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Edward A. Blatt

Edward A. Blatt, 88, a theater and film director, writer and producer, died Feb. 12 of a heart attack.

He directed John Garfield and Sidney Greenstreet in the 1943 film “Between Two Worlds.”

Born in Poland, Blatt apprenticed with the Selwyns in New York during the 1920s, working as a pressagent, company manager, theater manager and general manager. In 1929 he produced “Harlem” and “Subway Express,” and the following year he produced “The Up And Up.”

Also in 1930, Blatt wrote the play “Great Scott” with Howard Koch, and it ran at the Ambassador Theater. Ten years later he adapted “Young Man With A Horn” with the novel’s author, Dorothy Baker.

Blatt directed summer stock productions and assisted Lee Strasberg on the 1940 staging of “The Fifth Column.”

In Hollywood, Blatt worked as an associate producer on 1930s Paramount films such as “A Farewell To Arms” and “The Big Broadcast.” In 1941 he joined Warner Bros, as a dialog director on “Now, Voyager, “Across The Pacific,” Watch On The Rhine” and other films.

In addition to “Between Two Worlds,” Blatt also directed “Escape In The Desert” with Joan Sullivan and “Smart Woman” with Constance Bennett. Later, he served as casting director on “The Best Years Of Our Lives.”

In 1949 he returned to New York to work in theater. He last worked as house manager at the Ambassador Theater.

Survived by his wife, Jane Blatt.

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