Blanke, Henry

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Blanke, Henry Gender: M
Ernst Heinrich Blanke
born on 30 December 1901 at 15:30 (= 3:30 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 08°14' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 14°29 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 03°13'


German-American film producer who also worked as an assistant director, supervisor, writer, and production manager. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for The Nun's Story (1959).

He was the son of painter Wilhelm Blanke. He began his career as a film cutter in 1920. Blanke became an assistant to Ernst Lubitsch and was the production manager of Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis. He produced nine films in his native Germany before emigrating to Hollywood. He became a power at Warner Bros., working there for decades. His Hollywood producing credits include Of Human Bondage (1946), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and The Fountainhead (1949). When the announced production of The Life of Emile Zola (1937) came under fire from Georg Gyssling, the Nazi German consul to the United States (due to its portrayal of Alfred Dreyfus, who was of Jewish descent), Blanke lied to him, telling him the Dreyfus affair was only a small part of the film.

Henry Blanke died on 28 May 1981, aged 79, in Los Angeles.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Film)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Film)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Production jobs
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screenwriter)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Oscar nominee for Best Picture)