Pandro S Berman

Producer, Assistant director, Editor
An accomplished film producer and studio executive, Pandro S. Berman rose through the ranks to become RKO Pictures' resident boy wonder in the 1930s until setting up shop at MGM for the next 25 years. Throughout his ... Read more »
Born: 03/28/1905 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Producer (90)

Justine 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Move 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Patch of Blue 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Honeymoon Hotel 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Prize 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sweet Bird of Youth 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

All the Fine Young Cannibals 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Butterfield 8 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Brothers Karamazov 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Reluctant Debutante 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jailhouse Rock 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Something of Value 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bhowani Junction 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tea and Sympathy 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blackboard Jungle 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Quentin Durward 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Long, Long Trailer 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

All the Brothers Were Valiant 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Knights of the Round Table 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Battle Circus 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Prisoner of Zenda 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Doctor and the Girl 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

If Winter Comes 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sea of Grass 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)

Undercurrent 1946 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dragon Seed 1944 (Movie)

(Producer)

National Velvet 1944 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

Carefree 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

Room Service 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Damsel in Distress 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Quality Street 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shall We Dance 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stage Door 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Swing Time 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Woman Rebels 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mary of Scotland 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

That Girl From Paris 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

Winterset 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alice Adams 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Break of Hearts 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Dream Too Much 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Roberta 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sylvia Scarlett 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Gay Divorcee 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Top Hat 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spitfire 1933 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Little Minister 1933 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bed of Roses 1932 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Morning Glory 1932 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Age of Consent 1931 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Bad Company 1930 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ann Vickers (Movie)

(Producer)

Cockeyed Cavaliers (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Father of the Bride (Movie)

(Producer)

Father's Little Dividend (Movie)

(Producer)

Follow the Fleet (Movie)

(Producer)

Freckles (Movie)

(Producer)

Having Wonderful Time (Movie)

(Producer)

Honky Tonk (Movie)

(Producer)

In Person (Movie)

(Producer)

Ivanhoe (Movie)

(Producer)

Laddie (Movie)

(Producer)

Living in a Big Way (Movie)

(Producer)

Love Crazy (Movie)

(Producer)

Madame Bovary (Movie)

(Producer)

Man of Two Worlds (Movie)

(Producer)

Marriage Is a Private Affair (Movie)

(Producer)

Mother Carey's Chickens (Movie)

(Producer)

One Man's Journey (Movie)

(Producer)

Rio Rita (Movie)

(Producer)

Romance in Manhattan (Movie)

(Producer)

Slightly Dangerous (Movie)

(Producer)

Soldiers Three (Movie)

(Producer)

Star of Midnight (Movie)

(Producer)

Stingaree (Movie)

(Producer)

Strictly Dynamite (Movie)

(Producer)

Symphony of Six Million (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The Bribe (Movie)

(Producer)

The Flying Irishman (Movie)

(Producer)

The Life of Vergie Winters (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mad Miss Manton (Movie)

(Producer)

The Monkey's Paw (Movie)

(Producer)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Movie)

(Producer)

The Richest Girl in the World (Movie)

(Producer)

The Seventh Cross (Movie)

(Producer)

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

This Man Is Mine (Movie)

(Producer)

Vigil in the Night (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ziegfeld Girl (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (2)

Phantom of the Range (Movie)

(Editor)

Stocks and Blondes (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (2)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hollywood: The Golden Years (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Romance in Manhattan (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

An accomplished film producer and studio executive, Pandro S. Berman rose through the ranks to become RKO Pictures' resident boy wonder in the 1930s until setting up shop at MGM for the next 25 years. Throughout his career, Berman's films earned six Academy Award nominations for Best Picture while he juiced the stardom of Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Stewart Granger, Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Taylor and Lana Turner. Notable during his time at RKO were the Hepburn vehicle "Morning Glory" (1933), an adaptation of "Of Human Bondage" (1934), and the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals "Top Hat" (1935) and "Swing Time" (1936). After his guidance of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939), he left RKO for MGM to produce the lavish "Ziegfeld Girl" (1941) while steering a young Taylor in her breakthrough film, "National Velvet" (1944). Berman had further success with "The Three Musketeers" (1948), "Father of the Bride" (1950), "Ivanhoe" (1952) and "Knights of the Round Table" (1953) before tapping into the youth market with "The Blackboard Jungle" (1955) and "Jailhouse Rock" (1957). After producing "Butterfield 8" (1960), which earned Taylor her first Oscar for Best Actress, Berman struggled to hang on while the old studio system fell upon hard time in the early 1960s. He left MGM in the mid-decade and ventured into independent producing until retiring in 1970, leaving behind an impressive career where he oversaw the making of over 100 films - many of which were of high quality and craftsmanship - during Hollywood's Golden Age.

Relationships

Julie Berman

Mother

Harry Berman

Father
general manager of Universal and Film Booking Offices (FBO) during the silent era the latter studio eventually evolved into RKO

Cynthia Berman

Daughter
mother Viola Newman survived him

Susan Berman

Daughter
mother Viola Newman survived him

Michael Berman

Son
mother Viola Newman survived him

Henry Berman

Brother
born January 1, 1914 in New Castle, PA began as an editor at RKO in the mid-1930s stayed at the studio after Pandro Berman left later won an Academy Award for "Grand Prix" (1966) and has credits into the 1970s

Kathryn Hereford

Wife
married on July 20, 1960 until her death in 1993

Viola Newman

Wife
divorced mother of Berman's children

EDUCATION

DeWitt Clinton High School

New York , New York

Milestones

1988

Was an interview subject for the documentary miniseries, "Hollywood: The Golden Years", a study of RKO Studios

1985

Appeared as himself as one of the interviewees in the feature documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"

1969

Announced retirement; last film, "Move"

1967

Left MGM; joined 20th Century-Fox

1965

Last MGM film, "A Patch of Blue"; was also his last production to win an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress for Shelley Winters)

1955

Last film with Robert Taylor, "Quentin Durward"

1952

Produced fifth and last film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, "Ivanhoe"

1948

Last film with Lana Turner, "The Three Musketeers"

1947

Last film with Katharine Hepburn, "The Sea of Grass"

1946

First of six films with Robert Taylor, "Undercurrent"

1940

First producing credit at MGM, "Ziegfeld Girl", the first of five films he made with Lana Turner

1940

Left RKO; joined MGM

1939

Last film with either Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire, "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle"

1939

Last producing credit at RKO, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

1937

Made head of production at RKO

1935

Two of the ten films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar that year produced by Berman, "Alice Adams" and "Top Hat"

1934

Produced first of six films which received a Best Picture Oscar nomination, "The Gay Divorcee"; also marked the first of 13 films he made with Ginger Rogers and the first of nine with Fred Astaire

1933

First of 14 films with Katharine Hepburn, "Morning Glory", which won her an Oscar and was the first Berman production to win an Academy Award

1931

Began producing for RKO; first film, "Bad Company"

1929

Formation of RKO Studios from FBO shooting studios, the sound recording technology of RCA and the acquiring of the Keith-Orpheum theater circuit; Berman was still working at FBO when this happened, though he did also edit the Columbia Pictures film, "Tria

1923

Worked as assistant director to various directors including Tod Browning (at Universal) Ralph Ince, Alfred Santell and Mal St. Clair; became film cutter and editor at FBO (Film Booking Office; later absorbed into RKO when that studio was founded)

Worked for a time at RKO as an assistant to such producers as William LeBaron and David O. Selznick

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