Jack Cummings

Jack Cummings

Known For: Production · Birthday: 1905-02-16 · Deathday: 1989-04-28 (84 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: New Brunswick, Canada

41 Movies

Biography

John Cummings (February 16, 1905 – April 28, 1989) was an American film producer and director. He was best known for being a leading producer at MGM. He was the second husband of Betty Kern, daughter of Jerome Kern.Cummings spent most of his career at his uncle Louis B. Mayer's studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he began work in the 1920s. Mayer started his nephew out as an office boy and expected him to work his way up through the ranks.Cummings became a staff producer at MGM in 1934, where he worked in the B-feature unit for two years. In 1936, he produced the extravagant Cole Porter musical Born to Dance, which established his reputation as a respected producer. Cummings remained at MGM even after his uncle was fired from the studio in 1951, working with talent such as the Marx Brothers, Red Skelton, Esther Williams, and Fred Astaire and producing some of the era's best-known musicals, including 1953's Kiss Me Kate and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 1954, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He left MGM to become an independent producer affiliated with Twentieth Century-Fox and produced the 1959 remake of The Blue Angel and the 1960 movie version of the Abe Burrows-Cole Porter Broadway musical Can-Can. In 1964, he returned to MGM one last time to produce the Elvis Presley musical Viva Las Vegas. Other credits included Easy to Wed, It Happened in Brooklyn, Three Little Words, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Interrupted Melody, and The Teahouse of the August Moon.

Personal Life

Mr. Cummings was survived by his four daughters, Julie Cummings Siff, of Manhattan, Kathy Cummings St. Aubin, of Los Angeles, Linda Kern Cummings, of Danville, Ky., and Carla Luisa Cummings, of Los Angeles.

Movies & TV shows

1976.

1 Movie
Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams

1976
Gladys Knight made her acting debut in the 1976 film Pipe Dreams as a woman who tries to regain the love of her husband played by real-life spouse Barry Hankerson. In this drama, her husband has to ch...

1964.

1 Movie
Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas

1964
Once he has the money to buy an engine, Lucky Jackson arrives in town with his car ready for the first Las Vegas Grand Prix. When the pretty swimming pool manageress takes his mind off things, he misl...

1962.

1 Movie
Bachelor Flat

Bachelor Flat

1962
Professor Bruce Patterson is constantly having to fight off the advances of his young female students and is engaged to Helen Bushmill. While Helen goes on vacation, Bruce decides to stay at her apart...

1961.

1 Movie
The Second Time Around

The Second Time Around

1961
A widow with two children leaves New York City to become a ranch hand in Territorial Arizona and later is elected sheriff. A gambler and a rancher are competing for the same woman's affections.

1959.

1 Movie
The Blue Angel

The Blue Angel

1959
There is a remake of a 1930 classic.

1957.

1 Movie
The Teahouse of the August Moon

The Teahouse of the August Moon

1957
The U.S is introduced by a translator. Occupation forces enjoy local life.

1955.

2 Movies
Interrupted Melody

Interrupted Melody

1955
Marjorie Lawrence is the subject of a film called Interrupted Melody. She is equal to the vocal and physical demands of the composer. She is a beacon of triumph for anyone who fights back when tragedy...
Many Rivers to Cross

Many Rivers to Cross

1955
Many Rivers to Cross is a comedy as much as it is an outdoor actioner. Robert Taylor plays Bushrod Gentry, a trapper who is trapped into marriage by Mary Stuart Cherne. After escaping his wife's respo...

1954.

2 Movies
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

4
1954
In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married as well.
The Last Time I Saw Paris

The Last Time I Saw Paris

1954
Charles returned to the city after Paris was liberated. He was working on a project when he met Helen. After his discharge, he would stay in Paris to work for a news organization. He tried to write a ...

1953.

3 Movies
Sombrero

Sombrero

1953
Mexican love stories include a dying man, a bullfighter's sister and lovers from feuding villages.
Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me Kate

1953
Cole Porter has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew and has brought together two actors who are divorced. The couple act like the characters they play. A fight on the opening night th...
Give a Girl a Break

Give a Girl a Break

1953
When the star of a new Broadway musical walk out in rehearsals, Ted Sturgis suggests casting an unknown for the role. People show up when it is announced in the newspaper. The musical composer, Leo Be...

1951.

1 Movie
Texas Carnival

Texas Carnival

1951
A carnival showmen team is mistaken for a cattle baron and his sister.

1950.

2 Movies
Three Little Words

Three Little Words

1950
Kalmar has to earn his money as a lyricst because he can't continue his stage career after an injury. The first song by Harry Ruby is a hit. Kalmar and Jessie prevent Ruby from getting married to the ...
Two Weeks with Love

Two Weeks with Love

1950
The Robinson family are at a resort in upstate New York. The older daughter is at a disadvantage because her parents think she is too young for boys. With singing at an amateur show and dancing, her a...

