Bernard B. Ray

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Bernard B. Ray
Benjamin Shamrayevsky [1]

November 18, 1895
DiedDecember 10, 1964 (aged 69)
Other namesFranklin Shamray (pseudonym)
Occupation Producer, Director
Years active1926-1960 (film)

Bernard Benny Ray (born Benjamin Shamrayevsky, November 18, 1895 - December 10, 1964) was a Russian-born American film producer and director. [2] He is closely associated with the production of low-budget B films of Poverty Row, involved with companies such as Reliable Pictures during the 1930s.


In some film credits, like Rio Rattler (1935), he has used the pseudonym "Franklin Shamray".


On December 10, 1964, after what appears to have been a long illness, [3] Ray died of undisclosed causes at the Motion Picture Country Home Hospital. [4] He was preceded in death by his wife Georgia Mae Tallant, to whom he was married between 1927 and 1958. [5]

Selected filmography

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  1. "California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976," database with images, FamilySearch (  : 11 March 2018), Bernard Benny Or Benjamin Ray Or Shamrayevsky, 1928; citing Naturalization, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1525 (United States: National Archives and Records Service, Los Angeles Branch, 2016).
  2. Pitts p.319
  3. "B.B. Ray in Hospital". The Hollywood Reporter. January 10, 1962. p. 2. ProQuest   2339659540. Veteran producer-director Bernard B. Ray checked into Mt. Sinai Hospital yesterday for exploratory surgery this morning.
  4. "Obituaries: Bernard B. Ray". Los Angeles Evening Citizen News. December 14, 1964. p. 7. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  5. "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch (  : 9 March 2021), Bernard Benny Ray and Georgia Mae Tallant, 29 Jan 1927; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,074,640.
  6. "Gleason to Star". The Hollywood Reporter. December 13, 1953. pp. L13. ProQuest   152610046. James Gleason will star in 'Hollywood Stunt Man,' feature film being produced by Bernard B. Ray, which goes before the cameras next week with a cast of real live stunt men and women. The picture will incorporate footage of some of the most dangerous stunts done by film dare-devils since 'The Perils of Pauline.'
  7. "Ray changes Title". The Hollywood Reporter. January 13, 1954. p. 4. ProQuest   2338252748. Producer Bernard B. Ray has changed the title of his 'Hollywood Stunt Man' to 'Hollywood Thrill Makers' due to a conflict with a Columbia Screen Gems telefilm release.

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