Charles H. Schneer RIP

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When people ask me, what does a producer do? I point to folk like Charles H. Schneer, who produced every single Ray Harryhausen movie minus his first, THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1954). Without the belief and perseverance of Schneer, Harryhausen may not have had the career he did. Few stop-motion artists were able to control film after film through four decades like Harryhausen. This was in large due to Charles H. Schneer, who did the dealing and found the money for each of Harryhausen’s classic films. Schneer clearly loved stop-motion as much as Ray Harryhausen, and he freed up his talent. Sadly, Charles Schneer passed on last week at the ripe age of 88. I’m glad he produced so many influential movies, including my favorite fantasy film of all time, THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958).

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2 Responses to “Charles H. Schneer RIP”

  1. Nothing beats The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.

    RIP, Charles Schneer. What a great producer he was. I love that you use him among others as the answer to the question, “What does a producer do?”

  2. christian Says:

    I was going to use my own producer as an example, but I’m not sure what he does (I kid!)…

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