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Walter Wanger (July 11, 1894 - November 18, 1968) was an important American film producer. Jump to: navigation, search July 11 is the 192nd day (193rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 173 days remaining. ... 1894 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search November 18 is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years), with 43 remaining. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...


Wanger was born Walter Feuchtwanger in San Francisco, California. He served with the United States Army during World War I. Jump to: navigation, search The downtown San Francisco skyline, looking east from the central part of the city. ... US Army Seal HHC, US Army Distinctive Unit Insignia The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Jump to: navigation, search World War I was primarily a European conflict with many facets: immense human sacrifice, stalemate trench warfare, and the use of new, devastating weapons - tanks, aircraft, machineguns, and poison gas. ...


He produced his first motion picture in 1929 titled The Cocoanuts directed by Joseph Santley and starring the Marx brothers. His many significant productions include The Sheik (1921), Stagecoach (1939), Joan of Arc (1948), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), I Want to Live! (1958), and Cleopatra (1963). Cover of sheet music for When My dreams Come True The Cocoanuts (1929) is the first released Marx Brothers film. ... Jump to: navigation, search The brothers in Hollywood: (left to right) Chico, Zeppo, Groucho, Harpo The Marx Brothers were a team of sibling comedians that played in vaudeville, stage plays, film and television. ... The Sheik works a Camel Clutch on Terry Funk in a 1970s match Edward George Farhat (June 11, 1924 – January 18, 2003) was a professional wrestler best known as The Sheik (or The Original Sheik to distinguish him from the Iron Sheik of the mid-1980s). ... Trevor and Wayne Stagecoach is a 1939 Western which tells the tale of a motley group of strangers thrown together on a stagecoach which is attacked by Indians. ... Joan of Arc is a 1948 film. ... Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 science fiction film that tells the story of ordinary small town people whose bodies are taken over by aliens. ... I Want to Live! is a 1958 film which tells the true story of a woman, Barbara Graham, falsely accused of murder, who faces execution. ... Cleopatra is the name of several movies about the last Egyptian queen of the same name. ...


Wanger married silent film actress Justine Johnstone in 1919. They divorced in 1938 and in 1940 he married Joan Bennett with whom he remained until 1965. In 1951, Wanger shot his wife's agent in the thigh after confronting the two on suspicions that they were having an affair. His attorneys mounted a "temporary insanity" defence and he served only two years in prison. The experience profoundly affected him and in 1954 he made the prison film, Riot in Cell Block 11. A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... Joan Geraldine Bennett (February 27, 1910 – December 7, 1990) was an American film actress who also achieved success later in life as a television actress. ...


Wanger was given an Honorary Academy Award in 1946 for his service as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Founded on May 11, 1927 in California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. ...


His 1958 production of "I Want to Live!" starred Susan Hayward in an anti-capital punishment film that is one of the most highly regarded films on the subject. Susan Hayward Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975) was an American actress. ... Jump to: navigation, search Death Penalty World Map Color Key: Blue: Abolished for all crimes Green: Abolished, except for crimes committed under certain circumstances (such as crimes committed in time of war) Orange: Abolished in practice Red: Legal form of punishment Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty...


Walter Wanger died of a heart attack in 1968 in New York City. He is interred in the Home of Peace Cemetery, Coloma, California. A myocardial infarction occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque slowly builds up in the inner lining of a coronary artery and then suddenly ruptures, totally occluding the artery and preventing blood flow downstream. ... New York City, officially named the City of New York, is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ...


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University of Delaware: WALTER WANGER PAPERS (1102 words)
Walter Wanger was born in San Francisco on July 11, 1894.
The Walter Wanger Papers date from 1923 to 1938, with the vast bulk in a two-year period between 1932 to 1934.
WangerÂ’s MGM contract, a list of MGM employees and their addresses, and a draft of WangerÂ’s letter of resignation from MGM are also included.
Walter Wanger - Biography - Moviefone (2220 words)
Walter Wanger was, from the early '30s until the mid-'50s, one of the top independent producers in Hollywood, with an array of movies to his credit that included some of the most highly regarded works of Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Fritz Lang, and, later on, Don Siegel.
Wanger was born Walter Feuchtwanger in San Francisco, CA, in 1894, the third of four children of Sigmund Feuchtwanger, a Bavarian Jewish immigrant and successful seller of clothing, and the former Stella Stettheimer, the eldest of four daughters from a highly educated German American family from Rochester, NY.
Wanger's father died of heart failure in 1905, at age 50, and the boy was uprooted soon after, his mother choosing to move to Europe for a time as she put her life and her family back together.
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