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Also Known As: Died: May 22, 1989
Born: June 9, 1919 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Berlin, DE Profession: director, associate producer, production manager, test director, assistant director, talent, television director

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Gerd Oswald has never been heralded as a heavy-hitting auteur by the majority of critics. And while his films lack the sort of flamboyant stylistic techniques or complex thematic concerns that separate a true auteur director from his jobbing colleagues, Oswald was a consummate craftsman who distinguished himself with a series of modest Westerns and noirish thrillers, as well as memorable television work. His most famous feature film is the 1956 melodramatic thriller "A Kiss Before Dying," starring Robert Wagner as a murderous college student who attempts to lead a normal life after killing his girlfriend, played by Joanne Woodward. Based on the novel by Ira Levin, the film is a sharply stylish entertainment. Oswald also directed the effectively unnerving noir "The Screaming Mimi," based on the Fredric Brown novel of the same name, which served as the basis for Dario Argentoâ¿¿s first film, "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage." Some of Oswald's notable Westerns include "The Brass Legend" and "Fury at Showdown." He also directed several episodes of "The Outer Limits," as well as two memorable "Star Trek" episodes, "The Alternative Factor" and "The Conscience of the King."

Gerd Oswald has never been heralded as a heavy-hitting auteur by the majority of critics. And while his films lack the sort of flamboyant stylistic techniques or complex thematic concerns that separate a true auteur director from his jobbing colleagues, Oswald was a consummate craftsman who distinguished himself with a series of modest Westerns and noirish thrillers, as well as memorable television work. His most famous feature film is the 1956 melodramatic thriller "A Kiss Before Dying," starring Robert Wagner as a murderous college student who attempts to lead a normal life after killing his girlfriend, played by Joanne Woodward. Based on the novel by Ira Levin, the film is a sharply stylish entertainment. Oswald also directed the effectively unnerving noir "The Screaming Mimi," based on the Fredric Brown novel of the same name, which served as the basis for Dario Argentoâ¿¿s first film, "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage." Some of Oswald's notable Westerns include "The Brass Legend" and "Fury at Showdown." He also directed several episodes of "The Outer Limits," as well as two memorable "Star Trek" episodes, "The Alternative Factor" and "The Conscience of the King."

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DIRECTOR:

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  Bunny O'Hare (1971) Director
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  80 Steps to Jonah (1969) Director
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  Agent for H. A. R. M. (1966) Director
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  The Longest Day (1962) Dir Ste. Mere-eglise episodes
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  Brainwashed (1961) Director
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  Screaming Mimi (1958) Director
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  Paris Holiday (1958) Director
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  Crime of Passion (1957) Director
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  Fury at Showdown (1957) Director
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  Valerie (1957) Director

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mother:
Kate Waldeck. Actor.
father:
Richard Oswald. Director, producer. Austrian.
son:
Richard Oswald. Assistant director.

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