Gerry Blattner

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Gerry Blattner
Gerry Blattner circa 1948.jpg
Gerard Blattner

Died1992 (approx.)
Years active1933–1976
Spouse(s)Pamela Daniels

Gerry Blattner was a British Film Producer who worked on many films produced by Warner Bros. in the UK.


Gerry Blattner was a British film producer and Executive Producer, best known for producing the Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated and Golden Globe winning feature film The Sundowners[1] and co-producing the television adaptation of I, Claudius.[2]

Son of Ludwig Blattner (also a film producer, as well as an inventor), Gerry (real first name Gerard) followed his father into the film business. He was a production supervisor on My Lucky Star in 1933, which was filmed at the Blattner Studios in Elstree.[3] He was a production manager on The Edge of the World in 1937 at the age of 24, a film produced by Joe Rock, who leased a studio amongst the Elstree Studios complex from Gerry's father in 1934 and appointed Gerry the studio manager.[4] By the 1950s he was producing or overseeing the production of many of the Warner Bros. films made at Elstree and elsewhere in Europe e.g. Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. in 1950-1951,[5] Where's Charley? in 1952 as producer,[6][7] Land of the Pharaohs (1955)[8] as production manager, and Fanny in 1961.[9] Although Raoul Walsh, with whom he worked on Captain Horatio Hornblower, described Gerry Blattner as the "studio head" in his autobiography[10] (and mistakenly called him "Jerry"), he was actually the head of Warner Bros. European Film Productions.[11]

In the contemporary Australian publicity handouts for The Sundowners, the section describing the choice of locations quotes (and describes) Gerry Blattner thus:[12]

"The whole effect is a visual one," explains Gerry Blattner, the tubby English producer with a satisfied finality in his voice. "We want one half of the picture to have a background of deep green, hence Nimmitabel. The other half has to look burnt down - Port Augusta."

Personal life[edit]

Although born in Liverpool in 1913,[13] he grew up in Hertfordshire after his father bought the Ideal Film Company studio in Elstree in 1928. He had one daughter, Sandra.[14] Gerry and his first wife Pamela also lived in Elstree while he was working for Warner Bros. Simon Cowell's parents lived next door,[15] and Gerry is credited with helping Simon to obtain his first job in showbusiness[16][17] as a runner on the production of The Shining, which was made by Warner Bros. at Elstree Studios. Gerry died in the early 1990s.

Gerry and his father were honoured by the naming of Blattner Close in Elstree in the mid-1990s.[18][19][20]


  1. ^ "The Sundowners", Internet Movie Database (IMDB), retrieved 26 December 2013
  2. ^ "Gerry Blattner Productions", IMDB, retrieved 26 December 2013
  3. ^ "My Lucky Star", BFI, retrieved 26 December 2013
  4. ^ "The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History", edited by William D. Rubinstein, Michael Jolles, Hilary L. Rubinstein - Google Books Palgrave Macmillan, 15 Mar 2011, ISBN 9781403939104
  5. ^ David Eldridge (April 2006). Hollywood's History Films. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 9781845110611. p.224
  6. ^ Stanley Green (1999). Hollywood Musicals Year by Year. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9780634007651.
  7. ^ Hollywood Musicals Year by Year, at Google Books, p.173
  8. ^ "Gerry Blattner", British Film Institute (BFI), retrieved 26 December 2013
  9. ^ "Robert Lennard Collection", WRL/29/1, p.6, Extent - 20A, Accessioned - May 2002, The National Archives, UK
  10. ^ Raoul Walsh (January 1974). Each Man in His Time: The Life Story of a Director. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 9780374145538. ch.20
  11. ^ Herts Advertiser (Boreham Wood, Elstree & Radlett edition), 17 September 1965, p.1
  12. ^ "America's Best, Britain's Finest: A Survey of Mixed Movies", John Howard Reid, pub., March 2006. ISBN 9781411678774, p.241
  13. ^ "Gerry Blattner", British Film Institute (BFI), retrieved 8 January 2014
  14. ^ Herts Advertiser (Boreham Wood, Elstree & Radlett edition), 17 September 1965, p.1
  15. ^ Chas Newkey-Burden (3 September 2009). Simon Cowell: The Unauthorised Biography. Michael O’Mara Books. ISBN 978-1-84317-390-8.
  16. ^ Martin, Lara (30 April 2009). "Cowell 'got break cleaning 'Shining' axe'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  17. ^ Cowell, S. (2003) "I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But...", Broadway Books, ISBN 0-7679-1741-3
  18. ^ "Dying to be famous", Paul Welsh, Borehamwood and Elstree Times, 6 June 2007, retrieved 8 January 2014
  19. ^ "Nicoll Farm Stables, Allum Lane, Elstree" planning application meeting report, application no. TP/13/0021, Nicoll Farm Stables. Hertsmere Borough Council, 18 April 2013
  20. ^ 51°39′04″N 0°17′19″W / 51.65122°N 0.28873°W / 51.65122; -0.28873

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