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Anthony Mann DIRECTOR


Anthony Mann was born June 30, 1906, in San Diego, California, as Emil Anton Bundesmann. He and his family relocated to New York when he was ten. In 1923, due to the death of his father, he dropped out of high school and started acting. He began performing as a walk-on on Broadway, and eventually played larger roles and worked as a stage manager, production manager, and set designer. By the 1930's, however, Mann discovered that his true passion was directing. His productions such as "Thunder on the Left" (1933) and "So "Proudly We Hail" (1936) attracted the attention of David O. Selznick, who hired him to be a talent scout and casting director for screen tests on pictures like "Gone With the Wind" (1939) and "Intermezzo" (1939).

In 1939, Mann changed his name and left for Paramount, where he worked as an assistant director to people like Preston Surges. For a few years he served in movies like "Sullivan's Travels" (1941), although none of the films he worked on gave him any credit. He finally got his first directing credit in 1942 for the low budget "Dr. Broadway". He continued to turn out enjoyable and skillfully made B-movies, although he switched between Universal, RKO, and Republic studios. Mann became excellent at manipulating the lights and cameras to fill out the rather thin scripts he was given. Some of his more masterful early work includes "Strangers in the Night" (1944), "The Great Flamarion" (1945), and "Strange Impersonation" (1946). They were melodramatic thrillers in which the solution was either stay trapped in a hostile world or lash out in violence and incivility. However, it wasn't until Mann delved into film noirs that he found a spot in Hollywood.

Beginning in 1947 with "Desperate" and "Railroaded!", the director began a three year stint where he worked for the low budget Eagle-Lion studio, making the classic crime dramas. Others of this type include "T-Men" (1947) and "Raw Deal" (1948). Mann's chief collaborator was Eagle-Lion films' cinematographer John Alton. Soon after their work was seen, MGM asked them to direct some films with larger budgets. They agreed and turned out several film noir pictures, the last being “Border Incident” (1949). Their split signaled the start of Mann’s western film genre career, of which he is most celebrated.

Some of his first, like “The Furies” (1950) and “Devil’s Doorway” (1950), were duds, but he elevated his image as a director when he began to collaborate with actor James Stewart. The first picture of their eight film partnership was “Winchester ‘73” (1950). Most of the productions that followed became successes, and the majority of them were also westerners. Some of their most famous west ones are “Bend of the River” (1952) and “Naked Spur” (1952). They managed to turn the genre into an extremely violent and psychological genre, carefully hinted with a bit of film noir. While Mann directed some pictures in other genres – “The Glenn Miller Story” (1954), “Strategic Air Command” (1955), and “God’s Little Acre” (1958) – it was the westerners that made him an A-level star in the fifties.

Into the 1960's, the director turned to the epics. He constructed such movies as producer Samuel Bronson’s “El Cid” (1961) and “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (1964), which demonstrated Mann’s keen ability to integrate intelligence and drama into his architecture and landscape. He filmed one more picture, “The Heroes of Telemark” (1965), before working on his final production, “A Dandy in Aspic” (1968). Unfortunately, during production of the latter in Berlin, Germany, the director passed away from a heart attack. He never got to experience the critical praise that it later received. For his contributions to the motion picture industry, he has multiple award nominations, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1968       A Dandy in Aspic

1965       The Heroes of Telemark

1964       The Fall of the Roman Empire

1961       El Cid

1960       Cimarron

1960       Spartacus 

1958       Man of the West

1958       God's Little Acre

1957       The Tin Star

1957       Men in War

1956       Serenade

1955       The Last Frontier

1955       The Man from Laramie

1955       Strategic Air Command

1954       The Far Country

1954       The Glenn Miller Story

1953       Thunder Bay

1953       The Naked Spur

1952       Bend of the River

1951       Quo Vadis 

1951       The Tall Target

1950       Devil's Doorway

1950       The Furies

1950       Winchester '73

1950       Side Street

1949       Border Incident

1949       Reign of Terror

1949       Follow Me Quietly 

1948       He Walked by Night 

1948       Raw Deal

1947       T-Men

1947       Railroaded!

1947       Desperate

1946       The Bamboo Blonde

1946       Strange Impersonation

1945       Sing Your Way Home

1945       Two O'Clock Courage

1945       The Great Flamarion

1944       Strangers in the Night

1944       My Best Gal

1943       Nobody's Darling

1942       Moonlight in Havana

1942       Dr. Broadway 

1939       The Streets of New York 

Matinee Classics - Anthony Mann, American actor and director
Matinee Classics - Anthony Mann
Matinee Classics - The Heroes of Telemark starring Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Michael Redgrave and Ulla Jacobsson
Matinee Classics - The Great Flamarion starring Erich von Stroheim, Dan Duryea, Esther Howard, Steve Barclay, and Mary Beth Hughes
Matinee Classics - Strategic Air Command starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Lovejoy, Bruce Bennett, Barry Sullivan, Alex Nicol, Jay C. Flippen, Harry Morgan, James Millican, James Bell, Rosemary DeCamp, Richard Shannon and John McKee
Matinee Classics - The Black Book starring Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl, Arnold Moss, Norman Lloyd, Charles McGraw, Beulah Bondi and Jess Barker
Matinee Classics - The Far Country starring James Stewart, Walter Brennan, Corinne Calvet, Ruth Roman, John McIntyre, Jay C. Flippen, Harry Morgan, Steve Brodie, Connie Gilchrist, Robert J. Wilke, Chubby Johnson, Royal Dano, Jack Elam, Kathleen Freeman and Connie Van
Matinee Classics - The Glenn Miller Story starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Barton MacLane, Sig Ruman, Marion Ross, Nino Tempo, Louis Armstrong, Frances Langford, Irving Bacon, Kathleen Lockhart, Gene Krupa, James Bell and Katharine Warren

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