Edward Dmytryk


04 Sep 1908


Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada


Edward Dmytryk grew up in San Francisco, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After his mother died when he was 6, his strict disciplinarian father beat the boy frequently, and the child began running away while in his early teens. Eventually, juvenile authorities allowed him to live alone at the age of 15 and helped him find part-time work as a film studio messenger. Dmytryk was an outstanding student in physics and mathematics and gained a scholarship to the California Institute of Technology. However, he dropped out after one year to return to movies, eventually working his way up from film editor to director. By the late 1940s, he was considered one of Hollywood's rising young directing talents, but his career was interrupted by the activities of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), a congressional committee that employed ruthless tactics aimed at rooting out and destroying what it saw as Communist influence in Hollywood. A lifelong political leftist who had been a Communist Party member briefly during World War II, Dmytryk was one of the so-called "Hollywood Ten" who refused to cooperate with HUAC and had their careers disrupted or ruined as a result. The committee threw him in prison for refusing to cooperate, and after having spent several months behind bars, Dmytryk decided to cooperate after all, and testified again before the committee, this time giving the names of people he said were Communists. He claimed to believe he had done the right thing, but many in the Hollywood community--even those who came along long after the committee was finally disbanded--never forgave him, and that action overshadowed his career the rest of his life. In the 1970s, as his directing career ground to a halt, Dmytryk recalled some advice once given him by Garson Kanin, and returned to academic life, this time as a teacher. From 1976 to 1981 he was a professor of film theory and production at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 1981, was appointed to a chair in filmmaking at the University of Southern California, a position he held until about two years before his death. During his teaching career, he also authored several books on various aspects of filmmaking, as well as two volumes of memoirs.

Actor ( 12 credits )

Hollywood contra Franco (2008) Himself (archive footage)
Trumbo (2007) Himself (archive footage)
Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero (1998) Himself
American Cinema (1995)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) Himself
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
Biography (1987)  Himself - Director (2 episodes, 1998)
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1987)
Cinéma cinémas (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1985)
Hollywood on Trial (1976) Himself
Cinema (1964)  Himself (1 episode, 1968)
The Hollywood Ten (1950) Himself

Producer ( 5 credits )

The Reluctant Saint (1962) producer
Warlock (1959) producer
The Mountain (1956) producer
Give Us This Day (1949) co-producer
Behind the Rising Sun (1943) producer (uncredited)

Writer ( 1 credit )

Bluebeard (1972) (screenplay) &

Director ( 56 credits )

Not Only Strangers (1979)
The 'Human' Factor (1975)
He Is My Brother (1975)
Bluebeard (1972)
Shalako (1968)
Anzio (1968)
Alvarez Kelly (1966)
Mirage (1965)
Where Love Has Gone (1964)
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
The Reluctant Saint (1962)
Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
The Blue Angel (1959)
Warlock (1959)
The Young Lions (1958)
Raintree County (1957)
The Mountain (1956)
Bing Presents Oreste (1956)
The Left Hand of God (1955)
Soldier of Fortune (1955)
The End of the Affair (1955)
Broken Lance (1954)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
The Juggler (1953)
Three Lives (1953)
The Sniper (1952)
Mutiny (1952)
Eight Iron Men (1952)
The Hidden Room (1949)
Give Us This Day (1949)
So Well Remembered (1947)
Crossfire (1947)
Till the End of Time (1946)
Cornered (1945)
Back to Bataan (1945)
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Tender Comrade (1943)
Behind the Rising Sun (1943)
Captive Wild Woman (1943)
The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)
Hitler's Children (1943)
Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942)
Counter-Espionage (1942)
Confessions of Boston Blackie (1941)
Secrets of the Lone Wolf (1941)
The Blonde from Singapore (1941)
Sweetheart of the Campus (1941)
Under Age (1941)
The Devil Commands (1941)
Her First Romance (1940)
Mystery Sea Raider (1940)
Golden Gloves (1940)
Emergency Squad (1940)
Television Spy (1939)
Million Dollar Legs (1939) (uncredited)
The Hawk (1935) (as Edward Dymtryk)