Alvin Ganzer

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Alvin Ganzer (1911–2009) was an American film and television director.


Early life

Ganzer was born in 1911 in Cold Spring, Minnesota. [1] [2]

Cold Spring, Minnesota City in Minnesota, United States

Cold Spring is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,025 at the 2010 census. It is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.


As a young man, Ganzer moved to California, and in 1932 was given a job at Paramount Pictures in its casting department. [2] He worked for Paramount as an assistant and second unit director on many feature films from 1934 through 1954. His first directorial feature film credit is for The Girls of Pleasure Island (1953); he had been assisting F. Hugh Herbert, who became ill during production. [3] From 1954–1979 he was a prolific director of episodes for television series, and directed a handful of additional feature films.

Paramount Pictures Major film studio in America, specializing in film and television production, and distribution.

Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film studio based in Hollywood, California, that has been a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom since 1994. Paramount is the fifth oldest surviving film studio in the world, the second oldest in the United States, and the sole member of the "Big Six" film studios still located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood.

<i>The Girls of Pleasure Island</i> 1953 film

The Girls of Pleasure Island is a 1953 Technicolor comedy film directed by Alvin Ganzer and F. Hugh Herbert. The screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert is based on the novel by former Marine William Maier. The original music score is composed by Lyn Murray.

Frederick Hugh Herbert was a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, short story writer, and infrequent film director.

Personal life

He was married to Murial Ganzer, and they had a son Alvin, and a daughter, Carolynn Jacobs Finnegan, all of whom survived him. [2]

He died on 3 January 2009, in Poʻipū, Hawaii, where he and his wife had moved about six years earlier to be close to their son. [1] [2]

Poipu, Hawaii Census-designated place in Hawaii, United States

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Selected filmography (as director)

<i>The Leather Saint</i> 1956 film by Alvin Ganzer

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<i>Country Music Holiday</i> 1958 film by Alvin Ganzer

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When the Boys Meet the Girls is a 1965 American musical film directed by Alvin Ganzer and starring Connie Francis and Harve Presnell. Guy Bolton and Jack McGowan were both uncredited in their roles as the writers of the play on which the film is based.

Selected television (as director)

China Smith was a 1950s television adventure series starring Dan Duryea. The television show takes place in Singapore. Much of the cast and crew also worked on the film World for Ransom, which is considered an extension of the television program. Director Robert Aldrich had also directed two episodes of the series.

<i>Please Dont Eat the Daisies</i> (TV series) television series

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  3. "AFI Catalog - The Girls of Pleasure Island". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2018-10-15.