Joseph M. Schenck


Executive

About

Also Known As
Joseph Schenck
Birth Place
Russia
Born
December 25, 1878
Died
October 20, 1961
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Russian immigrant who began acquiring amusement parks with his brother Nicholas in the teens and soon became allied with the Loew organization, where he graduated to a senior executive position. Schenck left Loew's in 1917 to become an independent film producer, turning out vehicles for Norma Talmadge (his wife), Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle. After a spell at United Artists he co-fou...

Family & Companions

Norma Talmadge
Wife
Actor. Married 1917; divorced.

Biography

Russian immigrant who began acquiring amusement parks with his brother Nicholas in the teens and soon became allied with the Loew organization, where he graduated to a senior executive position. Schenck left Loew's in 1917 to become an independent film producer, turning out vehicles for Norma Talmadge (his wife), Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle. After a spell at United Artists he co-founded the 20th Century corporation with Darryl Zanuck, becoming chairman of the board of 20th Century-Fox after the 1935 merger. Schenck was forced to resign in 1941 when he was indicted for income tax irregularities, but returned to the fold as an executive producer after four months in jail. In 1953 he formed the Magna Corporation with Michael Todd, inventor of the Todd-AO widescreen process. Brother Nicholas, meanwhile, had remained with Loew's--he was appointed chairman of the board in 1955--and exerted a tremendous influence over the output of their production and distribution subsidiary, MGM.

Filmography

 

Producer (Feature Film)

White Fang (1936)
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Professional Soldier (1936)
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A Message to Garcia (1936)
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The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)
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King of Burlesque (1936)
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Under Two Flags (1936)
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Sins of Man (1936)
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Clive of India (1935)
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Les Misérables (1935)
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Folies Bergère de Paris (1935)
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Metropolitan (1935)
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The Call of the Wild (1935)
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Cardinal Richelieu (1935)
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Show Them No Mercy! (1935)
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Thanks a Million (1935)
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L'homme des Folies Bergère (1935)
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The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
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The Last Gentleman (1934)
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Moulin Rouge (1934)
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The House of Rothschild (1934)
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The Affairs of Cellini (1934)
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The Mighty Barnum (1934)
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Looking for Trouble (1934)
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Gallant Lady (1934)
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Born to Be Bad (1934)
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Blood Money (1933)
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I Cover the Waterfront (1933)
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Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933)
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The Bowery (1933)
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Advice to the Lovelorn (1933)
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Rain (1932)
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Indiscreet (1931)
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Reaching for the Moon (1931)
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Kiki (1931)
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Du Barry, Woman of Passion (1930)
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The Bat Whispers (1930)
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The Lottery Bride (1930)
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Puttin' on the Ritz (1930)
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Lummox (1930)
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Be Yourself! (1930)
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The Bad One (1930)
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One Romantic Night (1930)
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Abraham Lincoln (1930)
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Eternal Love (1929)
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Alibi (1929)
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Lady of the Pavements (1929)
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New York Nights (1929)
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The Battle of the Sexes (1928)
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The Woman Disputed (1928)
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Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
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College (1927)
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Sorrell and Son (1927)
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Breakfast at Sunrise (1927)
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Camille (1927)
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The General (1927)
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Venus of Venice (1927)
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The Dove (1927)
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The Duchess of Buffalo (1926)
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Kiki (1926)
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Battling Butler (1926)
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Graustark (1925)
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Her Sister From Paris (1925)
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The Lady (1925)
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Go West (1925)
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Seven Chances (1925)
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Learning To Love (1925)
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Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
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The Goldfish (1924)
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Her Night of Romance (1924)
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The Navigator (1924)
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Secrets (1924)
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The Only Woman (1924)
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Ashes of Vengeance (1923)
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The Song of Love (1923)
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The Voice from the Minaret (1923)
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The Dangerous Maid (1923)
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Three Ages (1923)
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Within the Law (1923)
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Ashes of Vengeance (1923)
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Smilin' Through (1922)
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The Primitive Lover (1922)
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The Eternal Flame (1922)
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Polly of the Follies (1922)
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East Is West (1922)
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Cops (1922)
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Mama's Affair (1921)
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Love's Redemption (1921)
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The Passion Flower (1921)
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Lessons in Love (1921)
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Wedding Bells (1921)
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The Wonderful Thing (1921)
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The Sign on the Door (1921)
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Woman's Place (1921)
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The Playhouse (1921)
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Dangerous Business (1920)
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She Loves and Lies (1920)
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A Daughter of Two Worlds (1920)
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The Branded Woman (1920)
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The Woman Gives (1920)
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The Perfect Woman (1920)
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Good References (1920)
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The Perfect Woman (1920)
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The New Moon (1919)
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A Temperamental Wife (1919)
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A Virtuous Vamp (1919)
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The Way of a Woman (1919)
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The Probation Wife (1919)
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The Isle of Conquest (1919)
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The Heart of Wetona (1919)
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The New Moon (1919)
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The Safety Curtain (1918)
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The Ghosts of Yesterday (1918)
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De Luxe Annie (1918)
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The Forbidden City (1918)
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Her Only Way (1918)
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By Right of Purchase (1918)
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Just a Woman (1918)
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The Ghosts of Yesterday (1918)
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The Moth (1917)
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Poppy (1917)
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The Secret of the Storm Country (1917)
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Panthea (1917)
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The Secret of the Storm Country (1917)
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The Law of Compensation (1917)
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The Law of Compensation (1917)
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Production Companies (Feature Film)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Company

