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Some Like It WilderThe Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder$
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Gene D. Phillips

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125701

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.001.0001

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Champagne and Tears

Champagne and Tears

Ninotchka, Midnight, and Ball of Fire

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Some Like It Wilder


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When he was preparing Bluebeard's Eighth Wife for filming, Ernst Lubitsch wanted Charles Brackett to write the screenplay. He did not ask the studio for Billy Wilder as well because he did not want to give the impression that he was a German-born director who favored hiring members of the German immigrant colony in Hollywood. But Manny Wolf told Lubitsch that Brackett and Wilder were a team, so Wilder was part of the deal. Wilder had a habit of scribbling ideas into a pocket notebook throughout his career. Wilder collaboration with Ernst Lubitsch including on Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) and Ninotchka (1939). Brackett and Wilder coauthored the screenplay for another comedy in 1939, Midnight, which they wrote just before Ninotchka. It was directed by Mitchell Leisen, for whom the pair would also write Hold Back the Dawn (1941). Independent producer Samuel Goldwyn had asked Brackett and Wilder to script a film for a major Hollywood director, Howard Hawks (His Girl Friday). The resulting film would be Ball of Fire, a daffy screwball romp along the lines of Midnight.

Keywords:   Ernst Lubitsch, Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Hollywood, Bluebeard's Eighth Wife, Ninotchka, Midnight, Ball of Fire, Mitchell Leisen, Howard Hawks

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