Andrew Marton


Director

About

Also Known As
Endre Marton
Birth Place
Budapest, HU
Born
January 26, 1904
Died
January 07, 1992
Cause of Death
Pneumonia

Biography

Hungarian-born director and second-unit director, best known for his action and adventure films, most memorably the thrilling chariot race sequence in the 1959 remake of "Ben-Hur." Marton began his career as an editor at Vita Films in Vienna before going to Hollywood as Ernst Lubitsch's editor in 1923. He made his directorial debut there with "Two-O'Clock in the Morning" (1929) before re...

Family & Companions

Lacerta Marton
Wife

Bibliography

"Andrew Marton"
Scarecrow Press (1992)

Biography

Hungarian-born director and second-unit director, best known for his action and adventure films, most memorably the thrilling chariot race sequence in the 1959 remake of "Ben-Hur." Marton began his career as an editor at Vita Films in Vienna before going to Hollywood as Ernst Lubitsch's editor in 1923. He made his directorial debut there with "Two-O'Clock in the Morning" (1929) before returning to Germany as chief editor at the Tobin studios. In 1933 Marton left Germany and commuted between Switzerland, Hungary and England, where he directed "Wolf's Clothing" "Secret of Stamboul" (both 1936), and "School for Husbands" (1937).

Marton returned to Hollywood in the early 1940s to film the ski sequences for "Two-Faced Woman" (1942), Greta Garbo's last feature. He replaced Compton Bennett as director of the African epic "King Solomon's Mines" (1950) after Bennett became ill. As a second-unit director Marton also shot sequences for such big-budget epics as "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951), "A Farewell to Arms" (1957) and "Cleopatra" (1963), as well as "Mrs. Miniver" (1942), "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), "Million Dollar Mermaid" (1952) and "Day of the Jackal" (1973).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Up the Sandbox (1972)
2d unit Director, Africa
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
2nd unit Director
Catch-22 (1970)
2nd unit Director
Africa--Texas Style! (1967)
Director
Around the World Under the Sea (1966)
Director
Birds Do It (1966)
Director
Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965)
Director
Crack in the World (1965)
Director
The Thin Red Line (1964)
Director
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Director 2nd unit operations
Cleopatra (1963)
2nd unit Director
55 Days at Peking (1963)
Director 2nd unit operations
The Longest Day (1962)
Director American exteriors
It Happened in Athens (1962)
Director
Ben-Hur (1959)
2nd Unit Director
Underwater Warrior (1958)
Director
Bhowani Junction (1956)
2nd Unit Director
Seven Wonders of the World (1956)
Director
Green Fire (1955)
Director
Prisoner of War (1954)
Director
Gypsy Colt (1954)
Director
Saadia (1954)
Unit Director
Valley of the Kings (1954)
2nd Unit Director
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
Director
Storm over Tibet (1952)
Director
The Wild North (1952)
Director
The Devil Makes Three (1952)
Director
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
"Leapfrog" Director
Duchess of Idaho (1950)
2nd unit Director
King Solomon's Mines (1950)
Director
Gallant Bess (1947)
Director
Song of Russia (1944)
2nd Unit Director
Gentle Annie (1944)
Director
A Little Bit of Heaven (1940)
Director
School For Husbands (1937)
Director
The Secret of Stamboul (1936)
Director
Wolf's Clothing (1936)
Director
Die Nach Ohne Pause (1931)
Director
Die Nacht ohne Pause (1931)
Director
Two O'Clock in the Morning (1929)
Director

Assistant Direction (Feature Film)

The Day of the Jackal (1973)
Assistant Director

Producer (Feature Film)

Africa--Texas Style! (1967)
Producer
Around the World Under the Sea (1966)
Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

The Rebel (1933)
Film Editor
Eternal Love (1929)
Film Editor
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1928)
Film Editor

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

A Farewell to Arms (1957)
Acknowledgments

Life Events

1922

Joined Vita Film company in Vienna as an editor

1923

Went to Hollywood with Ernst Lubitsch

1926

Worked as a Hollywood stock player

1942

Brought to Hollywood by a producer to direct ski sequences in "Two Faced Woman"

Photo Collections

Green Fire - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during location shooting (in Columbia, South America) of MGM's Green Fire (1954), starring Grace Kelly, Stewart Granger, and Paul Douglas.

