Irving Allen


Director, Producer

About

Birth Place
Poland
Born
November 24, 1905
Died
December 17, 1987

Biography

Irving Allen entered film as an editor at Universal, Paramount and Republic in 1929. During the 1940s, Allen directed a number of superb shorts (including the Academy Award-nominated "Forty Boys and a Song" 1941) which often won more acclaim than his low-budget features. In the late 40s, Allen wisely began to shift from the director's chair to the producer's. He won an Oscar for producin...

Biography

Irving Allen entered film as an editor at Universal, Paramount and Republic in 1929. During the 1940s, Allen directed a number of superb shorts (including the Academy Award-nominated "Forty Boys and a Song" 1941) which often won more acclaim than his low-budget features. In the late 40s, Allen wisely began to shift from the director's chair to the producer's. He won an Oscar for producing the 1947 two-reel short "Climbing the Matterhorn." In the early 50s, he formed Warwick Productions with Albert R. Broccoli, making films in both the USA and England. Turning solo producer in 1960, Allen was responsible for the Matt Helm series, "The Silencers" (1966), "The Ambushers" (1967) and "The Wrecking Crew" (1969).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

New Mexico (1951)
2nd Unit Director
Slaughter Trail (1951)
Director
16 Fathoms Deep (1948)
Director
High Conquest (1947)
Director
Climbing the Matterhorn (1947)
Director
Avalanche (1946)
Director
Strange Voyage (1946)
Director

Producer (Feature Film)

Matt Helm (1975)
Executive Producer
Sudden Terror (1971)
Executive Producer
Cromwell (1970)
Producer
The Desperados (1969)
Producer
The Wrecking Crew (1969)
Producer
Hammerhead (1968)
Producer
The Ambushers (1967)
Producer
Murderers' Row (1966)
Producer
The Silencers (1966)
Producer
Genghis Khan (1965)
Producer
Johnny Nobody (1965)
Executive Producer
The Long Ships (1964)
Producer
The Hellions (1962)
Executive Producer
Killers of Kilimanjaro (1960)
Producer
Jazz Boat (1960)
Executive Producer
The Trials Of Oscar Wilde (1960)
Executive Producer
The Bandit of Zhobe (1959)
Producer
High Flight (1958)
Executive Producer
Tank Force (1958)
Producer
The Man Inside (1958)
Producer
How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1958)
Executive Producer
Pickup Alley (1957)
Producer
Fire Down Below (1957)
Producer
The Cockleshell Heroes (1956)
Executive Producer
The Gamma People (1956)
Executive Producer
Odongo (1956)
Executive Producer
Zarak (1956)
Producer
A Prize of Gold (1955)
Executive Producer
Paratrooper (1954)
Producer
The Black Knight (1954)
Producer
Hell Below Zero (1954)
Producer
New Mexico (1951)
Producer
Slaughter Trail (1951)
Producer
The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1950)
Producer
16 Fathoms Deep (1948)
Producer
High Conquest (1947)
Producer
Climbing the Matterhorn (1947)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

The Desperados (1969)
Company
Run Wild, Run Free (1969)
Company
The Ambushers (1967)
Company
Murderers' Row (1966)
Company
The Hellions (1962)
Company
New Mexico (1951)
Company
The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1950)
Company

Director (Short)

Forty Boys and a Song (1941)
Director

Producer (Short)

Give Us the Earth! (1947)
Producer

Life Events

1929

First film as editor

1929

Worked as film editor at Universal, Paramount and Republic

1946

First film as director, "Strange Voyage"

1948

First film as co-producer, "16 Fathoms Deep"

1950

First film as solo producer, "Man on the Eiffel Tower"

Videos

Movie Clip

Ambushers, The (1967) - I've Got Relatives There Now in Acapulco, Dean Martin as photographer-playboy secret agent Matt Helm with Janice Rule as Sheila, the rescued formerly brainwashed astronaut helping him find her abductors, posing as newlyweds, observing the chopper arrival of villain Albert Salmi, when Francesca (Senta Berger) introduces herself, in the 3rd Helm feature, The Ambushers, 1967.
Silencers, The (1966) - This Is Mrs. Helm Now in Phoenix, coaxed from retirement to investigate a scheme to sabotage a nuclear test, secret agent Matt Helm (Dean Martin, in his debut in the spy-comedy series) meets Stella Stevens as clumsy and under-clothed Gail, his colleague Tina (Daliah Lavi) soon arriving, Robert Webber on the poolside keyboard, in The Silencers, 1966.
Ambushers, The (1967) - I Go Pretty Fast Little besides clever skimpy outfits for the first scene with Dean Martin in the lead role in the third film in the Matt Helm spy-spoof series, first with Linda Foster, then Janice Rule whom we saw captured and maybe-brainwashed in the opening, in The Ambushers 1967, also starring Senta Berger.
Murderers' Row (1966) - Code Name Eric Montage of secret agents being rubbed-out brings us to Matt Helm (Dean Martin), shooting "Miss January" (Corinne Cole) and nuzzling aide "Lovey" (Beverly Adams), early in Murderer's Row, 1966.
Murderers' Row (1966) - Open, Dream Has Come True With a neat shift from Lalo Schifrin music grooviness to evil-apocalyptic spy spoof, the opening of the 1966 "Matt Helm" feature Murderers' Row, starring Dean Martin, Ann-Margret and Karl Malden.
Cromwell (1970) - He Has Spoken Treason! Richard Harris as the Protestant firebrand and title character, first in a chance encounter with Robert Morley as the Earl of Manchester, defending lowly Carter (Frank Finlay), then blowing up in church, early in Ken Hughes' fictionalized bio-pic Cromwell, 1970.
Cromwell (1970) - Democracy, Sir! cromwell70_democracysir_FC_235a
Gamma People, The (1956) - It's A Pagan Rite Stranded and already suspicious newsmen Mike (Paul Douglas) and Howard (Leslie Phillips), agree not to reveal Boronski (Walter Rilla) to the outside world, as they visit Paula (Eva Bartok) in art class with Aryan Hugo (Michael Caridia), in The Gamma People, 1956.
Gamma People, The (1956) - Sentimental Noise Stuck in a hotel in a country they've never heard of, reporters Mike and Howard (Paul Douglas, Leslie Phillips) see pianist Hedda (Pauline Drewett), scolded by Hugo (Michael Caridia), tutor Paula (Eva Bartok) intervening and maid Anna (Jackie Lane) resuming service, in The Gamma People, 1956.
Gamma People, The (1956) - A Thing Without A Mind Puzzled reporters Mike (Paul Douglas) and Howard (Leslie Phillips) jailed in the unknown republic of Gudavia, introduction of scientists Boronski (Walter Rilla), Blikstein (Olaf Pooley) and Paula (Eva Bartok), the colonel (Philip Leaver) panicking, early in The Gamma People 1956.

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