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Lewis MilestoneLife and Films$
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Harlow Robinson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178332

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178332.001.0001

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Lewis Milestone

Harlow Robinson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter’s main subject is Milestone’s extensive preparatory work on a film about life in the USSR: Red Square. In 1933, he traveled to Russia and conferred in Europe with Soviet author Ilya Ehrenburg about adapting his novel The Life and Downfall of Nikolai Kurbov for the screen. But Columbia Studios cancelled the contract, partly because of changing U.S.-Soviet relations and anxiety about Communism. The chapter’s final section focuses on the comedies The Captain Hates the Sea (a comedy set on an ocean liner starring matinee idol John Gilbert), Paris in the Spring (starring Ida Lupino), and his film of the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes (starring Bing Crosby and Ethel Merman).

Keywords:   Red Square, Ilya Ehrenburg, The Captain Hates the Sea, Paris in the Spring, Anything Goes, Ethel Merman, Bing Crosby, Ida Lupino, John Gilbert, Cole Porter

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