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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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Vanished Dreams

Vanished Dreams

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Michael Curtiz

Alan K. Rode

University Press of Kentucky

After purchasing various film properties that went nowhere, Curtiz decided to produce a Technicolor musical, Romance on the High Seas. Flummoxed in his attempt to cast stars, including Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall, Kathryn Grayson, and Betty Hutton, he gambled on a little-known band singer, Doris Day, whom he nurtured to stardom.Curtiz’s My Dream Is Yours followed Romance. Although both pictures appeared to be successful, Curtiz’s production company was sinking in a sea of red ink because of his own financial mismanagement and Jack Warner’s predatory business practices.His final production, Flamingo Road, was a box-office success that Curtiz was forced into making after a major confrontation with Warner Bros. that went public. As the studio cut back under the dual assaults of television and the antitrust divestiture of its movie theaters, Curtiz sold his company to Warner and signed an exclusive contract with the studio. After being forced to make the abysmal Lady Takes a Sailor, Curtiz directed Young Man with a Horn (1950), a critically acclaimed film whose success was tempered by Jack Warner’s obdurate insistence on a happy ending.

Keywords:   Romance on the High Seas, Doris Day, My Dream Is Yours, Jerry Wald, Joan Crawford, Flamingo Road, Young Man with a Horn, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Hoagy Carmichael

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