Pandro S. Berman

Birthday:
03/28/1905
Place of birth:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA:
Biography:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Pandro Samuel Berman (March 28, 1905 – July 13, 1996), also known as Pan Berman, was an American film producer. Berman was an assistant director during the 1920s under Mal St. Clair and Ralph Ince. In 1930, Berman was hired as a film editor at 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 (1931), Berman took over LeBaron's responsibilities, remaining in the post until 1939. After David O. Selznick became chief of production at RKO in October 1931, Berman managed to survive Selznick's general firing of most of the staff. Selznick named Berman producer for the adaptation of Fannie Hurst's short story Night Bell, a tale of a Jewish doctor's rise out of the Lower East Side ghetto to the height of becoming a Park Avenue physician, which Selznick personally retitled Symphony of Six Million. He ordered Berman to have references to ethnic life in the Jewish ghetto restored. The movie was a box-office and critical success. Both Selznick and Berman were proud of the picture, with Berman later saying it was the "first good movie" he had produced. The Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals were in production during the Berman regime, Katharine Hepburn rose to prominence, and such RKO classics as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Gunga Din (both 1939) were completed. Upset when an RKO power play diminished his authority, Berman left for MGM in 1940, where he oversaw such productions as Ziegfeld Girl (1941), National Velvet (1944), The Bribe (1949), Father of the Bride (1950), Blackboard Jungle (1955) and Butterfield 8 (1960). 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 (1970). Berman was the winner of the 1976 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Six of his films were nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture: The Gay Divorcee (1934), Alice Adams and Top Hat (both 1935), Stage Door (1937), Father of the Bride (1950), and Ivanhoe (1952). Berman died of congestive heart failure on July 13, 1996 in his Beverly Hills home, aged 91. He was buried at the Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California.

Credits

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)
as Himself - Producer (archive footage)
Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm (2006)
as Himself (archive footage)
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1985)
Move
Producer
Justine
Producer
A Patch of Blue
Producer
Honeymoon Hotel
Producer
The Prize
Producer
Sweet Bird of Youth
Producer
BUtterfield 8
Producer
The Brothers Karamazov
Producer
Jailhouse Rock
Producer
Something of Value
Producer
Tea and Sympathy
Producer
Bhowani Junction
Producer
Quentin Durward
Producer
Blackboard Jungle
Producer
Knights of the Round Table
Producer
Battle Circus
Producer
The Prisoner of Zenda
Producer
The Light Touch
Producer
Ivanhoe
Producer
Father's Little Dividend
Producer
Father of the Bride
Producer
The Doctor and the Girl
Producer
Madame Bovary
Producer
The Bribe
Producer
The Three Musketeers
Producer
The Sea of Grass
Producer
Undercurrent
Producer
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Producer
National Velvet
Producer
Somewhere I'll Find You
Producer
Love Crazy
Producer
Citizen Kane
Executive In Charge Of Production
Ziegfeld Girl
Producer
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Producer
Allegheny Uprising
Executive In Charge Of Production
In Name Only
Executive In Charge Of Production
Bachelor Mother
Production Manager
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
Production Manager
Gunga Din
Production Manager
Room Service
Producer
Carefree
Producer
Vivacious Lady
Executive In Charge Of Production
A Damsel in Distress
Producer
Stage Door
Producer
Shall We Dance
Producer
The Soldier and the Lady
Producer
Quality Street
Producer
That Girl From Paris
Producer
Winterset
Producer
The Big Game
Producer
Mary of Scotland
Producer
Swing Time
Producer
Follow the Fleet
Producer
Muss 'em Up
Producer
Sylvia Scarlett
Producer
I Dream Too Much
Producer
In Person
Producer
Top Hat
Producer
Alice Adams
Producer
Break of Hearts
Producer
Star of Midnight
Producer
Roberta
Producer
Romance in Manhattan
Producer
The Little Minister
Producer
By Your Leave
Producer
Wednesday's Child
Executive Producer
The Gay Divorcee
Producer
Gridiron Flash
Producer
The Richest Girl in the World
Producer
The Age of Innocence
Producer
Down to Their Last Yacht
Executive Producer
The Fountain
Producer
Their Big Moment
Executive Producer
Bachelor Bait
Executive Producer
Hat, Coat and Glove
Executive Producer
Of Human Bondage
Producer
His Greatest Gamble
Executive Producer
We're Rich Again
Executive Producer
Let's Try Again
Executive Producer
Cockeyed Cavaliers
Executive Producer
Murder on the Blackboard
Executive Producer
The Life of Vergie Winters
Producer
Stingaree
Executive Producer
Where Sinners Meet
Executive Producer
Strictly Dynamite
Executive Producer
This Man Is Mine
Producer
Spitfire
Producer
Man of Two Worlds
Producer
Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men
Producer
Ann Vickers
Producer
Morning Glory
Producer
Bed of Roses
Producer
The Silver Cord
Producer
Sweepings
Associate Producer
Christopher Strong
Associate Producer
The Monkey's Paw
Producer
The Half Naked Truth
Associate Producer
What Price Hollywood?
Associate Producer
Symphony of Six Million
Associate Producer
Find Your Man
Assistant Director
Money to Burns
Assistant Director

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