Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios
A trained electrical engineer, Dwan began making movies before World War I and continued into the early Sixties, after which Peter Bogdanovich published a book-length interview called The Last Pioneer. Dwan directed Mary Pickford and Shirley Temple at their heights, and Ronald Reagan in the twilight of his career, but he’s most fondly remembered by film historians as a prolific problem-solver who adroitly handled whatever came his way. A surprising number of his four hundred movies have survived in fact as well as memory.
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