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William WylerThe Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director$
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Gabriel Miller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813142098

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.001.0001

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Coming into His Own

Coming into His Own

Counsellor-at-Law (1933)

(p.45) 2 Coming into His Own
William Wyler

Gabriel Miller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter focuses primarily on Wyler's first prestige project, Counselor-at-Law, starring John Barrymore. It recounts the director's behind-the-scenes problems with the star actor, but also analyzes Wyler's successful transformation of a hit play by the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Elmer Rice for the screen. In what was the first of a dozen Broadway hits that Wyler brought to the screen, he displays early-on his gifts for making a play look and feel cinematic. The chapter also touches on his attempts (with John Huston) to bring Laughing Boy to the screen, as well as briefly discussing his film Tom Brown of Culver, which was made in part on location.

Keywords:   Counselor-at-Law, John Barrymore, Elmer Rice, John Huston, Laughing Boy, Tom Brown of Culver

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