Edward Small

Edward Small (born Edward Schmalheiser, February 1, 1891, Brooklyn, New York – January 25, 1977, Los Angeles, California) was a film producer from the late 1920s through 1970. Small, the son of Jewish Austrian-born Philip Schmalheiser and Prussian-born Rose Lewin, began his career as a talent agent in New York City. In 1917, he moved his agency to Los Angeles. Small began producing films in the 1920s, when it became his full-time occupation. In 1932, Small formed Reliance Pictures together with Joseph Schenck and Harry M. Goetz. Small formed Edward Small Productions in 1938. Small produced a number of economically produced films, mostly released through United Artists, including The Count of Monte Cristo (1934), The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), Brewster's Millions (1945) and Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950) starring George Montgomery. His most frequent director was Allan Dwan. The years following World War II, the quality of Small's films declined, with some notable exceptions like Raw Deal (1948), but he continued to work until 1970.

Executive Producer


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