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The Danzigers

The Danzigers were two brothers, Edward J. Danziger (1909–1999) and Harry Lee Danziger (1913–2005), who produced many British films and TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s.[1][2][3]

According to one profile "throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, their second features and TV series seemed to be on screens everywhere, their pervasive presence forming a part of virtually every British filmgoer's and television viewer's experience during those years."[4]


Edward and Harry Danziger were brothers. Edward studied law and had worked on the Nuremberg Trials; Harry had a musical background. They operated a sound studio in New York that specialised in the dubbing of foreign films for US release. Their first feature film as producers was Jigsaw (1949).

In 1952 they moved to Britain and began making television films, using resources at various facilities including London's Riverside Studios, Shepperton, Borehamwood and Nettlefold. Among their first productions was the TV series Calling Scotland Yard, several episodes of which were compiled and released theatrically as supporting featurettes; the show later screened in the US as Adventure Theater.

In 1956, the Danzigers decided to form their own studio base and founded the New Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.[5] They converted a former wartime aero-engine testing factory into a studio with six sound stages and exterior shooting facilities.[6]

They later acquired control of the Gordon Hotels Group and moved into the hotel business. They also owned the Shipman and King Cinema group. New Elstree Studios were sold in October 1965.

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