The Info List - Edward Small

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EDWARD SMALL (born EDWARD SCHMALHEISER, February 1, 1891, Brooklyn, New York – January 25, 1977, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California
) was a film producer from the late 1920s through 1970, who was enormously prolific over a fifty-year career. He is best known for the movies The Count of Monte Cristo (1934), The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), The Corsican Brothers (1941), Brewster\'s Millions (1945), Raw Deal (1948), Black Magic (1949), Witness for the Prosecution (1957) and Solomon and Sheba (1959).


* 1 Career

* 1.1 Asher Small Rogers * 1.2 Reliance Pictures * 1.3 RKO * 1.4 Edward Small Productions * 1.5 Columbia and Eagle Lion

* 1.6 Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures

* 1.6.1 Bernard Small and Reliance

* 1.7 Return to United Artists
United Artists
* 1.8 Television * 1.9 British Productions * 1.10 Later career

* 2 Select Filmography

* 2.1 Unmade Films * 2.2 Films developed by Small made by others

* 3 References

* 3.1 Sources

* 4 External links


Small was the son of Jewish Austrian-born Philip Schmalheiser and Prussian-born Rose Lewin, and had three sisters and two brothers. He began his career as a talent agent in New York City. In 1917, he moved his agency to Los Angeles. Among his acting clients was a young Hedda Hopper . His first production appears to have been the wartime propaganda film, Who\'s Your Neighbor? (1917).

In the 1920s the Edward Small Company produced stage sketches. He helped William Goetz get his start in the industry by recommending him for a job at Corinne Griffith.


Small began producing films in the 1920s, when it became his full-time occupation. He formed the firm Asher, Small and Rogers, where he was a partner with Charles Rogers and E.M Asher. Their early films included The Sporting Lover (1926), The Cohens and Kellys (1926) (so popular it led to several sequels), The Gorilla (1927), McFadden\'s Flats (1927), Ladies\' Night in a Turkish Bath (1928), The Cohens and the Kellys in Paris (1928), My Man (1928) (with Fanny Brice ), and Companionate Marriage (1929).

Many of these early films were comedies, based on a stage play. In 1926 he said, "Making a comedy requires far more care than is necessary for any other form of screen production because audiences are more exacting than in any other form of entertainment."

"Picture making is a youngster's game," he added the same year. "When a man gets older he doesn't want to take a chance to try something new. And this business moves so fast that if you don't change your methods with every picture you're out of luck. In a few years I won't have a thing to do with the creative. Afraid, I'll hire young men with plenty of nerve to handle that for me."

In early 1928 Asher Small Rogers dissolved. However they then re-teamed and started producing films; towards the end of the year they invested in a studio complex in Sherman Oaks.

Small then worked for a time at Columbia Pictures, making Song of Love (1929). For his own company he made Clancy in Wall Street (1930). He sent an expedition to the Arctic and they made the documentary ..Igloo (1932).


In 1932, Small formed Reliance Pictures together with partner Harry M. Goetz. The new company was to be made with finance from Art Cinema, a subsidiary company of United Artists
United Artists
, in a deal brokered by Joseph Schenck . On the basis of this verbal commitment, Small and Goetz started pre production on three films. However, when Schenck presented the deal to Art Cinema's board, it was turned down. An embarrassed Schenck decided personally put up half the cost of the three films, with the other half met by Small and Goetz. The films were I Cover the Waterfront (1933), Palooka (1934) (with Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
), and The Count of Monte Cristo (1934); the latter, starring Robert Donat
Robert Donat
and the first screen credit for Philip Dunne , was a big hit especially.

William Phipps then stepped in to provide financing in Schenck's place and Reliance made five more movies for United Artists
United Artists
over two years: Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934), Let \'Em Have It (1935), Red Salute (1935), The Melody Lingers On
The Melody Lingers On
(1935) and Last of the Mohicans (1936); the latter, with Randolph Scott
Randolph Scott
was a sizeable success.

In 1935 Small announced plans to make a series of 4,000 feet films (i.e. short features) based on short stories and novelettes as an alternative to the double bill but this did not seem to come to fruition.


After making The Last of the Mohicans, Small left United Artists
United Artists
and established himself as an associate producer at RKO in January 1936; the studio bought out Reliance. Small said he was motivated by the move to make larger budgeted movies, including Robber Barons (which became The Toast of New York), Son of Monte Cristo, Gunga Din and a series of Jack Oakie
Jack Oakie
comedies. Small:

I intend to produce a different type of historical productions. There will be less of the awesomeness and less of the blind respect that has often marked the modern's approach to a historical character. Diamond Jim and The Story of Louis Pasteur are only the beginning. Napoleon, Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette
, and Mary of Scotland, contemplated, will be great steps in the direction of honesty. We have on our schedules the filming of the stories of Beau Brummell
Beau Brummell
and Jim Fisk and we are contemplating a minimum of punch-pulling. Newsreels are telling the truth about people, showing them as they are. Feature pictures are going to do the same thing; they will make men and women out of celebrities.

