Arthur B. Krim

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Arthur B. Krim

Arthur B. Krim (4 April 1910 – 21 September 1994) was an American entertainment lawyer, the former finance chairman for the U.S. Democratic Party, an adviser to President Lyndon Johnson and the former chairman of Eagle-Lion Films (1946–1949), United Artists (1951–1978), and Orion Pictures (1978–1992). His more than four decades as a movie studio head is one of the longest in Hollywood history.

Biography[edit]

Born to a Jewish family[1] in New York City, he received his B.A. from Columbia University in 1930, and graduated from Columbia Law School two years later.

Krim was a partner at the firm of Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon. He worked as an entertainment lawyer for clients such as Clifford Odets and John Garfield[2].

He served in the Army Service Forces in the Pacific Theatre of Operations where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Film[edit]

In 1946 Krim and his partner Robert Benjamin managed the American portion of Eagle-Lion Films where they sought top talent to produce their films[3].

The pair took over United Artists in 1951 with the Krim and Benjamin given three years to turn a profit; they did it in six months[4]. Krim remained with UA until 1978 when he created Orion Films.

Democratic Party[edit]

Krim became an influential Democrat, head of the Democratic Party Financing Committee and advised Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Carter[4].

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Mathilde Krim. He died in New York City in 1994, age 84.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brook, Vincent (December 15, 2016). From Shtetl to Stardom: Jews and Hollywood: Chapter 1: Still an Empire of Their Own: How Jews Remain Atop a Reinvented Hollywood. Purdue University Press. p. 17. ISBN 9781557537638. Archived from the original on April 16, 2017. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  2. ^ p. 47 Morrison, John Mathilde Krim Infobase Publishing, 2009
  3. ^ Tzioumakis, Yannis American Independent Cinema: Second Edition Edinburgh University Press, 7 Mar 2018
  4. ^ a b Week, Jew of the. "Jews of the Week: Mathilde and Arthur Krim | Jew of the Week". Archived from the original on 2019-04-20. Retrieved 2019-07-17.

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