Robert Youngson

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Robert Youngson (November 27, 1917 – April 8, 1974) was a film producer, director, and screenwriter.[1][2]

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was responsible for reacquainting movie audiences with the work of the great silent comedians. His feature-film compilations The Golden Age of Comedy (1958) and When Comedy Was King (1960) were popular successes. Youngson produced six more vintage-comedy anthologies, the last being released in 1970.

Youngson also wrote and produced a long series of historical short subjects for Warner Brothers, two of which won him Academy Awards. Most of these films took an affectionate look back at the fads and lifestyles of the 1920s. Youngson's narration was nostalgic in tone, unlike the facetious commentaries that usually accompanied silent-film revivals like Gaslight Follies (1945) and Warners' compilations of Mack Sennett comedies. Youngson also produced a feature-length documentary for Warners, Fifty Years Before Your Eyes (1950).

Academy Awards and nominations[edit]

He was nominated six times for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film (one reel).

Year Film Academy Award Notes
1949 Spills and Chills nominated daredevil stunts of the teens and twenties
1950 Blaze Busters nominated newsreels of epic fire scenes
1951 The World of Kids winner children at play in the '20s
1954 This Mechanical Age winner oddly designed airplanes
1955 Gadgets Galore nominated history of the automobile
1956 I Never Forget a Face nominated celebrities of the '20s

Full list of Short Films[edit]

All produced by Warner Brothers and narrators included Dan Donaldson, Jackson Beck, Clem McCarthy, Dwight Weist, Ward Wilson and Jay Jackson. Walton C. Ament produced the earliest shorts. Those not part of a series were marketed as “varieties” and “novelties”.

  • Football Magic (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - September 4, 1948
  • Roaring Wheels (Sports News Review) - October 2, 1948
  • Ski Devils (Sports News Review) - December 4, 1948
  • Swim Parade (Sports News Review) - February 5, 1949
  • Batter Up (Sports News Review) - April 9, 1949
  • They're Off (Sports News Review) - June 18, 1949
  • Spills and Chills (Sports News Review) - August 13, 1949 (DVD release: It's a Great Feeling: TCM Doris Day Collection)
  • Pigskin Passes (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - September 23, 1949
  • A-Speed on the Deep - December 24, 1949
  • Shoot the Basket (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - April 29, 1950
  • A Cavalcade of Girls - August 12, 1950
  • Blaze Busters - December 30, 1950
  • Horsehide Heroes - March 10, 1951
  • World of Kids - June 23, 1951
  • Disaster Fighters - August 11, 1951
  • Lighter than Air - October 20, 1951
  • Animals Have All the Fun - April 19, 1952
  • Daredevil Days - August 9, 1952
  • Too Much Speed - January 3, 1953
  • No Adults Allowed - April 11, 1953
  • Head Over Heels - June 20, 1953
  • Looking At Life (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - July 18, 1953
  • Say It with Spills- October 24, 1953
  • Magic Movie Moments - December 26, 1953
  • They Were Champions (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - January 23, 1954
  • I Remember When - March 19, 1954
  • This Wonderful World (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - March 27, 1954
  • Thrills from the Past - May 8, 1954
  • When Sports Were King - June 19, 1954
  • This Was Yesterday (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - July 31, 1954
  • This Mechanical Age - August 28, 1954
  • Camera Hunting (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - November 20, 1954
  • A Bit of the Best - December 25, 1954
  • Those Exciting Days - March 12, 1955
  • When the Talkies Were Young (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - March 26, 1955 (DVD release The Jazz Singer & Lucky Me (film))
  • Fire, Wind and Flood - April 30, 1955
  • Some of the Greatest - June 18, 1955
  • The Glory Around Us (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - July 2, 1955
  • Gadgets Galore - July 30, 1955 (DVD release: Pete Kelly's Blues (film))
  • An Adventure to Remember - October 1, 1955
  • It Happened to You (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - December 31, 1955
  • Faster and Faster - January 21, 1956
  • The Picture Parade (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - March 31, 1956
  • I Never Forget a Face - April 28, 1956
  • Through the Camera's Eyes (two reel “Classic of the Screen”) - August 11, 1956
  • Animals and Kids - August 18, 1956

Feature-film compilations[edit]

Youngson also produced the following feature-length compilations:

Private life and death[edit]

He died at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City at age 56, survived by his wife Jeanne Keyes.[2]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Obituary Variety, April 17, 1974, page 95.
  2. ^ a b Obituary New York Times, April 10, 1974.

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