Small's time at RKO resulted in six pictures: The Bride Walks Out (1936), We Who Are About to Die (1937), Sea Devils (1937), New Faces of 1937 (1937), Super-Sleuth (1937) (with Jack Oakie
Jack Oakie
) and The Toast of New York (1937). Some of these performed well but others were less successful, particularly the expensive The Toast of New York , which was RKO's biggest money losing picture of 1937. However he did sell the studio his rights to Gunga Din which he had purchased from the Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling
estate in 1936 and became a big hit later on. (He made Son of Cristo later at United Artists
United Artists
and never produced a Beau Brummel film.) Small departed from RKO in 1938.


In January 1938 Small returned to United Artists
United Artists
with his own unit, Edward Small Productions, under a three-year deal to make six films a year. The following year he announced plans to make seven films worth $5 million over the next 12 months. Plans for some of these were delayed due to war but he made most of them, starting with The Duke of West Point (1938), which starred Louis Hayward who Small put under a long term contract. This was followed by King of the Turf (1939); The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) starring Hayward, one of Small's most popular films; My Son, My Son! , with Hayward; The Son of Monte Cristo (1940) with Hayward; South of Pago Pago (1940), with Jon Hall; and Kit Carson (1940), with Hall.

In 1940 Small stopped making movies for six months as he renegotiated his deal with United Artists. He spoke out against rising costs and the impact of the double bill on filmmakers.

He recommenced production in early 1941 with another popular swashbuckler, an adaptation of The Corsican Brothers . He made five more movies for United Artists
United Artists
- International Lady (1941), A Gentleman After Dark (1942), Twin Beds (1942), Friendly Enemies (1942), ending with Miss Annie Rooney (1942) starring Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple

In March 1942 he threatened to strike again due to unhappiness with his deal.

Small and United Artists
United Artists
managed to come to terms and he produced a fresh series, including a series of farces such as Up in Mabel\'s Room (1944), Abroad with Two Yanks (1944), Brewster\'s Millions (1945), and Getting Gertie\'s Garter (1945).

In June 1945 he announced a plan to make ten films worth $10 million but he could not come to terms with United Artists
United Artists
and ended up leaving the studio that year.

In 1942 Small invested in the play Sweet Charity. In 1944 Binnie Barnes sued Edward Small Productions claiming they had breached a promise to build her up into a star.


Edward Small made his next film for Universal International, Temptation (1946). He also produced The Return of Monte Cristo for Columbia, with Hayward; then in mid-1946 signed another deal with United Artists. For them he made Black Magic (1949) with Orson Welles , shot in Rome.

In the late 1940s Small moved over to Eagle Lion where he made the popular film noirs T-Men (1947) and Raw Deal (1948) For a time there was talk Small would take over the young studio. However Small fell out with Eagle Lion over billing on T Men and withdrew from his planned participation in the film Twelve Against the Underworld. He later argued that the company could not guarantee funding for a three-year schedule.

In 1948 Small said he had personally made $2 million in profit from ten films over the past 18 months. He was making 16 films worth $8.5 million. However he was not optimistic about the future of independent film production, saying that filmmakers needed to look internationally.

He made a series of films for Columbia: The Black Arrow (1948), with Hayward; The Fuller Brush Man (1948) with Red Skelton
Red Skelton
; Walk a Crooked Mile (1948).


In 1949 Small signed a two-year contract with Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
, which specifically excluded Small's long-gestating film about Rudolph Valentino , Valentino. He ended up making eleven films for the studio over seven years where Columbia allowed him profit sharing after Columbia made up their investment in the film.

Valentino (1951), which Small had developed since 1938, was released through Columbia.

His other Columbia films included Lorna Doone (1951), a swashbuckler; some Westerns with George Montgomery, The Texas Rangers (1951), Indian Uprising (1951) and Cripple Creek (1952); Scandal Sheet (1952) from a novel by Sam Fuller
Sam Fuller
; and The Brigand (1952), starring Valentinos Anthony Dexter.

Bernard Small And Reliance

In 1947, Reliance Pictures, headed by Small's son Bernard and Ben Pivar, signed an agreement with 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
to release six films starting with Strange Penalty, based on the story Lady from Shanghai, starring Alan Curtis and directed by Jean Yarbrough . They later made The Creeper (1948), two Bulldog Drummonds and The Indian Scout. They also developed a series of action films based on Leatherstocking Tales plus the films The Challenge, 13 Lead Soldiers, Santa Fe Uprising, Killers of the Sea, and The Cat Man.


In 1950 Small returned to United Artists
United Artists
to make two Westerns with actor George Montgomery, Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950) and The Iroquois Trail (1950). The films were well received and in 1951 Small helped fund Arthur Krim and Bob Benjamin acquire 50% of UA. He then signed a contract to make thirteen more movies for that company, ten within the first year, starting with Kansas City Confidential . This deal ultimately resulted in over seventy films over the next ten years. During this time he would occasionally make movies for other studios as well but United Artists
United Artists
were his main distributor. David Picker , head of the production for UA, later wrote that "I counted 76 films that Eddie made for the company simply because he was there to start it all. Now that's loyalty."

