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Behlmer, Rudy Biography




biography of Behlmer, Rudy

Rudolph Herman Behlmer
13 October 1926, San Francisco, California, USA
Rudy Behlmer was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He has had a strong interest in the history and evolution of motion pictures since childhood when he began filming his own miniature dramas. He served two years in the Naval Air Corps, then was a Theatre Arts major at Los Angeles City College and Pasadena Playhouse College. He began his career with KLAC-TV (now KCOP-TV) in Hollywood as a stage manager. Two years later he became a staff director there, leaving to direct network television shows. For twenty-one years he was a producer and vice-president for Leo Burnett U.S.A. Following 'Movies' Golden Age' (1961), a syndicated TV special he produced, directed and edited, Behlmer started researching and writing articles on various aspects of film history. One project - a career piece on producer 'David O. Selznick' (qv) - led indirectly to his book Memo from David O. Selznick (1972), followed by nine other books as well as a great many magazine articles and booklets to accompany film music recordings. Behlmer has also contributed to a wide variety of documentaries, videos, DVDs, and laser discs about Hollywood's Golden Age. For many years he lectured weekly on film subjects at Cal State University, Northridge, and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Behlmer is a longtime member of the Directors Guild of America where he has guest-lectured on different occasions. He has also guest-lectured at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the University of Southern California, etc.
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-   'Stacey Behlmer' (qv) (1992 - present)

-   'Sandra Lee Wightman' (1959 - 1966) (divorced); 1 child


-   Child from first marriage: son Curt.


-   (1973) Album: "50 Years of Film Music" (Warner Bros. Records, boxed set) (original soundtracks) [booklet and liner notes].

-   (1976) Oral history: with longtime assistant director 'Ridgeway Callow' (qv) (American Film Institute).

-   (1975) Album: Wrote liner notes for "Captain Blood: Classic Film Scores for Errol Flynn" (RCA); CD 1989 (BMG)

-   (1975) Album: Wrote liner notes for "Spellbound: Classic Film Scores of Miklos Rozsa" (RCA); CD 1989 (BMG)

-   (1974) Album: Wrote liner notes for "Gone With the Wind: Max Steiner's Classic Film Score" (RCA); CD 1989 (BMG)

-   (1974) Album: Wrote liner notes for "Casablanca: Classic Film Scores for Humphrey Bogart" (RCA); CD 1989 (BMG)

-   (1973) Album: Wrote liner notes for "Now, Voyager: Classic Film Scores of Max Steiner" (RCA); CD 1989 (BMG)

-   (1979) Album: "Kings Row: Erich Wolfgang Korngold" (Chalfont-Varese Sarabande) [liner notes].

-   (1982) Book: "America's Favorite Movies: Behind the Scenes" (Frederick Ungar).

-   (1980) Book: "Magill's Survey of Cinema: English Language Films, First Series, Volume 2" (Salem Press) [contributor].

-   (1980) (Album) "The Letter: Max Steiner" ('Tony Thomas (I)' (qv)-The Max Steiner Music Society) [liner notes].

-   (1979) Book: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (University of Wisconsin Press). Editor, Annotator and writer of Introduction to the screenplay of the 1938 film _The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)_ (qv))

-   (1985) Book: "Inside Warner Bros. (1935-1951)" (Viking).

-   (1982) Book: "The Sea Hawk" (University of Wisconsin Press). Editor, Annotator, and writer of Introduction to the screenplay of the 1940 film _The Sea Hawk (1940)_ (qv))

-   (1986) Lecture: "The 4th Annual George Stevens Lecture On Directing" (regarding _Gunga Din (1939)_ (qv)) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) [lecturer].

-   (1999) (DVD) _Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)_ (qv) (Milestone / Image) [commentary track]. NOTE: the track is a feature-length interview with filmmaker 'Merian C. Cooper' (qv) that Behlmer conducted in 1965.

-   (1999) (DVD) _The Mummy (1932)_ (qv) (Universal) [special features on-camera host].

