Jerry Wald


Producer

About

Also Known As
Jerome Irving Wald
Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
September 16, 1911
Died
July 13, 1962
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

A Tinseltown presence who began in radio and worked in Hollywood's heyday with Busby Berkeley on "Hollywood Hotel" and with Raoul Walsh on "The Roaring Twenties," Jerry Wald wrote or produced over 60 features and shorts over his relatively brief career. After writing a radio column while at New York University, be soon began to pen and produce several short features for Warner Brothers. ...

Biography

A Tinseltown presence who began in radio and worked in Hollywood's heyday with Busby Berkeley on "Hollywood Hotel" and with Raoul Walsh on "The Roaring Twenties," Jerry Wald wrote or produced over 60 features and shorts over his relatively brief career. After writing a radio column while at New York University, be soon began to pen and produce several short features for Warner Brothers. His star-studded series, called "Rambling 'Round Radio Row," launched his Hollywood career, and soon he was scripting features, including 1935's redemption romance "Living on Velvet" for director Frank Borzage. He soon began work on other musicals, partnering with such writers as Julius J. Epstein and Richard Macaulay. Throughout the 1930s he accumulated over 20 film writing credits, including the original story for Berkeley's musical comedy "Hollywood Hotel," the James Cagney-Humphrey Bogart crime thriller "The Roaring Twenties," and Bogart's 1940 noir thriller "They Drive by Night." Throughout the '30s, Wald was desperate to return to the producing role he'd had a taste of on "Radio Row," and by 1941 he began to achieve his dream, collaborating behind the scenes with some of Hollywood's top talent. At a breakneck pace, Wald produced some 50-plus pictures, from melodramas like the Joan Crawford vehicle "Mildred Pierce" to John Huston's Bogart-and-Bacall noir classic "Key Largo"; meanwhile, he produced two of the televised Academy Award ceremonies, in 1958 and 1959. Wald's flourishing Hollywood career was cut short when he died of a heart attack at the age of 50.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Audrey Hepburn: Remembered (1993)
The Big Show (1957)
Kill the Umpire (1950)
Radio voice
Little Miss Broadway (1947)
Swing the Western Way (1947)
Vacation Days (1947)
Jerry Wald
Sarge Goes to College (1947)

Writer (Feature Film)

My Dream Is Yours (1949)
Story
The Hard Way (1943)
Story
Out of the Fog (1941)
Screenwriter
Manpower (1941)
Original Screenplay
Navy Blues (1941)
Screenwriter
Million Dollar Baby (1941)
Screenwriter
They Drive by Night (1940)
Screenwriter
Three Cheers for the Irish (1940)
Original Screenplay
Flight Angels (1940)
Original Story
Brother Rat and a Baby (1940)
Screenwriter
Brother Orchid (1940)
Contract Writer
Torrid Zone (1940)
Original Screenplay
The Kid from Kokomo (1939)
Screenwriter
On Your Toes (1939)
Screenwriter
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Screenwriter
Naughty but Nice (1939)
Original Screenplay
Garden of the Moon (1938)
Screenwriter
Hard to Get (1938)
Screenwriter
Hollywood Hotel (1938)
Screenwriter
Brother Rat (1938)
Screenwriter
Going Places (1938)
Screenwriter
Hollywood Hotel (1938)
Original Story
Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)
Story
Ready, Willing and Able (1937)
Screenwriter
Varsity Show (1937)
Screenwriter
Sing Me a Love Song (1937)
Screenwriter
Ever Since Eve (1937)
Contr to Screenplay const
Sons O' Guns (1936)
Screenwriter
Maybe It's Love (1935)
Screenwriter
Stars over Broadway (1935)
Screenwriter
In Caliente (1935)
Screenwriter
Sweet Music (1935)
Screenwriter
Little Big Shot (1935)
Screenwriter
Living on Velvet (1935)
Story and Screenplay
I Live for Love (1935)
Screenwriter
Sweet Music (1935)
Original Story
Broadway Gondolier (1935)
Additional Dialogue
Gift of Gab (1934)
Original Story
Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

The Stripper (1963)
Producer
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962)
Executive Producer
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)
Producer
Wild in the Country (1961)
Producer
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
Producer
Sons and Lovers (1960)
Producer
Let's Make Love (1960)
Producer
The Story on Page One (1959)
Producer
Beloved Infidel (1959)
Producer
The Sound and the Fury (1959)
Producer
The Best of Everything (1959)
Producer
Hound-Dog Man (1959)
Producer
In Love and War (1958)
Producer
Mardi Gras (1958)
Producer
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Producer
An Affair to Remember (1957)
Producer
Kiss Them for Me (1957)
Producer
No Down Payment (1957)
Producer
Peyton Place (1957)
Producer
The Harder They Fall (1956)
Executive Producer
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
Producer
The Lusty Men (1952)
Producer
Macao (1952)
Supervisor of addl scenes
Clash by Night (1952)
Presented By
Storm Warning (1951)
Producer
The Blue Veil (1951)
Producer
Behave Yourself! (1951)
Producer
Perfect Strangers (1950)
Producer
Young Man with a Horn (1950)
Producer
The Glass Menagerie (1950)
Producer
The Breaking Point (1950)
Producer
The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
Producer
Caged (1950)
Producer
One Sunday Afternoon (1949)
Producer
John Loves Mary (1949)
Producer
Flamingo Road (1949)
Producer
Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)
Producer
The Inspector General (1949)
Producer
Adventures of Don Juan (1949)
Producer
Task Force (1949)
Producer
Key Largo (1948)
Producer
To the Victor (1948)
Producer
Johnny Belinda (1948)
Producer
Possessed (1947)
Producer
Humoresque (1947)
Producer
The Unfaithful (1947)
Producer
Dark Passage (1947)
Producer
Pride of the Marines (1945)
Producer
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Producer
Objective, Burma! (1945)
Producer
Destination Tokyo (1944)
Producer
In Our Time (1944)
Producer
The Very Thought of You (1944)
Producer
The Hard Way (1943)
Producer
Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
Producer
Background to Danger (1943)
Producer
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
Associate Producer
George Washington Slept Here (1942)
Producer
Across the Pacific (1942)
Producer
All Through the Night (1942)
Associate Producer
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
Associate Producer
Juke Girl (1942)
Associate Producer
Navy Blues (1941)
Associate Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

