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The City of Dreadful Night

John Baxter

in Von Sternberg

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126012
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135601 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.003.0013
The City of Dreadful Night

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Furthman and von Sternberg shared tastes in art and traveled together around the Caribbean in 1932. The script for Furthman's last film as screenwriter included two elements from Underworld: the act of money being thrown into a spittoon, and a heroine called “Feathers.” Hecht did not repudiate the film when it won the first Academy Award for Best Original Story. But von Sternberg understood cinema far better than Hecht, who, as a screenwriter, proved erratic. Although Schulberg signed him to a year's contract at $300 a week, Hecht failed to produce a single filmable idea, and it was not until the mid-1930s that he made a reputation for himself, with films such as Nothing Sacred.

Keywords: Furthman; Caribbean; screenwriter; erratic; reputation

Chapter.  3046 words. 

Subjects: Film

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