Got this idea from Andrew Dickos in his excellent history of American film noir entitled "Street with No Name." Here are my top ten film noir directors based on number of films produced. I find it fascinating that there are minimal pictures of these important film people in the IMDb.
Hal B. Wallis
Legendary producer Hal B. Wallis was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles when he was in his early 20s. He got a job managing a theater owned by Warner Bros., and his success at the job caught the eye of studio head Jack L. Warner
, who gave him a job in the studio's publicity department. Within a few months Wallis had worked his way up to head of the department...
In 1933, she was hired to be a secretary by Alfred Hitchcock
. She soon graduated to reading books and scripts, writing synopses and contributing to scripts. In 1939, she accompanied Hitchcock to Hollywood, working as his assistant and as a writer. In 1941, she was hired as a scriptwriter by MGM. In 1943...
Film producer Edward Small1 was born in February 1891 in Brooklyn, New York. He had one of the longest and most prolific careers of any independent producer, his career lasting from the silent era into the 1970s. In some ways Edward Small's career was the reverse of that of Myron Selznick
, who started out as a producer at his father Lewis J. Selznick
's film company...
Adrian Scott, the producer of progressive films who was blacklisted as one of the Hollywood 10, was born into a middle-class Irish Catholic family in Arlington, New Jersey, on February 6, 1912, to Mary (Redpath) and Allan Scott. He established his reputation as a writer on various magazines before finding employment in the movie industry...
Mark Hellinger made his name as a New York theater critic and as one of the first of the nationally known "Broadway columnists", a craft which his friend Walter Winchell
was the most famous practitioner. Born on March 21, 1903, Hellinger was the embodiment of the hard-boiled, hard-living, hard-drinking journalist that became a stereotype of the early talkies...
Robert Aldrich entered the film industry in 1941 when he got a job as a production clerk at RKO Pictures. He soon worked his way up to script clerk, then became an assistant director, a production manager and an associate producer. He began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s, and directed his first feature in 1953 (Big Leaguer
Isadore Schary had a long and checkered history in motion pictures. He was first employed as a screenwriter at then-lowly Columbia after a story editor was struck by the crispness of a writing sample. The editor also happened to think that the writer was a woman, mistaking Dore for Dora. By 1933 he'd...