The Stripper (1963)
Company
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
Company
Wild in the Country (1961)
Company
Queen Bee (1955)
Company
Miss Sadie Thompson (1954)
Company

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

All Through The Night (1942) - Miracle On 48th Street Future TV stars William Demarest, Phil Silvers and Jackie Gleason in the opening scene, when their ringleader Gloves (Humphrey Bogart) appears, sidekick Barney (Frank McHugh) joining, ex-actor Vincent Sherman directing, in Warner Bros' gangster-comedy-propaganda hybrid All Through The Night, 1942.
Peyton Place (1957) - Begin By Getting Out Fairly pointed first conference between new high school principal Rossi (Lee Philips) and frosty single mom Constance (Lana Turer), under the pretense of discussing her daughter, in Mark Robson's film from the Grace Metalious novel, Peyton Place, 1957.
Breaking Point, The (1952) - Sporting Blood Fishing boat captain Harry (John Garfield), ducking hustler Duncan (Wallace Ford), finds first the girlfriend (Patricia Neal), then his fare (Ralph Dummke), in a Mexican bar, in The Breaking Point, 1952, from Hemingway's To Have And Have Not.
Breaking Point, The (1952) - Chinese It Talks Stiffed by his charter fare in Mexico, captain Harry (John Garfield) takes up Hannagan (Wallace Ford) on an offer to talk to a smuggler (Victor Sen Yung), in The Breaking Point, 1952, Michael Curtiz directing, from Hemingway's To Have And Have Not.
Breaking Point, The (1952) - You Know How It Is John Garfield narrating the opening to his second-to-last film, as "Harry Morgan," in the second and more faithful version of Hemingway's To Have And Have Not, Phyllis Thaxter his wife, in The Breaking Point, 1950.
Brother Rat (1938) - How Do You Keep From Getting Caught? Girl-crazy VMI cadet Billy (Wayne Morris), with distracted roommate Bing (Eddie Albert), awaits his slightly stand-offish girlfriend, local belle Joyce (Priscilla Lane) and her college roommate Claire (Jane Wyman), in town for the big baseball weekend before graduation, early in Warner Bros.’ Brother Rat, 1938.
Brother Rat (1938) - Youthful High Spirits Opening with exteriors from the real Virginia Military Institute where the story takes place, with the Stonewall Jackson statue, we meet ballplayer-cadets Wayne Morris as Billy, Eddie Albert as Bing, Ronald Reagan as catcher Dan, and “rats” William Tracey as Misto and Johnnie Davis as Townsend, in Warner Bros.’ Brother Rat, 1938.
Brother Rat (1938) - An All-Around Man Big reveal here as we find out why Virginia Military Institute cadet and star pitcher Bing (Eddie Albert, in his first picture, in a role he originated on Broadway) has been so anxious for the arrival of his girl Kate (Jane Bryan) before the big game weekend, and she has a big surprise, in the Warner Bros’ hit Brother Rat, 1938.
Let's Make Love (1960) - Title Song Billionaire Clement (Yves Montand) is still incognito, but jealous as he watches Amanda (Marilyn Monroe) perform the movie's title song by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, with her theater co-star (Frankie Vaughan), in George Cukor's Let's Make Love, 1960.
Let's Make Love (1960) - I Can Practice On You Jet-set zillionaire Clement (Yves Montand), with aide Coffman (Tony Randall) drops by try-outs for a play in which he, among others, will be mocked, winds up enthralled by performer Amanda (Marilyn Monroe), until the director assumes he's in for an audition, in Let's Make Love, 1960.
Let's Make Love (1960) - To See What You're Like Following a comic prologue, French playboy magnate Clement (Yves Montand) is surrounded by sycophants, soon including Wales (Wilfrid Hyde White) and Coffman (Tony Randall) from PR, early in George Cukor's Let's Make Love, 1960.
In Caliente (1935) - Get Me Some Gay And Frisky Zippy opening, screenplay by Jerry Wald and Julius Epstein, story Ralph Block and Warren Duff, Pat O’Brien and Edward Everett Horton as partners in a New York entertainment rag, chewing through staff (Florence Fair, James Donlan etc.) and evading probably treacherous Glenda Farrell as Clara, in In Caliente, 1935, starring Dolores Del Rio.

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