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Michael CurtizA Life in Film$
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Alan K. Rode

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813173917

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.001.0001

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A Loving Collaboration

A Loving Collaboration

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(p.81) 11 A Loving Collaboration
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Michael Curtiz
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Alan K. Rode

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.003.0011

Curtiz wooed Bess Meredyth, who became both his lover and his collaborator. A biographical profile of Meredyth is provided. A charter member of the Motion Picture Academy, who began with D. W. Griffith and who had a résumé that included The Red Lily (1924) and Ben Hur (1925), she insinuated Curtiz into her circle of high-powered intimates that included Louella Parsons, Frances Marion, and Gene Fowler.She also helped Curtiz master reading and speaking English, with mixed success. His lifelong struggle with English was eventually turned to his advantage by a clever PR campaign of “Curtiz spoken here.” The couple marriedon December 7, 1929.Curtiz inherited a stepson, John Meredyth Lucas, whose memoir is an invaluable resource about his formative years with the director-as-stepfather.As Curtiz settled into a comfortable social and professional life in Hollywood, Warner Bros. revolutionized the film industry with sound when The Jazz Singer premiered.Curtiz was in the vanguard of the transition with Tenderloin (1928), which included several talking Vitaphone sequences.He finally was given the green light by the Warners to make his epic Noah’s Ark.

Keywords:   Bess Meredyth, John Meredyth Lucas, Hungarian, movie sound, Sam Warner, Tenderloin

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