Gerd Oswald

Biography: Berlin-born Gerd Oswald was the son of celebrated German stage and film director Richard Oswald. Gerd began his own career as a child actor and production assistant, continuing in the latter capacity when he emigrated to America with his family in 1938. Like many refugees, the young Oswald was not exactly welcomed with open arms into the Hollywood mainstream. He had to pay his dues (and earn his union membership) as an assistant director for such poverty-row concerns as Monogram Pictures. From there, Oswald was hired as a production manager and associate producer for 20th Century-Fox. Utilizing Fox facilities, but releasing through United Artists, Oswald directed his first picture, A Kiss Before Dying, in 1955. While occasionally handed a big-budget item like Bob Hope's Paris Holiday (1957), Oswald found himself back where he started directorially in the B-picture pool. Some of these low-budgeters, notably Screaming Mimi, had isolated moments that transcended their monetaryBerlin-born Gerd Oswald was the son of celebrated German stage and film director Richard Oswald. Gerd began his own career as a child actor and production assistant, continuing in the latter capacity when he emigrated to America with his family in 1938. Like many refugees, the young Oswald was not exactly welcomed with open arms into the Hollywood mainstream. He had to pay his dues (and earn his union membership) as an assistant director for such poverty-row concerns as Monogram Pictures. From there, Oswald was hired as a production manager and associate producer for 20th Century-Fox. Utilizing Fox facilities, but releasing through United Artists, Oswald directed his first picture, A Kiss Before Dying, in 1955. While occasionally handed a big-budget item like Bob Hope's Paris Holiday (1957), Oswald found himself back where he started directorially in the B-picture pool. Some of these low-budgeters, notably Screaming Mimi, had isolated moments that transcended their monetary deficiencies, but others, like Agent for HARM (1966) and Bunny O'Hare (1971), were trivialities that any director could have handled. Gerd Oswald's best and most creative opportunities came on television sci-fi/fantasy series. Though he never directed a Twilight Zone as has frequently been claimed, Oswald was responsible for the first-season Star Trek episode "The Conscience of the King;" and he was a mainstay on The Outer Limits (1963-64) directing such top-rank installments as "OBIT," "Corpus Earthling," "It Crawled out of the Woodwork," "The Form of Things Unknown," and, best of all, "Soldier." Expand

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Twilight Zone (1985): Season 1 Sep 27, 1985 Director 9.0
tbd Star Trek: Season 1 Sep 8, 1966 Director 8.2
tbd Bonanza: Season 6 Sep 20, 1964 Director tbd
tbd Bonanza: Season 7 Sep 12, 1965 Director tbd
tbd Bonanza: Season 8 Sep 11, 1966 Director tbd
tbd The Fugitive (1963): Season 4 Sep 13, 1966 Director tbd
tbd Daniel Boone: Season 2 Sep 16, 1965 Director tbd
tbd Daniel Boone: Season 3 Sep 15, 1966 Director tbd
tbd Daniel Boone: Season 4 Sep 14, 1967 Director tbd
tbd Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season 1 Sep 14, 1964 Director tbd
tbd Perry Mason: Season 2 Sep 20, 1958 Director tbd
tbd Rawhide: Season 2 Sep 18, 1959 Director tbd
tbd Rawhide: Season 8 Sep 14, 1965 Director tbd
tbd The Outer Limits (1963): Season 1 Sep 16, 1963 Director tbd
tbd The Outer Limits (1963): Season 2 Sep 19, 1964 Director tbd