1949.

2 Movies
The Stratton Story

The Stratton Story

1949
Monty was determined to leave the game on his own terms after losing a leg in a hunting accident.
Neptune's Daughter

Neptune's Daughter

1949
The captain of the South American polo team, Jose O'Rourke, was the victim of a mistaken identity. When they fall in love, the situation becomes more complicated. Eve fears Betty's heart will be broke...

1947.

3 Movies
The Romance of Rosy Ridge

The Romance of Rosy Ridge

1947
A Civil War veteran is courting a Missouri farmer's daughter.
It Happened in Brooklyn

It Happened in Brooklyn

1947
Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet he only thinks about Brooklyn. Brooklyn is not so nice when he returns after the war. He was able to get a job as a singer in a music store because he was a...
Fiesta

Fiesta

1947
Esther Williams disguises herself in matador gear and secretly fills in for her twin matador brother after he abandons the ring.

1944.

2 Movies
Bathing Beauty

Bathing Beauty

1944
A legal loophole allows a gym teacher to enroll as a student at a women's college after he broke up with his fiancée.
Broadway Rhythm

Broadway Rhythm

1944
Johnny Demming is only interested in big-name talent and doesn't think small-time talent can be used in a successful show.

1943.

1 Movie
I Dood It

I Dood It

1943
A Broadway dance star and a fan of hers get married after she breaks up with her fiancée. Joseph works as a presser at a hotel and is thought to have a gold mine. Everyone learns what Joseph really is...

1942.

1 Movie
Ship Ahoy

Ship Ahoy

1942
Miss Winters is a dancer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and is asked to transport a prototype magnetic mine to Puerto Rico. She doesn't understand why she would be involved in the US Government.

1940.

3 Movies
Two Girls on Broadway

Two Girls on Broadway

1940
Eddie Kerns sells his song to a Broadway producer and also lands a job dancing in the musical. He sent for his dance partner-fiancée who has a younger sister. Molly was given a job selling cigarettes ...
Go West

Go West

1
1940
S, Embezzler, shill, all around confidence man. The Panello brothers stole money from Quentin Quale at the train station as he headed west to find his fortune. They've heard that you can pick the gold...
Broadway Melody of 1940

Broadway Melody of 1940

1940
The dance team is called Johnny and King Shaw. A producer discovers that he has a new partner, but he doesn't know who he is.

1939.

1 Movie
Honolulu

Honolulu

1939
The movie star is trying to keep away from his fans. George Smith was brought to Mason's home because he was mistaken for Mason. For a few weeks, they will be changing their identities. George Smith i...

1938.

2 Movies
Yellow Jack

Yellow Jack

1938
The historical account of Walter Reed's search for the cause of Yellow Jack and those who risked their lives in the pursuit is fairly accurate.
Listen, Darling

Listen, Darling

1938
To stop Pinkie's widowed, struggling mother Dottie from marrying a well-off older man they know she doesn't love, teenager Pinkie and her best friend Buzz kidnap her in the family travel trailer to li...

1937.

1 Movie
Broadway Melody of 1938

Broadway Melody of 1938

1937
Steve Raleight would like to produce a show on Broadway. Sally Lee is a leading lady. Steve is forced to use a known star. Sally purchases a horse, she used to train it when her parents had a farm bef...

1936.

1 Movie
Born to Dance

Born to Dance

1936
Ted fell in love with a Broadway dancer who tried out for a show. Lucy fell in love with Ted after he saved her dog. Ted is ordered to meet Lucy for a date at a night club, who later sees their pictur...

1935.

1 Movie
The Winning Ticket

The Winning Ticket

1935
A barber is trying to find a winning lottery ticket.

1934.

1 Movie
Jail Birds of Paradise

Jail Birds of Paradise

1934
The daughter attempts to turn the prison into a paradise.

1933.

4 Movies
Beer and Pretzels

Beer and Pretzels

1933
Ted was kicked out of a theatre because he was annoying women. They get jobs at a nightclub. There is chaos.
Plane Nuts

Plane Nuts

1933
Ted Healy and His Stooges alternate mildly risque vaudeville routines with semi-elaborate Berkeleyesque musical numbers with beautiful chorines.
Hello Pop

Hello Pop

1933
A stage director is trying to put on a musical and comedy show but has to contend with a bunch of people.
Nertsery Rhymes

Nertsery Rhymes

1933
Some "bedtime stories" are told to three boys by their parents.

1932.

1 Movie
Swing High

Swing High

1932
The Flying Codonas, fourth generation of a family of trapeze artists, practice and perform amazing feats high in the air. Close-up and slow motion photography show how it's done.

1930.

1 Movie
Crazy House

Crazy House

1930
Benny Rubin takes a tour of the Lame Brain Sanitarium and meets some of its strange patients.
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