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Samuel Goldwyn

Samuel Goldwyn

From Wikipedia

Samuel Goldwyn (born Szmul Gelbfisz ; c. July 1879 – January 31, 1974), also known as Samuel Goldfish, was a Polish American film producer. He was most well known for being the founding contributor and executive of several motion picture studios in Hollywood.

In 1916, Goldwyn partnered with Broadway producers Edgar and Archibald Selwyn, using a combination of both names to call their movie-making enterprise Goldwyn Pictures. Seeing an opportunity, Samuel Gelbfisz then had his name legally changed to Samuel Goldwyn, which he used for the rest of his life. Goldwyn Pictures proved successful but it is their "Leo the Lion" trademark for which the organization is most famous. On April 10, 1924, Goldwyn Pictures was acquired by Marcus Loew and merged into his Metro Pictures Corporation. Despite the inclusion of his name, Goldwyn had no role in the management or production at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Before the sale and merger of Goldwyn Pictures in April 1924, Goldwyn had established Samuel Goldwyn Productions in 1923 as a production-only operation (with no distribution arm). Their first feature was Potash and Perlmutter, released in September 1923 through First National Pictures. Some of the early productions bear the name "Howard Productions", named for Goldwyn's wife Frances Howard.

For 35 years, Goldwyn built a reputation in filmmaking and developed an eye for finding the talent for making films. William Wyler directed many of his most celebrated productions, and he hired writers such as Ben Hecht, Sidney Howard, Dorothy Parker, and Lillian Hellman. (According to legend, at a heated story conference Goldwyn scolded someone—in most accounts Mrs. Parker, who recalled he had once been a glove maker—with the retort: "Don't you point that finger at me. I knew it when it had a thimble on it!" During that time, Goldwyn made numerous films and reigned as the most successful independent producer in the US. Many of his films were forgettable; his collaboration with John Ford, however, resulted in Best Picture Oscar nomination for Arrowsmith (1931). William Wyler was responsible for most of Goldwyn's highly lauded films, with Best Picture Oscar nominations for Dodsworth (1936), Dead End (1937), Wuthering Heights (1939), The Little Foxes (1941) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1948). The leading actors in several of Goldwyn films, especially those directed by William Wyler, were also Oscar-nominated for their performances.

Throughout the 1930s, Goldwyn released all his films through United Artists, but beginning in 1941, and continuing almost through the end of his career, Goldwyn released his films through RKO Radio Pictures.

Goldwyn died at his home in Los Angeles in 1974 from natural causes, at the probable age of 94. He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. In the 1980s, Samuel Goldwyn Studio was sold to Warner Bros.. There is a theater named after him in Beverly Hills and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1631 Vine Street.

Samuel Goldwyn Movies : Filmography

Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

Released: 1959  

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Released: 1955  

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

Released: 1952  

I Want You

I Want You

Production

Released: 1951  

Edge of Doom

Edge of Doom

Released: 1950  

Our Very Own

Our Very Own

Production

Released: 1950  

My Foolish Heart

My Foolish Heart

Production

Released: 1950  

Roseanna McCoy

Roseanna McCoy

Production

Released: 1949  

Enchantment

Enchantment

Production

Released: 1948  

A Song Is Born

A Song Is Born

Production

Released: 1948  

The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife

Production

Released: 1947  

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Released: 1947 Rated: PG 

The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives

Released: 1946  

The Kid from Brooklyn

The Kid from Brooklyn

Production

Released: 1946  

Wonder Man

Wonder Man

Production

Released: 1945  

The Princess and the Pirate

The Princess and the Pirate

Production

Released: 1944  

Up in Arms

Up in Arms

Production

Released: 1944  

The North Star

The North Star

Production

Released: 1943  

They Got Me Covered

They Got Me Covered

Production

Released: 1943  

The Pride of the Yankees

The Pride of the Yankees

Released: 1942  

Ball of Fire

Ball of Fire

Production

Released: 1941  

The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

Production

Released: 1941  

The Westerner

The Westerner

Production

Released: 1940  

Raffles

Raffles

Production

Released: 1939  

The Real Glory

The Real Glory

Released: 1939  

They Shall Have Music

They Shall Have Music

Production

Released: 1939  

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Released: 1939  

The Cowboy and the Lady

The Cowboy and the Lady

Production

Released: 1938  

Les Aventures de Marco Polo

Les Aventures de Marco Polo

Production

Released: 1938  

The Goldwyn Follies

The Goldwyn Follies

Production

Released: 1938  

The Hurricane

The Hurricane

Production

Released: 1937  

Dead End

Dead End

Production

Released: 1937  

Stella Dallas

Stella Dallas

Production

Released: 1937  

Woman Chases Man

Woman Chases Man

Production

Released: 1937  

Beloved Enemy

Beloved Enemy

Production

Released: 1936  

Come and Get It

Come and Get It

Production

Released: 1936  

Dodsworth

Dodsworth

Production

Released: 1936  

These Three

These Three

Production

Released: 1936  

Strike Me Pink

Strike Me Pink

Production

Released: 1936  

Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast

Production

Released: 1935  

The Dark Angel

The Dark Angel

Production

Released: 1935  

Splendor

Splendor

Production

Released: 1935  

The Wedding Night

The Wedding Night

Production

Released: 1935  

Kid Millions

Kid Millions

Production

Released: 1934  

We Live Again

We Live Again

Production

Released: 1934  

Nana

Nana

Production

Released: 1934  

The Masquerader

The Masquerader

Production

Released: 1933  

Roman Scandals

Roman Scandals

Production

Released: 1933  

Cynara

Cynara

Production

Released: 1932  

The Kid From Spain

The Kid From Spain

Production

Released: 1932  

Arsène Lupin

Arsène Lupin

Production

Released: 1932  

Three Broadway Girls

Three Broadway Girls

Production

Released: 1932  

Arrowsmith

Arrowsmith

Production

Released: 1931  

The Unholy Garden

The Unholy Garden

Production

Released: 1931  

Palmy Days

Palmy Days

Production

Released: 1931  

Street Scene

Street Scene

Production

Released: 1931  

One Heavenly Night

One Heavenly Night

Production

Released: 1931  

Tonight or Never

Tonight or Never

Production

Released: 1931  

Whoopee!

