Samuel Bronston Productions

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Samuel Bronston Productions
Industry Entertainment
Founded 1943
Founder Samuel Bronston
Key people
Samuel Bronston
(Founder)
Products Motion pictures

Samuel Bronston Productions was an independent American film production company, founded by Samuel Bronston in 1943.

The company produced several epic films, the most notable of which are, John Paul Jones (1959), King of Kings (1961), El Cid (1961), 55 Days at Peking (1963) and The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964).

The films were made in Spain in the company's newly created studios in Las Rozas, near Madrid.

Due to financial difficulties, the company ceased its business activities in 1964. During the ensuing bankruptcy proceedings, Bronston's answer that the company had once had a bank account in Zurich in response to a question under oath about whether he personally had had a Swiss bank account led to his prosecution for perjury. He was convicted, and the case was ultimately appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in Bronston v. United States that literally truthful, but technically misleading, answers cannot be prosecuted.

List of Samuel Bronston Productions films[edit]

Year Title Distributor Producer Director Star(s) Academy Awards Notes
Wins Nominations
1943 Jack London United Artists Samuel Bronston Alfred Santell Michael O'Shea & Susan Hayward Best Original Score (Freddie Rich)
1959 John Paul Jones Warner Bros. Samuel Bronston John Farrow Robert Stack & Marisa Pavan Filmed in Technirama
1961 King of Kings MGM Samuel Bronston Nicholas Ray Jeffrey Hunter Filmed in Super Technirama 70; Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Original Score (Miklós Rózsa)
1961 El Cid Allied Artists Samuel Bronston Anthony Mann Charlton Heston & Sophia Loren Best Art Direction; Best Original Song (Miklós Rózsa & Paul Francis Webster); Best Original Score (Miklós Rózsa) Filmed in Super Technirama 70; Won Golden Globe Special Merit Award (Samuel Bronston); Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama; Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Director (Anthony Mann); Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Original Score (Miklós Rózsa)
1963 55 Days at Peking Allied Artists Samuel Bronston Nicholas Ray Charlton Heston & Ava Gardner Best Original Song (Dimitri Tiomkin & Paul Francis Webster); Best Original Score (Dimitri Tiomkin) Filmed in Super Technirama 70
1964 The Fall of the Roman Empire Paramount Samuel Bronston Anthony Mann Sophia Loren & Stephen Boyd Best Original Score (Dimitri Tiomkin) Filmed in Ultra Panavision 70; Won Golden Globe for Best Original Score (Dimitri Tiomkin)
1964 Circus World Paramount Samuel Bronston Henry Hathaway John Wayne & Rita Hayworth Filmed in Super Technirama 70; Won Golden Globe for Best Original Song (Dimitri Tiomkin & Ned Washington); Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama (Rita Hayworth)

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