For about 40 years Arthur Krim (1910 – 1994), the distinguished chairman of United Artists and then Orion Pictures from the early ’50s to early ’90s, put out a run of quality-level, award-winning films that eclipses the record of Harvey Weinstein in terms of Oscar nominations and awards.
On top of which the soft-spoken Krim never took a producing credit and because of that “he was trusted by talent,” a former confidante says.
Under Krim’s guidance and final approval a long healthy run of Academy Award-winning productions as The African Queen, Marty, The Apartment, West Side Story, Tom Jones, In The Heat of the Night, Midnight Cowboy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Rocky, Annie Hall, Amadeus, Platoon and The Silence of the Lambs were released by UA/Orion. Not to mention several critically-favored and/or culturally important titles such as Some Like It Hot, One, Two, Three, Dr. No, It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, A Child is Waiting, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Hannah and Her Sisters, Hoosiers, Robocop, No Way Out, 10, The Great Santini, The Bounty and A Little Romance. The list goes on and on.