Pandro S. Berman, 91, who during a career that spanned...


July 17, 1996

Pandro S. Berman, 91, who during a career that spanned four decades produced such acclaimed films as "Top Hat," "Morning Glory" and "The Blackboard Jungle," died Saturday.

Mr. Berman died of congestive heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, said grandson Cory Schaffel.

The casts of Mr. Berman's films were a who's who of Hollywood from the 1930s through the '60s: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Kelly and Sidney Poitier. Mr. Berman began his studio career at age 18.

His many films ranged from the 1930s Astaire-Rogers dance favorites "The Gay Divorcee," "Swing Time" and "Shall We Dance," to Katharine Hepburn's Oscar-winning performance in "Morning Glory," and "Of Human Bondage," the 1934 drama that made Bette Davis a star. In the late 1930s, Mr. Berman made "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," starring Charles Laughton.

Pub Date: 7/17/96

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