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Edward Dmytryk DIRECTOR


Edward Dmytryk was born September 4, 1908, in British Columbia, Canada. However, he grew up San Francisco, California, in America. After his mother died when he was only six, his father began beating him, causing him to run away quite often in his early teens. Eventually, authorities granted him emancipation and helped him find a job at Paramount as a messenger boy. Dmytryk was very talented in physics and mathematics, and was given a scholarship to the California Institute of Technology. He dropped out within a year and returned to Paramount, where he tried his hand at editing.

His began as assistant editor on “The Dance of Life” (1929), but moved up to editor beginning with “Only Sap Works” (1930), although he continued to have both titles in works such as “The Royal Family of Broadway” (1930), “Three Cheers for Love” (1936), and his final, “Some Like it Hot” (1939). Dmytryk became a director in 1935, his debut being the westerner “Hawk”. Over the following eight years, he directed a total of twenty three films, with credits that included  the war drama “Mystery Sea Raider”  (1940), musical “Her First Romance” (1940), sci-fi horror “The Devil Commands” (1941), mystery “Secrets of the Lone Wolf” (1941), and crime drama “Confessions of a Boston  Blackie” (1941). In 1942, the director’s career really took off, as he moved to RKO and specialized in probably his most successful genre: action thrillers. Some of his hits include “Seven Miles From Alcatraz” (1942), which followed two convict escapees, his first try at also being producer , “Behind the Rising Sun” (1943), “The Falcon Strikes Back” (1943), about a man who is framed for robbery and murder and must hide away, only to discover an even worse conspiracy, and the deception filled  “Cornered” (1945). Dmytryk additionally perfected the film noir picture, with successes such as “Murder, My Sweet” (1944). Furthermore, he came out with the wartime saga “Back to Bataan” (1945) and “Till the End of Time” (1946), a dramatic look into the re-introduction of war veterans into civilization.

Dmytryk joined the Communist Party in 1944, and consequently also began making several political motion pictures. Such films consist of the anti-fascist “Hitler’s Children” (1943), the anti-Semitic, “Crossfire” (1947) in which he was nominated for a Best Director Oscar, and the socialist “So Well Remembered” (1947). While these pictures were successful, his career came to a halt in 1947 when he was called before Congress’ House Un-American Activities Committee, because of a communist accusation made against him by fellow director Sam Wood. Dmytryk plead the fifth, was quickly fired by RKO, and was sentenced to a year in federal prison, making him a part of the legendary “Hollywood 10”. Later, he finally admitted to his membership in the Communist Party. As he was shunned in Hollywood, he moved to England and completed the two films “The Hidden Room” (1949) and “Give Us This Day” (1949). In 1951 he returned to America, but only upon identifying twenty six other communist members. After, he was free to again participate in Hollywood filmmaking.

Dmytryk resumed his career, producing three films and directing twenty five movies. His most notable include the westerns “Broken Lance” (1954) and “Warlock” (1959), the World War II dramas “The Caine Mutiny” (1954) and “The Young Lions” (1958), as well as “Walk on the Wild Side” (1962), “The Carpetbaggers” (1963), “Where Love Has Gone” (1964), and “Mirage” (1965). His final efforts, “The ‘Human’ Factor” (1975) and “He is My Brother” (1975), were complete unnoticed flops. His last work was the short drama “Not Only Strangers” (1979).

In his retirement, Dmytryk became the interviewee for many documentary films, taught film at the University of Southern California and University of Texas, and wrote a plethora of books on the art. The director died from kidney and heart failure on July 1, 1999 in Encino, California. He was ninety years old. For his involvement in the motion picture industry, Dmytryk was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


1979       Not Only Strangers 

1975       The 'Human' Factor

1975       He Is My Brother

1972       Bluebeard

1968       Shalako

1968       Anzio

1966       Alvarez Kelly

1965       Mirage

1964       Where Love Has Gone

1964       The Carpetbaggers

1962       The Reluctant Saint

1962       Walk on the Wild Side

1959       The Blue Angel

1959       Warlock

1958       The Young Lions

1957       Raintree County

1956       The Mountain

1956       Bing Presents Oreste 

1955       The Left Hand of God

1955       Soldier of Fortune

1955       The End of the Affair

1954       Broken Lance

1954       The Caine Mutiny

1953       The Juggler

1953       Three Lives 

1952       Eight Iron Men

1952       The Sniper

1952       Mutiny

1949       Give Us This Day

1949       The Hidden Room

1947       Crossfire

1947       So Well Remembered

1946       Till the End of Time

1945       Cornered

1945       Back to Bataan

1944       Murder, My Sweet

1943       Tender Comrade

1943       Behind the Rising Sun

1943       Captive Wild Woman

1943       The Falcon Strikes Back

1943       Hitler's Children

1942       Seven Miles from Alcatraz

1942       Counter-Espionage

1941       Confessions of Boston Blackie

1941       Secrets of the Lone Wolf

1941       The Blonde from Singapore

1941       Sweetheart of the Campus

1941       Under Age

1941       The Devil Commands

1940       Her First Romance

1940       Mystery Sea Raider

1940       Golden Gloves

1940       Emergency Squad

1939       Television Spy

1939       Million Dollar Legs 1939 Some Like It Hot 

1939       Love Affair 

1938       Zaza
1938       Prison Farm
1938       Bulldog Drummond's Peril
1937       Hold 'Em Navy   

1937       Double or Nothing
1937       Turn Off the Moon
1937       Murder Goes to College   

1936       Easy to Take   

1936       Three Married Men
1936       Three Cheers for Love
1936       Too Many Parents   

1935       The Hawk
1935       Ruggles of Red Gap     

1934       College Rhythm   

1932       Make Me a Star    

1930       The Royal Family of Broadway 
1930       Only Saps Work 

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