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Samuel Goldwyn

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Legendary film producer who helped produce Hollywood into what it really is today. He founded Samuel Goldwyn Productions. He produced his initial feature film in 1929. He received his initial Oscar nomination for John Ford’s Arrowsmith from 1931. His film studio room became known because of its lion mascot. He received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Prize in 1946. His wife Hannah Reban, who was simply tall and got piercing eyes, appeared as if his opposing. He fulfilled Coco Chanel in Monte Carlo and provided her $1 million dollars to function for him and style matches for his films.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth June 17, 1879
Died January 31, 1974, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Warsaw, Poland
Profession Film Producer
Nationality Polish, American
Spouse Frances Howard, Blanche Lasky
Children Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Ruth Capps
Parents Aaron David Gelbfisz, Hannah Reban
Siblings Ben Gelbfisz, Manya Gelbfisz
Awards Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety-Music Events Programming
Nominations Academy Award for Best Picture
Movies The Best Years of Our Lives, Guys and Dolls, Wuthering Heights, The Little Foxes, Dodsworth, Porgy and Bess, Arrowsmith, The Pride of the Yankees, Dead End, Hans Christian Andersen, The Bishop's Wife, Bulldog Drummond, Ball of Fire, These Three, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Roman Scandals, Wonder Man, Whoopee!, A Song Is Born, Palmy Days, The Princess and the Pirate, The Hurricane, The Goldwyn Follies, The Wedding Night, Enchantment, My Foolish Heart, Street Scene, The Westerner, Up in Arms, The Winning of Barbara Worth, Come and Get It, The Cowboy and the Lady, The Greeks Had a Word for Them, Stella Dallas, Kid Millions, The North Star, We Live Again, The Adventures of Marco Polo, The Real Glory, Our Very Own, The Devil to Pay!, Roseanna McCoy, Condemned, Edge of Doom, The Dark Angel, Nana, Tonight or Never, One Heavenly Night, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, A Thief in Paradise, Cytherea
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1For a period of time in the 1940s to late 1950s, the Hughes Tool Co. ventured into the film and media industry, about bought RKO Pictures and its associated companies, the RKO Theater chain and the RKO Radio network. In 1948 Howard Hughes gained control of RKO, which was struggling to stay alive, by acquiring 25% of the outstanding stock from Floyd Odlum's Atlas Corporation. Universal Pictures acquired the American distribution rights in 1951 of the 1948 J. Arthur Rank-Archers feature film The Red Shoes (1948), released in a small London art house movie theater in September of 1948. Hughes was so impressed with director Michael Powell's dance film, starring Sadler Well's Ballet principal dancers Moira Shearer, Léonide Massine and Robert Helpmann that he wanted his own ensemble corps de ballet company. So he decided to buy one in an effort to expand the creative base of his newly acquired studio. He had been impressed with the success of "Les Ballets de Paris de Roland Petit." An outstanding classical dancer as a youth, Roland Petit swiftly decided on a career as a rebel against the traditionalism of the Paris Opera Ballet, and before the age of 25 had created three of his most iconic ballets, "Le Jeune Homme et La Mort" (world premiere on 6/26/46, Les Ballets des Champs-Elysee, Theatre des Champs-Elysee, Paris); the Jean Cocteau ballet "Les Demoiselles de La Nuit" (world premiere Theatre Marigry, Paris 5/21/48, Les Ballet de Paris de Roland Petit, featuring Margot Fonteyn; and "Carmen" (world premiere in London, Prince's Theatre, on 2/21/49, with the sultry young Zizi Jeanmaire as the lethal female destroying a hapless male. These ballets caused a sensation worldwide and Petit and Jeanmaire swiftly became the most exciting names in French dance, closely associating with Jean Cocteau, Édith Piaf, Yves Montand and the new intellectuals of Left Bank Paris. Hughes contracted Petit and his Parisian-based "Ballet de Paris de Roland Petit" for film assignments, including all personal appearances in North America. Petit and his core dance company's flight from Paris to Los Angeles was on Hughes-owned Trans World Airlines (Hughes acquired control of TWA in 1939, and after World War II led the expansion of the airline to serve Europe, the Middle