Videos

Movie Clip

Longest Day, The (1962) - Maybe I Was Wrong About Rhoda First appearance of Rod Steiger as a fictional American navy destroyer commander, joining in the overnight assault in the early hours of June 6 , 1944, then on the deck Jeffrey Hunter as fictional Fuller, Joseph Lowe as “Sparrow,” Peter Helm as Mac, more anecdotes as producer Darryl F. Zanuck builds toward the D-Day invasion, in The Longest Day, 1962.
Longest Day, The (1962) - Request Reluctantly Approved Peter Lawford as Lovat, (Scottish-born British aristocrat Simon Christopher Joseph Fraser, a real person) minimizing his oratory en route to the D-Day invasion, then Edmond O’Brien as Gen. Barton, and Henry Fonda (then 56, the same age as his character) finally appearing 90 minutes into the picture as Gen. Teddy Roosevelt Jr., dramatizing a famous actual event, in The Longest Day, 1962.
Longest Day, The (1962) - Send 'Em To Hell Robert Ryan as (the real) Gen. Gavin seems to be loving this bit with the flashlight, then Jack Hedley as an RAF officer briefing the men on a (real!) tactical gag, then John Wayne again as Col. Vandevoort (also a real person) with another (factual!) gimmick, and grim appraisal, building toward the event in Darryl F. Zanuck’s D-Day behemoth The Longest Day, 1962.
Longest Day, The (1962) - We Keep Getting Fewer First appearance for Richard Burton of course as the solitary Brit flyer entering the HQ tavern, just managing a joke about the brew when he’s approached by fellow Donald Houston, and shares word of a lost colleague, beginning another story-line, in producer Darryl F. Zanuck’s D-Day epic The Longest Day, 1962.
Longest Day, The (1962) - Why'd He Have To Mention Fort Bragg? In an airplane hangar in England converted to barracks, we’ve just met Red Buttons as American G.I. Steele and Richard Beymer as Schultz, having something of a personal reckoning, observed by buddy Martini (Sal Mineo), awaiting D-Day, in producer Darryl F. Zanuck’s The Longest Day. 1962.
Longest Day, The (1962) - Open, London Calling Opening and scene-setting for producer Darryl F. Zanuck, hard to say which of his directors (Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki) might be working here, the first introduced characters are Paul Hartmann as a German officer, and Zanuck’s paramour Irina Demick as a French partisan, in the expansive D-Day epic The Longest Day. 1962.
Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion (1965) - I Was Rather Heroic Introducing the English tutor Rowbotham (Richard Haydn), a big character here but absent from the TV spinoff series Daktari, in the unspecified African colonial country (Kenya?), teen Paula (Cheryl Miller) and hero veterinarian dad “Marsh” Tracy (Marshall Thompson) manage the beasts, in Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion, 1965.
Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion (1965) - Call It Internal Strabismus First appearance for Betsy Drake, in her last movie before her retirement, as a Dian Fossey-inspired character, wildlife photographer-researcher Julie, who soon proceeds to the compound where friends “Marsh” Tracy (Marshall Thompson) and daughter (Cheryl Miller) have recently adopted the title character, in Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion, 1965.
Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion (1965) - He Can't Hunt Acting on reports of a lion marauding their settlements but not doing any harm, Marshall Thompson as Dr. Tracy, Cheryl Miller his daughter (later seen in the spinoff TV series Daktari, 1966-1969) and Rockne Tarkington as aide Juna discover the problem, in producer Ivan Tors’ Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion, 1965.
Green Fire (1955) - A Treacherous Woman Adventurer Mitchell (Stewart Granger) has maneuvered hostess Catherine (Grace Kelly) away from the other guests at her family's coffee plantation in Colombia, a tempestuous scene from Green Fire, 1955.
Green Fire (1955) - Open, 1687 Opening credits and engineer Mitchell (Stewart Granger) discovering mineral clues, then getting spooked, in MGM's South American adventure Green Fire, 1955, co-starring Grace Kelly and Paul Douglas.
Green Fire (1955) - You Were Very Lucky Attacked by bandits, mining engineer Mitchell (Stewart Granger) is taken in by Colombian coffee plantation owner Catherine (Grace Kelly), and the Padre (Robert Tafur) in an early scene from MGM's Green Fire, 1955.

Trailer

King Solomon's Mines - (Original Trailer) A spirited widow (Deborah Kerr) hires a daredevil jungle scout (Stewart Granger) to find a lost treasure in diamonds.
Gypsy Colt - (Original Trailer) It's Lassie, Come Home but with a horse in Gypsy Colt (1954) starring Ward Bond.
Devil Makes Three, The - (Original Trailer) A soldier (Gene Kelly) returns to Munich after the war and gets mixed up with the black market in The Devil Makes Three (1952).
Bhowani Junction - (Original Trailer) An Anglo-Indian beauty (Ava Gardner) falls for a British officer (Stewart Granger) as her country fights for independence.
Duchess of Idaho - (Original Trailer) During a Sun Valley vacation, a woman tries to solve her roommate's romantic problems in Duchess of Idaho (1950), starring Esther Williams.
Wild North, The - (Original Trailer) Mountie Wendell Corey tracks accused killer Stewart Granger through the Canadian wilderness in the color adventure The Wild North (1952).
Longest Day, The - (Original Trailer) An all-star cast including John Wayne and Henry Fonda in a re-creation of the D-Day invasion on The Longest Day (1962).
Prisoner of War - (Original Trailer) Ronald Reagan is a spy who infiltrates a North Korean POW camp in Prisoner of War (1954).
Green Fire - (Original Trailer) Stewart Granger has to decide which to take: the emeralds in the mine or beautiful coffee plantation owner Grace Kelly in Green Fire (1955).
Kelly's Heroes - (Original Trailer) An American platoon tries to recover buried treasure behind enemy lines in Kelly's Heroes (1970) starring Clint Eastwood, Don Rickles, and Telly Savalas.
Clarence The Cross-Eyed Lion - (Original Trailer) The head of an African animal clinic treats Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion (1965), whose condition keeps him from hunting.
Red Badge of Courage, The - (Original Trailer) A young Union soldier (Audie Murphy) struggles to atone for a moment of cowardice in The Red Badge of Courage (1951), directed by John Huston.

Family

Elizabeth Marton
Sister
Tonda Marton-Beyer
Daughter
Melinda Benedeck
Step-Daughter
Barbara Benedeck
Step-Daughter

Companions

Lacerta Marton
Wife

Bibliography

"Andrew Marton"
Scarecrow Press (1992)