Most of Small's UA movies were budgeted between $100,000 and $300,000, and were not expected to make large profits on theatrical release but stood to earn considerable money being sold to television. They were usually shot within seven to nine days and went for around seventy minutes, starring lesser ranked names who were paid around $25,000. The majority were Westerns and crime melodramas (in contrast with his Columbia Films, which were mostly swashbucklers); towards the end of the 1950s he also increasingly made films aimed at the teenage market. The rise in television saw the market for these films die out in the early 1960s.

His UA films included Kansas City Confidential (1952), The Bandits of Corsica (1952), Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (1953), Dragon\'s Gold (1953), and Gun Belt (1953).

In order to supply his product Small operated a number of companies during this period: Fame Productions, Theme Pictures, Motion Picture Investors, Associated Players in 1953 he had a six-picture deal with the team of Clarence Greene and Russell Rouse which later became a 12-picture deal. His most prolific producer was Robert E. Kent for such companies as Peerless and Vogue.

Small occasionally made large budgeted films, usually in partnership with other producers, such as Arthur Hornblow Jnr. (Witness for the Prosecution ), Tyrone Power
Tyrone Power
( Solomon and Sheba
Solomon and Sheba
) and Victor Saville ( The Greengage Summer ).


In 1950 Small sold a package of 26 films he produced to show on American television through his Peerless Television Productions.

In 1953 he bought 50% of Arrow Productions.

Small later served as chairman of the board of the TV distribution company Television Programs of America whose shows include Private Secretary, Fury, ' Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion
Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion
, Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans , Halls of Ivy and ' Ramar of the Jungle . In 1957 he sold his interest in the company for $1.5 million.


In the late 1950s and early 1960s Small made a number of films in the UK. He made several low-budget comedies and horror films (including some with Vincent Price
Vincent Price
and director Sidney J. Furie ) as well as more prestigious productions such as The Greengage Summer (1961).


In the mid to late 1960s Small cut back on his output and concentrated on making comedies with Bob Hope
Bob Hope
and Elke Sommer
Elke Sommer

In 1970 Small announced he had two television series and four films ready for production but only one was made, The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970), which was Small's final movie.

In 1973 director Phil Karlson , who made eight films for Small, called him "probably, in his field - and he made some very good films - the most successful producer in our entire industry. Financially, no doubt about it.The man is a multi-millionaire."

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
for his television work located at 1501 Vine Street. His mausoleum is at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.


* Who\'s Your Neighbor? (1917) * The Sporting Lover (1926) (ASR/FN) * The Cohens and the Kellys (1926) (Universal) * The Gorilla (1927) (ASR/FN) * McFadden\'s Flats (1927) (ASR/FN) * Ladies\' Night in a Turkish Bath (1928)(ASR/FN) * The Cohens and the Kellys in Paris
The Cohens and the Kellys in Paris
(1928) (Universal) * My Man (1928) (Warner Bros) * Companionate Marriage (1928)(ASR/FN) * Song of Love (1929) (Columbia) * Clancy in Wall Street (1930) (ES) * Igloo (1932) (ES/Universal) * I Cover the Waterfront
I Cover the Waterfront
(1933) (R/UA) * Palooka (1933) (R/UA) * The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) (R/UA) * Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934) (R/UA) * The Legion of Valour (1935) (R/UA) * Red Salute (1935) (R/UA) * The Melody Lingers On
The Melody Lingers On
(1935) (R/UA) * The Last of the Mohicans (1936) (R/UA) * The Bride Walks Out (1936) (RKO) * We Who Are About to Die (1937) (RKO) * Sea Devils (1937) (RKO) * New Faces of 1937
New Faces of 1937
(1937) (RKO) * Super-Sleuth (1937) (RKO) * The Toast of New York (1937) (RKO) * The Duke of West Point (1938) (ES/UA) * King of the Turf (1939) (ES/UA) * The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) (ES/UA) * My Son, My Son! (1940) (ES/UA) * The Son of Monte Cristo
The Son of Monte Cristo
(1940) (ES/UA) * South of Pago Pago (1940) (ES/UA) * Kit Carson (1940) (ES/UA) * International Lady (1941) (ES/UA) * Pimpernel Smith (1941) (UA) (US distributor) * The Corsican Brothers (1941) (ES/UA) * A Gentleman After Dark
A Gentleman After Dark
(1942) (ES/UA) * Twin Beds (1942) (ES/UA) * Miss Annie Rooney (1942) (ES/UA) * Friendly Enemies (1942) (ES/UA) * The Foreman Went to France (1943) (US distributor) * Up in Mabel\'s Room (1944) (ES/UA) * Abroad with Two Yanks (1944) (ES/UA) * Brewster\'s Millions (1945) (ES/UA) * Getting Gertie\'s Garter (1945) (ES/UA) * Temptation (1946) (Universal) * The Return of Monte Cristo (1946) (ES/C) * T-Men (1947) (ES/EL) * The Black Arrow (1948) (ES/C) * The Fuller Brush Man (1948) (ES/C) * Raw Deal (1948) (ES/EL) * Walk a Crooked Mile
Walk a Crooked Mile
(1948) (ES/C) * Black Magic (1949) (ES/UA) * Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950) (ES/UA) * The Iroquois Trail (1950) (ES/UA) * Valentino (1951) (ES/C) * Lorna Doone (1951) (ES/C) * The Texas Rangers (1951) (ES/C) * Indian Uprising (1952) * Scandal Sheet (1952) (C) * The Brigand (1952) (Motion Picture Investors/C) * Cripple Creek (1952) * Kansas City Confidential (1952) (Assoc Players/UA) * Bandits of Corsica (1953) (Global/UA) * Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (1953) (R/UA) * Dragon\'s Gold (1953) (WSP/UA) * Gun Belt (1953) (G/UA) * The Neanderthal Man (1953) (G/UA) * 99 River Street (1953) (ES/UA) * Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953) (G/UA) * Sabre Jet (1953) (UA) * The Steel Lady (1953) (W/UA) * Wicked Woman (1953) (ES/UA)

* Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954) (W/UA) * Khyber Patrol (1954) (W/UA) * The Lone Gun (1954) (W/UA) * Overland Pacific (1954) (R/UA) * Return to Treasure Island (1954) (R/UA) * Southwest Passage (1954) (ES/UA) * Down Three Dark Streets (ES/1954) * New York Confidential (1955) (Warners) * The Naked Street
The Naked Street
(1955) (W/UA) * Top Gun (1955) (Fame/UA) * Comanche (1955) (Carl Krueger/UA) * Gun Brothers (1956) (Grand/UA) * UFO (1956) (Ivar/UA) * Chicago Confidential (1957) (Peerless/UA) * Five Steps to Danger (1957) (Grand/UA) * Gun Duel in Durango (1957) (Peerless/UA) * The Iron Sheriff (1957) (Grand/UA) * Monkey on My Back (1957) (Imperial/UA) * Curse of the Faceless Man (1958) (RKP/UA) * Hong Kong Confidential (1958) (V/UA) * It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) (V/UA) * Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958) (Peerless/UA) * Witness for the Prosecution (1958) (ES/UA) * The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959) (Premium/UA) * Guns, Girls, and Gangsters (1959) (Imperial/UA) * Inside the Mafia (1959) (Preimum/UA) * Invisible Invaders (1959) (PremiumUA) * Pier 5, Havana (1959) (REK/UA) * Riot in Juvenile Prison (1959) (V/UA) * Solomon and Sheba
Solomon and Sheba
(1959) (ES/UA) * Timbuktu (1959) (had name removed from credits) (I/UA) * Vice Raid (1959) (I/UA) * Cage of Evil (1960) (Z/UA) * Dog\'s Best Friend (1960) (UA) * Gunfighters of Abilene (1960) (Z/UA) * The Music Box Kid (1960) (Premium/UA) * Noose for a Gunman (1960) (Premium/UA) * Oklahoma Territory (1960) (Premium/UA) * Three Came to Kill (1960) (Premium/UA) * The Walking Target
The Walking Target
(1960) (Z/UA) * Boy Who Caught a Crook (1961) (HF/UA) * The Cat Burglar
The Cat Burglar
(1961) (HF/UA) * Doctor Blood\'s Coffin (1961) (CP/UA) * Frontier Uprising (1961) (Z/UA) * Five Guns to Tombstone (1961) (Z/UA) * The Flight that Disappeared
The Flight that Disappeared
(1961) (HF/UA) * The Gambler Wore a Gun (1961) (Z/UA) * Gun Fight (1961) (Z/UA) * Mary Had a Little... (1961) (CP/UA) * Operation Bottleneck (1961) (Z/UA) * Police Dog Story (1961) (Z/UA) * Secret of Deep Harbor
Secret of Deep Harbor
(1961) (HF/UA) * The Snake Woman (1961) (CP/UA) * Three on a Spree (1961) (CP/UA) * When the Clock Strikes (1961) (HF/UA) * You Have to Run Fast (1961) (HF/UA) * The Greengage Summer (1961) (PKL/Columbia) * Beauty and the Beast (1962) (HF/UA) * The Clown and the Kid (1962) (HF/UA) * Deadly Duo (1962) (HF/UA) * Gun Street (1962) (HF/UA) * Incident in an Alley (1962) (HF/UA) * Jack the Giant Killer (1962) (Z/UA) * Saintly Sinners (1962) (HF/UA) * Tower of London (1962) (Admiral/UA) * Diary of a Madman (1963) (Admiral/UA) * Twice Told Tales (1963) (Admiral/UA) * I\'ll Take Sweden (1965) (ES/UA) * Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!
Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!
(1966) (ES/UA) * Frankie and Johnny (1966) (UA) * The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz
The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz
(1968) (ES/UA) * The File of the Golden Goose
The File of the Golden Goose
(1969) (CP/UA) * The Christine Jorgensen Story
The Christine Jorgensen Story
(1970) (Eprod/UA)