-   (1998) CD: "Be My Love: Mario Lanza's Greatest Performances at MGM" (Turner / Rhino) (original soundtracks) [liner notes].

-   (1998) CD: "Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary" (Rhino) (original soundtracks) [book].

-   (1997) CD: "Casablanca" (Turner / Rhino) (original soundtrack) [liner notes].

-   (1996) Book: "W.S. Van Dyke's Journal: White Shadows in the South Seas (1927-1928) and other Van Dyke on Van Dyke" (Scarecrow Press).

-   (1996-97) CD: "Gone With the Wind" (Rhino 2-CD original soundtrack [with book] and Rhino Single-CD edition [with liner notes]

-   (1996-97) Laserdisc / DVD: _The Black Pirate (1926)_ (qv) (Kino / Image) [commentary track].

-   (1996) Laserdisc: _Gunga Din (1939)_ (qv) (Turner / Image) [commentary track].

-   (1996) Book: "The Maltese Falcon: John Huston, Director" (Rutgers University Press) [contributor].

-   (1993) Biography: "Memo from Darryl F. Zanuck" (Grove Press)

-   (1992) Video: _King Kong 60th Anniversary Special: 'It Was Beauty Killed the Beast' (1992) (V)_ (qv) (Turner Entertainment 60th Anniversary) [on-camera participant].

-   (1991) (oral history) with 'Margaret Booth (I)' (qv) (MGM supervising film editor) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

-   (1991) Producer / host of screening: "The Masters: Retrospective of Michael Curtiz Films" (Directors Guild of America)

-   (1990) Commentary track for laserdisc of _Notorious (1946)_ (qv) (Criterion / Voyager)

-   (1989) Contributor to book: "The Cinema of Adventure, Romance and Terror" (American Society of Cinematographers) (ASC Press)

-   (1989) Contributor to book: "Film Music I" (Garland Publishing)

-   (1988/90) Commentary track on laserdisc of _The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)_ (qv) (Criterion / Voyager)

-   (1988) Commentary track on laserdisc of "Scaramouche" (Criterion / Voyager) track].

-   (1987) CD: wrote liner notes for "The Sea Hawk" (Varese Sarabande)

-   (1999) Commentary track and special features for DVD of _Frankenstein (1931)_ (qv) (Universal)

-   (1999) CD: Wrote liner notes for score of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (Marco Polo)

-   (1999) CD: Wrote liner notes for "Musical Legends: MGM, RKO, and Warner Bros. Soundtracks" (United Kingdom only) (EMI)

-   (1999) CD: Wrote liner notes for "Lost Horizon" (BYU Film Music Archives) (original soundtrack)

-   (1999) CD: Wrote liner notes for "King Kong" (Turner / Rhino) (original soundtrack)

-   (1999) CD: Wrote liner notes for "Celebrating The Classics" (Themes and Variations / United States Postal Service. Regarding the Hollywood Composers postal stamps issued September 16, 1999 featuring 'Bernard Herrmann (I)' (qv), 'Erich Wolfgang Korngold' (qv), 'Alfred Newman (I)', 'Max Steiner (I)' (qv), 'Dimitri Tiomkin' (qv), 'Franz Waxman' (qv).

-   (2000) DVD: Provided commentary and special features, on-camera host for _The Invisible Man (1933)_ (qv) (Universal)

-   (2000) DVD: Provided special features and on-camera participation for "The Phantom of the Opera" (Universal)

-   (1999) Contributor to book: "Robin Hood: An Anthology of Scholarship and Criticism" (Cambridge, UK: D.S. Brewer)

-   (2000) DVD: Provided commentary track for _Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)_ (qv) (Milestone / Image)

-   (2000) DVD: Provided special features and on-camera participation for _Fantasia (1940)_ (qv) (original 1940 version) (Disney)

-   (2000) CD: Wrote liner notes for "Adventures of Don Juan" (BYU Film Music Archives) (original soundtrack)

-   (2000) CD: Wrote liner note for "Objective, Burma!" (Marco Polo)

-   (2000) CD: Wrote liner notes for "Old Acquaintances: Franz Waxman" (Koch International)

-   (2000) Book: Contributor to "Register of the Merian C. Cooper Papers" (Brigham Young University)

-   (2001) Screening: Producer/on-stage host for "The 20th Century-Fox Story" (The Alex Film Society, Alex Theatre, Glendale, CA)

-   (2001) Screening: On-stage host/moderator of panel discussion for restored _Notorious (1946)_ (qv) (Disney's El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, CA)

-   (2001) DVD: Special features and on-camera participation for "Ben-Hur" (Warner Bros.)

