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Editorial Reviews. Review. A spellbinding account of the great noir heavy and a must-have addition to all film-noir libraries. Deft biography and overall wild tale.
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Alan K. Rode on Noir and Charles McGraw

Down , this week. Rode is a writer, historian, actor and producer. A cinematic Renaissance man, he has written acclaimed biographies of legendary director Michael Curtiz and tough guy actor Charles McGraw while creating essays and profiles for a variety of cinema based publications. Alan is a charter director of the Film Noir Foundation and the producer-host Filmography by Job Trailers and Videos. IMDb's Guide to Streaming.

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Producer Miscellaneous Crew Thanks Self. An Extraordinary Ordinary Guy Short executive producer. He Walked by Night Video short executive producer. Nina Mann Video short executive producer. Mann, Alton and T-Men Video short executive producer. He was fresh off his most recent role in The Bridges at Toko-Ri and spoke from a deep well of experience.

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But, as demonstrated in the title of Alan K. Still, he left behind an impressive resume of work that stretched over three decades.

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The book is also a mini-biography of Hollywood from the years of the domination of powerful studio heads to the transitional decade when independent directors and producers took control of movie making. Along the way, McGraw was noted for consummate professionalism marred by a drinking problem that ultimately became his undoing. He knew them all well from his days and nights in all the watering holes along Ventura Boulevard.

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While he showed a wide acting range, he was most often cast as a heavy due, in part, to his craggy face and distinguished gravely voice. Once, his daughter complained her friends were afraid of his raspy tones and asked him to do something about it. During the early years, McGraw, like every aspiring laborer in Hollywood , desired the security of a studio contract.

In he got one with RKO Pictures when Howard Hughes was about to reduce the enterprise into an ego-fest that ultimately bankrupted the once prosperous outfit.

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Without long-term commitments, as Rode demonstrates, old stalwarts came to depend on their friendships for work, and Charles McGraw had many. It was due to such connections that he was awarded a star for achievement in television on the new Hollywood Walk of Fame in , one of the first stars to be so immortalized.

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One memorable role was in The Man From U. He butted heads with Illya Kuryakin David McCallum who was trying to ferret out a double- agent embedded in McGraw's next graduating class of agents.

Once, Eastwood had been a quiet boyish face in the Ventura bars where McGraw ruled the roost while Eastwood was gaining a name playing Rowdy Yates on Rawhide. His long-time wife left him and McGraw was now completely alienated from his daughter, Jill, who had never known much affection from her gruff father. Tragically, McGraw bled to death in his shower after falling and tearing open an artery in his arm on broken glass on July 30, at the age of Long sections discuss the contexts of movie making during specific periods interspersed with anecdotes about McGraw, his family, and moguls like Jack Warner.