Strock, Herbert L. 1918-
STROCK, Herbert L. 1918-
PERSONAL: Born January 13, 1918, in Boston, MA; son of Maurice (a produce merchant and grower) and Charlotte (Nesselroth) Strock; married December 25, 1941; wife's name Geraldine; children: Leslie Strock Mitchner, Genoa Strock Dodd, Candice. Ethnicity: "White." Education: University of Southern California, B.A., 1941. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Photography.
CAREER: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Culver City, CA, assistant editor, 1942-46; Hal Roach Studios, Culver City, editor and film director, 1946-65; Ivantors Productions, Culver City, editor and film director, 1952-55; ZIV-TV, Hollywood, CA, producer and director, 1956-66; writer. Worked in various capacities on feature films, including How to Make a Monster, released by Columbia, Battle Taxi, Donovan's Brain, I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, Rider on a Dead Horse, Shark, and Psycho Sisters; director of episodes for several television series, including Dragnet, Highway Patrol, Bronco, Racket Squad, Maverick, Harbor Command,Bonanza, Sea Hunt, Science Fiction Theater, and The Veil; also director and editor of documentary and short films. University of Southern California, teacher of film classes for more than twenty-five years; also lecturer at University of California—Los Angeles, China Central Television, Shenyang University, and American Film Institute. Military service: U.S. Army, ordnance, 1941-42.
MEMBER: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Editors Guild, Directors Guild of America, American Cinema Editors, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Arbitration Association, Delta Kappa Alpha (past president).
AWARDS, HONORS: Merit Award, Los Angeles City Council, for directing episodes of Dragnet and Highway Patrol.
Crawling Hand (screenplay), 1963.
Picture Perfect, Scarecrow Press (Lanham, MD), 2000.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Were You Always This Short?, an autobiography; Chaos in China, Trauma in Tibet, a nonfiction work.
SIDELIGHTS: Herbert L. Strock told CA: "I taught film courses at the University of Southern California for twenty-six years and felt there was a need for correct and concise information for film students. I am happiest when teaching."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Choice, September, 2001, W. K. Huck, review of Picture Perfect, p. 127.