By William Darby

This unique research of the profession of Anthony Mann argues Mann's prominence and impact along contemporaries like John Ford. Mann (1906-1967), who was once lively in Hollywood and Europe, directed or produced greater than forty movies, together with the autumn of the Roman Empire and God's Little Acre. He used to be most sensible recognized for his movie noir and westerns and his paintings starring Jimmy Stewart, yet Mann later moved into chilly battle and epic movies. The ebook contains a filmography and 50 motion picture stills and pictures.

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Rosemary’s letters to Marine Johnny Meadows (Don Terry) ultimately boomerang on Hilda when the wounded Guadalcanal veteran shows up on her doorstep looking for her daughter; moreover, this difficulty is then quickly exacerbated by Johnny’s meeting and being smitten by local physician Leslie Ross (Virginia Grey) and then learning that there is no Rosemary. This last complication pushes Hilda over the brink so that she murders her own best friend (and Johnny’s informant) Ivy Miller (Edith Barrett) 2.

In these works Mann must deal with many of the elements traditionally associated with “soap opera,” and one of the most obvious of those is the denatured male who exists only to please the more dominant female. Clearly, Mann was never as successful with this kind of arrangement as he was when his male leads were stronger and more self-willed, as seen most clearly in Cimarron (MGM, 1960) in which one is never certain whether the leading character is the male, Yancey Cravat (Glenn Ford), or the female, Sabra Cravat (Maria Schell).

Fortunately, Mann achieves a pace that covers up much of the clichéd character drawing and familiar plot holes that beset the script. He also delineates his first set of double villains, offers some signature stylistic moments, and provides harsh physical violence, all traits that will mark his more lauded later films. Initially, one is struck by the comic dialogue in Dr. Broadway. The good characters—Dr. Timothy Kane (Macdonald Carey), Detective Sergeant Pat Doyle (Richard Lane), and Connie Madigan (Jean Phillips)—are virtually signaled by their breeziness.

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