Gerd Oswald

Director, Associate producer, Talent
Gerd Oswald has never been heralded as a heavy-hitting auteur by the majority of critics. And while his films lack the sort of flamboyant stylistic techniques or complex thematic concerns that separate a true auteur ... Read more »
Born: 06/08/1919 in Berlin, DE

Filmography

Director (20)

The Fugitive 1958 - 1960, 1963 - 1972, 1985 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

The Twilight Zone 1958 - 1960, 1963 - 1972, 1985 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Gentle Ben 1958 - 1960, 1963 - 1972 (Tv Show)

Director

It Takes a Thief 1958 - 1960, 1966 - 1972 (Tv Show)

Director

Nichols 1958 - 1960, 1971 - 1972 (Tv Show)

Director

The Felony Squad 1958 - 1960, 1966 - 1972 (Tv Show)

Director

The Outer Limits 1958 - 1960, 1963 - 1972 (Tv Show)

Director

Bunny O'Hare 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Eighty Steps to Jonah 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Star Trek 1966 - 1967 (Tv Show)

Director

Agent For H.A.R.M. 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Saddle 1958 - 1960 (Tv Show)

Director

Die Schachnovelle 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Paris Holiday 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Screaming Mimi 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Crime of Passion 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Fury at Showdown 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Valerie 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

A Kiss Before Dying 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Brass Legend 1956 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

Bunny O'Hare 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Eighty Steps to Jonah 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Man on a Tightrope 1953 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Writer (2)

Eighty Steps to Jonah 1969 (Movie)

(From Story)

Die Schachnovelle 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Gerd Oswald has never been heralded as a heavy-hitting auteur by the majority of critics. And while his films lack the sort of flamboyant stylistic techniques or complex thematic concerns that separate a true auteur director from his jobbing colleagues, Oswald was a consummate craftsman who distinguished himself with a series of modest Westerns and noirish thrillers, as well as memorable television work. His most famous feature film is the 1956 melodramatic thriller "A Kiss Before Dying", starring Robert Wagner as a murderous college student who attempts to lead a normal life after killing his girlfriend, played by Joanne Woodward. Based on the novel by Ira Levin, the film is a sharply stylish entertainment. Oswald also directed the effectively unnerving noir "The Screaming Mimi", based on the Fredric Brown novel of the same name, which served as the basis for Dario Argento's first film, "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage". Some of Oswald's notable Westerns include "The Brass Legend" and "Fury at Showdown". He also directed several episodes of "The Outer Limits", as well as two memorable "Star Trek" episodes, "The Alternative Factor" and "The Conscience of the King."

Relationships

Richard Oswald

Father
Austrian

Richard Oswald

Son

Kate Waldeck

Mother

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