Paul Wendkos


Director
Paul Wendkos

About

Birth Place
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
September 20, 1922
Died
November 12, 2009
Cause of Death
Lung Infection

Biography

Capable technician who directed episodes of TV's "Naked City" and "Mr. Novak" and made several documentaries before moving on to feature work in 1957. Wendkos' first film was "The Burglar," an off-beat film noir which has generated some cult interest, partly thanks to an atypically restrained performance by Jayne Mansfield. Other early features, such as "Angel Baby" (1960), displayed som...

Biography

Capable technician who directed episodes of TV's "Naked City" and "Mr. Novak" and made several documentaries before moving on to feature work in 1957. Wendkos' first film was "The Burglar," an off-beat film noir which has generated some cult interest, partly thanks to an atypically restrained performance by Jayne Mansfield. Other early features, such as "Angel Baby" (1960), displayed some visual flair but later work was increasingly routine. Since the early 1970s, Wendkos has done the bulk of his directing for TV: among his well-received dramas are "Honor Thy Father" (1973), "79 Park Avenue" (1978) and "The Ordeal of Patty Hearst" (1979).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Different (1999)
Director
Crimes of Passion: Edna Buchanan's "Nobody Lives Forever" (1998)
Director
A Wing and a Prayer (1998)
Director
A Match Made in Heaven (1997)
Director
The Chase (1991)
Director
The White Hot: Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd (1991)
Director
Guilty Until Proven Innocent (1991)
Director
Good Cops, Bad Cops: The Biggest Heist in History (1990)
Director
The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988)
Director
Right to Die (1987)
Director
Six Against the Rock (1987)
Director
Sister Margaret and the Saturday Night Ladies (1987)
Director
Blood Vows:Story Of A Mafia Wife (1987)
Director
The Bad Seed (1985)
Director
Picking Up the Pieces (1985)
Director
The Execution (1985)
Director
Scorned And Swindled (1984)
Director
The Awakening of Candra (1983)
Director
Cocaine: One Man's Seduction (1983)
Director
Intimate Agony (1983)
Director
Farrell for the People (1982)
Director
Golden Gate (1981)
Director
The Five Of Me (1981)
Director
A Cry for Love (1980)
Director
The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980)
Director
Act of Violence (1979)
Director
The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (1979)
Director
Betrayal (1978)
Director
The Death of Richie (1977)
Director
Good Against Evil (1977)
Director
Secrets (1977)
Director
Special Delivery (1976)
Director
Death Among Friends (1975)
Director
The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975)
Director
The Underground Man (1974)
Director
Honor Thy Father (1973)
Director
Terror on the Beach (1973)
Director
Footsteps (1972)
Director
Family Rico (1972)
Director
Haunts of the Very Rich (1972)
Director
The Strangers in 7A (1972)
Director
The Delphi Bureau (1972)
Director
The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
Director
A Death of Innocence (1971)
Director
Travis Logan, D.A. (1971)
Director
A Tattered Web (1971)
Director
A Little Game (1971)
Director
Hell Boats (1970)
Director
Cannon for Cordoba (1970)
Director
Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
Director
Attack on the Iron Coast (1968)
Director
Johnny Tiger (1966)
Director
Gidget Goes to Rome (1963)
Director
Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)
Director
Angel Baby (1961)
Director
Because They're Young (1960)
Director
Gidget (1959)
Director
Battle of the Coral Sea (1959)
Director
Face of a Fugitive (1959)
Director
The Case Against Brooklyn (1958)
Director
Tarawa Beachhead (1958)
Director
The Burglar (1957)
Director

Producer (Feature Film)

The Chase (1991)
Producer
Stalk the Wild Child (1976)
Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

The Burglar (1957)
Editing

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Heavy Petting (1988)
Other

Director (Special)

Big John (1983)
Director
333 Montgomery (1960)
Director

Cast (Special)

Sandra Dee (2000)
Interviewee

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

Harold Robbins' "79 Park Avenue" (1977)
Producer

Life Events

1957

Film directing debut, "The Burglar"

Videos

Movie Clip

Gidget Goes To Rome (1963) - I'll Hit 'Em With Rome! Starting in Malibu, Cindy Carol introduced in the title role (the 3rd, after Sandra Dee and Deborah Walley), with girlfriends Libby and Lucy (Trudi Ames, Noreen Corcoran), then James Darren as Jeff (a.k.a. “Moondoggie”), with pals Joby Baker and Peter Brooks, in Gidget Goes To Rome, 1963.
Gidget Goes To Rome (1963) - Any Reference To My Age Just landed in Rome, James Darren as Jeff, (a.k.a. Moondoggie), with Peter Brooks and Joby Baker, greeting Jessie Royce Landis, his aunt and their chaperone, and the gals (Cindy Carol as Gidget, with Trudi Ames and Noreen Corcoran) playing along, in Gidget Goes To Rome, 1963.
Gidget Goes To Rome (1963) - Big Italian Moon On location in Rome, James Darren as Jeff (whom she still calls “Moondoggie”) and Cindy Carol (title character), on their vacation from California, musing about the eternal city with an original song by George David Weiss and Al Kasha, in Columbia’s Gidget Goes To Rome, 1963.
Gidget (1959) - Getting Straignt A's A learning-to-surf sequence, Francie (Sandra Dee) with girlfriend B-L (Sue George), the Kahoona (Cliff Robertson), her parents (Arthur O'Connell, Mary LaRoche) and snubbed by Moondoggie (James Darren) in Gidget, 1959.
Gidget (1959) - Before You Melt Moondoggie (James Darren), the Kahoona (Cliff Robertson) and the gang enjoy the first successful surf ride by Francie (Sandra Dee), who then exchanges snark with Joanne (Shari Layne) in Gidget, 1959.
Gidget (1959) - Moondoggie Having blown off her boy-crazy peers on the beach, and before she gets nicknamed for being a girl-midget, teenage Francie (Frances Dee) gets stuck in a bed of kelp and is rescued by surfer Moondoggie (James Darren), in Gidget, 1959.
Angel Baby (1961) - Brambles In Your Path Preacher Paul (George Hamilton) conversing with Jenny (Salome Jens), his new protege whom he's recently healed, when they're joined by his older and chillier wife Sarah (Mercedes McCambridge), early in Angel Baby, 1961.
Angel Baby (1961) - Appointment With God George Hamilton convincing as revivalist Paul Strand, in the opening of director Paul Wendkos' Angel Baby, 1961, also starring Mercedes McCambridge, and Salome Jens, as mute Jenny, with Burt Reynolds as her assailant.
Angel Baby (1961) - Arouse The Passions Jenny (Salome Jens), the newly saved member of the evangelical troupe, widely admired by male followers, is persuaded by Mollie (Joan Blondell) to support preacher Paul (George Hamilton), in presenting an "Illustrated Sermon," in Angel Baby, 1961.

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