Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios

Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios

by Frederic Lombardi
     
 

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It could be said that the career of Canadian-born film director Allan Dwan (1885-1981) began at the dawn of the American motion picture industry. Originally a scriptwriter, Dwan became a director purely by accident. Even so, his creativity and problem-solving skills propelled him to the top of his profession. He achieved success with numerous silent film performers,

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It could be said that the career of Canadian-born film director Allan Dwan (1885-1981) began at the dawn of the American motion picture industry. Originally a scriptwriter, Dwan became a director purely by accident. Even so, his creativity and problem-solving skills propelled him to the top of his profession. He achieved success with numerous silent film performers, most spectacularly with Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Gloria Swanson, and later with such legendary stars as Shirley Temple and John Wayne.
Though his star waned in the sound era, Dwan managed to survive through pluck and ingenuity. Considering himself better off without the fame he enjoyed during the silent era, he went on to do some of his best work for second-echelon studios (notably Republic Pictures' Sands of Iwo Jima) and such independent producers as Edward Small. Along the way, Dwan also found personal happiness in an unconventional manner. Rich in detail with two columns of text in each of its nearly 400 pages, and with more than 150 photographs, this book presents a thorough examination of Allan Dwan and separates myth from truth in his life and films.

Editorial Reviews

the Huffington Post - Thomas Gladysz
One of the best film books of 2013...thoroughly researched...does much to advance the director as one of the greats
Cineaste
Lombardi's fluidly written work far exceeds in detail and research any preexisting study of Dwan
Bright Lights Film Journal - Gary Morris
a fascinating look at the studio system from its Wild West days at the beginning through Hollywood's golden age and postwar era.... The book is a masterful achievement in cinematic archaeology. While the most appealing aspect of Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios is the rich history of Dwan and his work at the studios, Lombardi also brings in critical commentary throughout, by others as well as himself. This makes the book doubly useful as both history and analysis, and in the case of the former aspect, surely definitive. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand not just the life and career of a specific director but the story of the American studio system from its hardscrabble beginnings through the golden age and beyond

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786490400
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2013
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NOOK Book
File size:
41 MB
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Meet the Author

Frederic Lombardi has written articles and reviews for a number of periodicals and websites. For six years he served as the New York Liaison for the Variety International Film Guide. He lives in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.

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