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Andrew Marton

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Nationality  Hungarian
Years active  1929-1969

Name  Andrew Marton
Role  film director
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Born  26 January 1904 (1904-01-26) Budapest, Hungary
Occupation  Film director, second unit director
Died  January 7, 1992, Santa Monica, California, United States
Spouse  Jarmila Marton (m. 1941–1992)
Books  China's Urban Space: Development Under Market Socialism
Awards  Golden Globe Special Achievement Award
Movies  The Longest Day, Green Fire, King Solomon's Mines, Crack in the World, The Wild North
Similar People  Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Darryl F Zanuck, Gerd Oswald, Stewart Granger

Andrew Marton

Andrew Marton, nicknamed "Bandy" (pronounced "Bundy"), (born Endre Marton; 26 January 1904 – 7 January 1992) was a Hungarian-American film director, producer and editor. In his career, he directed 39 films and television programs, and worked on 16 as a second unit director, including the chariot race in Ben Hur.


Le jour le plus long 1961 - Film réalisé par Andrew Marton, Ken Annakin et Bernhard Wicki

Life and career

Marton was born in Budapest, Hungary. After high-school graduation in 1922 he was taken by Alfréd Deésy to Vienna to work at Sascha-Film, mostly as an assistant editor. After a few months, he rose the attention of director Ernst Lubitsch, who convinced him to try his luck in Hollywood. Marton returned to Europe in 1927, and worked as the main editor of the Tobis company in Berlin, and later as an assistant director in Vienna. He directed his first feature film, Two O'Clock in the Morning, in 1929 in Great Britain. He joined a German expedition to Tibet in 1934, where he filmed Demon of the Himalayas. Marton cited that he was Jewish as a reason that the film could not be released with his name as director, citing a conversation he had had with Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.

After returning to Hungary, he directed his only Hungarian movie in 1935 in Budapest. Between 1936 and 1939 he worked with Alexander Korda in London. After the outbreak of World War II, he moved to the United States for good. During the 1940s and 1950s he worked mostly for MGM Studios. In 1954 he founded his own production company with Ivan Tors, Louis Meyer and László Benedek. He was active until the middle of the 1970s. On January 7, 1992, he died of pneumonia in Santa Monica, California.


The works of Andrew Marton are focused on exoticism, nature, and spectacle. Beside feature films, he was also notable in television, creating several nature films and supervising episodes of series like Flipper and Daktari. Remembered for cinematic moments like the chariot race of Ben Hur, or the battle scenes of A Farewell to Arms, he worked as second unit director with Hollywood directors including William Wyler, Fred Zinneman, Joseph Mankiewicz and Mike Nichols.

Second unit director

  • The Seventh Cross (1944), USA
  • Ben Hur (1959), USA
  • Cleopatra (1963), USA
  • Kampf um Rom I (1968–69), Germany
  • Catch-22 (1970), USA
  • Kelly's Heroes (1970), USA
  • The Day of the Jackal (1973), USA
  • Editor

  • Eternal Love (1929), USA
  • Shadows of the Underworld (1931)
  • A Tremendously Rich Man (1932)
  • The Rebel (1932)
  • Five from the Jazz Band (1932)
  • The Prodigal Son (1934)
  • References

    Andrew Marton Wikipedia