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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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Victory Garden

Victory Garden

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Michael Curtiz

Alan K. Rode

University Press of Kentucky

During the war years, Curtiz interspersedhis long hours at the studio with relaxation at the Canoga Ranch.Hal Wallis and Jack Warner had their final falling-out, and Wallis left the studio in April 1944.He set up a production company at Paramount and wooed Curtiz to join him. Curtiz remained loyal to the Warners, but he began making plans for his own independent company. Feeling liberated from Wallis’s oversight, Curtiz directedRoughly Speaking.Mildred Pierce became one of Curtiz’s classic films as he teamed up with the producer Jerry Wald to resurrect Joan Crawford’s career with an Oscar-winning performance.Night and Day was a musical biopic of Cole Porter that pitted Curtiz against itsstar,Cary Grant, who attempted to manage every detail of the production. Despite Grant’s interference, the picture became a huge box-office hit and set the stage for Curtiz to establish his own production company on the Warner lot as World War II came to a triumphant end.

Keywords:   Hal Wallis, Steve Trilling, Roughly Speaking, James M. Cain, Joan Crawford, Jerry Wald, Mildred Pierce, Ann Blyth, Night and Day, Cary Grant

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