Otto Preminger came to Hollywood from the stage in the 1930s with plans to
direct, but after a falling-out with
20th Century-Fox production head
Darryl F. Zanuck, was forced
to support himself as an actor for a time during World War II. After
replacing director Rouben Mamoulian behind the camera of LAURA (1944)
however, Preminger's directorial career was back on track, and he went on to
make some three-dozen films, earning three Academy Award nominations in the
process. Known as a filmmaker with a penchant for being notoriously
tough on his actors, Preminger showed a special talent for film-noir crime
dramas at Fox in the 1940s, before
tackling controversial and frequently taboo subjects such as race, drug
addiction and rape in several independent films of the 1950s and '60s.
is still under construction.
(clip) from LAURA (1944) by David Raksin (a .MP3 file).
Theatrical Trailer" from LAURA (1944) with
Tierney, Clifton Webb,
Andrews and more (a .MOV file).
Title: Amber" (clip) from FOREVER AMBER (1947) by David Raksin (a .MP3 file).
of No Return" (clip) from RIVER OF NO RETURN (1954) sung by
Marilyn Monroe and chorus (a
Machine" (clip) from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1955) by
Bernstein (a .MP2 file courtesy Rhino
Title" (clip) from EXODUS (1960) by Ernest Gold (a .MP3 file).
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- Who the devil made it: conversations with Robert
Aldrich, George Cukor, Allan Dwan, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Chuck
Jones, Fritz Lang, Joseph H. Lewis, Sidney Lumet, Leo McCarey, Otto
Preminger, Don Siegel, Josef von Sternberg, Frank Tashlin, Edgar G. Ulmer,
Raoul Walsh interviewed by Peter Bogdanovich (New York: Alfred A. Knopf,
- Preminger: An Autobiography by Otto Preminger
(Garden City, NY: Doubleday 1977).
- Behind the scenes of Otto Preminger; an unauthorized
biography by Willi Frischauer (New York: William Morrow, 1974).
- The cinema of Otto Preminger by Gerald Pratley
(New York: Castle Books, 1971).
- All I Want is Everything by Marion Mill Preminger
(New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1957).
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