Gerd Oswald


Director
Gerd Oswald

About

Birth Place
Berlin, DE
Born
June 09, 1919
Died
May 22, 1989
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

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...

Biography

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 Argento'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."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Bunny O'Hare (1971)
Director
80 Steps to Jonah (1969)
Director
Agent for H. A. R. M. (1966)
Director
The Longest Day (1962)
Director Ste. Mere-eglise episodes
Brainwashed (1961)
Director
Screaming Mimi (1958)
Director
Paris Holiday (1958)
Director
Valerie (1957)
Director
Crime of Passion (1957)
Director
Fury at Showdown (1957)
Director
The Brass Legend (1956)
Director
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
Director
Prince Valiant (1954)
Loc Assistant Director
White Witch Doctor (1953)
Assistant Director
Niagara (1953)
Assistant Director
Les Miserables (1952)
Assistant Director
Diplomatic Courier (1952)
Assistant Director
Night Without Sleep (1952)
Assistant Director
5 Fingers (1952)
Assistant Director
The Desert Fox (1951)
Assistant Director
Decision Before Dawn (1951)
Assistant Director
Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1950)
Fill-in Assistant Director
Dark City (1950)
2d Assistant Director
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
2d Assistant Director
Chicago Deadline (1949)
Assistant Director
The Lovable Cheat (1949)
Assistant Director
A Foreign Affair (1948)
2d Assistant Director
Wild Harvest (1947)
2d Assistant Director on 2d unit
Desert Fury (1947)
Assistant Director
The Well Groomed Bride (1946)
Assistant Director
Silent Witness (1943)
2d Assistant
Isle of Missing Men (1942)
Assistant Director
Foreign Agent (1942)
Assistant Director
The Captain of Koepenick (1941)
Assistant Director

Writer (Feature Film)

80 Steps to Jonah (1969)
Story
Brainwashed (1961)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Bunny O'Hare (1971)
Producer
80 Steps to Jonah (1969)
Producer
Oasis (1956)
Producer
Night People (1954)
Associate Producer
Man on a Tightrope (1953)
Associate Producer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Untamed (1955)
Production Manager

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - If Certain Details Were Omitted Characters discussed but never seen before the murder (disguised as suicide) of Dory (Joanne Woodward), George MacReady her father, Virginia Leith her sister, Howard Petrie the police chief and Jeffrey Hunter, whom we have met, as the college tutor and weirdly, we learn, also part-time cop Gordon, with the culprit (Robert Wagner as “Bud” Corliss) lurking in Tucson’s El Presidio Park, in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - You've Concealed It Wonderfully Gobbling up more Tucson scenery, Virginia Leith as Ellen, wealthy sister of Dorothy (Joanne Woodward), whose murder has been officially ruled a suicide, receives a memento, then a phone call (from Bud, Robert Wagner, who committed the murder, and who is apparently now dating her!), then clashes with her cruel father (George MacReady), in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - Your Diabolic Spell Shooting on location near the Guadalupe Peak Trail outside Tucson, Virginia Leith as heiress Ellen is now totally ensnared by Robert Wagner as Bud, who now has not only sold his murder of her sister as a suicide, but also now killed the guy he set up for having driven her to it, in the byzantine A Kiss Before Dying, 1956, from an Ira Levin novel.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - He Knew I Was Lying Following the credits and almost all in one take (by career A-D Gerd Oswald in his first outing as a director) college man Bud (Robert Wagner) has a slippery attitude already in place as well-to-do townie girlfriend Dorothy (Joanne Woodward) tells him she's pregnant, in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - Always The Girls' Fault Shiftless B-M-O-C Bud (Robert Wagner) meets pregnant girlfriend, whom he calls "Doree" (Joanne Woodward), who wants to set a wedding date, still playing it cagey, and maybe taking a stab at accidentally killing her (?), early in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956, from the Ira Levin novel.
Crime Of Passion (1957) - Propaganda Not For Me San Francisco sob-sister columnist Kathy (Barbara Stanwyck) with L-A cop Bill (Sterling Hayden), having just met that day, have clicked after she found the murderess he came to town to arrest, in Crime Of Passion, 1957.
Crime Of Passion (1957) - World Made By Men Booking desk then press room at the San Francisco P.D., brassy reporter Kathy (Barbara Stanwyck) looking for an angle on an at-large murderess, when the bad L-A cops sent to arrest her (Royal Dano, Sterling Hayden) bust in, early in Crime Of Passion, 1957, original screenplay by Jo Eisinger.
Crime of Passion (1957) - Satisfactory Answer Crafty Kathy Doyle (Barbara Stanwyck), wife of unambitious detective Bill (Sterling Hayden), discusses her traffic accident at a party hosted by Alice (Fay Wray), the wife of his boss Tony (Raymond Burr), whom she's pursuing on Bill's behalf, in Crime of Passion, 1957.

Trailer

Family

Kate Waldeck
Mother
Actor.
Richard Oswald
Father
Director, producer. Austrian.
Richard Oswald
Son
Assistant director.

Bibliography