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John Baxter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126012

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.001.0001

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The City of Dreadful Night

The City of Dreadful Night

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(p.67) The City of Dreadful Night
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Von Sternberg
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John Baxter

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.003.0013

Furthman and von Sternberg shared tastes in art and traveled together around the Caribbean in 1932. The script for Furthman's last film as screenwriter included two elements from Underworld: the act of money being thrown into a spittoon, and a heroine called “Feathers.” Hecht did not repudiate the film when it won the first Academy Award for Best Original Story. But von Sternberg understood cinema far better than Hecht, who, as a screenwriter, proved erratic. Although Schulberg signed him to a year's contract at $300 a week, Hecht failed to produce a single filmable idea, and it was not until the mid-1930s that he made a reputation for himself, with films such as Nothing Sacred.

Keywords:   Furthman, Caribbean, screenwriter, erratic, reputation

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