Motion Picture trade journalist Richard Gertner died of heart failure Sept. 14 at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. He was 66.
During his four-decade tenure as critic, reporter and editor for Quigley Publishing Co., Gertner covered the decline of the Hollywood studio system and chronicled the end of Motion Picture Production Code censorship–a document drafted by Martin Quigley Sr. in 1930.
After earning a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1950, Gertner worked as an editor for Hoffman Publications before taking an assistant editor’s post with Quigley’s Better Theatres trade publication. He subsequently worked as news editor and managing editor of Quigley’s Motion Picture Daily and managing editor, executive editor and editor of the sister publication Motion Picture Herald.
Gertner served as editor of the Intl. Motion Picture Almanac and the Intl. Television Almanac and co-authored “Films of America 1929-69” with Martin Quigley Jr.
He is survived by his sister Elizabeth Williams and two nephews.