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Overview (3)

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Died in Hollywood, California, USA  (general debilitation)
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Samuel Bischoff, a Connecticut-born graduate of Boston University and Northwestern College, was trained as a Certified Public Accountant and naturally viewed the film industry from a financial, rather than artistic, perspective. In 1922, he formed his own production and distribution company, which, for six years, released short comedies made on shoe-string budgets, including the early Stan Laurel effort Mixed Nuts (1922), and a series of twelve two-reelers for Mack Sennett, starring Eddie Gribbon and Mildred June.

From 1926, Bischoff turned out feature films for Poverty Row studios like Mascot and Tiffany, where his budget-conscious methodology sufficiently impressed the ever-frugal Columbia boss Harry Cohn to hire him as supervising producer. In 1932, he moved on to work at Warner Brothers, primarily as associate producer for the B-unit. In that capacity, his only credited A-grade features were the gangster melodramas The Roaring Twenties (1939) and Castle on the Hudson (1940). Having acquired the taste for more ambitious projects, Bischoff produced a string of popular escapist films for Columbia and RKO between 1941 and 1956. These included the lavish musical You'll Never Get Rich (1941), the mystery-comedy A Night to Remember (1942), the tongue-in-cheek fairy-tale adventure A Thousand and One Nights (1945) and the Robert Mitchum - Jane Russell film noir Macao (1952). His final six films were released under the banner of his short-lived Bischoff-Diamond Corporation, the last being the Alfred Hitchcock wannabe The Strangler (1964).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (1)

Harriett Wheagle (1920 - 25 October 1970) ( her death)

Trivia (4)

Produced over 400 full-length movies, two-reel comedies and serials.
Co-founder (w/Burt Kelly, William Saal) of K.B.S. Productions, Inc., a low-budget production company in the 1930s.
Head of Samuel Bischoff Productions, a low-budget production company in the 1930s.
An inveterate horse-race player, he sometimes bet on as many as 40 races a day.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Howard Hughes (I)] Howard never fired anybody. If he wanted to get rid of somebody, he'd merely put somebody in over the guy.

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