Edward Dmytryk

Director, Producer, Editor
As one of classic Hollywood's more prominent directors, Edward Dmytryk appeared primed for greatness following a string of successful movies in the 1940s, until he was blacklisted as one of the infamous Hollywood Ten ... Read more »
Born: 09/04/1908 in Grand Forks, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Director (43)

He Is My Brother 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Human Factor 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Bluebeard 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Anzio 1968 (Movie)

(English version) (Director)

Shalako 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Alvarez Kelly 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Mirage 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Carpetbaggers 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Where Love Has Gone 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Walk on the Wild Side 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Reluctant Saint 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Blue Angel 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Lions 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Warlock 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Raintree County 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mountain 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Soldier of Fortune 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The End of the Affair 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Left Hand of God 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Broken Lance 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Caine Mutiny 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Juggler 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Crossfire 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Back to Bataan 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

Hitler's Children 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

Emergency Squad 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

Television Spy 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Behind the Rising Sun (Movie)

(Director)

Captive Wild Woman (Movie)

(Director)

Cornered (Movie)

(Director)

Counter-Espionage (Movie)

(Director)

Golden Gloves (Movie)

(Director)

Her First Romance (Movie)

(Director)

Million Dollar Legs (Movie)

(Director)

Mutiny (Movie)

(Director)

Secrets of the Lone Wolf (Movie)

(Director)

So Well Remembered (Movie)

(Director)

Tender Comrade (Movie)

(Director)

The Blonde from Singapore (Movie)

(Director)

The Devil Commands (Movie)

(Director)

The Falcon Strikes Back (Movie)

(Director)

The Sniper (Movie)

(Director)

Under Age (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (14)

Montgomery Clift: The Hidden Star 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Anthony Quinn 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Dream Factory 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Marlon Brando, Wild One 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

When America Trembled -- Murrow/McCarthy 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Montgomery Clift: His Place in the Sun 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hollywood on Trial 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hollywood: The Golden Years (TV Show)

Actor
Editor (8)

Love Affair 1938 (Movie)

(Editor)

Some Like It Hot 1938 (Movie)

(Editor)

Zaza 1938 (Movie)

(Editor)

Belle of the Nineties 1933 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Royal Family of Broadway 1929 (Movie)

(Editor)

Bulldog Drummond's Peril (Movie)

(Editor)

Double or Nothing (Movie)

(Editor)

Ruggles of Red Gap (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (3)

The Reluctant Saint 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Warlock 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mountain 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

Bluebeard 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bluebeard 1972 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

As one of classic Hollywood's more prominent directors, Edward Dmytryk appeared primed for greatness following a string of successful movies in the 1940s, until he was blacklisted as one of the infamous Hollywood Ten following his refusal to name names to Congress during the Red Scare. Dmytryk started his filmmaking career as an editor and segued to directing by taking over production of "Million Dollar Legs" (1939). That led to a series of B-movies like "Golden Gloves" (1940) and "The Devil Command" (1941), until finally making the excellent film noir "Murder, My Sweet" (1944). From there, he entered his fruitful period with "Back to Bataan" (1945), Till the End of Time" (1946) and "So Well Remembered" (1947), before helming the politically-charged noir classic, "Crossfire" (1947). It was then that Dmytryk ran afoul of the House Un-American Activities Committee, leading to his blacklisting from Hollywood and a brief stint in jail after his return from exile in England. With the help of producer Stanley Kramer, Dmytryk revitalized his career with "The Caine Mutiny" (1954) and went on to make a number of quality films like "Broken Lance" (1954), "The End of the Affair" (1955), "Raintree Country" (1957) and "The Young Lions" (1958). Though his career sputtered in the following decade, Dmytryk managed to direct a few more hits and became one of the few blacklisted filmmakers to mount a bona fide comeback.

Relationships

Clara Mertz

Step-Mother

Arthur Dmytryk

Brother

Michael Dmytryk

Father
Ukranian immigrant

Frances Dmytryk

Mother
Ukranian immigrant died c. 1913

Rebecca Dmytryk

Daughter
mother, Jean Porter

Victoria Dmytryk

Daughter
mother, Jean Porter

Michael Dmytryk

Son
mother, Madeline Robinson

Richard Dmytryk

Son
born on July 29, 1949 died in December 1992 mother, Jean Porter

Jean Porter

Wife
born c. 1916 married from May 1948 until his death in July 1999

Madeline Robinson

Wife
married in 1932 divorced in 1947

EDUCATION

Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena , California
won scholarship to attend; dropped out after freshman year

Milestones

1986

Last feature film appearance, "50 Years of Action!", a salute to the Directors Guild of America

1979

Published autobiography "It's a Hell of a Life But Not a Bad Living"

1976

Appeared as one of the interviewees in the feature documentary, "Hollywood on Trial"

1976

Directed last feature, "He Is My Brother"

1966

Last US film for ten years, "Alvarez Kelly"; over the following decade made a handful of films in Great Britain and Italy

1956

First producing credit, "The Mountain", which he also directed

1952

Signed by producer Stanley Kramer to a four-picture contract

1952

Directed first US films in five years, "The Sniper" and "Mutiny", the latter also his first film in color

1951

Testified before HUAC in April and "named names"

1950

Returned to US to renew his passport; jailed for contempt of Congress; served six months

1949

Began directing films in UK

1947

Fired from RKO when Dmytryk was named before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC); Dmytryk was cited for contempt of Congress when he refused to testify and became one of the blacklisted "Hollywood Ten"

1943

Breakthrough film, "Murder, My Sweet"; also marked first collaboration with producer Adrian Scott and screenwriter John Paxton

1942

Signed seven-year contract with RKO; directed first "A"-budget film, "Tender Comrade"

1941

Moved to RKO

1940

Moved to Columbia

1939

Began to direct regularly for Paramount

1935

Film directing debut, "The Hawk"

1930

First film as editor, "Only Saps Work"

1929

Began working as a film cutter on Spanish-language versions of Paramount films

1927

Worked at Paramount Studios as projectionist

1925

Became part-time projectionist (date approximate)

1923

Left home at age 14; supported himself as messenger and office boy at Famous Players-Lasky studios (date approximate)

1913

Moved to California after mother's death (date approximate)

Born in Canada

Moved to England

Taught film at the University of Texas

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