-   (2001) DVD: Provided commentary track for _Notorious (1946)_ (qv) (Criterion Collection)

-   (2001) Provided special features/on-camera participation for _Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)_ (qv) (Disney)

-   (2002) Screening: On-stage host/moderator of panel discussion of restored film of _The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)_ (qv) (Disney's El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, CA)

-   (2001) CD: Wrote liner notes for "Dodge City / The Oklahoma Kid" (BYU Film Music Archives)

-   (2002) DVD: Narrated special features for _It Came from Outer Space (1953)_ (qv) (Universal)

-   (2003) DVD: Provided commentary track/special features on-camera participation for _Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)_ (qv) (Warner Home Video)

-   (2002) CD: Wrote liner notes for "Adolph Deutsch: The Maltese Falcon," etc. (Marco Polo)

-   (2002) DVD: Provided commentary track plus special features on-camera participation for _Singin' in the Rain (1952)_ (qv) (Warner Home Video (2002)

-   (2003) DVD: Provided commentary track plus special features on-camera participation (plus interview with director 'Richard Fleischer' (qv) for _20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)_ (qv) (Disney)

-   (2003) DVD: Provided commentary track for _Laura (1944)_ (qv) (Twentieth Century Fox)

-   (2003) DVD: Provided special features on-camera participation for _The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)_ (qv) (Warner Home Video)

-   (2003) DVD: Provided special features on-camera participation for _How Green Was My Valley (1941)_ (qv) (Twentieth Century Fox)

-   (2001) DVD: On-camera participation for _Between Two Worlds: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (2001) (TV)_ (qv) (also known as "Erich Wolfgang Korngold: A Portrait and Concert" (RM Associates)

-   (2003) DVD: Provided special features on-camera participation for _Gentleman's Agreement (1947)_ (qv) (Twentieth Century Fox)

-   (2003) DVD: Provided commentary track plus special features on-camera participation for _Casablanca (1942)_ (qv) (Warner Home Video)

-   (2003) DVD: Provided special features on-camera participation for _All About Eve (1950)_ (qv) (Twentieth Century Fox)

-   (2003) DVD: Provided special features on-camera participation for _An Affair to Remember (1957)_ (qv) (Twentieth Century Fox)

-   (2003) DVD: Provided commentary track and special features on-camera participation for _The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)_ (qv) (Warner Home Video)

-   (2003) CD: Wrote liner notes for "Max Steiner's Music for Bette Davis Films" (regarding "All This, and Heaven Too" and "A Stolen Life") (Marco Polo)

-   (2003) CD: Wrote liner notes for _Captain from Castile (1947)_ (qv) (Screen Archives Entertainment) (original soundtrack)

-   (2003) CD: Wrote liner notes for CD for soundtrack of _The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)_ (qv)) (Marco Polo, 2003)

-   Magazine articles: "American Cinematographer." Individual articles include: Deja View: A Look Back at Movie Studios' Use of Recycled Footage (June 1999), _The Sea Hawk (1940)_ (qv) (July and August 1996), _The Black Pirate (1926)_ (qv) (April and May 1992), Land of Liberty (Filmland's Gift to the 1939 World's Fairs) (March 1991), _King Solomon's Mines (1950)_ (qv)) (May and June 1989), _'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) (1940)_ (qv)) (November 1997), Tarzan and MGM (January and February, 1987).