Whoopee!

Production

Released: 1930  

Raffles

Raffles

Production

Released: 1930  

Condemned

Condemned

Production

Released: 1929  

This Is Heaven

This Is Heaven

Production

Released: 1929  

Bulldog Drummond

Bulldog Drummond

Production

Released: 1929  

The Rescue

The Rescue

Production

Released: 1929  

Two Lovers

Two Lovers

Production

Released: 1928  

The Awakening

The Awakening

Production

Released: 1928  

The Devil Dancer

The Devil Dancer

Production

Released: 1927  

The Magic Flame

The Magic Flame

Production

Released: 1927  

The Night of Love

The Night of Love

Production

Released: 1927  

The Winning of Barbara Worth

The Winning of Barbara Worth

Production

Released: 1926  

Partners Again

Partners Again

Production

Released: 1926  

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Released: 1925  

Stella Dallas

Stella Dallas

Production

Released: 1925  

A Thief in Paradise

A Thief in Paradise

Production

Released: 1925  

In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter

In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter

Production

Released: 1924  

Cytherea

Cytherea

Production

Released: 1924  

True As Steel

True As Steel

Production

Released: 1924  

Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model

Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model

Production

Released: 1924  

Three Weeks

Three Weeks

Production

Released: 1924  

Name the Man

Name the Man

Production

Released: 1924  

The Eternal City

The Eternal City

Production

Released: 1923  

Unseeing Eyes

Unseeing Eyes

Production

Released: 1923  

The Day of Faith

The Day of Faith

Production

Released: 1923  

The Eternal Three

The Eternal Three

Production

Released: 1923  

Potash and Perlmutter

Potash and Perlmutter

Production

Released: 1923  

Lost and Found on a South Sea Island

Lost and Found on a South Sea Island

Production

Released: 1923  

The Christian

The Christian

Production

Released: 1923  

A Blind Bargain

A Blind Bargain

Production

Released: 1922  

Remembrance

Remembrance

Production

Released: 1922  

Mr. Barnes of New York

Mr. Barnes of New York

Production

Released: 1922  

His Back Against the Wall

His Back Against the Wall

Production

Released: 1922  

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels

Production

Released: 1922  

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Production

Released: 1922  

Watch Your Step

Watch Your Step

Production

Released: 1922  

Doubling for Romeo

Doubling for Romeo

Production

Released: 1921  

The Ace of Hearts

The Ace of Hearts

Production

Released: 1921  

Oh Mary Be Careful

Oh Mary Be Careful

Production

Released: 1921  

Don't Neglect Your Wife

Don't Neglect Your Wife

Production

Released: 1921  

Boys Will Be Boys

Boys Will Be Boys

Production

Released: 1921  

A Tale of Two Worlds

A Tale of Two Worlds

Production

Released: 1921  

Guile of Women

Guile of Women

Production

Released: 1921  

What Happened To Rosa?

What Happened To Rosa?

Production

Released: 1920  

The Great Lover

The Great Lover

Production

Released: 1920  

Officer 666

Officer 666

Production

Released: 1920  

Honest Hutch

Honest Hutch

Production

Released: 1920  

The Truth

The Truth

Production

Released: 1920  

The Penalty

The Penalty

Production

Released: 1920  

Cupid the Cowpuncher

Cupid the Cowpuncher

Production

Released: 1920  

The Slim Princess

The Slim Princess

Production

Released: 1920  

Jes' Call Me Jim

Jes' Call Me Jim

Production

Released: 1920  

Partners of the Night

Partners of the Night

Production

Released: 1920  

The Paliser Case

The Paliser Case

Production

Released: 1920  

Water, Water, Everywhere

Water, Water, Everywhere

Production

Released: 1920  

Pinto

Pinto

Production

Released: 1920  

Jubilo

Jubilo

Production

Released: 1919  

Almost a Husband

Almost a Husband

Production

Released: 1919  

Lord and Lady Algy

Lord and Lady Algy

Production

Released: 1919  

Upstairs

Upstairs

Production

Released: 1919  

The Stronger Vow

The Stronger Vow

Production

Released: 1919  

Sis Hopkins

Sis Hopkins

Production

Released: 1919  

The Racing Strain

The Racing Strain

Production

Released: 1918  

A Perfect Lady

A Perfect Lady

Production

Released: 1918  

The Hell Cat

The Hell Cat

Production

Released: 1918  

A Perfect 36

A Perfect 36

Production

Released: 1918  

Thirty a Week

Thirty a Week

Production

Released: 1918  

Laughing Bill Hyde

Laughing Bill Hyde

Production

Released: 1918  

Peck's Bad Girl

Peck's Bad Girl

Production

Released: 1918  

The Turn of the Wheel

The Turn of the Wheel

Production

Released: 1918  

All Woman

All Woman

Production

Released: 1918  

The Floor Below

The Floor Below

Production

Released: 1918  

The Cinderella Man

The Cinderella Man

Production

Released: 1917  

Fighting Odds

Fighting Odds

Production

Released: 1917  

Polly of the Circus

Polly of the Circus

Production

Released: 1917