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Paul Wendkos is a Actor, Director and Editor American born on 20 september 1925 at Philadelphia (USA)

Paul Wendkos

Paul Wendkos
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Nationality USA
Birth 20 september 1925 at Philadelphia (USA)
Death 12 november 2009 (at 84 years) at Malibu (USA)

Paul Wendkos (September 20, 1922; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 12, 2009; Malibu, California) was an American television and film director.

Following World War II service in the United States Navy and his education at Columbia University on the GI Bill of Rights, Wendkos made his first feature, a documentary on a school for the blind called Dark Interlude in 1953.

Wendkos' first feature film was The Burglar [1]. His fluid camera technique caught the attention of the head of Columbia Pictures, Harry Cohn, who not only wished to distribute the film but put Wendkos under contract.

A variety of films followed, beginning with the hard-hitting crime drama The Case Against Brooklyn, the suspenseful war dramas Tarawa Beachhead and Battle of the Coral Sea, the youth-oriented Gidget and two sequels, Gidget Goes Hawaiian and Gidget Goes to Rome, as well as Because They're Young.

Wendkos also worked extensively in television, directing many episodes of Playhouse 90, Alcoa Theatre, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, Route 66, The Rifleman, Mr. Novak, Honey West, The Big Valley, I Spy, The Invaders and Hawaii Five-O. When Wendkos worked on I Spy, he was dismissed from the production when the producers deemed the episodes he had filmed to have been too "arty".

In 1968 Wendkos signed a five-picture contract with Mirisch Productions, beginning with the war films Attack on the Iron Coast and Hell Boats, followed by two westerns set in Mexico (but filmed in Spain), Guns of the Magnificent Seven and Cannon for Cordoba. He also made the first feature film for Quinn Martin, The Mephisto Waltz.

From 1970 until his retirement in 1999, Wendkos specialized in made-for-television movies—one of these was The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988), based on a TWA hijacking in 1985. It picked up five Emmy nominations, including one for Wendkos.

Wendkos married Ruth Bernat on March 1, 1953, and had one son, Jordan Elkan Wendkos. Ruth died in June 1978. In 1983, Wendkos married Lin Bolen, former NBC VP and producer; they lived in Malibu, California, until his death.

Wendkos was ill for several years following a stroke. He died on November 12, 2009, in Malibu. He was survived by his son, Jordan, granddaughter, Justine Wendkos, and his wife, Lin Bolen Wendkos.

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Filmography of Paul Wendkos (37 films)

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Actor

Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife, 1h33
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Melissa Gilbert, Joe Penny, Eileen Brennan, Anthony Franciosa, Talia Shire, Paul Wendkos
Rating63% 3.196783.196783.196783.196783.19678
Marian is an up-and-coming fashion designer in New York. One morning, while on her way to work, Marian is mugged. She calls the police and they manage to catch the thief. While waiting at the police station, a handsome Italian attorney named Edward Moran offers to take her home in his limousine. They eventually fall in love and get married. During the wedding celebration, Edward offers to set up in business Marian and her friend Silvia. On their honeymoon, Edward gets gets called away in on business. While he is away, Marian becomes suspicious after several incidents, leading to being dragged off to the family compound for protection. Marian's sister-in-law Gina tells her that the family is part of the Italian Mafia. This is followed by an improbable gun battle between mafia factions, including men in a helicopter shooting up the family compound, killing Gina's husband. Later, Sylvia tells Marian and Edward of her discovery that the business she has with Marian is a front for importing cocaine. As Marian tells Silvia that she has decided leave Edward, Silvia is pushed in front of a car (murdered by the family). Marian goes to the police offering to testify against the family. Despite police protection, the family kidnaps her, and takes her back to Edward. After some soapy dialogue between them, Edward shoots and kills Marian for "breaking the rules".

