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The Danzigers

The Danzigers were two brothers, Edward J. Danziger (1909–1999) and Harry Lee Danziger (1913–2005), who produced many British films and TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s.[1][2][3]

According to one profile "throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, their second features and TV series seemed to be on screens everywhere, their pervasive presence forming a part of virtually every British filmgoer's and television viewer's experience during those years."[4]

Career

Edward and Harry Danziger were native New Yorkers. Edward studied law and had worked on the Nuremberg Trials while brother Harry had a musical background. They operated a sound studio in New York that specialised in the dubbing of foreign films for US release. Their first feature film as producers was Jigsaw (1949).

In 1952 they moved to Britain and began making television films, using resources at various facilities including London's Riverside Studios, Shepperton, Borehamwood and Nettlefold. Among their first productions was the series Adventure Theater (aka, Calling Scotland Yard) which were shown on American television in 1956. Several episodes were compiled as supporting featurettes and released theatrically in the UK during 1954.

The screenwriter Brian Clemens worked for the Danzigers. He recalled that the Danzigers would shoot at a variety of British studios and order their writers to concoct a screenplay to use the standing sets. He stated they shot television episodes in two and a half to three days and shot a feature film in eight to ten days with a budget of £17,0000.[5]

In 1956, the Danzigers decided to form their own studio base and founded the New Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.[6] They converted a former wartime aero-engine testing factory into a studio with six sound stages and exterior shooting facilities.[7]

They later acquired control of the Gordon Hotels Group and moved into the hotel business. They also owned the Shipman and King Cinema group. New Elstree Studios were sold in October 1965.

Their niece is former judge Leslie Crocker Snyder.[8]

Select credits

TV series

References

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  4. ^ The Danzigers at BFI Screenonline
  5. ^ Dixon, Wheeler W. Brian Clemens Interview in Collected Interviews: Voices from Twentieth-Century Cinema SIU Press, 2001, pp. 48-19
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  7. ^ Danzinger Studios - The Untold Elstree Story at Movie Gem Films
  8. ^ New York Magazine: "The Sixtysomething Upstart" by Phoebe Eaton May 16, 2005

External links

  • The Danzingers at BFI Screenonline
  • The Danzingers at Movie Gems Films
  • Edward J. Danziger at IMDB
  • Harry Lee Danziger at IMDB
  • The Danzigers series guide at CTVA
  • Edward J. Danziger at BFI
  • Harry Lee Danziger at BFI
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