Dore Schary


Producer, Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Jeb Schary, Mr. Dore Schary
Birth Place
Newark, New Jersey, USA
Born
August 31, 1905
Died
July 07, 1980

Biography

Former actor and journalist who began writing screenplays in the 1930s and worked as executive producer of MGM's B productions (1941-43), producer for David O. Selznick (1943-47), executive vice president of production for RKO (1947-48) and, most notably, chief of production at MGM (1948-1956). Schary was unable to save MGM from its TV-induced decline in the 1950s and, after being ousted...

Bibliography

"Storm in the West"
Dore Schary and Sinclair Lewis (1963)
"For Special Occasions"
Dore Schary (1962)
"Case History of a Movie"
Dore Schary (1950)

Notes

He was the national chairman of B'Nai B'rith's Anti-Defamation League.

He was the NYC Commissioner of Cultural Affairs.

Biography

Former actor and journalist who began writing screenplays in the 1930s and worked as executive producer of MGM's B productions (1941-43), producer for David O. Selznick (1943-47), executive vice president of production for RKO (1947-48) and, most notably, chief of production at MGM (1948-1956). Schary was unable to save MGM from its TV-induced decline in the 1950s and, after being ousted from the company, wrote plays and made occasional, independent films.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Act One (1963)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992)
Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
Chairman of Connecticut delegation
The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)
Man who drives Dickie to airport

Writer (Feature Film)

Act One (1963)
Screenwriter
Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
Writer
Lonelyhearts (1958)
Written for Screen by
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952)
Story for picture
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952)
Episode seven wrt
The Next Voice You Hear (1950)
Trmt
Live Wires (1946)
Original Story
Here Comes Kelly (1943)
Original Story
Married Bachelor (1941)
Screenwriter
Young Tom Edison (1940)
Screenwriter
Edison, the Man (1940)
Original Story
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Original Story
Behind the News (1940)
Original Story
Boys Town (1938)
Screenwriter
Boys Town (1938)
Original Story
Ladies in Distress (1938)
Story idea suggested by
Big City (1937)
Screenwriter
The Girl from Scotland Yard (1937)
Screenwriter
Outcast (1937)
Screenwriter
Her Master's Voice (1936)
Screenwriter
Mind Your Own Business (1936)
Screenwriter
Timothy's Quest (1936)
Screenwriter
F-Man (1936)
Contr to trmt
Song and Dance Man (1936)
Contract Writer
Chinatown Squad (1935)
Screenwriter
Red Hot Tires (1935)
Additional Dialogue
Your Uncle Dudley (1935)
Adaptation
Storm over the Andes (1935)
Contract Writer
Mississippi (1935)
Contr to trmt
The Raven (1935)
Contract Writer
Silk Hat Kid (1935)
Screenwriter
Let's Talk It Over (1934)
Story
Young and Beautiful (1934)
Screenwriter
Murder in the Clouds (1934)
Story and Screenplay
Most Precious Thing in Life (1934)
Screenwriter
He Couldn't Take It (1933)
Screenplay and story
Fury of the Jungle (1933)
Screenwriter
Fog (1933)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Act One (1963)
Producer
Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
Producer
Lonelyhearts (1958)
Producer
Designing Woman (1957)
Producer
The Last Hunt (1956)
Producer
The Swan (1956)
Producer
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Producer
Dream Wife (1953)
Producer
Take the High Ground! (1953)
Producer
Westward the Women (1952)
Producer
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
Producer
Talk About a Stranger (1952)
Executive Producer
Washington Story (1952)
Producer
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
Executive Producer
Go for Broke! (1951)
Producer
The Next Voice You Hear (1950)
Producer
Battleground (1949)
Producer
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
Presented By
I Remember Mama (1948)
Presented By
Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
Presented By
Crossfire (1947)
Presented By
I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
Producer
Journey for Margaret (1942)
Executive Producer
Kid Glove Killer (1942)
Executive Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Act One (1963)
Company
Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)
Company
They Live by Night (1949)
Company
Adventure in Baltimore (1949)
Company
A Woman's Secret (1949)
Company
Berlin Express (1948)
Company
The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
Company
Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
Company
Race Street (1948)
Company
Station West (1948)
Company
The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)
Company
The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
Company
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
Company
Till the End of Time (1946)
Company

Cast (Short)

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT (1956)
Narrator
THE HOAXSTERS (1952)
Narrator
The Screen Writer (1950)
Himself
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1950)
Himself

Writer (Short)

The Battle of Gettysburg (1956)
Writer

Producer (Short)

The Battle of Gettysburg (1956)
Producer
THE HOAXSTERS (1952)
Producer

Life Events

1930

Broadway acting debut "The Last Mile"

1932

First produced screenplay "He Couldn't Take It"

1941

Appointed executive director of MGM's B unit

1947

Executive VP in charge of production at RKO

1948

Chief of production at MGM

1956

Wrote and produced Broadway play, "Sunrise at Campobello"

1963

Film directorial debut, "Act One"

