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1894 - 1968
The producer Hunt Stromberg belonged to the big four of the early years of the legendary film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
But before Hunt Stromberg entered the film business he began his professional career as a reporter at the St. Louis Times.
He already made first contacts with the film business in 1914 when he became a publisher director for the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation. The entrance into the world of artistically filmworkes he made in 1921 with the script for "The Foolish Age" (21), other scripts followed in the next years.
Already one year later he realised his first movie as a director called
"Glad Days" (22) for which he also wrote the script.
However his real importance in the film business he achived as a producer.
From the middle of the 20s he also dedicated to other genres like western
and dramas and he also changed from short movies to feature movies.
Already his first movie "Our Modern Maidens" (29) became a big success for MGM.
The 30s marked the height of his career and Hunt Stromberg not only belonged to the 10 most paid Americans but also became the number one of Hollywood's producer in the middle of the 30s.
To his well-known movies of the 30s belong a whole string of movies with Jean Harlow like "Red Dust" (32), "Bombshell" (33) and "Wife vs. Secretary" (36) as well as the very successful Thin Man movies with the dream team William Powell uand Myrna Loy - "The Thin Man" (34), "After the Thin Man" (36) and "Another Thin Man" (39).
Other popular productions of those years were "The Prizefighter and the Lady" (33), "Treasure Island" (34), "The Painted Veil" (34), "The Great Ziegfeld" (36) - which won the Oscar for the best movie, "Small Town Girl" (36), "Marie Antoinette" (38) and "The Women" (39).
With the dead of Irving Thalberg in 1936 the situation at MGM began to change for Stromberg slowly. His successes diminished, not at least because Louis B. Mayer didn't want to support independent producers within MGM any longer.
To Hunt Stromberg's produced movies of the 40s, first for MGM till 1941, afterwards for United Artists, belong "Northwest Passage" (40), "Susan and God" (40), "Pride and Prejudice" (40), "I Married an Angel" (42), "Delightfully Dangerous" (45), "Dishonored Lady" (47) and "Too Late for Tears" (49).
To Hunt Stromberg's last cinematical works belong "Between Midnight and Dawn" (50) and "Mask of the Avenger" (51).
Besides his already remarkable wealth he acquired as a producer he created
a second main pillar as a co-founder of race tracks in Hollywood and Santa
Other movies from Hunt Stromberg