Joseph M. Newman
|Joseph M. Newman|
August 17, 1909|
Logan, Utah, United States
|Died||January 23, 2006
Simi Valley, California, United States
|Years active||1933 – 1965|
Joseph M. Newman (August 17, 1909 – January 23, 2006) was an American film director most famous for his 1955 film This Island Earth. His credits include episodes of The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
He was nominated for two Academy Awards in the now defunct category of Assistant Director, for David Copperfield and San Francisco. He was also the last person nominated Assistant Director to die.
Newman first established his reputation in the industry as an assistant director at MGM. He worked on Clear All Wires! (1933), Gabriel Over the White House (1933), The Nuisance (1933), Another Language (1933), Dinner at Eight (1933), Stage Mother (1933), Going Hollywood (1933), Riptide (1934), and The Merry Widow (1934), working with Ernst Lubitsch.
He was nominated for an Oscar for David Copperfield (1935), and worked on China Seas (1935), and I Live My Life (1935), Rose-Marie (1936). San Francisco (1936) earned him another Oscar nomination. He worked as assistant director on Lady of the Tropics (1937), Maytime (1937), The Firefly (1937), and Too Hot to Handle (1938).
Director of Shorts
Newman began directing short films starting with Man's Greatest Friend (1938). He followed it with The Story of Alfred Nobel (1938), Money to Loan (1939), The Story That Couldn't Be Printed (1939) (the story of John Zenger), Maintain the Right (1940), Know Your Money (1940) (part of the Crime Does Not Pay series), Women in Hiding (1940), Cat College (1940), Buyer Beware (1940), Respect the Law (1941), Coffins on Wheels (1941), Triumph Without Drums (1941), Don't Talk (1942), and Vendetta (1942).
Newman made his debut as a director of feature films with Northwest Rangers (1941), a B-movie about the Canadian Mounties starring James Craig.
Newman was a major in the Signal Corps during World War II. While there he directed the short film Diary of a Sergeant (1945) starring Harold Russell which led to Russell's appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).
After the war Newman returned to directing shorts at MGM: The Luckiest Guy in the World (1947) and The Amazing Mr. Nordill (1947).
He went back to features with the low budgetJungle Patrol (1948) at Fox. He went on to direct The Great Dan Patch (1949), the film noir crime dramas Abandoned (1949), with Gale Storm, and 711 Ocean Drive, which starred Edmond O'Brien.
20th Century Fox
Newman went to Fox where he directed The Guy Who Came Back (1951); Love Nest (1952), featuring an early supporting role for Marilyn Monroe. The studio were impressed and assigned him to larger budgeted films: Red Skies of Montana (1952) with Richard Widmark; and The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1952).
Newman directed The Human Jungle (1954) for Allied Artists.
Newman made This Island Earth for Universal. It starred Rex Reason as a scientist and jet pilot who is transported to another world by beings from a dying civilization who secretly intend to invade and take over his home planet. The film attracted a cult following that increased decades later when the television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 spoofed it in 1996 in its first feature-film venture.
Newman did some films for Allied Artists, The Big Bankroll (1961), and The George Raft Story (1962). In between he made It Started in Tokyo (1961), The Lawbreakers (1961) and A Thunder of Drums (1961).
His final years as a director were for TV, doing episodes of The Great Adventure, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and The Big Valley. He did several Twilight Zone episodes including "In Praise of Pip", "The Last Night of a Jockey", "Black Leather Jackets", and "The Bewitchin' Pool".
- Don't Talk (1942) (short film)
- Northwest Rangers (1942)
- Jungle Patrol (1948)
- The Great Dan Patch (aka Ride a Reckless Mile) (1949)
- Abandoned (1949)
- 711 Ocean Drive (1950)
- The Guy Who Came Back (1951)
- Love Nest (1951)
- I'll Get You for This (aka Lucky Nick Cain) (1951)
- Pony Soldier (1951)
- Red Skies of Montana (1952)
- The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1952)
- Dangerous Crossing (1953)
- The Human Jungle (1954)
- This Island Earth (1955)
- Kiss of Fire (1955)
- Flight to Hong Kong (1956)
- Death in Small Doses (1957)
- Fort Massacre (1958)
- The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959)
- The Big Circus (1959)
- Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959)
- A Thunder of Drums (1961)
- Twenty Plus Two (1961)
- The Lawbreakers (1961)
- The Big Bankroll (aka King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein) (1961)
- The George Raft Story (aka Spin of a Coin) (1961)
- "The 8th Academy Awards (1935) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
- "The 9th Academy Awards (1936) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
- Shaffer, G. (1934, Jul 13). Lubitsch quits set when mice appear in film. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/181588764?accountid=13902
- Schallert, E. (1948, Nov 13). 'Red clay' on metro's slate as change of pace feature for gene kelly. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/165865653?accountid=13902
- Hopper, H. (1950, May 24). 31 italian noblemen to support george raft in movie. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/177878782?accountid=13902
- Drama. (1951, May 29). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/166245141?accountid=13902
- By THOMAS M PRYOR Special to The New York Times. (1952, Jan 14). O'BRIEN TO DIRECT AND STAR IN MOVIE. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/112559237?accountid=13902
- Schallert, E. (1952, Apr 23). Newman forms company to film 'island in scky;' keel 'guest' of debbie. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/166348279?accountid=13902
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- By THOMAS M PRYOR Special to The New York Times. (1953, Sep 18). NEWMAN SETS UP OWN FILM STUDIO. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/112739306?accountid=13902
- Schallert, E. (1954, Jul 21). 'Flying finns' proposed; maxwell, cooper roles named; metro into space. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/166668314?accountid=13902
- Scheuer, P. K. (1961, May 16). Brennan and conte winners of west. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/167857146?accountid=13902