Schenck, Joseph M.
- Douglas Gomery
Schenck, Joseph M. (25 December 1877–22 October 1961), motion picture executive, was born in Rybinsk, Volga, Russia. (His parents’ names are unknown.) Schenck and his younger brother, Nicholas Schenck, came to the United States in 1892. Little is known of their early years. We do know that they grew up poor in New York City and left school early to help support the family. Schenck looked for a time to be fashioning a career in pharmacy, but in his teens he was lured by the bright lights of show business. Success did not come quickly. He labored mightily before he was able to find his show business niche in the nascent amusement park business in 1908. He and his brother would go on to build Palisades Park across the Hudson River from New York City....