Videos

Movie Clip

Adventure In Baltimore (1949) - My Anatomy Is Terrible Opening with 20-year-old Shirley Temple, now a young married mom, loaned out with her husband John Agar by David Selznick to RKO, with a narrated gag and encounters with Regina Wallace her teacher and Robert Young her minister father, in Adventure In Baltimore, 1949.
Adventure In Baltimore (1949) - The Little People Home early in 1905, expelled from boarding school for her liberal views about art, Shirley Temple as aspiring painter Dinah with her brother (Johnny Sands), the family maid (Tillie Born) and her mother (Josephine Hutchinson), in Adventure In Baltimore, 1949, from a story Lesser Samuels and Christopher Isherwood, also starring Temple’s husband John Agar.
Crossfire (1947) - Used To Be A Spaghetti Restaurant Joining his flashback as he's testifying for the cops, murder suspect soldier Mitchell (George Cooper) is recounting his visit with somewhat soft-hearted taxi dancer Ginny (Gloria Grahame) in Edward Dmytryk's military mystery Crossfire, 1947.
Crossfire (1947) - Open, Murder Dark and dramatic opening to Edward Dmytryk's Crossfire, 1947, starring Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan and Gloria Grahame, from a novel by Richard Brooks.
Race Street (1948) - Don't Give Me Orders At a Chicago racket hangout, high rolling bookie Dan (George Raft) is visited by cop Barney (William Bendix), who pushes him not to seek his own vengeance for the murder of their mutual childhood friend, in Race Street, 1948.
Woman's Secret, A (1949) - Songs Of Estrellita The prominent movie music director Constantin Bakaleinikoff appears, directing a radio orchestra, as director Nicholas Ray introduces his leading ladies, Susan (Gloria Grahame) and Marian (Maureen O'Hara), opening A Woman's Secret, 1949, from a Vicki Baum novel.
Sunrise At Campobello (1960) - None Of Your Amiable Chatter Eleanor (Greer Garson) with local doctor (Frank Ferguson) and family confidante Louis (Hume Cronyn) before he rejoins the mysteriously stricken Franklin (Ralph Bellamy), in the Roosevelt family drama Sunrise At Campobello, 1960.
Sunrise At Campobello (1960) - Hard-Boiled Chicken Dig the vigor, as Franklin (Ralph Bellamy) and Eleanor (Greer Garson) manage their brood (Zina Bethune, Tim Considine et al) in writer-producer Dore Schary's hagiographic tale of the Roosevelt's, Sunrise At Campobello, 1960.
Plymouth Adventure (1952) - 132 Rutting Beasts Busted by first mate Coppin (Lloyd Bridges) for wasting water, youthful Pilgrim wife Dorothy Bradford (Gene Tierney), who’s already been nearly assaulted by captain Jones (Spencer Tracy), earns a real rude talking-to, in MGM’s Plymouth Adventure, 1952.
Plymouth Adventure (1952) - We Be Loaded Deep Exhaustive exposition from producer Dore Schary, focused on introducing Leo Genn and Gene Tierney as the Bradfords, Kathleen Lockhart as Mrs. Brewster, John Dehner as Winslow, Van Johnson as Alden, finally Spencer Tracy as Jones, Lloyd Bridges as Coppin, in MGM's Plymouth Adventure, 1952.
Plymouth Adventure (1952) - Hymns And Prayers Should have seen this coming, Captain Jones (Spencer Tracy) has been warning of the ways of sailors, comes home to the Mayflower drunk one evening, finding Dorothy Bradford (Gene Tierney), rescued by her husband (Leo Genn), still in port in England, in Plymouth Adventure, 1952.
Boys Town (1938) - No Such Thing As A Bad Boy Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) lobbies Nebraska newspaper magnate Hargraves (Jonathan Hale), a montage creates the buildings, and financier Dave (Henry Hull) frets, in MGM's Boys Town, 1938.

Trailer

They Live By Night (1949) -- (Original Trailer) RKO’s trailer is not far off the mark for director Nicholas Ray’s eventually-acclaimed debut feature, They Live By Night, starring Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell.
Swan, The - (Original Trailer) On the eve of her marriage to a prince, a noblewoman falls for her brother's tutor in The Swan (1956) starring Grace Kelly.
MGM Story - (Original Trailer) Lionel Barrymore shows highlights from the studio's latest in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951).
Young Tom Edison -- (Original Trailer) Mickey Rooney is Young Tom Edison (1940), defying authority to develop his first inventions.
Go For Broke - (Original Trailer) Many of the actual veterans appear in Go For Broke (1951), the story of the all Japanese-American Regimental Combat Team in World War II.
Dream Wife - (Original Trailer) Cary Grant sparks an international incident when he proposes marriage to the daughter of a king in Dream Wife (1953).
Crossfire - (Original Trailer) When a Jewish man is murdered, a homicide detective suspects a hate crime in Crossfire (1947) starring Robert Ryan in one of his best performances.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House - (Re-issue Trailer) A New York businessman's dream of a country home goes awry when he purchases a tumbledown rural shack in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948).
Sunrise at Campobello - (Pan-and-scan trailer) After a bout with polio, future president Franklin Roosevelt fights to save his political career in the film biography, Sunrise at Campobello (1960), starring Ralph Bellamy and Greer Garson.
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.
Next Voice You Hear, The - (Original Trailer) The voice of God mystically appears on the radio, changing all who hear it in The Next Voice You Hear (1950), directed by William A. Wellman.
Plymouth Adventure - (Original Trailer) Spencer Tracy and Gene Tierney star in Plymouth Adventure (1952), an epic dramatization of the Pilgrams' journey to the new world on the Mayflower.

Family

Jill Robinson
Daughter
Author.
Jeremy Zimmer
Grandson
Agent. Works at United Talent Agency (UTA).

Bibliography

"Storm in the West"
Dore Schary and Sinclair Lewis (1963)
"For Special Occasions"
Dore Schary (1962)
"Case History of a Movie"
Dore Schary (1950)

Notes

He was the national chairman of B'Nai B'rith's Anti-Defamation League.

He was the NYC Commissioner of Cultural Affairs.