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Pandro S. Berman

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Pandro Samuel Berman March 28, 1905 – July 13, 1996 also known as Pan Berman, was an American film producer


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 MGM
  • 3 Awards
  • 4 Death
  • 5 Selected filmography
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early lifeedit

Pandro Berman was born to a Jewish family12 in Pittsburgh in 1905 His father Henry Berman was general manager of Universal Pictures during Hollywood's formative years


Pandro was an assistant director during the 1920s under Mal St Clair and Ralph Ince In 1930, Berman was hired as a film editor at RKO Radio Pictures, then became an assistant producer When RKO supervising producer William LeBaron walked out during production of the ill-fated The Gay Diplomat 1931, Berman took over LeBaron's responsibilities, remaining in the post until 1939

After David O Selznick became chief of production at RKO in October 1931, Berman managed to survive Selznick's general firing of most of the staffcitation needed Selznick named Berman producer for the adaptation of Fannie Hurst's short story Night Bell, a tale of a Jewish doctor's rise out of the Lower East Side ghetto to the height of becoming a Park Avenue physician, which Selznick personally retitled Symphony of Six Million He ordered Berman to have references to ethnic life in the Jewish ghetto restored34 The movie was a box-office and critical success Both Selznick and Berman were proud of the picture, with Berman later saying it was the "first good movie" he had produced5

The Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals were in production during the Berman regime, Katharine Hepburn rose to prominence, and such RKO classics as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Gunga Din both 1939 were completed Berman was willing to give creative people plenty of elbow room, but there were limits; having been coaxed by Hepburn and director George Cukor to push through production of the 1936 film Sylvia Scarlett, Berman reportedly reacted to the poor audience response to that film the worst in RKO's historycitation needed by telling Hepburn and Cukor that he never wanted to see their faces againcitation needed


Upset when an RKO power-play diminished his authority, Berman left for MGM in 1940, where he oversaw such productions as Ziegfeld Girl 1941, National Velvet 1944, The Bribe 1949, Father of the Bride 1950, Blackboard Jungle 1955 and BUtterfield 8 1960

He survived several executive shake-ups at MGM and remained there until 1963, then went into independent production, closing out his career with the unsuccessful Move 1970


Berman was the winner of the 1976 Irving G Thalberg Memorial Award Six of his films were nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture: The Gay Divorcee 1934, Alice Adams and Top Hat both 1935, Stage Door 1937, Father of the Bride 1950, and Ivanhoe 1952


Berman died of congestive heart failure on July 13, 1996 in his Beverly Hills home, aged 91 He was buried at the Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California6

Selected filmographyedit

  • Stocks and Blondes 1928
  • Symphony of Six Million 1932
  • One Man's Journey 1933
  • The Little Minister 1934
  • The Gay Divorcee 1934
  • Wednesday's Child 1934
  • Of Human Bondage 1934
  • Alice Adams 1935
  • Top Hat 1935
  • Swing Time 1936
  • Mary of Scotland 1936
  • Shall We Dance 1937; uncredited
  • Stage Door 1937
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939
  • Ziegfeld Girl 1941
  • Rio Rita 1942
  • Dragon Seed 1944
  • National Velvet 1944
  • Song of Russia 1944; uncredited
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945
  • If Winter Comes 1947
  • The Three Musketeers 1948
  • The Bribe 1949
  • Madame Bovary 1949
  • Father of the Bride 1950
  • Ivanhoe 1952
  • The Prisoner of Zenda 1952
  • Knights of the Round Table 1953
  • The Long, Long Trailer 1954
  • Blackboard Jungle 1955
  • Bhowani Junction 1956
  • Tea and Sympathy 1956
  • Jailhouse Rock 1957
  • The Brothers Karamazov 1958
  • The Reluctant Debutante 1958
  • BUtterfield 8 1960
  • Sweet Bird of Youth 1962
  • A Patch of Blue 1965


  1. ^ The Jewish Chronicle: "Revealed: the truth about the ‘Jewish’ Hollywood" by Michael Freedland September 5, 2015
  2. ^ Allan, John B July 5, 2011 Elizabeth Taylor Blackbird Books 
  3. ^ "Symphony Of Six Million – 1932" The Irene Dunne Site Retrieved September 21, 2013 
  4. ^ Doherty, Thomas Summer 2011 "Symphony of Six Million" Cineaste XXXVII 1 Retrieved September 21, 2013 
  5. ^ Arnold, Jeremy "Symphony of Six Million" Turner Classic Movies Retrieved September 21, 2013 
  6. ^ Pandro Samuel Berman at Find a Grave

External linksedit

  • Pandro S Berman on Internet Movie Database
  • Pandro S Berman Papers at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research

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