-   (4/90) Magazine article: "Architectural Digest." 'David O. Selznick' (qv) (regarding the home he shared with wife Irene Mayer Selznick)

-   (3/03) Magazine article: "DGA Magazine: Directors Guild of America." In Search of Directors' Paper Trails

-   Magazine articles: "Films in Review." Individual articles include: 'Johnny Weissmuller' (qv): Olympics to Tarzan" (July-August 1996), Collaboration May Be the Answer (March 1970), World War I Aviation Films (August-September 1967), 'Erich Wolfgang Korngold' (qv) (February 1967), 'Merian C. Cooper' (qv) (January 1966), 'Rex Harrison (I)' (qv) (December 1965), Swordplay On the Screen (June-July 1965), Robin Hood On the Screen (February 1965), Technicolor (June-July 1964), 'Gene Kelly (I)' (qv) (January 1964), 'Clara Bow (I)' (qv) (October 1963), 'David O. Selznick' (qv) (June-July 1963), Silent Movies on TV (June-July 1961).

-   (10/86) Magazine article: "The Cue Sheet" (The Film Music Society). Individual articles include: A Conversation with 'Jesse Kaye (I)' (qv), Producer of MGM Records (July 1989), Composer 'Alex North' (qv) on _A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)_ (qv) (September 1986).

-   (1965) Magazine article: "Screen Facts." The Saga of Flash Gordon (#10)

-   (1969) Biography: "The Films of Errol Flynn" (with 'Tony Thomas (I)' (qv) and Clifford McCarty) (Citadel Press).

-   (1972) Biography: "Memo from David O. Selznick" (Viking). Various subsequent editions.

-   (1976) Book: Contributor to "The Girl in the Hairy Paw" (regarding _King Kong (1933)_ (qv)) (Avon Books)

-   (1975) Book: "Hollywood's Hollywood: The Movies About the Movies" (with 'Tony Thomas (I)' (qv)) (Citadel Press).

-   (1999) DVD: Provided commentary track for _Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)_ (qv) (Milestone / Image). NOTE: The track is a feature-length interview with filmmaker 'Merian C. Cooper' (qv) that Behlmer conducted in 1965.

-   (1994) Oral history: With 'Lela Simone' (qv) (MGM music department and assistant to producer 'Arthur Freed' (qv)) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).

-   (1992) Oral history: With 'J.J. Cohn' (qv) (MGM executive) (University of Southern California and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).

-   (1991) Oral history: With 'Margaret Booth (I)' (qv) (MGM supervising film editor) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).

-   (1999) CD: Wrote liner notes for "Celebrating The Classics" (Themes and Variations / United States Postal Service) s]. Regarding the Hollywood Composers postal stamps issued September 16, 1999 featuring 'Bernard Herrmann (I)' (qv), 'Erich Wolfgang Korngold' (qv), 'Alfred Newman' (qv), 'Max Steiner (I)' (qv), 'Dimitri Tiomkin' (qv), 'Franz Waxman' (qv).

-   (2001) Biography: "Henry Hathaway: A Directors Guild of America Oral History" (Scarecrow Press).

-   (2003) DVD: Provided commentary track and special features on-camera participation for _20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)_ (qv) (Disney) Interview throughout feature with director 'Richard Fleischer' (qv).

-   (2003) CD: Wrote liner notes for "Max Steiner's Music for Bette Davis Films" (regarding _All This, and Heaven Too (1940)_ (qv) and _A Stolen Life (1946)_ (qv)) (Marco Polo)

-   (1989) Book: "Behind the Scenes: The Making of . . ." (Samuel French). NOTE: expanded edition of Behlmer's 1982 book "America's Favorite Movies" featuring chapters on: _Frankenstein (1931)_ (qv), _Lost Horizon (1937)_ (qv), _Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)_ (qv), _The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)_ (qv), _Gunga Din (1939)_ (qv), _Stagecoach (1939)_ (qv), _The Grapes of Wrath (1940)_ (qv), _The Maltese Falcon (1941)_ (qv), _Casablanca (1942)_ (qv), _Laura (1944)_ (qv), _All About Eve (1950)_ (qv), _A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)_ (qv), _The African Queen (1951)_ (qv), _Singin' in the Rain (1952)_ (qv), _High Noon (1952)_ (qv), plus new entry _Tarzan and His Mate (1934)_ (qv).

