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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 09:39:20am
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 10 Samuel G. Engel, a three-time president of the Screen Producers Guild who started the televising of the Academy Awards ceremonies, died Saturday at his home here. He was 79 years old.

Mark Engel, his son, said his father had suffered from a heart condition for several years.

''The closest he came to winning an Oscar was a documentary he made, 'December 7,' which won best documentary during the war,'' Mark Engel said Monday, shortly after the 56th Academy Awards show had been broadcast for an estimated 500 million viewers in 76 countries.

Mr. Engel spent nearly 25 years as a producer at 20th Century-Fox and was an independent producer until 1966. Role in Oscar Ceremonies

As president of the Producers Guild of America from 1955 to 1958, he helped bring television producers into the organization. As first vice president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he started the televising of the Oscar ceremonies.

He was instrumental in forming the theater arts department at the University of California, Los Angeles, and he was a fellow of Brandeis University and president of the Brandeis Institute of Los Angeles.

He was born Dec. 29, 1904, in the Catskills village of Woodridge, N.Y., and graduated from Union College in Albany in 1924. Mr. Engel worked as an assistant director at Warner Bros. in Hollywood beginning in 1933 and joined the Warner Bros. script department in 1934.

Two years later, he moved to 20th Century-Fox Studios and wrote ''Sins of Man,'' the first of that studio's films to play in Radio City Music Hall. Also in 1936, he became a producer with the film ''Crack-Up.''

He also wrote ''The Big Shakedown,'' ''Johnny Apollo,'' ''Earthbound,'' ''Scotland Yard'' and ''Private Nurse,'' among other films.

He produced and co-produced numerous films, including ''My Darling Clementine,'' ''Sitting Pretty,'' ''Mr. Belvedere Goes to College,'' ''Rawhide,'' ''Belles on Their Toes,'' ''Come to the Stable,'' ''Night and the City,'' ''Jackpot,'' ''The Street With No Name,'' ''Follow the Sun,'' ''Pony Soldier,'' ''Boy on a Dolphin,'' ''Daddy Long Legs,'' ''Good Morning, Miss Dove,'' ''A Man Called Peter'' and ''The Lion.''

He founded the Producers Guild award program for excellence in student production, the Academy Award for short film subjects and the Samuel G. Engel video drama awards at Michigan State University.

In addition to his son Mark, he is survived by his wife, Ruth; another son, Charles, and two granddaughters.


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