East and Asia, making TWA a second unofficial flag carrier of the US after Pan Am). The dance troupe, housed in a Culver City hotel, were assigned a sound stage for intense preparatory workouts and dance rehearsals. After six months of isolation in Culver City, the troupe's enthusiasm for their new North American venture had dwindled, because after all of their their intense serious practicing, rehearsing, exercising and with no stage or film scheduled assignments, the core of dancers became extremely mutinous. They packed their luggage and arrived at the TWA air terminal in L.A. with their round-trip tickets in hand, checking in for their return flight to Paris. Unfortunately, they did not know that their boss Howard Hughes owned TWA. The TWA passenger agents alerted Hughes that a horde of French dancers were at the TWA air terminal, demanding a return flight to Paris. RKO's studio security officers descended upon the air terminal with a fleet of buses to round them up, confiscating all of the ticket bills the ticketing agents had collected. Upon returning to their hotel, the troupe was assured that they would be put to work on a Hollywood musical film. Samuel Goldwyn, whose production company was located at RKO's studio at 1041 North Formosa Avenue in Hollywood, was in pre-production to star Danny Kaye in an original musical film based on the life of Hans Christian Anderson, with a story by Myles Connolly, a screenplay by Moss Hart and Ben Hecht and lyrics and original music composed by Frank Loesser. Goldwyn had initially offered the film's ballerina role to Moira Shearer, but since he was he was quartered on RKO property, Hughes told him to use Roland Petit, Jeanmaire and Petit's Ballet de Paris dance troupe. Petit insisted that his French stage production scenic and costume designer Antoni Clave be flown to Hollywood as his film design collaborator. RKO costume designer Mary Wills joined the art department; Barbara Karinska was brought from New York City to superv
2Goldwyn's wife Frances Howard would often travel to New York City scouting Broadway productions, looking for talent in both the production's acting areas and the creative teams involved in the production'a staging. On trip to see "Lady in The Dark" she discovered Danny Kaye, and upon returning to Hollywood insisted to her Husband that he put Kaye under contract. After Kaye arrived in Hollywood, several screen tests were made to determine the best possible path for his future in the film business. The major problem with his physical look was his natural brown hair. Frances, upon seeing these test screenings, dictated to her husband that "they had to change his hair color!" and said to change him to a redhead. Goldwyn's press agent, however, always insisted that Kaye's strawberry-red hair was his natural color, for publicity reckoning.
3Formed Goldwyn Producing Corp., 1916.
4Formed Goldwyn Pictures Corp., 1917.
5Formed Goldwyn Distributing Corp., 1917.
6In his book "Hollywood", Garson Kanin wrote that over his lengthy career, the impressive list of writers that Samuel Goldwyn employed included Thornton Wilder, Edna Ferber, Francis Marion, Montague Glass, Joseph Hergesheimer, Elmer Rice, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, Morrie Ryskind, Howard Estabrook, Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman, William Anthony McGuire, Nunnally Johnson, Willard Mack, Harry Wagstaff Gribble, Preston Sturges, Maxwell Anderson, Mordaunt Shairp, Rachel Crothers, John L. Balderston, Rose Franken, S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien, Jo Swerling, John Howard Lawson, John Van Druten, Niven Busch, Arthur Kober, Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Paul Gallico, Harry Kurnitz, Leo Rosten, James Thurber, John Patrick, John Collier, Irwin Shaw, and Damon Runyon.
7Is portrayed by Olivier Pierre in RKO 281 (1999), by Lee Wallace in This Year's Blonde (1980) and by Vernon Weddle in Malice in Wonderland (1985)
8In the 1930s and 1940s the Hollywood studio system was dominated by a handful of men who ran their domains largely by themselves, and with an iron hand: Louis B. Mayer (MGM), Adolph Zukor (Paramount), Harry Cohn (Columbia), Carl Laemmle (Universal), Jack L. Warner (Warner Bros.), Herbert J. Yates (Republic), Darryl F. Zanuck (Warners in the 1930s and 20th Century-Fox in the 1940s) and Goldwyn and David O. Selznick as independent producers. By 1959 all of these men--with the exception of Warner--had either died, retired or been forced out of their own companies.
