David Weisbart

David M. Weisbart (January 21, 1915 – July 21, 1967) was an American film editor and producer.

David Weisbert
Born(1915-01-21)January 21, 1915
DiedJuly 21, 1967(1967-07-21) (aged 52)
Los Angeles
OccupationFilm editor and Producer

Born in Los Angeles, Weisbart began working as a film editor for Warner Bros. in 1942. Over the next decade, he was involved in the editing of some twenty films, including The Constant Nymph (1943), Mildred Pierce (1945), Night and Day (1946), Dark Passage (1947), The Fountainhead (1949), The Glass Menagerie (1950), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).[1] He was nominated for the Academy Award for editing Johnny Belinda (1948).[2]

In 1952, Weisbart became a producer, the youngest under contract to Warner Bros. That same year he produced his first film, Mara Maru, starring Errol Flynn and Ruth Roman. In 1955 he produced the film for which he is probably best remembered: the James Dean classic, Rebel Without a Cause.

Weisbart left Warner Bros. for 20th Century Fox, where he produced Love Me Tender (1956), the first Elvis Presley film. Weisbart would produce three more Presley movies, as well as April Love (1957) for another teen idol, Pat Boone.

With Samuel A. Peeples, Weisbart created the television series Custer, also known as The Legend of Custer, which ran on ABC for seventeen episodes in 1967.

On July 21, 1967, Weisbart died of what was apparently heart failure; he collapsed while playing golf with film director Mark Robson on a Los Angeles golf course. He was 52, and was survived by his wife and two daughters.[3]

At the time of his death, Weisbart was producing the high-profile Valley of the Dolls, based on the novel by Jacqueline Susann. The film was released in December 1967. Although it received scathing reviews, it was 20th Century Fox's biggest box office hit of the year.[4]


  1. David Weisbart (1915–1967). IMDb. [n.d.] Accessed January 6, 2017.
  2. The Official Academy Award Database. Archived 2012-02-16 at WebCite [n.d.] Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  3. David Weisbart, 52, Producer of Movies. The New York Times, July 22, 1967. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  4. Valley of the Dolls (1967). IMDb. [n.d.] Retrieved January 6, 2017.
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