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Dore Schary
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    (August 31, 1905-July 7, 1980)
    Born in Newark, New Jersey
    Producer, director, screenwriter, playwright, and studio executive
    Produced the films ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ (1944), ‘The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer’ (1947), ‘Battleground’ (1949), ‘The Next Voice You Hear’ (1950), ‘Bad Day at Black Rock’ (1955), ‘Designing Woman’ (1957) and ‘Lonelyhearts’ (1958)
    Directed the film ‘Act One’ (1963)
    Screenwriter for ‘Young and Beautiful’ (1934), ‘Murder in the Clouds’ (1934), ‘Silk Hat Kid’ (1935), ‘Mind Your Own Business’ (1936), ‘The Girl from Scotland Yard’ (1937), ‘Boys Town’ (1938), ‘Young Thomas Edison’ (1940) and ‘Married Bachelor’ (1941)
    Wrote the play ‘Sunrise at Campobello’ (1958) and wrote and produced its screen adaptation (1960)
    Head of Production at RKO Studios (1947-48) and MGM (1948-56)
    One of his early plays came to the attention of producer Walter Wanger, who told his New York office to hire Schary because 'She writes with a lot of vigor for a woman.'
    His employment with Wanger lasted only three months. (Maybe Wanger decided Schary wrote with insufficient vigor for a man.)
    The only film he directed, an adaptation of Moss Hart's memoirs 'Act One,' was a box office failure (1963).
    The last two Broadway shows he produced were flops: 'Brightower,' which closed after only one performance (1970), and 'Herzl,' which lasted for eight performances (1976).
    At RKO, he greenlit the directorial debuts of Nicholas Ray ('They Live by Night,' 1948) and Joseph Losey ('The Boy with the Green Hair,' 1948).
    He left RKO after clashing with owner Howard Hughes, who refused to finance 'Battleground,' a film about the Battle of the Bulge. Schary took the project with him to MGM and it became the studio's most profitable film of the year.
    He won an Oscar for Best Story for 'Boys Town' and a Tony for Best Play for 'Sunrise at Campobello.'
    When he appeared on This Is Your Life, host Ralph Edwards said there had never been an episode where so many stars showed up to honor the guest (1956).

Credit: C. Fishel

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