Michael Todd

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Date of Birth 22 June 1909, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Date of Death 22 March 1958, Grants, New Mexico, USA (plane crash) Birth Name Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen Mini Biography Film producer Michael Todd was one of the major contributors to technical innovation in the film industry in the 1950s. Having worked with Fred Waller and Cinerama, he got tired of the three-panel format, left the company and tried to find the process for making "Cinerama coming from one hole". He joined forces with the American Optical Co. and developed a system using 65mm cine cameras at 30 fps and wide angle-photography (approx 150 degrees). The system was named Todd-AO after its inventors and was by far the best big-screen system ever seen, when it was introduced with Oklahoma! (1955). The Todd-AO prints used 70mm film with a 2.2:1 ratio. Sound was six-track magnetic only, with five channels behind the screen and one surround channel, with Perspecta coding (a switch stereo device) The 70mm Todd-AO productions were premiered through Magna Theatre Corp., which also co-produced the pictures. Due to the non-standard speed, the first two Todd-AO pictures (the other was Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)) were parallel-shot in 35mm CinemaScope with 24 fps for general release, but for the third production, South Pacific (1958), the Todd-AO pictures were all shot in 24 fps. Todd was killed in a plane crash in 1958, but his system lived on, adopted as the wide superformat of 20th Century-Fox, which used it all through the 1960s. During that period a number of alternate processes developed, of which Superpanavision became the most used. IMDb Mini Biography By: Stefan Adler Trivia Co-developed the Todd A-O sound system. [1955] Father of Michael Todd Jr. Todd had previously (1946) produced an elaborate Broadway musical version of "Around the World in 80 Days." Despite mammoth production values, a Cole Porter score and a cast headed by Orson Welles as Phineas Fogg, it was a notorious, costly failure, losing nearly all of the money invested in it. Father, with Taylor, of Liza Todd Burton. Killed, along with journalist Art Cohn, when his private plane went down in a blizzard just outside of Albequerque, New Mexico. The plane's ironic name was "The Lucky Liz." In 1957, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his Oscar-winning film Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), Todd staged an elaborate party at Madison Square Garden for his then-wife Elizabeth Taylor and hundreds of guests. The evening eventually deteriorated into a giant food fight. The party was treated as a serious news event by CBS, which sent Walter Cronkite to cover it. The next day newspaper critics tore the event to shreds. It became what Cronkite considers the low point in his career. He was preparing a lavish film version of "Don Quixote" at the time of his death. Todd's version was never made. The biography "The Nine Lives of Mike Todd" reveals that he briefly was suspected of murdering his first wife Bertha, who died mysteriously in 1946, freeing the way for Todd to marry his mistress, Joan Blondell. Blondell later claimed that Todd fleeced her. His biographer, Art Cohn, died with him in the plane crash that took Todd's life. The biography was nearly finished and was completed by Cohn's wife and published as "The Nine Lives of Mike Todd" in 1958. In the 1940s, stripper Gypsy Rose Lee fell in love with Todd, who was then famous as a Broadway theatrical impresario. Todd produced two Broadway shows starring Lee, "Star and Garter" and "The Naked Genius" (the latter of which was written by Lee). Gypsy married William Alexander Kirkland in 1942 in an attempt to make the already-married Todd jealous. They divorced in 1944. His penultimate show was entitled "Michael Todd's Peep Show," running at the Winter Garden Theatre from June 28, 1950 to February 24, 1951 for a total of 278 performances. The music and lyrics for this musical revue, which featured female nudity, were by Prince Chakrband Bhumibol, who became the King of Thailand! In Art Cohn's posthumous biography of Todd, "The Nine Lives of Mike Todd," it is revealed that the naked girls featured in the show's mermaid sequence had difficulty getting the blue dye used in the water out of their pubic hair.

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Robot Ninja

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The Last Supper: Live at the Hammerstein Ballroom

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Lurking Fear

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Coheed and Cambria: Live At The Starland Ballroom

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My Three Sons: Season One, Vol. 1

Charley Douglas / ... (16 episodes, 1970-1972)

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Elizabeth Taylor: A Musical Celebration

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The Drop

Laughing Scumbag

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Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking

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Meridian: Kiss of the Beast

Man in the Crowd (uncredited)

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Puppet Master 2

Puppet Toulon

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Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Drop

Laughing Scumbag

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The Last Supper: Live at the Hammerstein Ballroom

bass, backing vocals

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Coheed and Cambria: Live At The Starland Ballroom

Bass

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Elizabeth Taylor: A Musical Celebration

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Lurking Fear

Creature

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Puppet Master 2

Puppet Toulon

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Meridian: Kiss of the Beast

Man in the Crowd (uncredited)

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Robot Ninja

Leonard Miller (Robot Ninja)

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The Dead Next Door

Jason / Van driver

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My Three Sons: Season One, Vol. 1

Charley Douglas / ... (16 episodes, 1970-1972)

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