* ASR = Asher Small Rogers * C = Columbia * CP = Caralan Productions * ES = Edward Small Productions * FN = First National * HF = Harvard Film Corporation * R = Reliance * UA = United Artists * Z = Zenith Pictures


* The Painted Face by Bayard Veiller (1928) * The Broadway Melody (1929) * first talking movie for Nazimova
(1929) * Sojourn (1930) * The Cradle of Jazz (1929) directed by Ted Wilde – stopped by Wilde's death from an old war wound in 1929 while directing a play for Small * sequel to McFadden's Flats (1929) * Mayor Harding of New York (1932) – abandoned after protests * Style (1932) from a story by Adela Harland set in the fashion industry to star Lilyan Tashman * If Christ Came to Chicago (1933) * Mr Helen Green (1933) * untitled film with Lawrence Tibbett – cancelled because Tibbett insisted on story and cast approval * Beau Brummell
Beau Brummell
(1934) with Robert Donat
Robert Donat
* Lusitania (1935) * Amateur Girl (1935) with Constance Cummings and Robert Young * David Garrick (1935) * The Mark of Zorro
(1935) – later (1953) with Anthony Dexter * Yosesmite (1935) – Western from script by Philip Dunne * Robin Hood (1935) with Robert Donat
Robert Donat
* adaptation of The Beggar\'s Opera (1935) * Clementina (1936) * The Lost World, Two Orphans and College Carnival (1938) – for United Artists
United Artists
* Beach Boy (1938) with Jon Hall * The Maginot Line (1938) with Louis Hayward * The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1939) * adaptation of Food of the Gods (1939) * Quantrill the Radier (1939) * By Any Other Name (1939) – play by Warren Musell about Edward de Vere , the Earl of Oxford * Christopher Columbus (1940–46) * Attack (1940) from a script by George Bruce about war maneuvers * Le Grande Homme' (1940) starring Jack Oakie
Jack Oakie
by David Dousseau * Heels to the Sky (1941) – a story of an American in the RAF * My Official Wife by Ernest Vajda , Sabotage, She Was a Working Girl (1941) * The Docks of New York (1941) * Winter Soldiers (1942) * Clementina by A.E.W. Mason (1942) * When Knighthood Was in Flower (1942) * But Is It Love (1942) with Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard
* The Raft (1943) with William Bendix * The Guy from Mike's Place (1943) * The Notorious Nancy Gray (1943) * Big Time (1943) with Ed Wynn
Ed Wynn
* remake of Two Arabian Knights (1944) with Dennis O'Keefe and William Bendix * remake of Are You a Mason? (1944) * When the Cat's Away (1944) * Two Yanks in Paris (1945) – sequel to Abroad with Two Yanks * A Time to be Born (1945) from book by Dawn Powell
Dawn Powell
* Lucretia Borgia (1945) * D'Artagnan (1945) * adaptation of The Scarlet Letter (1946) * Kate Fennigate (1946) from novel by Booth Tarkington
Booth Tarkington
* The O'Flynn (1946) * The Treasure of Monte Cristo (1948) * Twelve Against the Underworld (1948) for Eagle Lion * Crime on the Waterfront (1948) based on a series of newspaper articles * The Los Angeles Story (1948) based on a script by Philip Yordan * remake of The Sheik (1950) * Far West (1953) with producer Arthur Hornblow written by Sonya Levien * Cannibal Island (1953) a historical adventure tale with Lex Barker * The Mad Magician (1953) * Hercules (1953) with Lex Barker
Lex Barker
* The Unseen Hand (1953) * The Last Notch (1954) based on script by John Gilroy * The Brass Ring (1954) * Dateline Indo China (1954) with Denise Darcel * film about a female Pinkerton detective * If I Can't Have You (1955) with Andrew Stone * Women Confidential (1957) by Lee Mortimer * adaptation of Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
's The Mousetrap
The Mousetrap
(1958) with Victor Saville * Dear Spy, adaptation of novel Legacy of a Spy (1959) with script by Norman Krasna * Sgt Pike (1960) a Western with about a Southerner fighting for the North – mentioned at times for John Wayne, Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston * 36-26-36 (1965) – an original script by John Helmer * The Shameless Virgin (1968) with Elke Sommer
Elke Sommer
from a script by Nat Perrin


* Gunga Din (1939) * The Shanghai Gesture (1941) * Two Years Before the Mast (1946)


