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Mark Robson

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Mark Robson 4 December 1913 – 20 June 1978 was a Canadian-born film director, producer and editor Robson began his 45-year career in Hollywood as a film editor He later began working as a director and producer He directed thirty-four films during his career including The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1955, Peyton Place 1957, for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination, Von Ryan's Express 1965 and Valley of the Dolls 1967

Robson died of a heart attack after shooting his final film, Avalanche Express, in 1978 The film was released a year after his death


  • 1 Early life and career
  • 2 Death
  • 3 Filmography
    • 31 Editor
    • 32 Director
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life and careeredit

Born in Montreal, Quebec, he attended Roslyn High School and Westmount High School in Montreal1 He later studied at the University of California, Los Angeles and Pacific Coast University School of Law2 Robson then found work in the prop department at 20th Century Fox studios He eventually went to work at RKO Pictures where he began training as a film editor3

In 1940 he worked as an assistant to Robert Wise on the editing of Citizen Kane in addition to several other films4 Both he and Wise benefited tremendously from producer and screenwriter Val Lewton, who promoted Robson from film editor to production assistant and later to director In 1943, at the insistence of Lewton, Robson assisted Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur in a series of low-budget horror films produced by Val Lewton, including Cat People and I Walked with a Zombie Later, Lewton was instrumental in promoting Robson to the director's chair for films such as The Seventh Victim 1943, Robson's first directing credit and the troubled Isle of the Dead 1945

His success at RKO lead to work on major film projects and in 1949 he was nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for his work on the film noir drama Champion That same year, he directed the popular romance My Foolish Heart and Home of the Brave, one of the first films to deal with the issue of racism Robson briefly brought back his old mentor Val Lewton with fellow protégé Robert Wise in a partnership for film and television production, only to drop the ailing Lewton without explanation a few months later Robson was nominated by the DGA again for the war drama The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1955, starring William Holden and Grace Kelly

In 1958, Robson was nominated for an Academy Award for Directing for the major box office success Peyton Place and again the following year for directing Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness56 For these films he also received his third and fourth Directors Guild of America nominations Robson also produced a number of films which he also directed including Von Ryan's Express in 1965 He directed 1967's Valley of the Dolls, a film panned by the critics but a success at the box office7 In 1974 he directed Earthquake, the film that introduced "Sensurround"8


On 20 June 1978, Robson died of a heart attack in London after completing Avalanche Express The film was released a year after his death9 He is interred in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles10

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Mark Robson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1722 Vine Street3



  • Citizen Kane 1941, assistant editor, uncredited
  • The Magnificent Ambersons 1942, assistant editor, uncredited
  • Mail Trouble 1942
  • The Falcon's Brother 1942
  • Cat People 1942
  • Journey into Fear 1943
  • I Walked with a Zombie 1943
  • The Leopard Man 1943


  • The Seventh Victim 1943
  • The Ghost Ship 1943
  • Youth Runs Wild 1944
  • Isle of the Dead 1945
  • Bedlam 1946
  • Champion 1949
  • Roughshod 1949
  • Home of the Brave 1949
  • My Foolish Heart 1949
  • Edge of Doom 1950
  • Bright Victory 1951
  • I Want You 1951
  • Return to Paradise 1953, director and producer
  • Hell Below Zero 1954
  • Phffft! 1954
  • The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1955
  • A Prize of Gold 1955
  • Trial 1955
  • The Harder They Fall 1956
  • The Little Hut 1957, director and producer
  • Peyton Place 1957
  • The Inn of the Sixth Happiness 1958
  • From the Terrace 1960, director and producer
  • The Inspector 1962, director and producer
  • Nine Hours to Rama 1963, director and producer
  • The Prize 1963
  • Von Ryan's Express 1965
  • Lost Command 1966, director and producer
  • Valley of the Dolls 1967, director and producer
  • Daddy's Gone A-Hunting 1969, director and producer
  • Happy Birthday, Wanda June 1971, director and producer
  • Limbo 1972
  • Earthquake 1974, director and producer
  • Avalanche Express 1979, director and producer


  1. ^ "On & Off the Record: Show Business" The Montreal Gazette 1967-07-17 p 4 Retrieved 23 November 2012 
  2. ^ Blau, Eleanor 1978-06-22 "Mark Robson, Film Director, Dies; Did 'Champion' and 'Earthquake'; Praised by Critic Directed 'Bright Victory'" The New York Times p D19  |access-date= requires |url= help
  3. ^ a b Lindgren, Kris "Mark Robson" latimescom Retrieved 23 November 2012 
  4. ^ "Robert Wise, Film Director, Dies at 91" nytimescom 2005-09-16 Retrieved 22 November 2012 
  5. ^ "Guinness, Kerr Head Academy Award Lists" Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 1958-02-18 p 5 Retrieved 23 November 2012 
  6. ^ Gardner, RH 1959-03-01 "Oscar Derby--Our Critic's Comments" The Baltimore Sun  |access-date= requires |url= help
  7. ^ Thomas, Tony 1968-05-24 "Dolls warned to avoid valley" The Phoenix p 10 Retrieved 22 November 2012 
  8. ^ Kapica, Jack 1975-01-08 "Earthquake sharing things up inside the theatres-and out" The Montreal Gazette p 39 Retrieved 22 November 2012 
  9. ^ Canby, Vincent 1979-11-12 "'Avalanche Express' Is Tacky Melodrama" Youngstown Vindicator p 36 Retrieved 23 November 2012 
  10. ^ Mark Robson at Find a Grave

External linksedit

  • Mark Robson on Internet Movie Database

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