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.
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
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...
Viva Las Vegas
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...
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...
The Second Time Around
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.
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 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...
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
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
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 ...
Mexican love stories include a dying man, a bullfighter's sister and lovers from feuding villages.
Kiss Me Kate
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
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...
Three Little Words
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
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...
The Stratton Story
Monty was determined to leave the game on his own terms after losing a leg in a hunting accident.
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...
The Romance of Rosy Ridge
A Civil War veteran is courting a Missouri farmer's daughter.
It Happened in Brooklyn
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...
Esther Williams disguises herself in matador gear and secretly fills in for her twin matador brother after he abandons the ring.
I Dood It
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...
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.
Two Girls on Broadway
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 ...
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
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.
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...
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.
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...
Broadway Melody of 1938
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...
Born to Dance
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...
Beer and Pretzels
Ted was kicked out of a theatre because he was annoying women. They get jobs at a nightclub. There is chaos.
Ted Healy and His Stooges alternate mildly risque vaudeville routines with semi-elaborate Berkeleyesque musical numbers with beautiful chorines.
A stage director is trying to put on a musical and comedy show but has to contend with a bunch of people.
Some "bedtime stories" are told to three boys by their parents.