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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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The Dream Team

The Dream Team

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Michael Curtiz

Alan K. Rode

University Press of Kentucky

Curtiz coped with a variety of tribulations with his daughter Kitty, who surfaced in Europe as a cabaret singer. After his daughter rejected her father’s entreaties and attemptedsuicide, Curtiz eventually helped her settle in London—without ever leaving the soundstages of Warner Bros. He directed The Case of the Curious Bride (1935), a Perry Mason mystery that briefly introduced the newcomer Errol Flynn to the screen.As the studio reorganized for greater efficiency and bigger pictures, Wallis tapped Curtiz to helm Captain Blood (1935). Robert Donat was signed to play the title role, but he fell out because of illness. There was nobody for it but Flynn, who made a smashing debut as the swashbuckling doctor-turned-pirate. Curtiz directed him ably, but his autocratic demeanor alienated Flynn, thus setting the stage for a difficult relationship between director and star. Wallis fought Curtiz for control of the production as the director continued to make the movie in hisown style,which was contrary to that of the executive producer.Emotions cooled when the picture became a hit; the profitable relationship of producer, director, and star boded well for the future.

Keywords:   Kitty Curtiz, The Case of the Curious Bride, Errol Flynn, Little Big Shot, Sybil Jason, Captain Blood, Olivia de Havilland, Robert Donat, Harry Joe Brown, Erich Wolfgang Korngold

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