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Irving Allen

Irving Allen

Irving Allen was a theatrical and cinematic producer and director.\nHe won an Academy Award in 1948 for producing the short movie Climbing the Matterhorn. In the early 1950s he formed Warwick Films with partner Albert \"Cubby\" Broccoli and relocated to England to leverage film making against a subsidy offered by the British government. Through the 1950s they each became known as one of the best independent film producers of the day, as the two would sometimes work in tandem, but more often than not on independent projects for their joint enterprise producing multiple projects in a given year.\nBorn as Irving Applebaum in Lemberg, he entered film as an editor at Universal, Paramount and Republic in 1929. During the 1940s, he made a number of superb shorts, including the Academy Award-nominated Forty Boys and a Song 1941, which he directed. His short films often won more acclaim than his low-budget features. In the late 40s, Allen started concentrating more fully on being a producer.\nIn the early 50s, he led Warwick Films as the 'name producer', making films in both the USA and England, with Albert R. Broccoli something of a junior partner.