9Was forced out of Famous Players-Lasky on September 14, 1916, and incorporated Goldwyn Pictures with brothers Edgar Selwyn and Archibald Selwyn two months later on November 19, 1916. At that point in his career he needed the highly respected Selwyns, who were successful Broadway producers and owned a library of filmable plays. The Selwyns went into business with him because he had Mabel Normand, the biggest star in the movies, under contract. He had signed her to a personal contract on September 16, 1916, two days after resigning from Famous Players-Lasky. The contract was set to kick in after her contract with Mack Sennett expired in 1917. Normand had been voted the top movie comedienne in a July 1916 "Motion Pictures Magazine" readers' poll, and going into business with him gave the Selwyns access to her; without her, he would probably not have been able to convince the Selwyns to go into business with him. By partnering with him, they gained access to some of the finest production facilities in Hollywood and one of the top female stars.
10In 1917 he merged his production company with All-Star Feature Films Corp., owned by brothers Edgar Selwyn and Archibald Selwyn, creating the Goldwyn Pictures Corp. The symbol of the new company was a reclining lion, surrounded by a banner made from a strip of celluloid film with the words "Ars Gratia Artis" ("Art for Art's Sake") at the top, which was designed by Howard Dietz. The trademark adorned the front gate of the studio's Culver City, California, production facilities, which ranked with the finest in Hollywood (the inspiration for the original "Leo the Lion" likely were the stone lions at the New York Public Library on 44th St., which was across from the All-Star Feature Corp.'s offices). Goldfish liked the name of the new studio so much that he renamed himself Samuel Goldwyn. He was forced out of the company in 1922. It was merged with Loew's Inc.'s Metro Pictures in 1924 through a stock swap, creating Metro-Goldwyn, which subsequently merged with Louis B. Mayer Productions, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was born--even though Goldwyn himself had nothing to do with the company that bore his name (he tried legal action to prevent the new company from using it, but lost). Goldwyn, who had also been ousted from an earlier company he had owned, did not get along well with partners and remained an independent producer for the rest of his career.
11At one time Goldwyn was scheduled to appear as the "Mystery Guest" on the TV game show What's My Line? (1950), in which panelists are blindfolded and have to guess who the Mystery Guest is. The show's rules required that panelists who found out the Mystery Guest's identity before he or she appeared on the show had to disqualify themselves. A few days before his scheduled appearance, Goldwyn ran into panelist Dorothy Kilgallen in a restaurant and said, "Guess what, Dorothy? I'm going to be on your show Sunday night!" She told him that since she now knew he would be the Mystery Guest, she'd have to disqualify herself. A few days later Goldwyn ran into Bennett Cerf, also a panelist on the show, and said, "Guess what, Bennett? I did a really dumb thing the other day and told Dorothy that I'm going to be on your show Sunday night!" Cerf also was forced to disqualify himself, resulting in the only double disqualification in the show's history.
12His sayings, sometimes known as "Goldwynisms," were famous for their unintentional wit, which was partially as a result of his somewhat limited understanding of the English language that surfaced when he tried to comment on certain situations. There are many examples of this, such as "Include me out" or "a verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.".
132002: Portrayed on Broadway in "Alan King as Mr. Goldwyn" by actor/comedian/producer Alan King. Play focuses on Goldwyn in early 1950s when he is making Hans Christian Andersen (1952).
14Father of Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and Ruth Capps. Grandfather of Tony Goldwyn and John Goldwyn.
15When Goldwyn emigrated to the US, an Immigration Service clerk changed his last name from "Gelbfisz" to what he thought was its English translation, "Goldfish". Sam changed it to Goldwyn when he went into partnership with producer Edgar Selwyn, combining the first syllable of "Goldfish" with the last syllable of "Selwyn". He originally wanted to do the opposite, until someone pointed out that it would result in his new name being "Selfish".


