Hal E Chester obituary
Shrewd film producer behind School for Scoundrels and Night of the Demon
Small, dynamic and fast-talking, Chester was perhaps a typical example of the shrewd and ambitious Hollywood producer. He was born Harold Ribotsky in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of seven children of Polish-Jewish parents who had arrived in the US in the 1890s. Enterprising and hard-working from an early age, he was a delivery boy, a magician's assistant, a newsboy selling subscriptions, a runner on Wall Street and an enthusiastic amateur painter before turning to the theatre. When he first went on the stage he took the surname of his new stepmother and called himself Hally Chester.
Chester, who was married three times, continued to live in London until his death. He is survived by two sons.
• Hal E Chester (Harold Ribotsky), film producer, born 6 March 1921; died 25 March 2012