* ^ Mother of Small, Film Producer, Dies Los Angeles Times 12 Feb 1940: 8. * ^ Sea Movie Will Mark Pidgeon Film Return, Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 6 Jan 1961: b12. * ^ LOS ANGELES TO BE PRODUCTION CENTER Los Angeles Times 27 Jan 1924: B17. * ^ Goetz Looks to Future, Past, Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times 7 May 1966: 22. * ^ Nils Worked Days, Nights and Was Ill, Los Angeles Times 29 Apr 1928: C13. * ^ LOEW'S INAUGURATE CHANGE Los Angeles Times 5 Nov 1926: A11. * ^ AMERICAN AUDIENCES REVISE IDEA OF VIRTUE AND COMEDY Los Angeles Times 14 Nov 1926: C23 * ^ SMALL 'PICKS THE WINNERS': Discoverer of Many Favorites Plans "Quickies" With Unknown Casts to Unearth New Talent Miller, Barbara. Los Angeles Times 5 Dec 1926: C18. * ^ A B FLASHES: PRODUCERS REUNITED ASHER SMALL AND ROGERS ANNOUNCE PLANS Kingsley, Grace. Los Angeles Times 23 Mar 1928: A8. * ^ SOUND STUDIOS ANNOUNCED: Plant to Cost $750,000 Will be Constructed in Studio City-Sherman Oaks District, Los Angeles Times 16 Dec 1928: E2. * ^ Balio 2009, p. 117 * ^ A B HOLLYWOOD DATE-LINE By DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL.HOLLYWOOD.. New York Times 24 Nov 1935: X5. * ^ A B Robert Donat, Jack Oakie
Jack Oakie
and Other Stars to Glisten on R.-K.-O. Program: Small Closes Deal for Reliance Films Kiepura's Next European Feature in Charge of "Casta Diva" Director; Jean Arthur and Melvyn Douglas to Join Talents, Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 27 Jan 1936: A15. * ^ Agreement Reached With Robert Donat, Now Abroad, to Come Here for Film: Old Contract May Complicate Matters Fans Mob Bette Davis in East–Studio Puts Her in "Mountain Justice;" John Boles Most Likely Choice for Alessandro Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 31 Mar 1936: 9. * ^ A FILM COMBINATION.: R.K.O. Radio Studios to Release All Reliance Pictures. New York Times 27 Jan 1936: 20. * ^ Switching Around of Movie Executives Goes On and On: Transfer Companies Do Booming Business as Film Bosses Move From One Lot to Another, With All Assistants Scott, John. Los Angeles Times 2 Feb 1936: C1 * ^ Richard B. Jewell, RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan is Born, Uni of California Press 2012 p. 155 * ^ NEWS OF THE SCREEN: Edward Small Returns to Produce at United Artists–'Mannequin' Opens Here at Capitol Today Coast Scripts Of Local Origin Elektra' Is Repeated Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 20 Jan 1938: 19. * ^ A B "Christmas Carol" Will Ring Out Ere Yuletide: "Beau Brummell" Slated Wanger-Dieterle Deal Donat Signs for Term Hope Hampton Records Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 23 May 1938: A14. * ^ Early Day Film Producer Dies: John F. Miller Also Served as Reporter; Led Veteran Activities Los Angeles Times 25 May 1939: A22. * ^ PRODUCERS GIRD FOR WAR: The Cinema Capital Contemplates Its Probable Effects Upon the Industry By DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL. New York Times 10 Sep 1939: X3. * ^ Louella O. Parson's: Close-Ups and Long-Shots Of the Motion Picture Scene The Washington Post 6 July 1940: 10 * ^ A B "Columbia Signs Ida Lupino to Play Role of Ellen Creed in 'Ladies in Retirement': HISTORICAL FILM IS DUE De Mille's 'Land of Liberty' to Open at Criterion – 'Play Girl' Listed at Palace" Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 29 Jan 1941: 21. * ^ SOME NEWS HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WEST COAST: Fox Has Its First War Experience With Navy Censors – Mr. Small Shuts Down By THOMAS F. BRADYHOLLYWOOD.. New York Times 22 Mar 1942: X3. * ^ A B C D SCREEN NEWS: Bromfield's 'Colorado' to Have Johnson as Star Of Local Origin Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 8 Jan 1945: 14. * ^ NEWS OF THE STAGE: 'Sweet Charity' Opens Tonight – Film Commitment May Interfere With Run of Miss Hepburn's Play New York Times 28 Dec 1942: 23. * ^ Temperance Group Seeks Writ of Mandate Los Angeles Times 2 May 1944: 2. * ^ MICHAEL TODD SET TO FILM 'GREAT SON': Ferber Novel Will Be His First Universal Picture – Hellinger Acquires 'Criss-Cross' "Variety Girl" Planned Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 4 June 1946: 33. * ^ https://archive.org/stream/variety161-1946-03#page/n138/mode/1up * ^ A B "SMALL, EAGLE-LION BREAK RELATIONS: Producer Holds Distributors Minimized His Contribution to Recent Film 'T-Men'" by THOMAS F. BRADY Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 27 Mar 1948: 10. * ^ https://archive.org/stream/variety169-1948-03#page/n261/mode/1up * ^ A B C HOLLYWOOD DOSSIER: Long Hunt for Actor to Play Valentino Finally Ends – Other Studio Items By THOMAS F. BRADYHOLLYWOOD.. New York Times 14 Aug 1949: X3. * ^ https://archive.org/stream/variety171-1948-07#page/n104/mode/1up * ^ https://archive.org/stream/variety170-1948-06#page/n115/mode/1up * ^ https://archive.org/stream/variety171-1948-07#page/n111/mode/1up * ^ "METRO WILL FILM STORY OF ISRAEL: ' The Road' Listed by Studio as Telling of Birth of Nation – Marcus to Do Script" by THOMAS F. BRADY Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 21 Dec 1949: 41. * ^ pp. 135–6 Dick, Bernard F. The Merchant Prince of Poverty Row: Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures
