Rudolph Herman Behlmer (October 13, 1926 – September 27, 2019) was an American film historian and writer. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, he was an expert in the history and evolution of the motion picture industry.
|Born||October 13, 1926|
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Died||September 27, 2019 (aged 92)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Author, film historian|
|Notable works||Memo from David O. Selznick (1972), followed by nine other books|
Sandra Lee Wightman
(m. 1959; div. 1966)
Stacey Behlmer (m. 1992)
Behlmer began his career with KLAC-TV in Hollywood as a stage manager. At the beginning of the 1960s, Behlmer started researching and writing articles on various aspects of film history. One such project, a career piece on film producer David O. Selznick (Gone with the Wind, Rebecca), led to his book Memo from David O. Selznick (1972). It was followed by nine other books as well as numerous magazine articles and film music recording booklets. Behlmer also contributed to a wide variety of works about the Golden Age of Hollywood. He died on September 27, 2019 at the age of 92.
- Adventures of Don Juan, with director Vincent Sherman
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- The Black Pirate
- The Black Swan, with actress Maureen O'Hara
- Captain from Castile, with film historians Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman
- Gone with the Wind
- Gunga Din
- How the West Was Won, with filmmaker David Strohmaier, director of Cinerama, Inc. John Sittig, music historian Jon Burlingame, and stuntman Loren James
- The Invisible Man
- Singin' in the Rain, with actors Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, and Kathleen Freeman, co-director Stanley Donen, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann
- A Streetcar Named Desire, with actor Karl Malden and film historian Jeff Young
- Twelve O'Clock High, with film historians Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, with director Richard Fleischer
- Yankee Doodle Dandy
- "The Early Betty White 1947–1973". WFMU's Beware of the Blog. WFMU. April 4, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- Burlingame, Jon; Burlingame, Jon (September 27, 2019). "Film Historian and Author Rudy Behlmer Dies at 92".