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oh Mary Be Careful1921producer
Don't Neglect Your Wife1921producer
A Tale of Two Worlds1921executive producer
Boys Will Be Boys1921producer
Guile of Women1920producer
What Happened to Rosa1920producer
The Great Lover1920producer
Officer 6661920executive producer
Honest Hutch1920producer
The Truth1920producer
The Penalty1920producer - uncredited
Cupid the Cowpuncher1920executive producer
The Slim Princess1920producer
Jes' Call Me Jim1920producer
The Adventures and Emotions of Edgar Pomeroy1920Short executive producer
Partners of the Night1920producer
The Paliser Case1920executive producer
Water, Water, Everywhere1920/IIexecutive producer
Pinto1920producer
Jubilo1919producer
Almost a Husband1919executive producer
Lord and Lady Algy1919producer
Upstairs1919producer
The Stronger Vow1919executive producer
Sis Hopkins1919producer
The Racing Strain1918executive producer
A Perfect Lady1918producer
The Hell Cat1918executive producer
A Perfect 361918producer
Thirty a Week1918producer
Laughing Bill Hyde1918producer
Peck's Bad Girl1918producer
The Turn of the Wheel1918producer
All Woman1918executive producer
The Floor Below1918producer
The Beloved Traitor1918producer
The Cinderella Man1917executive producer
Sunshine Alley1917executive producer
Fighting Odds1917producer
Polly of the Circus1917executive producer
Porgy and Bess1959producer
The Unexplained1956TV Movie producer
Guys and Dolls1955producer
Hans Christian Andersen1952producer
I Want You1951producer
Edge of Doom1950producer
Our Very Own1950producer
My Foolish Heart1949producer
Roseanna McCoy1949producer
Enchantment1948producer
A Song Is Born1948producer
The Bishop's Wife1947producer
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty1947producer
The Best Years of Our Lives1946producer
The Kid from Brooklyn1946producer
Wonder Man1945producer
The Princess and the Pirate1944producer
Up in Arms1944producer
The North Star1943producer
They Got Me Covered1943producer
The Pride of the Yankees1942producer
Ball of Fire1941producer
The Little Foxes1941producer
The Westerner1940producer
Raffles1939producer
The Real Glory1939producer
They Shall Have Music1939producer
Wuthering Heights1939producer
The Cowboy and the Lady1938producer
The Adventures of Marco Polo1938producer
The Goldwyn Follies1938producer
The Hurricane1937producer
Dead End1937producer
Stella Dallas1937producer
Woman Chases Man1937producer
Beloved Enemy1936producer
Come and Get It1936producer
Dodsworth1936producer
These Three1936producer
Strike Me Pink1936producer
Splendor1935producer
Barbary Coast1935producer
The Dark Angel1935producer
The Wedding Night1935producer
Kid Millions1934producer
We Live Again1934producer
Nana1934producer
Roman Scandals1933producer
The Masquerader1933producer
Cynara1932producer
The Kid from Spain1932producer
Arsène Lupin1932producer - uncredited
The Greeks Had a Word for Them1932producer
Tonight or Never1931producer
Arrowsmith1931producer
The Unholy Garden1931producer
Palmy Days1931producer
Street Scene1931producer
One Heavenly Night1931producer
The Devil to Pay!1930producer
Whoopee!1930producer
Raffles1930producer
Condemned!1929producer
This Is Heaven1929producer - uncredited
Bulldog Drummond1929producer
The Rescue1929producer - uncredited
The Awakening1928producer
Two Lovers1928producer
The Devil Dancer1927producer - uncredited
The Magic Flame1927producer
The Night of Love1927producer
The Winning of Barbara Worth1926producer
Partners Again1926producer
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ1925producer - uncredited
Stella Dallas1925producer
A Thief in Paradise1925producer
In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter1924producer
Cytherea1924producer
True As Steel1924executive producer
Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model1924executive producer - uncredited
Three Weeks1924executive producer
Name the Man1924executive producer
The Eternal City1923producer
The Day of Faith1923producer
Unseeing Eyes1923producer
The Eternal Three1923producer
Potash and Perlmutter1923producer
Lost and Found on a South Sea Island1923producer
The Christian1923executive producer
A Blind Bargain1922producer
Hungry Hearts1922producer
Remembrance1922producer
Mr. Barnes of New York1922producer
His Back Against the Wall1922producer
Head Over Heels1922executive producer
Sherlock Holmes1922executive producer
Watch Your Step1922executive producer
What Ho, the Cook1921producer
Doubling for Romeo1921producer
The Ace of Hearts1921producer - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Guys and Dolls1955presenter
Hans Christian Andersen1952presenter