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University Press of Kentucky * ^ "VAN HEFLIN TO STAR IN FILM FOR METRO: Gets Lead in 'Upward to Stars,' Story by Charles Martin – Ava Gardner in Cast" by THOMAS F. BRADY Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 10 Oct 1947: 32. * ^ "Two Meetings Slated for AIME Groups" Los Angeles Times 8 Mar 1948: 14. * ^ DRAMA AND FILM: French Import Touted; Scott Liked for 'Sarah' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 10 Oct 1947: A9. * ^ "ROWLAND, ANSELL PLAN NEW MOVIE: Film Classics Producers List 'Medal of Honor' as Next – To Be Done in Mexico" by THOMAS F. BRADY Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 23 Jan 1948: 27. * ^ "WINDUST TO DIRECT BETTE DAVIS' NEXT: ' Featured for June' Is Listed by Warners for Film Star, After 'Winter Meeting'" by THOMAS F. BRADY Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 1 Dec 1947: 27 * ^ Bernard Small at IMDB
* ^ Of Local Origin New York Times 16 May 1952: 18. * ^ Aldo Ray and Dick York Team Up; 'Anything Goes' Likely for Phil Harris Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 11 Jan 1955: B7. * ^ David Picker, Musts, Maybes and Nevers: A Book About The Movies, CreateSpace Independent, 2013 p. 31 * ^ Tino Balio, United Artists: The Company That Changed the Film Industry, Wisconsin Press, 1987 pp. 120–124 * ^ "SMALL PLANS FILM ABOUT CRIME HERE: Hopes to Team Muni and Raft in 'New York Confidential' – Contract Parley Today" by THOMAS M. PRYOR Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 9 Sep 1953: 38. * ^ A B "GREENE AND ROUSE TO MAKE 12 FILMS: They Form Team to Produce, Write and Direct With the Backing of Edward Small" By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special
to The New York Times.. New York Times 31 Aug 1954: 26. * ^ Kristin' Seen as Challenge: Kaufman Phones Terry Moore; 'Diamonds' Polished for Laage Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 21 Nov 1957: C11. * ^ "PHIL CAREY CAST IN DISNEY MOVIE: Actor to Star With Mineo in 'Tonka' – Negulesco to Direct 'The Blessing'" by THOMAS M. PRYOR Special
to The New York Times.. New York Times 20 June 1958: 27. * ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=UyAEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA11&lpg=PA11&dq=%22eagle+lion+sell+films+to+television%22&source=bl&ots=g_VhGTz66e&sig=yHR9Y5_Ni8aNlp3nhK3Yw7p_44U&hl=en&ei=9M1UTdq5NoXBccKGlacF&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q Working Within the Hollywood System, eds. Todd McCarthy and Charles Flynn (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1975), pp. 327-345. Rpt. Cine Resort, Oct. 7 2014 * ^ Allmovie * ^ Edward Small at Find a Grave
Find a Grave
* ^ Of Local Origin, New York Times 10 July 1943: 8. * ^ "PARAMOUNT MAKES SILENT FILM: Alice Day to Play Lead in First National's "Drag;" Fox Follies Not Mere Revue-Will Have Story; E. H. Griffith Signing With Columbia" Kingsley, Grace. Los Angeles Times 15 Mar 1929: A10. * ^ "SHE'LL SET VOGUE IN VOICE FILMS" Los Angeles Times 22 Apr 1929: A1. * ^ "SHEARER FILM ULTRA IN PLOT: "Divorce" Draws Crowds to Criterion Star's Effort Surpassing One on Talk
Screen Excellent Supporting Cast Seen in Feature" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 16 May 1930: A9. * ^ "NEW DRAMA ARRIVES AT MAYAN SOON: Helen Menken Has Leading Role in New Play "Top O' The Hill" " Los Angeles Times 17 June 1929: A7. * ^ "APOPLEXY FATAL TO FILM DIRECTOR: RITES FOR TED WILDE TOMORROW Masons to be in Charge of Services for Director Who Died Unexpectedly" Los Angeles Times 18 Dec 1929: A7. * ^ "DUFFY TO RETURN IN MYSTERY: "Cat and Canary" Listed at President; Dale Winter Costars in Play" Los Angeles Times 25 Dec 1929: A11. * ^ "Noted Director Also Sculptor" Los Angeles Times 10 Sep 1932: A7. * ^ "Herbert Mundin Enjoys His Job in 'Cavalcade': Grows Red Whiskers to Play the Butler." Shaffer, George. Chicago Daily Tribune 30 Sep 1932: 19. * ^ A B C United Artists
