantastic Voyage (1966). He also evinced a fondness for crime and suspense pictures, notably Violent Saturday (1955), Compulsion (1959) and The Boston Strangler (1968). While many of his films were box-office bonanzas, he also turned out an equal number of unsuccessful films including Dr. Doolittle (1967) and Che! (1969). A true survivor, Fleischer was able to remain active until the late 1980s, by which time he'd chalked up fewer and fewer hits like The New Centurions (1972) and more and more misses like The Jazz Singer (1980) and Million Dollar Mystery (1987). Though he hasn't made a film since 1990, Richard Fleischer has kept busy as the licensee of his dad's cartoon creation Betty Boop; and in 1994, Fleischer published his sprightly autobiography, Just Tell Me When to Cry.

Highest Rated Movies








97% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff Actor $20.5K 2011
0% Million Dollar Mystery Director 1987
15% Red Sonja Director 1985
26% Conan the Destroyer Director 1984
5% Amityville: The Demon Director 1983
No Score Yet Tough Enough Director 1983
19% The Jazz Singer Director 1980
No Score Yet Ashanti Director 1979
No Score Yet Crossed Swords (The Prince and the Pauper) Director 1977
No Score Yet Incredible Sarah Director 1976
31% Mandingo Director 1975
75% Mr. Majestyk Director 1974
No Score Yet The Spikes Gang Director 1974
No Score Yet The Don Is Dead Director 1973
71% Soylent Green Director 1973
No Score Yet The New Centurions Director 1972
56% Blind Terror (See No Evil) Director 1971
No Score Yet The Last Run Director 1971
58% 10 Rillington Place Director 1971
55% Tora! Tora! Tora! Director 1970
No Score Yet Che! Director 1969
86% The Boston Strangler Director 1968
32% Doctor Dolittle Director 1967
94% Fantastic Voyage Director 1966
89% Barabbas Director 1961
No Score Yet Crack in the Mirror Director 1960
No Score Yet These Thousand Hills Director 1959
100% Compulsion Director 1959
78% The Vikings Director 1958
No Score Yet Bandido Director 1956
No Score Yet Between Heaven and Hell Director 1956
No Score Yet The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Director 1955
80% Violent Saturday Director 1955
89% 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Director 1954
No Score Yet Arena Director 1953
No Score Yet The Happy Time Director 1952
100% The Narrow Margin Director 1952
No Score Yet Armored Car Robbery Director 1950
No Score Yet Trapped Director 1949
No Score Yet Follow Me Quietly Director 1949
No Score Yet The Clay Pigeon Director 1949
No Score Yet Bodyguard Director 1948
No Score Yet Design for Death Producer Director 1948
No Score Yet So This Is New York Director 1948


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