Cast (Short)

Hard Luck (1921)
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The Goat (1921)
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The High Sign (1921)
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The Boat (1921)
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Producer (Short)

The Love Nest (1923)
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Daydreams (1922)
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My Wife's Relations (1922)
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The Frozen North (1922)
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Haunted House (1921)
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Neighbors (1921)
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Convict 13 (1920)
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One Week (1920)
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Life Events

1917

Produced first film, "Butcher Boy"

1924

Elected chairman of board, United Artists

1935

Chairman of board, 20th Century Fox

1941

Sentenced to year in jail for tax irregularities

1953

Co-founded Magna corporation with Michael Todd

Videos

Movie Clip

Sherlock Jr. (1924) - Shadow Your Man Closely Rejected as a thief by the father of now-dejected "Girl" (Kathryn McGuire), the hero (director and star Buster Keaton) follows his mail-order detective's handbook and his suspect (Ward Crane, who in fact framed him) in Sherlock Jr., 1924.
Sherlock Jr. (1924) - Be Careful! Still immersed in his movie-based dream, the projectionist/hero (director Buster Keaton, as the title character) stays calm under pressure as he flees villains and gets an unexpected assist from his real-life boss and fantasy-assistant (Ford West) in Sherlock Jr., 1924.
Sherlock Jr. (1924) - I Never Thought You'd Make It! Continuing the famous chase sequence, still in the imaginary movie into-which he's dreamed himself, star and director Buster Keaton as the title character is more alone than he realizes, in Sherlock Jr., 1924.
Sherlock Jr. (1924) - Opening, Old Proverb The opening sequence introduces the title character's real-life persona, his boss (Ford West) and "the girl" (Kathryn McGuire), the premise behind the title still to be revealed, in Buster Keaton's action-fantasy-comedy Sherlock Jr., 1924.
Sherlock Jr. (1924) - The Crime-Crushing Criminologist Buster Keaton appears in his second role as the title character, in the movie into which he's dreamed himself, and in which his girl and his rival (Kathryn McGuire, Ward Crane), now appear, in the acclaimed silent comedy Sherlock Jr., 1924.
Sherlock Jr. (1924) - Hearts And Pearls Exhausted and frustrated with his amateur detective efforts, the hero dozes off at work in the projection room and dreams himself into a movie called Hearts And Pearls, executing one of director and star Buster Keaton's more transcendent ideas, in Sherlock Jr., 1924.
Battling Butler (1926) - Go Out And Rough It Opening with his parents and valet (Snitz Edwards), director Buster Keaton is affluent milquetoast Alfred Butler, who agrees that camping might toughen him up, in Battling Butler, 1926, produced Joseph Schenck, distributed by Metro-Goldwyn, exteriors shot at the Talmadge on Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Battling Butler (1926) - A Little Road Work In a panic to prevent his new wife (Sally O’Neil) realizing he’s not the lightweight champ boxer (Francis McDonald) who borrowed his name, Alfred “Battling” Butler (director and star Buster Keaton), aided by his valet (Snitz Edwards) contrives to act like he’s training with the real crew, in Battling Butler, 1926.
Battling Butler (1926) - Put Up Your Hands Because the real lightweight champ who took his name has quit (in order to avoid fighting the dreaded “Alabama Murderer”), and to prevent his new wife finding out he’s not a boxer at all, director and star Buster Keaton trains, with his valet (Snitz Edwards) and coach (Tom Wilson), in Battling Butler, 1926.
Battling Butler (1926) - Isn't She Pretty? Playing the over-resourced but incompetent hunter Alfred Butler (shooting along the Kern River, near Bakersfield), director and star Buster Keaton blunders around with his valet (Snitz Edwards), but is pleased to meet the charming “Mountain Girl” (Sally O’Neil), early in Battling Butler, 1926.
Seven Chances (1925) - I Must Wed Someone! Having learned that he must wed by evening to win a giant inheritance, lawyer Jimmy (Buster Keaton) rushes to long-time girlfriend Mary (Ruth Dwyer), first succeeding by accident, then blowing it, early in Seven Chances, 1925.
Seven Chances (1925) - Would You Marry Me? Pushed by his partner (T. Roy Barnes) to marry by evening in order to claim an inheritance that will save their firm, lawyer Jimmy (Buster Keaton) tries his luck at the country club, in Seven Chances, 1925.

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Family

Nicholas Schenck
Brother
Executive.

Companions

Norma Talmadge
Wife
Actor. Married 1917; divorced.

Bibliography