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a Little Ahead for The Time of Year" The Washington Post 12 Feb 1933: S5. * ^ "Success of Song Features Results in Five-Picture Offer for Lawrence Tibbett: Big Plans Ahead for Famous Opera Singer Walter Wanger Out to Sign Formidable Group of Movie Names; "The Great Ziegfeld" Not to Start Until November" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 25 Sep 1934: 19. * ^ "Broadway: Men and Maids." by Ed Sullivan. The Washington Post 5 May 1936: 16. * ^ "Eight Music Publishers in International Tie-up for Expected Opera Cycle: Meyer Appointed to Negotiate All Sales Fay Wray Wins Star Role in "Mills of the Gods;" Selznick Signs Clemence Dane; Joe Morrison in "Win or Lose" "Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 8 Oct 1934: 15. * ^ "Timeliness Declared Vital in Selecting Story Plots" Los Angeles Times 7 Aug 1935: 12. * ^ A B "United Artists, Despite the Loss of Twentieth Century, Sees Big Season Ahead: Many Pictures Scheduled for Early Release British Studios Help Out; At Circus Coincidence; Amusement Jottings. (Reprinted from Yesterday's Last Edition.)" by Nelson B. Bell.. The Washington Post 14 June 1935: 20. * ^ "ANNOUNCES NEW FILMS.: Reliance Studios Executive Tells of Year's Plans." Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 22 Aug 1935: 20. * ^ "Looking at Hollywood: Glenn Ford Is Scheduled to Make Picture, 'The Americano,' in Brazil" Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 30 Mar 1953: b6. * ^ "Walter Connoolly Summoned East to Play Lead in "Soak the Rich" Picture: Player to Work for Hecht, MacArthur Edward Small Will Star George Houston in Saga of California Indians; Rudy Vallee to Stay in East for Next Production" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 28 Sep 1935: 5. * ^ "First American Cinema Version of "Beggar's Opera" Planned by Reliance: Houston Mentioned as Chief Character Joan Bennett Will Emote Opposite Ronald Colman in "Man Who Broke the Bank;" William Powell Film Announced" Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 20 Aug 1935: 19. * ^ James Flood and Edward Small Split Over 'Coast Patrol' – Cantor for Winchell-Bernie Film. Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 14 Oct 1936: 31. * ^ STUDIO AND SCREEN: Successful Revivals – Return of Valentino – Old Films and New Productions The Manchester Guardian (1901–1959) 7 July 1938: 12. * ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: RKO and United Artists
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Seek Anna Neagle – Metro Plans Remake of 'Desert Song' NEW ROLE FOR MISS FAYE Slated for 'Life of William Tell'–Goldwyn Prepares to Film 'Beach Boy' Plans for Alice Faye Coast Scripts Of Local Origin" Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 22 Nov 1938: 26. * ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Edward Small Plans to Make 'The Maginot Line'– Louis Hayward Will Be Star IF I WERE KING' TO OPEN Premiere at Paramount Today to Feature Ronald Colman and Basil Rathbone Jack London Story for Screen Of Local Origin" Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 28 Sep 1938: 29. * ^ "DRAMA: 'Sleepy Hollow' Tale to Promote 'Classics'" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 14 Oct 1939: A7. * ^ A B "Marshall Will Play in 'My Son, My Son': Europe Lures Notables Students Belittle Stars Tommy Kelly Assigned Ann Sheridan's New Role" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 28 Mar 1939: 15. * ^ "SHOWDOWN SOUGHT IN TICKET CODE ROW: Theatre League Refuses New Talks With Brokers and Demands Action ISSUE OF PAY WILL WAIT Equity Delays Its Decision on the Higher Scale–Reginald Denny May Return Ainley May Succeed Downing Baltimore Booking Canceled Golden Gets Script Friday" New York Times 13 Dec 1939: 35. * ^ "HOLLYWOOD'S PROMISES FOR 1940: COMING-OF-AGE OF UNITED ARTISTS" The Scotsman Edinburgh, Scotland 9 Jan 1940: 9. * ^ Columbus Enterprise Builds Up Momentum Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 12 Aug 1946: A2. * ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: 'Attack' Purchased by Fox – George Murphy Assigned to 'Little Nellie Kelly' FOUR FILMS THIS WEEK Tom Brown's School Days' at Music Hall and 'Fugitive' at Rialto on Thursday Of Local Origin" by DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL Special
to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 24 June 1940: 19. * ^ John Carroll Build-up to Stardom Assured Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 28 Sep 1940: A9. * ^ "Cary Grant Withdrawing From Leading Role in 'The Man Who Came to Dinner': 2 NEW FILMS HERE TODAY Road to Zanzibar' and 'The Penalty' Arrive – Chaplin Festival Sets Records" By DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL