Joseph M Schenck

Executive, Producer, Errand boy
Russian immigrant who began acquiring amusement parks with his brother Nicholas in the teens and soon became allied with the Loew organization, where he graduated to a senior executive position. Schenck left Loew's in ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1878 in Russia

Filmography

Producer (19)

College 1927 (Movie)

(Producer)

Battling Butler 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)

The General 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)

Go West 1925 (Movie)

(Producer)

Seven Chances 1925 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sherlock, Jr. 1923 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cops 1921 (Movie)

(Producer)

Graustark 1915 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (Movie)

(Producer)

Du Barry, Woman of Passion (Movie)

(Producer)

East Is West (Movie)

(Producer)

Eternal Love (Movie)

(Producer)

Kiki (Movie)

(Producer)

New York Nights (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bad One (Movie)

(Producer)

The Boat (Movie)

(Producer)

The Branded Woman (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lottery Bride (Movie)

(Producer)

The Love Nest (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (3)

Be Yourself (Movie)

(Presented by)

Kiki (Movie)

(Presented by)

The Lottery Bride (Movie)

(Presented by)

Biography

Russian immigrant who began acquiring amusement parks with his brother Nicholas in the teens and soon became allied with the Loew organization, where he graduated to a senior executive position. Schenck left Loew's in 1917 to become an independent film producer, turning out vehicles for Norma Talmadge (his wife), Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle. After a spell at United Artists he co-founded the 20th Century corporation with Darryl Zanuck, becoming chairman of the board of 20th Century-Fox after the 1935 merger. Schenck was forced to resign in 1941 when he was indicted for income tax irregularities, but returned to the fold as an executive producer after four months in jail. In 1953 he formed the Magna Corporation with Michael Todd, inventor of the Todd-AO widescreen process. Brother Nicholas, meanwhile, had remained with Loew's--he was appointed chairman of the board in 1955--and exerted a tremendous influence over the output of their production and distribution subsidiary, MGM.

Relationships

Nicholas Schenck

Brother

Norma Talmadge

Wife
married 1917 divorced

Milestones

1953

Co-founded Magna corporation with Michael Todd

1940

Sentenced to year in jail for tax irregularities

1935

Chairman of board, 20th Century Fox

1924

Elected chairman of board, United Artists

1917

Produced first film, "Butcher Boy"

Moved to USA as a child

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