Albert McCleery

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Albert McCleery

Born

12/30/1911

Died

5/13/1972

Birth Name

Albert McCleery

Gender

Male
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Albert McCleery began his career as a Broadway bit player and worked his way up to producing and directing in the 30's. He wrote a book along with his co-writer Carl Glick titled "Curtains Going Up: Theatre Americana" in 1939. He became a pioneer of the 'Little Theater…more

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  • Trivia

    • Albert McCleery was producer of the 1967 television series "Off to See the Wizard" which was executive produced by Aaron Spelling. This was the series that actor Eric Fleming ("Rawhide") was working on when he drowned.

    • On the 1950 television series "Cameo Theatre", he operated on a budget of $2,000 a week (some $5,000 less than the average half-hour TV network drama show), he solved the problem of sets by not having any.

    • Albert McCleery wrote the 1942 screenplay for "The Lady Is Willing", starring Marlene Dietrich, the connection was clear since he was the first man to reach Marlene's mother in Berlin during World War II.

    • Albert McCleery got his early training at Gilmor Brown's Pasadena Playhouse.

    • At the close of "Hallmark Hall of Fame" program, the camera would show a blackboard, and under the words "produced by", a hand would write Albert McCleery. The hand belonged to a young James Dean; the rest of him never appeared on the show.

  • Quotes

    • Albert McCleery: I've been very lucky. I've been running what amounts to a national theater, the busiest one anywhere.

    • Albert McCleery: I get a bigger audience for my flops than Broadway ever thought of having for its biggest successes.

    • Albert McCleery: Television is only for those who believe in it like a religion. It is the dream of mankind, the magic box that will bring man the world.

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