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Blake Edwards DIRECTOR


Blake Edwards was born William Blake Crump on July 26, 1922 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When he was only three, his parents divorced and his mother married production manager Jack McEdward, son of silent film director J. Gordon Edwards. They moved to Los Angeles, and after attending grammar and high school, Edwards began taking jobs as an extra in pictures such as “Ten Gentlemen From West Point” (1942), “A Guy Named Joe” (1943), and “See Here, Private Hargrove” (1944). He then advanced to supporting roles, and eventually signed a contract with Fox to appear in nearly twenty five films, including the Bill Elliott and George Hayes flick “Marshal of Reno” (1944) and romantic westerner “Panhandle” (1946). With the latter, Edwards began his production and screenwriting career, too.

He then went on to co-produce and write “Stampede” (1949), as well as compose the scripts for a few other films and television shows before adding director to his repertoire with his TV series “Four Star Playhouse” (1954). Edwards made his big screen directorial debut the following year, with the musical “Bring Your Smile Along” (1955). He continued with directing, putting out box office successes such as Tony Curtis’ “Mister Cory” (1957) and Cary Grant’s “Operation Petticoat” (1959). The director put out a number more films, all while persisting in the writing process for a good amount of other projects, like the pictures “Operation Mad Ball” (1957) and “This Happy Feeling” (1958) and television shows “Mr. Lucky” (1959-60) and “Peter Gunn” (1958-61).

In 1961 Edwards put out another box office smash, the Audrey Hepburn classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. He released another hit, “Days of Wine and Roses” (1962), before writing and directing his most remembered accomplishment, the hilarious Peter Sellers crime spoof “The Pink Panther” (1963). Edwards remained down this path of comedy, writing, producing, and directing the highly successful “A Shot in the Dark” in 1964. Then he continued with “The Great Race” (1965) and “The Party” (1968).

In 1969, “The Pink Panther Show” was run on TV, although it was not directed by Edwards. In the same year, the director hit a snag in his career by directing the World War II musical drama “Darling Lili” (1969), which starred his wife, Julie Andrews. He also put out the failed “Wild Rovers” (1971) and “The Carey Treatment” (1972). Due to his faltering success in Hollywood, Edwards and Andrews moved to Europe where they collaborated on the spy romance “The Tamarind Seed” (1974) before deciding to add some new segments to the Pink Panther series out of financial necessity. Therefore, 1975 saw “The Return of the Pink Panther”, 1976 “The Pink Panther Strikes Again”, and 1978 “The Revenge of the Pink Panther”. Box office sales rose and Edwards was once again a force to be reckoned with in the film industry.

Upon his return to Hollywood, he wrote, directed, and produced the acclaimed comedy piece “10” (1979), followed by the satirical autobiography “S.O.B.” (1981). Both boasted his wife as the lead. She was again put center stage in his subsequent musical “Victor Victoria” (1982). Next, Edwards created two more of his famous detective films, “Trail of the Pink Panther” (1982) and “Curse of the Pink Panther” (1983), but they failed to attract audiences.

In the remainder of the 1980's and 1990's, the director’s work seemed to be inconsistent and unpopular. “The Man Who Loved Women” (1983), starring Burt Reynolds and Julie Andrews, won indifference from audiences and mixed criticism. The Laurel and Hardy remake, “A Fine Mess” (1986), turned out to be just that. Edwards found a bit of light with his comedy “Skin Deep” (1989), but was slammed by critics with his next feature, “Switch” (1991). 1993 brought another Pink Panther picture, “Son of the Pink Panther”. However, like the former two, it sank as well. His last directorial effort after that was a Broadway production-turned TV movie of a prior work, called “Victor/Victoria” (1995).

The director passed away on December 15, 2010 in Santa Monica, California from pneumonia complications. He left behind a legend, though. For his great work in the motion picture industry, he was awarded with an Honorary Award from the Academy Awards, Life Career Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Preston Surges Award from the Directors Guild of America, Laurel Award for Screen Writing Achievement from the Writers Guild of America, and Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among numerous others. As well, his Pink Panther legacy has lived on, and two movies, “The Pink Panther” (2006) and “The Pink Panther 2” (2009), and a TV series, “Pink Panther & Pals” (2010), have been constructed since the creator’s death.