Director

A Match Made in Heaven, 1h27
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Actors Olympia Dukakis, John Stamos, Kelly Rowan, Della Reese, Mitchell Whitfield, Estelle Getty
Rating57% 2.871652.871652.871652.871652.87165
Thomas "Tom" Rosner (Stamos) is a successful lawyer and happens to be a good catch. However, his unmarried state is the greatest sorrow of his mother, Helen (Dukakis), who is a cancer patient.
Blind Faith, 3h10
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Robert Urich, Joanna Kerns, Jay Underwood, Johnny Galecki, Dennis Farina, Joe Spano
Rating72% 3.628513.628513.628513.628513.62851
In Toms River, New Jersey, in 1982, the Marshalls are an apparently happy family living the American Dream. Rob Marshall has been recognized as one of the 50 best insurance salesmen in the United States, and is supported by his wife Maria and three sons, 18-year-old Roby, 17-year-old Chris and 12-year-old John.
The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story, 1h40
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Themes Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Films about hijackings
Actors Lindsay Wagner, Eli Danker, Ray Wise, Leslie Easterbrook, Laurie Walters, Barry Jenner
Rating63% 3.196463.196463.196463.196463.19646
The movie showcases the first 48 hours of the hijacking, until Derickson's liberation. After the aircraft leaves Athens, Derickson is forced at gunpoint to the flight deck door by "Castro", one of the terrorists. She is able to defuse the situation by communicating with him in German, convincing him to release hostages upon landing in Beirut and Algiers and pleading for the other hijacker to stop harming the passengers. Her efforts are shown to save the lives of all but one hostage, Robert Stethem, whose body was thrown on the tarmac in Beirut.
The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, 2h58
Directed by Jud Taylor, Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Actors Christopher Reeve, Judd Hirsch, Anthony Denison, Charles Haid, Michael Nader, Ian McShane
Rating57% 2.8585152.8585152.8585152.8585152.858515
Le major Dodge,évadé du Stalag III,obtient l'appui de son cousin Winston Churchill pour retourner en Allemagne trouver les auteurs de ce crime. Deux hommes sont volontaires pour l'accompagner : Corey, dont l'amie française a été capturée par la Gestapo,et un Américain,le capitaine Matthews.....Un patient jeu de pistes commence !!!
Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife, 1h33
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Melissa Gilbert, Joe Penny, Eileen Brennan, Anthony Franciosa, Talia Shire, Paul Wendkos
Rating63% 3.196783.196783.196783.196783.19678
Marian is an up-and-coming fashion designer in New York. One morning, while on her way to work, Marian is mugged. She calls the police and they manage to catch the thief. While waiting at the police station, a handsome Italian attorney named Edward Moran offers to take her home in his limousine. They eventually fall in love and get married. During the wedding celebration, Edward offers to set up in business Marian and her friend Silvia. On their honeymoon, Edward gets gets called away in on business. While he is away, Marian becomes suspicious after several incidents, leading to being dragged off to the family compound for protection. Marian's sister-in-law Gina tells her that the family is part of the Italian Mafia. This is followed by an improbable gun battle between mafia factions, including men in a helicopter shooting up the family compound, killing Gina's husband. Later, Sylvia tells Marian and Edward of her discovery that the business she has with Marian is a front for importing cocaine. As Marian tells Silvia that she has decided leave Edward, Silvia is pushed in front of a car (murdered by the family). Marian goes to the police offering to testify against the family. Despite police protection, the family kidnaps her, and takes her back to Edward. After some soapy dialogue between them, Edward shoots and kills Marian for "breaking the rules".
The Bad Seed, 1h34
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Actors Blair Brown, Michael Beck, Lynn Redgrave, David Carradine, Richard Kiley, Chad Allen
Rating56% 2.8140852.8140852.8140852.8140852.814085
Freak fatal accidents force a widow to realize her precocious 9-year-old daughter was born to kill.
Cocaine: One Man's Seduction, 1h37
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Dennis Weaver, Karen Grassle, Pamela Bellwood, James Spader, Jeffrey Tambor, Denise Crosby
Rating71% 3.581053.581053.581053.581053.58105
Eddie Gant (Weaver) was once a highly successful real estate agent, the number one for over ten years, but is now struggling to sell houses, and is frustrated that the company’s top salesman is now Tad Voss (Le Plat), a young snob. He is pressured into selling family houses, considered a dead market, and wants to break out but does not know how. When his boss Dan Hatten (Venture) does not make him partner even though he promised him, Eddie suffers a major setback, and finds solace with cocaine, arranged through his business friends Robin Barstowe (Bellwood) and Bruce Neumann (Ackroyd).
Betrayal
Betrayal (1978)
, 1h36
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Lesley Ann Warren, Rip Torn, Richard Masur, Ron Silver, Bibi Besch, John Hillerman
Rating61% 3.0634553.0634553.0634553.0634553.063455
Julie Roy, a young woman, approaches a maverick attorney, claiming that her psychoanalyst has raped her, and over a period of time used her for sex before discarding her.
The Death of Richie, 1h37
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Robby Benson, Ben Gazzara, Eileen Brennan, Lance Kerwin, Cindy Eilbacher, John Zaremba
Rating73% 3.6722553.6722553.6722553.6722553.672255
The film opens with a scene of a burial in a large suburban cemetery, with mourners, many of them young people, surrounding a casket while a eulogist talks. An older couple dressed in black is closest to the casket, suggesting that they are the deceased's parents. The grief-stricken father weeps openly as he is comforted by his wife.