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Samuel G. Gallu, Jr. was a multi-talented man who excelled in several disciplines in the performing arts. He was a playwright, whose best known work, Give 'Em Hell, Harry, is a good example of his focus on historical and political themes, as is The World Turned Upside Down, a bicentennial play commissioned by the city of Philadelphia in 1976. He wrote and directed four films, including Theatre of Death with Christopher Lee.
Education and Training
Received degrees from Penn State, University Park, Pennsylvania, and Columbia University, New York, New York, 1940
Boston College, Ph.D., Boston, Massachusetts
Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy
Teachers and Influences
Professional colleagues were Fred Waring, Arturo Toscani, James Whitmore, Cyrus Vance, Herman Wouk, James Tobin, Ernest Borgnine, and Shelly Winters
Connection to Bucks County
For the last twenty years of his life, Samuel Gallu was a resident of Solebury, from 1971 to 1991. His best known play, Give 'Em Hell, Harry, was partially written in Solebury. Gallu turned to James Hamilton, another area resident, to design the scenery and lighting for the production. The play was performed in the area to benefit the performing arts at the Solebury School.
Colleagues and Affiliations
James Hamilton, the scenic and lighting designer for Give 'Em Hell, Harry
Playwright John D. Hess
Band leader Fred Waring
Historical novel about Romania's King Carol and Magda Lupescue
Wrote and directed four theatrical films:
Theatre of Death, 1966
The Man Outside, 1967
The Limbo Line, 1968
Give 'Em Hell, Harry, 1975
Produced 274 television programs, including Navy Log, Border Patrol, Behind Closed Doors, and Blue Angels
Produced the radio programs Sam Spade and The FBI in Peace and War
The Bold Conspiracy
The World Turned Upside Down
Teaching and Professional Appointments
Adjunct Professor, instrumental in developing Penn State's School of Communications, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Founded Gallu Productions, production company
Participated in the Metropolitan Opera Workshop
Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award
Distinguished Public Service Award
Alumni Fellow, Penn State University
Samuel G. Gallu
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