I Want You1951presenter
On the Loose1951special arrangements: Miss Evans' Appearance
Sealed Cargo1951Dana Andrews by arrangement with
The Fighting Pimpernel1950by arrangement with: David Niven
Never a Dull Moment1950Gigi Perreau appears by arrangement with
Enchantment1948presenter
Bonnie Prince Charlie1948Mr. Niven appears by arrangement with
A Song Is Born1948presenter
They Live by Night1948Cathy O'Donnell and Farley Granger appear by arrangement with
The Bishop's Wife1947presenter
Night Song1947Dana Andrews by arrangement with
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty1947presenter
The Best Years of Our Lives1946presenter
Magnificent Doll1946Mr. Niven appears by arrangement with
The Kid from Brooklyn1946presenter
Wonder Man1945presenter
Up in Arms1944presenter
The North Star1943presenter
Spitfire1942presenter - uncredited
The Pride of the Yankees1942presenter
Ball of Fire1941presenter
The Little Foxes1941presenter
The Westerner1940presenter
The Real Glory1939presenter
Wuthering Heights1939presenter
The Cowboy and the Lady1938presenter
The Adventures of Marco Polo1938presenter
The Goldwyn Follies1938presenter
The Hurricane1937presenter
Dead End1937presenter
Stella Dallas1937presenter
Woman Chases Man1937presenter
Beloved Enemy1936presenter
Dodsworth1936presenter
These Three1936presenter
Strike Me Pink1936presenter
Barbary Coast1935presenter
The Dark Angel1935presenter
We Live Again1934presenter - as Sam Goldwyn
Tonight or Never1931presenter
Arrowsmith1931presenter
The Unholy Garden1931presenter
Street Scene1931presenter
One Heavenly Night1931presenter
Whoopee!1930presenter
Raffles1930presenter
This Is Heaven1929presenter
The Rescue1929presenter
The Son of the Sheik1926Agnes Ayres appears courtesy of / by arrangement with: Vilma Banky appears - 1937 version
Partners Again1926presenter
Lady Windermere's Fan1925ronald colman appears courtesy of
Stella Dallas1925presenter
The Dark Angel1925presenter
His Supreme Moment1925presenter
In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter1924presenter
Tarnish1924presenter
Cytherea1924presenter
The Eternal City1923presenter
Potash and Perlmutter1923presenter
Broken Chains1922presenter
Mad Love1921presenter
The Highest Bidder1921presenter
The Branding Iron1920presenter
The North Wind's Malice1920presenter
Milestones1920presenter
Earthbound1920presenter
The Penalty1920presenter / president: Goldwyn Pictures Corporation
Going Some1920presenter
A Double-Dyed Deceiver1920presenter
Out of the Storm1920presenter
The Great Accident1920presenter
Jes' Call Me Jim1920presenter
The Silver Horde1920presenter
The Strange Boarder1920presenter
Dangerous Days1920presenter
The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come1920presenter
The Cup of Fury1920presenter
Toby's Bow1919presenter
Jinx1919presenter
The Loves of Letty1919presenter
Strictly Confidential1919presenter
The World and Its Woman1919presenter
Through the Wrong Door1919presenter
The City of Comrades1919presenter
The Fear Woman1919presenter
One of the Finest1919presenter
Leave It to Susan1919presenter
When Doctors Disagree1919presenter
The Stronger Vow1919presenter
The Eternal Magdalene1919presenter
The Pest1919presenter
A Man and His Money1919presenter
Spotlight Sadie1919presenter
Daughter of Mine1919presenter
The Woman on the Index1919presenter
Shadows1919presenter
The Bondage of Barbara1919presenter
Day Dreams1919presenter
Go West, Young Man1918presenter

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ1925Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Omnibus1970TV Series documentaryHimself
The World's Greatest Showman: The Legend of Cecil B. DeMille1963TV Movie documentaryHimself
Small World1958TV SeriesHimself
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Inside Beverly Hills1956TV MovieHimself
Person to Person1954TV Series documentaryHimself - Movie Producer
The Ed Sullivan Show1952TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1951TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 201930ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 181930ShortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ellis Island, une histoire du rêve américain2014DocumentaryHimself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
American Masters2000-2001TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Producer
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1959TV SeriesHimself - Award Presenter / Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationCreative
1973Cecil B. DeMille AwardGolden Globes, USA
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1631 Vine Street.
