Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews (Hollywood Legends) by Carl Rollyson

By Carl Rollyson

Dana Andrews (1909-1992) labored with special administrators equivalent to John Ford, Lewis Milestone, Otto Preminger, Fritz Lang, William Wyler, William A. Wellman, Mervyn Le Roy, Jean Renoir, and Elia Kazan. He performed romantic leads along the nice beauties of the fashionable display, together with Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Greer Garson, Merle Oberon, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Maureen O'Hara, and most vital of all, Gene Tierney, with whom he did 5 motion pictures. Retrospectives of his paintings usually elicit excessive compliment for an underrated actor, a grasp of the minimalist sort. His photo personified the "male mask" of the Forties in vintage movies akin to Laura, Fallen Angel, and the place the Sidewalk Ends, during which he performed the "masculine perfect of steely impassivity." No complete dialogue of movie noir can overlook his performances. He used to be an "actor's actor."
Here eventually is the whole tale of an exceptional actor, his tricky fight to beat alcoholism whereas having fun with the accolades of his contemporaries, a winning time period as president of the monitor Actors Guild, and the affection of friends and family that by no means abandoned him. according to diaries, letters, domestic videos, and different files, this biography explores the secret of a terrible boy from Texas who made his Hollywood dream come real at the same time he sought a existence except the limelight and the backbiting of contemporaries jockeying for prizes and status. referred to as "one of nature's noblemen" by way of his fellow actor Norman Lloyd, Dana Andrews emerges from Hollywood Enigma as an admirable American good fortune tale, battling his internal demons and eventually profitable.

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Wilton remembered a San Antonio hailstorm that undid Carver. Hailstones rained down a foot deep and made a terrifying sound on their tin-roofed house. The world was surely coming to an end. Years later, CF recalled that during the storm six-year-old Carver “rushed to the center table . . ’” Wilton never forgot the sight of Carver tugging on his mother’s skirt, as she frantically told her boy she had to shut the swinging shutters. ” The family had a good laugh over Carver’s panic, but the incident also reflects the terrifying impact fundamentalist Baptists could have on children, who heard a good deal about the Lord’s punishment and very little about His forgiveness.

Already attracted to the stage, Carver sang “Your Star on the Flag” at a school assembly on February 25, 1921, and appeared in a school play, At the Photographers, on March 9, 1923. He was popular with girls, who did not want to have parties without him. ” they would ask Wilton, who acknowledged his brother’s good looks. Carver always picked the prettiest girl to go out with, and he was—as Wilton put it— devoted to his choice, while Harlan seemed always to have several girls on hand. Dana remembered Uvalde fondly.

Bushman and Beverly Bayne. By the end of the year, Long was upping the ante against the Baptist church by exhibiting The Rosary, “a play that bears the highest endorsement of every religious body, carrying with it, as it does, a moral lesson that is appreciated by all faiths. ” The counterattack began on January 18, 1917, at the mid-winter revival meeting. “Large numbers have been saved” and the churches “made strong and aggressive,” the Rockdale Reporter announced. CF did his part by issuing a call: “The pastor wants you to come and let’s have a great choir.

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