Gerd worked all over Europe as an assistant director in the late 1930s, and in 1940 he went to America. He was assistant to Litvak, Kazan, Manldewicz, Hathaway, King, Wilder, and Stevens and on his father’s The Loveable Cheat (49). He was producer of Man on a Tightrope (53, Kazan), Oasis (54, Yves Allegret), and Night People (54, Nunnally Johnson) before becoming a director.
In the space of five years, when the film industry was revealing little enterprise and few fresh talents, Oswald showed some skill with the low-budget quickie. In fact, his first film, based on an Ira Levin novel, was a large project, and proved a tense, ingenious thriller, with an exciting climax at an industrial plant and with excellent performances from Robert W agner and Joanne Woodward. Fury at Sundown and Valerie were enjoyable Westerns, the latter being that paradox, a complex film involving Anita Ekberg; Crime of Passion was an outstanding thriller with Barbara Stanwyck and Sterling Hayden. Paris Holiday was a canceling out of Bob Hope and Femandel, but Three Moves to Freedom, about a man in prison obsessed by chess, was as good as anything he had done. After that, Oswald found TV more receptive than movies. His work there was prolific but far less interesting.