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Rudy Vallee
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Henry Hathaway
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Raymond Burr
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Dirk Bogarde
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Marcello Mastroianni
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Billy Wilder
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Joseph E. Levine

Knowledge Identifier: +Joseph_E._Levine


Joseph E. Levine

American film producer add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1905.

Countries: United States (24%), United Kingdom (24%), Italy (18%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: B movie, Rudy Vallee, Henry Hathaway

Linked to: C.C. and Company, Mad Monster Party




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Joseph E. Levine was born in 1905 add something


In the 1920s, in partnership with two of his older brothers, Joe opened a basement dress shop, whose stock the Levine brothers obtained on consignment add something


Levine had hired Terry Turner, who had been a former RKO Pictures exploitation expert of the late 1920s and 1930s, where he had exploited "King Kong" amongst other films add something


Nan Robertson's obituary of him for the New York "Times" notes that he "briefly drove an ambulance, manufactured little statues of Daddy Grace, a black evangelist, and operated the Cafe Wonderbar in Boston's Back Bay" during this period and during the early and middle 1930s add something


In 1937, Levine encountered Rosalie Harrison, a singer with Rudy Vallee's band, and left the restaurant business for her; within a week of their engagement, at Harrison's insistence, Levine sold the Cafe Wonderbar add something


When, in 1956, he bought the Australian film "Walk Into Paradise," its low box-office revenues led him to change the title to "Walk Into Hell," which gave it box-office success add something


B movie - In 1956, distributor Joseph E. Levine financed the shooting of new footage with American actor Raymond Burr that was edited into the Japanese sci-fi horror film "Godzilla"


Independent film - UA went public in 1956, and as the other mainstream studios fell into decline, UA prospered, adding relationships with the Mirisch brothers, Billy Wilder, Joseph E. Levine and others


Levine became famous in the industry for his massive advertising campaigns, starting with "Hercules" in 1959 add something


Levine's Embassy Pictures began dealing in art films, often European ones, in the 1960s add something


B movie - In July 1960, the latest Joseph E. Levine sword-and-sandals import, "Hercules Unchained", opened at neighborhood theaters in New York


In 1961, Levine bought North American distribution rights for "Two Women" after seeing no more than three minutes of its "rushes add something


Nevada Smith - The movie was produced and directed by Henry Hathaway with Joseph E. Levine as executive producer, from a story and screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on a character from Harold Robbins' 1961 novel "The Carpetbaggers"


8 - Released in the United States on 25 June 1963 by Joseph E. Levine, who had bought the rights sight unseen, the film was screened at the Festival Theatre in New York in the presence of Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni


In 1964, Levine received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille award in recognition of his lifetime achievement in motion pictures add something


Alan Ladd - Not until June 28, 1964 did "Carpetbaggers" producer Joseph E. Levine hold an elaborate premiere screening in New York City with an afterparty staged by his wife at The Four Seasons Restaurant


During that decade, he reached the peak of his career and his prestige, which he was able to sustain into the 1970s add something


Ben Cross - Cross's first big screen film appearance came in 1976 when he went on location to Deventer, to play Trooper Binns in Joseph E. Levine's World War II epic "A Bridge Too Far" which starred an international cast, including Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, Michael Caine and James Caan

Joseph E. Levine died in 1987 add something


Levine died on July 31, 1987, in Greenwich, Connecticut, at the age of 81 add something