1958Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardAcademy Awards, USA
1947Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardAcademy Awards, USA

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Producer4th place.
1939Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardAcademy Awards, USA


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1Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting.
2The trouble with this business is the dearth of bad pictures.
3Keep a stiff upper chin.
4Modern dancing is old fashioned.
5I want to make a picture about the Russian secret police--the GOP.
6True, I've been a long time making up my mind, but now I'm giving you a definite answer. I won't say yes, and I won't say no -- but I'm giving you a definite maybe.
7[on the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans] Even if they had it in the streets, I wouldn't go.
8We have that Indian scene. We can get the Indians from the reservoir.
9Let's have some new clichés.
10]when asked by his secretary if she should destroy all files that were over ten years old] Yes, but keep copies.
11I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everyone to tell me the truth - even though it costs him his job.
12When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.
13It's a mistake to remake a great picture because you can never make it better. Better you should find a picture that was done badly and see what can be done to improve it.
14Actors think with their hearts. That's why so many of them die broke.
15I am a rebel. I make a picture to please me. If it pleases me, there is a chance it will please others. But it has to please me first.
16In this business it's dog eat dog, and nobody's going to eat me.
17The picture makers will inherit the earth.
18Motion pictures should never embarrass a man when he brings his wife to the theatre.
19[when told by a director that the character Goldwyn wanted to cut out of a picture to save money was actually the main villain, and without him there would be no story] Well, it's a great man who can say he's always wrong.
20[on Charles Chaplin] Charlie Chaplin is a great artist. I don't agree with many of the things he says and does, but he's the greatest artist our motion picture business has ever had and I'd make a picture with him tomorrow if he wanted to.
21[on Mary Pickford] It took longer to make one of Mary's contracts than it did to make one of Mary's pictures.
22[on William Wyler's films] I made them -- Willy only directed then.
23I don't think anyone should write his autobiography until after he's dead.
24Never make forecasts, especially about the future.
25. . . We've all passed a lot of water since then.
26[upon visiting the set of Dead End (1937), a film about life amid the grinding poverty of a New York City slum] Why do directors always try to make slums so dirty? Clean it up.
27Why should people go out and pay to see bad movies when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
28We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.
29We'd do anything for each other; we'd even cut each other's throats for each other.
30When everybody's happy with the rushes, the picture's always a stinker.
31Color television! Bah, I won't believe it until I see it in black and white.
32[on Fredric March] I'm overpaying him, but he's worth it.
33It's more than magnificent; it's mediocre.
34A bachelor's life is no life for a single man.
35When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you.
36This makes me so sore it gets my dandruff up.
37I may not be always right, but I'm never wrong.
38For your information, I would like to ask a question.
39A producer shouldn't get ulcers; he should give them.
40I'd hire the devil himself if he'd write me a good story.
41Go see it and see for yourself why you shouldn't see it.
42I was always an independent producer, even when I had partners.
43The scene is dull. Tell him to put more life into his dying.
44I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them five years.
45If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive!
46Don't pay any attention to the critics; don't even ignore them.
47I never liked you, and I always will.
48Tell me, how did you love my picture?
49Our comedies are not to be laughed at.
50Don't talk to me while I'm interrupting.
51You've got to take the bull by the teeth.
52This new atom bomb is dynamite.
53I read part of it all the way through.
54I'll give you a definite maybe.
55I don't care if my pictures never make a dime, so long as everyone keeps coming to see them.
56A hospital is no place to be sick.
57Flashbacks are a thing of the past.
58A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
59Too caustic? To hell with the costs, we'll make the picture anyway.
60Every director bites the hand that lays the golden egg.
61[on his longtime friend and partner, Louis B. Mayer] The reason so many people turned up at his funeral is this: they wanted to make sure he was dead.
62What we need now is some new, fresh clichés.
63If you can't give me your word of honor, will you give me your promise?
64When you're a star, you have to take the bitter with the sour.
65Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
66Include me out.
67My wife's hands are very beautiful. I'm going to have a bust made of them.
68In two words: im-possible.
69A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
70Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.


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