2010       Pink Panther & Pals  

2009       The Pink Panther 2

2006       The Pink Panther     

1995       Victor/Victoria 

1993       Son of the Pink Panther 

1992       Julie 

1991       Switch

1989       Peter Gunn

1989       Skin Deep

1988       Justin Case 

1988       Sunset

1987       Blind Date

1986       That's Life!

1986       A Fine Mess

1985       The Ferret

1984       Micki + Maude  

1984       City Heat

1983       The Man Who Loved Women

1983       Curse of the Pink Panther

1982       Trail of the Pink Panther

1982       Victor Victoria

1981       S.O.B.

1980       Casino 

1979       10

1978       Revenge of the Pink Panther

1976       The Pink Panther Strikes Again

1975       The Return of the Pink Panther

1974       The Tamarind Seed

1974       Julie and Dick at Covent Garden

1973       Julie on Sesame Street 

1972       The Carey Treatment

1971       Wild Rovers

1970       Darling Lili

1969       The Monk 

1969       The Pink Panther Show

1968       Inspector Clouseau 

1968       The Party

1967       Gunn

1966       What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?

1965       The Great Race

1964       A Shot in the Dark 

1963       Soldier in the Rain 

1963       Boston Terrier

1963       The Pink Panther

1962       The Notorious Landlady  

1962       The Couch 

1962       Days of Wine and Roses

1962       Experiment in Terror

1962       Walk on the Wild Side 

1962       The Dick Powell Theatre 

1961       Breakfast at Tiffany's

1960       High Time

1960       Dante  

1959       Operation Petticoat

1959       Mr. Lucky

1958       Peter Gunn  

1958       The Perfect Furlough

1958       This Happy Feeling

1957       Mister Cory

1957       Operation Mad Ball

1957       The Adventures of McGraw

1957       Richard Diamond, Private Detective

1956       He Laughed Last 

1956       The Ford Television Theatre 

1956       Chevron Hall of Stars 

1955       My Sister Eileen 

1955       Bring Your Smile Along

1954       Drive a Crooked Road

1954       The Mickey Rooney Show

1954       The Atomic Kid  

1953       Cruisin' Down the River 

1953       All Ashore 

1952       Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder

1952       Four Star Playhouse    

1949       Stampede

1948       Leather Gloves 

1948       Panhandle 

1947       Big Town 

1947       The Beginning or the End 

1946       The Best Years of Our Lives 

1946       The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 

1946       Till the End of Time  

1946       From This Day Forward 

1946       Tokyo Rose 

1946       Strangler of the Swamp 

1945       They Were Expendable 

1945       What Next, Corporal Hargrove? 

1945       Gangs of the Waterfront 

1945       A Guy, a Gal and a Pal 

1945       This Man's Navy 

1944       She's a Sweetheart 

1944       Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo  

1944       The Unwritten Code 

1944       My Buddy 

1944       In the Meantime, Darling 

1944       Wing and a Prayer 

1944       Marshal of Reno 

1944       Marine Raiders 

1944       The Eve of St. Mark 

1944       See Here, Private Hargrove 

1944       Ladies Courageous 

1943       A Guy Named Joe 

1942       Lucky Legs 

1942       Ten Gentlemen from West Point 

Matinee Classics -
Matinee Classics - Blake Edwards, film director, screenwriter and producer
Matinee Classics - Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Mickey Rooney and Alan Reed
Matinee Classics - The Great Race starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn, Dorothy Provine, Larry Storch, Hal Smith, Denver Pyle, Arthur O'Connell, Vivian Vance, Ross Martin, Marvin Kaplan, George Macready, Joyce Nizzari and William Bryant
Matinee Classics - Mr. Lucky starring John Vivyan, Ross Martin and Tom Brown
Matinee Classics - The Monk starring George Maharis, Janet Leigh, Rick Jason, Carl Betz, Jack Albertson, William Smathers, Raymond St. Jacques and Jack Soo
Matinee Classics - Sunset starring Bruce Willis, James Garner, Malcolm McDowell, Mariel Hemingway, Kathleen Quinlan, Jennifer Edwards, Patricia Hodge, Richard Bradford, M. Emmet Walsh, Joe Dallesandro, Andreas Katsulas, Dann Florek, Bill Marcus, Michael C. Gwynne and Dermot Mulroney

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