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Henry Blanke

Pic producer paragons

He was a Berliner and the son of a painter who got into movies as assistant to Ernst Lubitsch. He came to America in that capacity and only went home to be production manager on Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis.” Then Warners hired him to be in charge of German co-productions, and soon Hal Wallis detected his taste and efficiency, and his ability to spell out Wallis’ wishes on the set. Blanke became a supervisor of many productions, trusted by filmmakers and Mr. Wallis on “The Story of Louis Pasteur,” “Anthony Adverse,” “The Life of Emile Zola,” “Jezebel,” “Juarez,” “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “The Sea Hawk” and “The Maltese Falcon.” After Wallis moved to Paramount, Blanke became a signature producer on some very big pictures, including “Deception,” “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and “The Fountainhead.”

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