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Harry Sherman

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Harry Sherman
BornNovember 5, 1884
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
DiedSeptember 25, 1952 (aged 67)
Hollywood, California, USA
OccupationFilm producer
ChildrenTeddi Sherman

Harry "Pop" Sherman was an American film producer known for his work in the Western genre during the 1930s and 1940s. He introduced the character Hopalong Cassidy to the silver screen, and is the father of screenwriter Teddi Sherman.


Born in Boston, Massachusetts,[1] Sherman had an early love for film (Westerns in particular), working as a theater owner on the East Coast while starting his family.[2] In 1913, while seeking movies to show at his theater, he traveled to Hollywood and met D.W. Griffith; Sherman ended up giving Griffith a loan for the money needed to complete Birth of a Nation.[1]

Sherman arrived in Hollywood full-time in 1926, and worked at both Pathe and MGM before striking out on his own as an independent producer. He brought the popular Hopalong Cassidy character to the big screen in 1935,[3] and would go on to produce 50+ more films in the series before turning duties over to Hopalong actor William Boyd.[4][5] Sherman took pride in his clean-cut stories and righteous characters.[6][7] He died in 1952 after entering the hospital for abdominal surgery.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b "23 Sep 1937, 4 - The Boston Globe at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  2. ^ "27 Sep 1952, 2 - The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  3. ^ "3 Feb 1936, Page 11 - Detroit Free Press at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  4. ^ a b "Harry Sherman Dies, Veteran Film Man". The Madera Tribute. September 26, 1952. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Joyner, C. Courtney (2015-02-12). The Westerners: Interviews with Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers. McFarland. ISBN 9780786455683.
  6. ^ Blake, Michael F. (2015-01-28). Hollywood and the O.K. Corral: Portrayals of the Gunfight and Wyatt Earp. McFarland. ISBN 9781476606774.
  7. ^ Driscoll, Jim (2008-12-30). REFLECTIONS OF A B- MOVIE JUNKIE: A tribute to, and homage of, the B-Movie genre films of the Saturday Matinees, of primarily the ‘40s and ‘50s. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 9781462838202.
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