-   (2010) Biography: "Shoot the Rehearsal!: Behind the Scenes with Assistant Director Reggie Callow". Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press. ISBN-10: 0810874407; ISBN-13: 978-0810874404


-   "Films in Review" (USA), October 1962, by: Rudy Behlmer, "Chaney's Phantom"

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  4. 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009) (TV)
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  6. Gone with the Wind: The Legend Lives On (2009) (V)
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  8. A House of Secrets: Exploring 'Dragonwyck' (2008) (V)
  9. Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Spymaster (2008) (V)
  10. Guilt by Association: Psychoanalyzing Spellbound (2008)
  11. In the Beginning: 'Quo Vadis' and the Genesis of the Biblical Epic (2008) (V)
  12. The Making of 'Rebecca' (2008) (V)
  13. The Ultimate Romance: The Making of 'Notorious' (2008) (V)
  14. Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008) (TV)
  15. You've Got Chemistry (2008) (V)
  16. "American Masters" (1985) {You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (#22.4)}
  17. Becoming John Ford (2007) (V)
  18. The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk (2007) (V)
  19. A Streetcar on Broadway (2006) (V)
  20. Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet (2006) (V)
  21. Censorship and Desire (2006) (V)
  22. Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon (2006) (V)
  23. Stagecoach: A Story of Redemption (2006) (V)
  24. The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird (2006) (V)
  25. World of Robin Hood (2006) (TV)
  26. 'They Died with Their Boots On': To Hell or Glory (2005) (V)
  27. Captain Blood: A Swashbuckler Is Born (2005) (V)
  28. Dive Bomber: Keep 'Em in the Air (2005) (V)
  29. Dodge City: Go West, Errol Flynn (2005) (V)
  30. Elizabeth & Essex: Battle Royale (2005) (V)
  31. I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005)
  32. RKO Production 601: The Making of 'Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World' (2005) (V)
  33. The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) (TV)
  34. The Music of 'Humoresque' (2005) (V)
  35. The Sea Hawk: Flynn in Action (2005) (V)
  36. Personal History: Foreign Hitchcock (2004) (V)
  37. Tarzan: Silver Screen King of the Jungle (2004) (V)
  38. The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster (2004) (V)
  39. The Masters Behind the Musicals (2004) (V)
  40. Discovering Treasure: The Story of 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' (2003) (V)
  41. Jules Verne & Walt Disney: Explorers of the Imagination (2003) (V)
  42. Let Freedom Sing! The Story of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' (2003) (V)
  43. The Making of '20000 Leagues Under the Sea' (2003) (V)
  44. Welcome to Sherwood! The Story of 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' (2003) (V)
  45. Cinerama Adventure (2002)
  46. The Universe According to Universal (2002) (V)
  47. What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of 'Singin' in the Rain' (2002) (V)
  48. "Cinema Secrets" (2001)
  49. Between Two Worlds: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (2001) (TV)
  50. Celebrating Dumbo (2001) (V)
  51. Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs': Still the Fairest of Them All (2001) (V)
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  53. "Backstory" (2000) {Gentleman's Agreement}
  54. "Backstory" (2000) {Miracle on 34th Street}
  55. "Backstory" (2000) {The Robe}
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  59. The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked (2000) (V)
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  61. "Backstory" (2000) {How Green Was My Valley}
  62. "Backstory" (2000) {The Longest Day}
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  64. Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (1999) (V)
  65. "Biography" (1987) {Anna and the King: The Real Story of Anna Leonowens}
  66. "E! Mysteries & Scandals" (1998) {Clara Bow (#1.26)}
  67. Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic (1993) (V)
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  69. King Kong 60th Anniversary Special: 'It Was Beauty Killed the Beast' (1992) (V)
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  71. Robin Hood: The Myth, the Man, the Movie (1991) (TV)

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