Walter Wanger


Producer

About

Also Known As
Walter Feuchtwanger
Birth Place
San Francisco, California, USA
Born
July 11, 1894
Died
November 18, 1968
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Produced a Broadway play before serving as an officer with Army Intelligence in WWI and a staffer with President Wilson's negotiating team at the Paris Peace Conference. Wanger went on to become a producer with Paramount, finally attaining the position of production chief. He served in similar posts with Columbia and MGM before establishing himself as an independent producer, shepherding...

Photos & Videos

Sundown - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Sundown - Movie Posters
Sundown - Pressbook

Family & Companions

Joan Bennett
Wife
Actor. Second wife; married 1940, divorced 1962.

Bibliography

"Walter Wanger: Hollywood Independent"
Matthew Bernstein, University of Minnesota Press (2000)

Biography

Produced a Broadway play before serving as an officer with Army Intelligence in WWI and a staffer with President Wilson's negotiating team at the Paris Peace Conference.

Wanger went on to become a producer with Paramount, finally attaining the position of production chief. He served in similar posts with Columbia and MGM before establishing himself as an independent producer, shepherding such excellent films as the Garbo vehicle, "Queen Christina" (1933), John Ford's classic western, "Stagecoach" (1939), Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent" (1940), Fritz Lang's "Scarlet Street" (1945) and the sci-fi melodrama, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1955).

Wanger was married to second wife Joan Bennett from 1940, a union not without scandal. In 1951, a jealous Wanger shot Bennett's agent, Jennings Lang, in the groin; Wanger was convicted and served a short jail sentence. He and Bennett were reconciled in 1953 and he widowed her in 1968.

Filmography

 

Producer (Feature Film)

Cleopatra (1963)
Producer
I Want to Live! (1958)
Producer
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Producer
Navy Wife (1956)
Producer
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
Producer
Fort Vengeance (1953)
Producer
The Three-D Follies (1953)
Producer
Lady in the Iron Mask (1952)
Producer
Aladdin and His Lamp (1952)
Associate Producer
Tulsa (1949)
Producer
The Reckless Moment (1949)
Producer
The Black Book (1949)
Executive Producer
Tap Roots (1948)
Producer
Secret Beyond the Door (1948)
Presented By
Joan of Arc (1948)
Producer
The Lost Moment (1947)
Producer
Smash Up--The Story of a Woman (1947)
Producer
Canyon Passage (1946)
Presented By
A Night in Paradise (1946)
Producer
Salome, Where She Danced (1945)
Presented By
Ladies Courageous (1944)
Presented By
Ladies Courageous (1944)
Producer
Gung Ho! (1943)
Presented By
We've Never Been Licked (1943)
Presented By
We've Never Been Licked (1943)
Producer
Gung Ho! (1943)
Producer
Arabian Nights (1942)
Presented By
Arabian Nights (1942)
Producer
Eagle Squadron (1942)
Producer
Sundown (1941)
Presented By
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Presented By
The House Across the Bay (1940)
Presented By
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
Presented By
The House Across the Bay (1940)
Producer
Slightly Honorable (1939)
Presented By
Stagecoach (1939)
Presented By
Eternally Yours (1939)
Presented By
Winter Carnival (1939)
Presented By
I Met My Love Again (1938)
Presented By
Blockade (1938)
Presented By
Trade Winds (1938)
Presented By
Algiers (1938)
Presented By
History Is Made at Night (1937)
Associate Producer
52nd Street (1937)
Presented By
History Is Made at Night (1937)
Presented By
You Only Live Once (1937)
Presented By
Walter Wanger's Vogues of 1938 (1937)
Presented By
Stand-In (1937)
Presented By
The President Vanishes (1935)
Presented By
Going Hollywood (1933)
Producer
Another Language (1933)
Associate Producer
Gabriel over the White House (1933)
Producer
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
Producer
Queen Christina (1933)
Producer
Applause (1930)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Navy Wife (1956)
Company
The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954)
Company
Fort Vengeance (1953)
Company
Kansas Pacific (1953)
Company
Aladdin and His Lamp (1952)
Company
Battle Zone (1952)
Company
Tap Roots (1948)
Company
Canyon Passage (1946)
Company
Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935)
Company
Shanghai (1935)
Company

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (1984)
Other

Cast (Short)

Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
Himself

Life Events

Photo Collections

Sundown - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Walter Wanger's Sundown (1941), directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Gene Tierney and Bruce Cabot.
Sundown - Movie Posters
Here are a few movie posters from Walter Wanger's Sundown (1941), starring Gene Tierney and Bruce Cabot. Posters on view include a few from the original release as well as from later reissues.
Sundown - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for the 1948 reissue of Walter Wanger's Sundown (1941). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
The House Across the Bay - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from The House Across the Bay (1940), starring George Raft and Joan Bennett. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The House Across the Bay - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Walter Wanger's The House Across the Bay (1940), starring George Raft and Joan Bennett. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) - Uncle Ira Was Uncle Ira Well into the flashback from unglued suburban doctor Miles (Kevin McCarthy), he recalls telling anxious Wilma (Virginia Christine) that her uncle (Tom Fadden) appears unchanged, her cousin Becky (Dana Wynter) trying to reassure, early in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) - Where's Your Girlfriend's Double? Town shrink Dan (Larry Gates) is the naysayer, though we know doc Miles (Kevin McCarthy) did see a dormant body double of his girlfriend, and with Jack (King Donovan) saw another, dad Driscoll (Kenneth Patterson) and a cop (Guy Wray) annoyed, in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) - It's No Dead Man So far doc Miles (Kevin McCarthy), newly enchanted by his old high school flame Becky (Dana Wynter), has heard only of a widespread delusion in town, but writer pal Jack (King Donovan) and wife (Carolyn Jones) have found something way more weird, in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Bitter Tea Of General Yen (1933) - Ready For The Slaughter Second scene for Barbara Stanwyck as Megan, arrived in strife-torn China to marry her missionary fiancè (Gavin Gordon, who appears shortly), with Clara Blandick her (probably racist) host, wondering aloud about an encounter with the title character, whose name she didn’t get, Frank Capra directing, in Columbia’s The Bitter Tea Of General Yen, 1933.
Bitter Tea Of General Yen, The (1933) - It Will Do You Good Innocent American Megan (Barbara Stanwyck), having been separated from her missionary fiancè in a riot t in revolutionary China, awakens to meet Mah-Li (Toshia Mori) for the first time and General Yen (Nils Asther), her somewhat scary rescuer, for the second, in Frank Capra's The Bitter Tea Of General Yen, 1933.
Bitter Tea Of General Yen, The (1933) - For Some Nameless Brats? Chinese warlord General Yen (Nils Asther) is counseled by his crooked American business associate Jones (Walter Connolly) and unmoved by brave missionary Dr. Bob Strike (Gavin Gordon, fiancè of top-billed Barbara Stanwyck) in Frank Capra's The Bitter Tea Of General Yen, 1933.
Bitter Tea Of General Yen, The (1933) - The Third Invitation American missionary bride and semi-willing captive Megan (Barbara Stanwyck) is startled from a nap (actually an erotic dream in which he himself appeared_ by General Yen (Nils Asther) but once more rebuffs his advances in Frank Capra's The Bitter Tea Of General Yen, 1933.
Bitter Tea Of General Yen (1933) - I Learned A Terrible Lesson Framing and scale from Columbia and director Frank Capra, opening the first feature shown (to surprisingly weak box office) at Radio City Music Hall, Clara Blandick greeting fellow missionaries in China, Emmett Corrigan the sanguine bishop, in The Bitter Tea Of General Yen, 1933, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther.
Bitter Tea Of General Yen (1933) - Megan Dreams Much remarked upon sequence, stretching Production Code boundaries, Barbara Stanwyck as Megan, the American bride-to-be, somewhat willingly in the maybe-protective custody of the powerful Chinese warlord title character, played by Swedish-born Nils Asther, dozes into provocative realms, directed by Frank Capra, in The Bitter Tea Of General Yen, 1933.
Queen Christina (1933) - I Have No Time To Soothe You First appearance by Greta Garbo, now grown up, as the Swedish queen, a historical figure, consulting with her chancellor (Lewis Stone) and her (turns out to be...) amorous treasurer (Ian Keith), early in MGM's Queen Christina, also starring John Gilbert.
Queen Christina (1933) - I Give Her Up Gladly Chat about the chambermaid (Barbara Barondess), as Greta Garbo (title character) prepares to share lodgings at a Swedish inn with fellow traveler and gentleman, Spanish ambassador Don Antonio (John Gilbert), who doesn't know she's a girl, or royal, in Rouben Mamoulian's Queen Christina, 1933.
Kansas Pacific (1953) - Bleeding Kansas From the opening credits, Barton MacLane as railroad man Bruce, Harry Shannon the crusty engineer "Smokestack," Douglas Fowley with the gun among the Confederate-backed vandals, in Kansas Pacific, 1953, starring Sterling Hayden.

Trailer

I Want to Live! - (Original Trailer) The true story of a small-time lady crook who fought to escape the electric chair in I Want to Live! (1958), starring Susan Hayward.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) - (Original Trailer) Kevin McCarthy sees fit to address the audience directly in the trailer, sort-of, which on the whole seems appropriate, considering the premise, from the original Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Cleopatra (1963) -- (Original Trailer) Hefty trailer for the original release of the 20th Century-Fox epic, by then already famous for its gigantic cost and the affair between the stars, for Cleopatra, 1963, with Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Rex Harrison.
Foreign Correspondent - (Original Trailer) A camera with gun attachment, trick windmills and a mid-ocean plane crash are some of the predicaments facing Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940).
Another Language - (Original Trailer) When Helen Hayes marries Robert Montgomery, she inherits a monster mother-in-law in Another Language (1933).
Queen Christina - (Original Trailer) MGM goes for the momentous angle in this original trailer for Queen Christina, 1933, starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert, directed by Rouben Mamoulian.
Algiers (1938) - The Casbah Rises Goaded by Parisian cop Janvier (Paul Harvey), local chief Louvain (Walter Kingsford) launches impromptu oratory about the neighborhood, later supported by Slimane (Joseph Calleia), early in Algiers, 1938.
Going Hollywood - (Original Trailer) Bing Crosby is a radio crooner who is Going Hollywood (1933) with Marion Davies hot on his trail in a musical directed by Raoul Walsh.

Companions

Joan Bennett
Wife
Actor. Second wife; married 1940, divorced 1962.

Bibliography

"Walter Wanger: Hollywood Independent"
Matthew Bernstein, University of Minnesota Press (2000)